Yellow Belt

Learn the fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma while addressing a real process problem.  Start your Lean Six Sigma journey here!

At-a-glance
Cost $750 - discounts available
Duration 3 days (on-campus), 3 weeks (blended online)
Availability January, March, May, August/September
Prerequisites none
CEU's 2

CQAS’s popular Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification training program is a powerful workforce development activity focused on team-based problem solving!  It is built around a core group of process improvement tools designed to help you solve job-related problems more efficiently and effectively by utilizing these tools within a structured methodology.

During this highly interactive program, you will apply process improvement tools on a real problem of your own while following the first four phases of the DMAIC process: Define, Measure, Analyze, and Improve.  At the end of the course, you and your teammates will craft a set of recommendations that are ready for consideration by management.  Your manager or management team is encouraged to attend final presentations.  Upon completion of the program, you will be certified by CQAS as a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

On-Campus Program

Our on-campus program is delivered in 3 consecutive days.  You will be exposed to each topic in-depth through interactive discussions, structured exercises within a team environment, and application of tools to your project. 

Blended Online Program

Our blended online program covers the same content as our on-campus program but is offered over a 3-week period in a format that is flexible to your schedule. Learning materials include pre-recorded lectures, team exercises, and quizzes; online “discussion boards”; and “live” project review sessions via web-conference to discuss team exercises and offer feedback on your project.  A live interactive orientation session is held to provide you the opportunity to meet your instructors and classmates, navigate our online learning platform, understand course expectations, and answer questions. Unlike self-paced online training, our instructor-guided approach keeps you actively engaged while still providing flexibility to meet your other commitments.

Contract Program

Our Yellow Belt certification program is also available as a customized contract program that can be delivered to your organization onsite or in a blended online format. Contact us for more information.

Certification

Certification by CQAS as a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt requires successful completion of training including all course materials and deliverables, attendance (on-campus program), participation in discussions and final presentation. 

  • Lean Six Sigma Enterprise Approach to Improvement.  By integrating complementary concepts and tools from both the Lean and Six Sigma bodies of knowledge, you will have a more powerful toolbox to address challenging problems and generate more impactful results.  You will learn about the history of each methodology and how they effectively complement each other.   You will be introduced to the nine wastes and five stages of the DMAIC improvement process – Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control – as well as key tools associated with each stage.
  • Problem Solving Process/Tools.  Learn how to define a problem, determine root causes, and identify and implement strategies for improvement.  These tools are designed to help teams understand a problem, organize information, and reach consensus.
  • Statistical Thinking.  Lean Six Sigma focuses on connected processes, and the primary objective is to reduce process variation or unpredictability of outcomes.  Examples will be heavily utilized to give you a working knowledge of data-driven thinking, and you will learn how to become a “process thinker” focused on reducing variation.
  • 5-S and Visual Controls.  Learn how to implement a sustainable 5-S program. You will learn the steps in 5-S, what a 5-S audit should look like, and then you will participate in a classroom simulation to reinforce the fundamental concept of 5-S and why it is not simply a “clean-up” program.  Examples of visual controls will help you see how to apply these concepts to real-world problems and opportunities.
  • Change.  Improvement involves change and change can be challenging.  We will discuss the underlying reasons for the failure of most change initiatives, and how to develop strategies to create an environment within which change can be successfully implemented.
Upcoming Dates Registration

January 18 - February 15, 2023 (blended online)
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May 17 - 19, 2023 (on-campus)
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Yellow Belt Pricing

Individual Registration: $750

Discounts (only one discount per person):

  • MedTech Association Members: $675 (10%)
  • GRQC Members: $675 (10%)
  • RIT Alumni, Employees, and Immediate Family Members: $600 (20%)
  • Full-Time College Students (all institutions):

Special pricing for full time students: $450 (40% discount).  Contact cqas@rit.edu or 585-475-6990 for details and coupon code.

Group Registration (no other discounts apply) *:

  • 2 people: $675 per person (10%). (RIT Alumni, Employees and Immediate Family Members - please register as 2 individuals for a 20% discount)
  • 3+ people: $600 per person (20%)

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

Register for January 18 - February 15, 2023 (blended online)

Register for May 17 - 19, 2023 (on-campus)

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for cancellations received and confirmed at least 10 business days prior to the program start date. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after that date. Please email cqas@rit.edu with any questions.
 

FAQ's

We encourage teams to enroll because the program is structured around teams and is a great opportunity to work on a shared problem with others in your organization, but individual enrollment is perfectly acceptable.  Individual enrollees will be assigned to a team to work together on a project.

It is not required to have a project in advance but it is helpful to identify opportunities that can be addressed during the training.  If projects are needed, the instructor will facilitate project identification during orientation (on-line program) or at the start of the on-campus program, and each team will work on a process improvement opportunity during the program.

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 instructors and other program participants.

We offer a 3-day on-campus program as well as a 3-week blended online program.  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.

The on-campus program consists of three consecutive days.  The online program requires approximately the same time commitment (1-2 hours of training content and 5-6 hours on a team project per week) over 3 weeks.

Yes. Upon request, you will be issued 2 CEU’s at the end of the program.

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 10 business days before the start of the program or you will be invoiced and held responsible for payment in full.

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