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Green Belt Certificate Project

Green Belt Certificate Project Details

The Green Belt Certificate Project is one of the requirements for Green and Black Belt certification through the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  By completing a Green Belt Certificate Project the participant is showing that they were able to practice in the field some of the concepts covered in the various continuous improvement courses they completed.

How You Will Benefit

  • Incredible ROI on training investment—average project savings to date is $89,000 per project
  • Showcase skills learned in an applied manner
  • Improve quality of products and services
  • Increase efficiency and innovation
  • Achieve cost savings and increased productivity

Project Activities

Phase 1

Outside of the classroom, work within your organization to identify a continuous improvement project.

Phase 2

Apply tools and concepts introduced in the classroom to your project.

Phase 3

Notify and update the important stakeholders upon project completion.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Steps

1) Complete Yellow Belt course and assessment

2) Complete Green Belt courses and post course-assessments

3) Complete Green Belt process improvement project, upload for review


Green Belt Project Charter Template
Green Belt Project Logbook for DMAIC or Kaizen Event Project

Here are some common questions and answers related to the Green Belt Certificate Project.


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The University encourages people to complete the Green Belt Certificate Project after the coursework is complete. However, sometimes there’s a great project opportunity that can’t wait or doesn’t match the participant’s scheduled coursework, so exceptions to the general rule about completing coursework first are frequently made. If you would like to begin working on a Green Belt Certificate Project before completing all of your coursework, we recommend that you send a brief description of the problem/opportunity or a project charter of the process problem to the series Director for a quick review. The time spent upfront planning out your next steps could save you countless hours at the end.

The key is to make sure that the project is a process improvement project – that the system being worked on is an existing process, that a current state measurement of the process is performed as part of the analysis, that the process problem is investigated and root causes are then determined, and that future state solutions are based on the root causes determined. More details on characteristics of good process improvement project can be found in the workbook used for Yellow Belt certification. Visit http://uwmadison.box.com/BPI and from the table of contents in the workbook go to “Process Improvement Project Selection” or review the attached file on selecting a process improvement project.

The project should either follow the DMAIC methodology or the Kaizen methodology.

The documentation you provide doesn’t need to be something separate from the docs you use to report on the project internally.  Most participants send their PPT slide deck or written report that they provide to their business sponsor.  Specific items to include in the documentation:

  • The documentation provided should highlight some of the tools and activities you and your team performed in the DMAIC or Kaizen methodology. 
  • If the materials you created for your sponsor don’t highlight this we provide a simple logbook that you provide as a separate attachment. 
  • For participants that use the logbook, it’s typically no more than a couple of pages in length.  The logbook template is attached and on the Green Belt Certificate Project web page in the resources tab. 
  • Many participants also include specific project artifacts that help tell the story of the project including: project charter, current state/future state process map, key data used in root cause analysis, standard work descriptions/aids used in future state solution set.  What you elect to send is up to you and possibly limits your organization has on providing project information. 

Most participants send their documentation after the project has been measured to show future state improvements. If that will be too time consuming because the solution set implementation timeframe is long, some participants document all activities up to the implementation and describe what future state measurement will eventually occur. Sort of a D –M – A – I without the C type of project report out. If you need to follow this approach, it might be helpful to contact the series Director and provide more details on your plan.

You can be either the team leader or team member. We recommend filling out the project logbook template showing the work you completed and the separate work completed by the rest of the team. The logbook template is attached and on the Green Belt Certificate Project web page in the resources tab. The University encourages team members from the same organization working together and submitting a single project for the two or more team members.

The project needs to be completed within 7 years of the last finished classroom course.

Once the project documentation is reviewed by the series Director, typically the review is completed that same business week. If there are any questions that the series Director has, you typically work through them via email. Phone or video conference, or face to face meetings can be arranged is necessary. Once questions are answered (if there were any) you are notified that the Green Belt Certificate Project requirement is complete and then the project is marked as complete in your transcript history.

The University is not looking for a certain amount of process improvement from current state to future state. What we are looking for is that some of the concepts covered in the courses were used in your project journey and that you used a data driven root-cause identification approach that measured changes from current to future state.

Only one project is needed for any of the belting certificates. If you completed a project for Green Belt certification, you do not need to complete another project for Black Belt certification.