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Green Belt


Format On-campus, blended online, or onsite  (instructor-led)
$3,950 - discounts available
Duration 12 weeks
Twice annually
Prerequisites none
CEU's 8

CQAS’s Green Belt training program is designed for working professionals with little or no prior experience in Lean Six Sigma. You will learn tools and methods for improving processes and how to apply them to projects within your organization that generate significant cost savings, greater efficiencies, and higher customer satisfaction.  Important tools will be introduced to clearly define a business problem, gather and analyze data, and implement improvements that can be sustained.

RIT offers both on-campus and online Green Belt certification training: 

1) On-campus program

The on-campus program is delivered one day each week for twelve consecutive weeks, led by expert Lean Six Sigma instructors.  You will be exposed to each topic in-depth through classroom assignments, structured exercises within a team environment, and application of tools to your own project.  Project review sessions are held within the on-campus program, but instructors are available outside of the program for advice and counsel.

2) “Blended online” program

Unlike self-paced online training, our instructor-led approach keeps you actively engaged with expert instructors and other program participants while still providing flexibility to meet your other commitments.  Learning materials include pre-recorded lectures, articles and videos, exercises, and quizzes that you complete each week; online “discussion boards”; three “live” project review sessions scheduled in advance to offer direct feedback on all projects; and conference calls or web-conferences as needed.

CQAS’s Green Belt program is unique:

  • Projects are integrated into the training so that you actively apply tools and concepts directly to your own project. Your project will continue beyond formal training and will generate significant benefits to your organization, exponentially higher than the program itself. Each project is mentored by a Lean Six Sigma expert from CQAS, and support continues through project completion.
  • Designed to meet the needs of all business sectors: healthcare, services, manufacturing, education, and government. Emphasis is placed on tailoring learning to each student’s needs, while participant diversity provides opportunities to learn from one another.
  • Topical coverage goes beyond Lean Six Sigma tools to leadership and change management essential to driving a culture of performance excellence.  Immersion and practice ensures that CQAS Green Belts live Lean Six Sigma methods and tools on a daily basis.
  • Spread out over 12 weeks to facilitate project integration and applied learning. Project reviews offer direct feedback on your project.
  • Active management participation, including manager/sponsor training before the program.
  • Instructors have deep expertise in their fields and work with you not only during the program but through completion of your project.  CQAS is part of a major university and leverages expert faculty, Black Belts, and other professionals who are teachers, consultants, real-world problem solvers, respected speakers, and authors.


Certification by CQAS as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt requires the following:

  • Successful completion of training including all course materials and deliverables, attendance (on-campus program), participation in discussions and project reviews;
  • Passing score (70) on final exam;
  • Completion of a Green Belt project, which you lead, including submission of a final report signed-off by your sponsor or other senior leader, within 2 years of training.  Final review and approval of your project is done by your CQAS Instructor.  (Credit is not given for projects that were initiated before the start of CQAS training).

Contract Program

Our Green Belt certification program is also available as a customized contract program that can be delivered to your organization onsite or in a “blended” format with both onsite elements and online components.  Contact us for more information.

CQAS’s Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification program helps you generate superior data-driven solutions, improved customer satisfaction, enhanced productivity, and significantly improved bottom-line results.

Black Belt Program

After completing Green Belt training, you may want to continue on for Black Belt certification. CQAS's online Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification program helps you move from a practitioner role to becoming an expert in Lean Six Sigma prepared to drive process excellence throughout your organization. Black Belts are leaders, change agents, strategic thinkers, trusted coaches, expert resources, and vigilant project managers who lead complex high-value projects that improve customer satisfaction and productivity. For more information and special pricing on your Black Belt training when you complete your Green Belt through us, visit our Black Belt Pricing Section

For questions about RIT's Green Belt certification program, please contact or 585-475-6990.

Course Topics

The program follows the DMAIC process – Design, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control – and includes the following key topics:

  • Lean Six Sigma Overview
  • Change
  • Voice of the Customer
  • Flowcharts
  • VSM (Value Stream Mapping)
  • Project Charter
  • Problem Statements
  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Team Building & Leadership
  • Standard Work
  • Cost of Quality
  • Statistical Thinking
  • Sampling Issues
  • Basic Statistics
  • T-tests
  • Measurement Systems Analysis
  • Correlation & Regression Analysis
  • Problem Solving Process & Tools
  • Cause-Effect Matrix
  • FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis)
  • 5-S and Visual Controls
  • Kaizen Event Training
  • Line and Cell Design
  • Setup Reduction
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
  • Kanban
  • Control Plans
  • Capability Analysis
  • SPC & Control Charts
  • Design of Experiments – Introduction
Upcoming Dates Registration
September 13 - December 13, 2021 (blended online)
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September 14 - December 14, 2021 (on-campus)
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January 18* - May 17, 2022 (on-campus)
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March 14* - June 13, 2022 (blended online)
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*Orientation/management review session will be scheduled online prior to the start of training.  
Pricing & Registration

Individual Registration: $3,950

Discounts (only one discount per person):

  • MedTech and GRQC Members: $3,555 (10%)
  • RIT Alumni, Employees, and Immediate Family Members: $3,160 (20%)
  • Full-Time College Students (all institutions): $3,160 (20%). Contact or 585-475-6990 for a coupon code

Group Registration (no other discounts apply):

  • 2 people: $3,555 (10%). RIT Alumni and Employees- please register as 2 individuals
  • 3+ people: $3,160 per person (20%)

Please register by clicking on the appropriate program below. You may also register by contacting or 585-475-6990.

