Lean Methods Group specializes in collaborative and strategic methodologies to improve business performace across all industries.

555 17th Street, Suite 400
Denver, CO 80202

Certified Lean Belt

Build Lean skills and learn how to apply them to real-world problems


Grow Your Skillsets

Learn how to uncover unnecessary activities in your processes and how to eliminate them with advanced techniques like value stream assessment.

Course Overview

10 days (1 full week each month for 2 months), 72 hours of instruction


$4,500 USD
€3,999 EUR

How many CEUs are available?

7.2 CEUs

Who is this training for?
  • Anyone who wants to lead Kaizen events.
  • Practitioners in service, manufacturing, healthcare, and transactional business environments.
  • People who are ready to move beyond knowing the concepts to applying the tools of Lean.
  • Candidates enrolled in the Master Black Belt Development program.
  • Candidates enrolled in the Lean Master Development program.
  • Lean practitioners from manufacturing, service, healthcare or transactional environments.
  • Performance excellence practitioners who want to expand their knowledge of Lean.
What other materials are included?
  • A Team Leader’s Guide to Lean Kaizen Events, including valuable templates, motivational posters, team charters, and usable worksheets.
  • An electronic copy of all templates used during the course.
  • Access to case studies, tools, templates and eLearning modules to reinforce learning and enhance application.
Does this course include eLearning?

While there is not a specific eLearning course, the Lean Methods Group does provide related material. The 21 modules of our eLearning Lean Concepts and Tools complement the course and provide useful review of the topics taught.

Does this course count as one of the electives for the Master Black Belt and Lean Master programs?

Lean Belt is a required course for the Lean Master program and an elective option for Master Black Belt.

Lean Belt is broken into two week-long courses. During the first week, Lean Belt provides a comprehensive introduction to key principles and practices that can be applied in any environment, including service, manufacturing, healthcare and transactional business. Participants also learn about leading Lean Kaizen events using our five-step SCORE roadmap and take home the how-to guide detailing the method: A Team Leader’s Guide to Lean Kaizen Events.

Week two teaches the necessary skills for aligning Lean activities with strategic objectives, solving real process problems and continuously improving operations. This portion of the course moves beyond knowledge into the realm of application—teaching you advanced techniques that you can apply in any industry.

Course Schedule Options
Denver, CO
September 16 - 20, 2019
October 28 - November 01, 2019

Course Details

The first week of Lean Belt employs an engaging and experiential workshop-like environment to take complex topics and make them easy to understand and apply through powerful exercises, group work and simulations. One hands-on simulation asks participants to streamline a value stream in light of the many complexities, including people, processes and technology. This creates a memorable experience when instructors guide the group through how it can double or triple output by simply modifying the process. Whether you are new to Lean or have previous knowledge, you’ll find the practical application and results-oriented focus of this training particularly useful.

In week two, students will move quickly beyond the theory of Lean and focus on value stream assessment skills—how to identify and remove waste in a process and ensure that it doesn’t creep back into the process. You’ll learn how to apply such advanced Lean tools as Kanban (pull systems) and TPM (Total Productive Maintenance). In addition, you’ll more deeply explore basic Lean concepts to uncover opportunities and make improvements that align with strategic objectives.

Group and individual exercises and simulations ensure learning is engaging and effective. Instructors also tailor their examples to participants—whether from service, manufacturing, healthcare or transactional environments—and will illustrate techniques by showing how they apply directly to challenges faced by participants. Peer-to-peer learning further reinforces application as professionals share their unique perspectives, projects and experience.

  • Attend all classroom training
  • Earn 70% or above on exams
  • Complete project work including leading a Kaizen event using the SCORE methodology

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Lead Kaizen rapid improvement events.
  • Construct value stream maps to guide focused improvements.
  • Identify waste and recognize opportunities where Lean approaches can improve processes within and between departments.
  • Select and apply the appropriate Lean methods and tools to reduce various types of waste.
  • Understand how waste, value-added and non- value-added activities affect process efficiency.
  • Scope Lean projects that align with business objectives.
  • Contribute to Kaizen events as a highly knowledgeable team member or co-leader.
  • Apply the right combination of Lean tools to solve an array of business issues in any industry.
  • Assess process value streams in greater depth for optimal efficiency.
  • Understand the steps of the SCORE roadmap for running Kaizen events.

Week 1

Day 1
  • Principle One: Define Value
    • Welcome and Introductions
    • The Roadmap to Lean
    • 8 Types of Waste
    • Value Identification
    • Value Stream Map: Current Process
Day 2
  • Principle Two: Identify the Value Stream
    • Value Stream Map: Current Process (cont’d)
    • Value Stream Map: Future State
      • Introduction to 5S
      • Basics of Visual Control
  • Principle Three: Establish Flow
    • 3 Elements of Standardized Work
Day 3
  • Review (Teach backs)
  • Principle Four: Implement Pull
    • Pull vs. Push
    • Batch vs. Single Piece
    • Kanban
    • Job Folders Simulation
  • Principle 5: Strive for Perfection
    • Basic Problem Solving Tools
      • Pareto
      • Fishbone
      • 5 Whys
    • Basic Brainstorming Tools
      • Random Stimulus
      • Brainwriting
      • Creative Challenge
Day 4
  • Principle 5: Strive for Perfection (cont’d)
    • Mistake Proofing Principles
    • Change Leadership
    • Synergy of Lean and Six Sigma
    • SCORE™ (Kaizen)
Day 5
  • SCORE™ Event Simulation

Week Two

Day 1
  • Lean 101 Review – Lean Jeopardy
  • End-to-End Value Stream Assessment
  • Analyze the Value Stream
Day 2
  • Review (Teach backs)
  • Cellular Design
    • 5S Implementation
    • Visual Management
    • Standard Work Toolset
Day 3
  • Review (Teach backs)
  • Daily Management – The Leadership Triangle
    • Providing Alignment
    • Creating Accountability
    • Demanding Sustainability
  • Inventory Strategy
Day 4
  • Review (Teach backs)
  • Queuing Theory
  • Quick Changeover
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
  • Preventing Human Error
Day 5
  • Review (Teach backs)
  • Dealing with Difficult Behavior
  • Introduction to Lean Agile
  • Introduction to 3P
  • Course Closure
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