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CU-LEAN Training Program

Clemson offers four training programs geared toward enabling individuals to lead and participate in process improvement projects. The Lean Office provides training opportunities for all interested employees including those wanting to participate in a Lean project and those simply wanting to understand Lean concepts for Higher Education.

Executive Level Training

This level of training provides an overview of the entire Lean program. It has been designed specifically for executives, deans, and other high level management. This brief presentation describes what Lean is and how the Lean office intends to deploy Lean across campus. The purpose of this training is to inform on-campus leadership and encourage its support on process improvement projects across campus.

  • Executive Level Training is a one-hour training course.

White Belt

This level of training is the first step to becoming a Clemson Lean employee. White Belt training introduces the basic concepts of Lean, the importance of change and improvement, and the goals of the CU-LEAN program. The purpose is to show all levels of employees the role they can play as a part of larger processes and to encourage them to seek out improvement possibilities continuously. The following must be completed in order to become white belt certified:

  • In Class Training (three-hour course)
  • Participate in a Lean event and serve as a team member
  • Pass Certification Test

Sign up for White Belt Training here.

Purple Belt

This level of training introduces a more in-depth understanding of Lean tools and the PDCA methodology used in Kaizen events. Purple Belts have been members of project teams and have earned their White Belt.  The purpose of this training is to provide team members with the tools and knowledge they need to lead teams as the Value Stream Manager. Purple Belts must be selected by both the Lean Council and their supervisor prior to enrollment in the Lean training. This training allows employees to lead a process improvement project team, with the support of their mentor and the Lean Office. The following must be completed in order to become Purple Belt certified:

  • In Class Training (2 x three-hour courses)
  • Participate in a Lean event and serve as a Value Stream Manager
  • Pass Certification Test

Orange Belt

Orange Belts have been members of project teams, led at minimum 2 projects as a Value Stream Manager and have earned their Purple Belt. Orange Belts must be selected by both the Lean Council and their supervisor prior to enrollment in the Lean training. These individuals show dedication to the Lean initiative through their consistent leadership in process improvement projects. There is no additional classroom training for Orange Belts.

  • Lead and implement, at minimum, 2 project teams as a Value Stream Manager
  • Pass Certification Test

Senior Orange Belt

Senior Orange Belts have been members of project teams, led at minimum 2 projects as a Value Stream Manager and have earned their Orange Belt. This level of training is the first step to becoming a Lean facilitator and mentor. Senior Orange Belt training introduces the process for facilitating Value Stream Mapping and Kaizen events and helps individuals understand the right questions to ask teams to lead them towards an improved future state. Individuals will watch how events are facilitated, have the opportunity to co-facilitate events and upon the completion of the training, be able to successfully facilitate events on their own.  The following must be completed in order to become Senior Orange Belt certified:

  • In Class and hands on training (6 weeks spanning several months) including facilitation of Value Stream Mapping and Kaizen events
  • Pass Certification Test

If you are interested in receiving training, please email Lisa Knox.