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Green Belt Program

Registration for Next Program: January 16, 2018 - May 22, 2018 (every Tuesday)

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CQAS's Green Belt training program is the entry level Lean Six Sigma program that includes active management participation, twelve (12) days of Green Belt training, a Green Belt project and certification. There is no prerequisite for entry into our Green Belt program. It is offered both on the RIT campus (“open” enrollment) and on a contract basis at client organizations 

The "open” Green Belt program is delivered one day each week for twelve consecutive weeks. The program is led by a Lean Six Sigma expert instructor and will engage participants in extensive interactive training. Participants are exposed to each topic in depth through classroom assignments and structured exercises within a team environment.

Each participant is required to complete a project of significant value to their organization. This involves completion of a Project Charter that describes objectives, team members, project costs and timeline. The Project Charter must be approved by both the organization’s management as well as CQAS. During the training program, participants will present progress reports. Pairs of participants from the same organization may work on the same project.

CQAS’s Green Belt program is unique:

  • Projects are integrated into the training so that participants actively apply tools and concepts directly to their own projects. Each participant is required to complete a Green Belt project that will continue beyond the training and generate significant benefit to their organization. Project value is exponentially higher than the cost of the program. Each project is mentored by a Lean Six Sigma expert from CQAS, and support continues through project completion.
  • The program is designed to meet the needs of all business sectors.  Emphasis is placed on tailoring learning to each student’s needs, while participant diversity provides opportunities to learn from one another.
  • Emphasis goes beyond coverage of 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 the methods and tools on a daily basis.
  • The program is spread out over 12 weeks to facilitate project integration and applied learning. (Plan to spend an additional 6-8 hours per week on your project).  Project reviews offer direct feedback on each project.
  • Instructors have deep expertise in their fields and are available throughout the program to support learning and project mentoring. CQAS is part of a major university and leverages expert and experienced faculty, Master Black Belts and other professionals who are teachers, consultants, real-world problem solvers, respected speakers, authors, and active members of professional societies.

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

RIT’s CQAS Green Belt program provides in-depth data analysis tools and processes to fully implement the Lean Six Sigma problem solving process to generate superior data driven solutions, productive yields, and dramatically improved bottom-line results.


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

  • Successful completion of the training program including attendance, class participation and project reviews
  • Passing score (70) on final exam
  • Completion of a Green Belt project including submission of a final report signed-off by your sponsor or other senior leader, within 2 years of training

Contract Green Belt Program

Our popular on-campus Green Belt certification program is also available as a customized contract program, which can be delivered to your organization as a “blended” program with both onsite elements and remote or online components, or offered fully online. This customized program covers all the same tools and topics as our open program.  Contact us for more information.

Open Green Belt Schedule starting January 16, 2018 (Tuesdays only)

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All modules will be taught in class on the RIT campus.

Jan. 16 8:30 am - 12:00 pm Management Overview
* Managers are strongly encouraged to attend. Students may attend, but it is not required.
Jan. 23 8:30 am - 4:30 pm LSS Overview
Jan. 30 8:30 am - 4:30 pm SIPOC VSM & Flow Charting, Problem Definition
Feb. 6 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Standard Work, Cost of Quality & Team Building
Feb. 13 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Project Charter
Feb. 27 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Statistical Thinking, Sampling Issues, Basic Statistics
March 6 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 5S & VC Problem Solving, C&E Matrix, & FMEA
March 13 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Components of Variance, MSA & Regression Analysis
March 20 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Line Design & Kaizen/Project Update
March 27 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Setup Reduction & TMP & Kanban
April 10 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Capability Analysis, Control Plans, SPC
April 17 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Individual Project Consultations
April 24 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Design of Experiments
May 22 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Project Report
Open Green Belt Pricing
  • 1 person: $3,950

Multiple participants from the same organization receive discounted rates (no other discounts may be applied):

  • 2-3 people:  $3,550 per person (10% discount)
  • 4 + people:  $3,150 per person (20% discount)

Discounts (for individual registrations)
Only one discount per person.

  • MedTech Association Members: 10%
  • GRQC Members: 10%
  • RIT Alumni: 20%
  • RIT Employees: 20%
  • Full-Time College Students (all institutions): 20%
    College students contact Susan Chapman at or 585-475-6990 for a coupon code.

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.


Registration for Next Program: January 16, 2018 - May 22, 2018 (every Tuesday)

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Seminar registration will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Registration is also available by contacting:

Susan Chapman

PHONE: (585) 475-6990
FAX: (585) 475-5959
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Frequently Asked Questions

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.