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Green Belt

Register September 10 - December 17, 2019  (Every Tuesday)

Register January 14 - May 19, 2020  (Every Tuesday)


Format On-campus, onsite or blended
$3,950 - discounts available
Duration 12 weeks (1 day per week)
On-campus starts in January or September
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.   

Green Belt training is offered on the RIT campus (“open” enrollment) and on a contract basis to client organizations, either onsite or in a blended format comprised of both onsite and online components. The on-campus program is delivered one day each week for twelve consecutive weeks. It is led by expert Lean Six Sigma instructors, and 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.

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, Master 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 attendance, class participation, 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.

Contract Program

Our Green Belt certification program is also available as a customized contract program which can be delivered to your organization in a “blended” format with both onsite elements and  online components or offered fully online.  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

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

On-campus courses are offered twice annually, starting in January and September. Classes are taught on Tuesdays only. Plan to spend an additional 6-8 hours each week working on your project, holding team meetings, and preparing for tollgates.

Upcoming Dates Registration

September 10 - December 17, 2019
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September 10 - December 17, 2019
Download class schedule

Register September 10 - December 17, 2019  (Every Tuesday)

Register January 14 - May 19, 2020  (Every Tuesday)

You may also register by contacting us:

Susan Chapman
PHONE: (585) 475-6990
FAX: (585) 475-5959

Registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment


Individual Registration: $3,950

  • Discounts (only one discount per person):
  • MedTech and GRQC Members: $3,555 (10%)
  • RIT Alumni and Employees: $3,160 (20%)
  • Full-Time College Students (all institutions): $3,160 (20%).  Contact Susan Chapman at 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%)

* Contact us to discuss package pricing and annual contracts - partner with us to help you improve your organization's performance!

Cancellation Policy
Refunds will be issued for cancellations received and confirmed at least 15 business days prior to the program date. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after that date. Please email with any 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 is the expected weekly time commitment?

In addition to one day each week for training, you should budget an additional 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.


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?

You will receive a binder with all course materials, which are also available in our online repository.


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 and pay as soon as it is feasible for you. RIT accepts credit cards and purchase orders. In the event that you need to cancel, we will refund the full cost of the program until 3 weeks (15 business days) prior to the program start date.