Register for September 13 - December 13, 2021 (blended online)  

Register for September 14 - December 14, 2021 (on-campus)      

Register for January 18 - May 17, 2022 (on-campus)      

Register for March 14 - June 13, 2022 (blended online)      

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received at least 15 business days prior to the program start date.  Cancellations received after that date will be invoiced to the participant, who will be responsible for payment in full.  Please email with questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get my Green Belt and Black Belt at the same time?

Green Belt and Black Belt training are two distinct programs which must be completed separately. However, after finishing Green Belt training you may start our Black Belt program even if you have not yet completed your Green Belt project. You must still complete a Green Belt project as well as a separate Black Belt project in order to be certified as a Black Belt, but you may find it more convenient to complete both training programs as quickly as possible. It may also be convenient to define a Black Belt project that builds upon your Green Belt project. Lastly, CQAS offers a discount on Black Belt training if you complete your Green Belt with us - see the Black Belt pricing section.

I am in healthcare or services, not manufacturing. Is your program relevant for me?

Yes! Green Belts are process improvement specialists with skills that apply across disciplines and industries even though application domains differ. For example, professionals in medical and transactional fields may find lean tools more helpful initially while manufacturing professionals often take a more balanced approach to utilizing lean and six sigma tools. CQAS integrates lean and six sigma because waste and process variability are challenges across all organizations. Examples from different industries and application domains are used in the program to demonstrate the broad applicability of Lean Six Sigma. Green Belts are responsible for deciding which tools and methods will be most effective in specific situations within their own organizations.

What do you mean by “blended online”?

Our online format is designed to provide you with flexibility to meet your other commitments from wherever you are while insuring that you are actively engaged with our expert instructors and other program participants. Elements include: (1) pre-recorded lectures, articles, videos, and quizzes that you complete each week at your convenience; (2) online “discussion boards” that you participate in each week with other participants at your convenience; (3) several “live” project review sessions scheduled in advance to offer direct feedback on all projects; and (4) conference calls or web-conferences as needed.

What if I prefer a classroom setting?

If you’ve never experienced a blended online format, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised and will find it a very rich learning experience. Nevertheless, our Green Belt program is also available on-campus or on-site on a contract basis for employers with a minimum number of participants. Contact if you are interested in a customized program for your organization.

What is the expected weekly time commitment?

You should plan to spend 6-8 hours each week on course materials, homework, discussions, quizzes, and occasional project reviews. In addition, you should plan 6-8 hours each week for work on your project, holding team meetings, and preparing for tollgates.

What is expected from my sponsor and/or manager?

Every Green Belt project requires a sponsor whose role is: (1) to help identify in advance an opportunity suitable for a Green Belt project; (2) to help remove roadblocks and support project execution; and (3) to participate in tollgate reviews and sign-off on all tollgates. Your direct manager should also provide assurance that he/she understands the demands on your time for and is committed to your success in the program.

Tell me more about the project?

Before starting our Green Belt program, you must have identified an appropriate project “opportunity” with the support of a sponsor. You will receive information from us to assist you and your sponsor in selecting an appropriate project.  We suggest that a suitable Green Belt project returns at least $50,000 in estimated benefits, recognizing that other metrics may be more appropriate to your situation. The project should be completed (with sign-off from sponsor and finance) within two years of training.  Your CQAS Instructor is the final reviewer and approver of your project.

Can I get credit for a past project?

No, credit is not given for projects that are either in-process or were completed prior to the start of CQAS training.  Projects must be started in conjunction with our training program.

How much time do I have to complete the project?

After the formal training ends, you will have 2 years to complete your project in order to earn Green Belt certification. Extensions may be granted for extenuating circumstances but they must be approved by CQAS and your sponsor.

What materials are provided with the course?

All readings and slides will be available in our online repository, from which you can print a copy for your own use. Links to the videos are also provided.

Do I need any special software?

No. RIT's online repository is cloud-based and Excel is utilized for statistical tools and examples. Examples are also illustrated in Minitab if you prefer this statistical package and have a license, but Minitab is NOT required for the Green Belt program.

Do you issue “continuing education credits” (CEU’s)?

Yes. Upon request, you will be issued 8 CEU’s at the end of the training portion of the program.

How soon should I register, and what is your cancellation policy?

Registration is first-come-first-served – to be assured of a seat, you should register as soon as it is feasible. RIT accepts credit cards and purchase orders. In the event that you need to cancel, you must do so at least 15 days (3 weeks) before the start of the program or you will be invoiced and held responsible for payment in full.