What is Lean Green Belt?

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A Lean Green Belt is the intermediate level that prepares professionals to solve business process problems and take charge of more complex improvement projects at UBC.

Lean Six Sigma uses the metaphor of martial arts belts to explain each team members’ role in advancing a project and ability to use the tools provided by Lean Six Sigma:

  • White Belt: A foundational understanding of the purpose, terms and phases used in Lean Six Sigma.
  • Yellow Belt: Small project leadership skillset and ability to use the basic Lean Six Sigma toolset.
  • Green Belt: The main leaders of Lean Six Sigma projects.
  • Black Belt: Leadership of large, complex Lean Six Sigma projects.
  • Master Black Belt: Strategic oversight and leadership of a portfolio of projects or organizations.


Professionals who hold a Lean Six Sigma White Belt have:

  • Attended a five-day Lean Six Sigma Green Belt workshop, offered by our partners at UBC Sauder School of Business – Executive Education
  • Completed 45 hours of coursework
  • Achieved a minimum of 60% on their certification exam.

The Important Role of a Green Belt at UBC

Upon successful completion of the exam and certification project, Green Belt professionals can put leadership tools into action and identify opportunities to apply Lean Six Sigma concepts in meeting the needs and goals of UBC and their departments.