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Lean Training

A Message from Government Operations Secretary Marybel Batjer | Secretary's Message - Plain Text (RTF)

Lean is a continuous improvement methodology based on five key principles to eliminate waste and increase value designed to improve processes and quality from the point of view of the customer.  The California Lean Academy hosts Lean training for state employees at all levels who are interested in learning how to eliminate waste and streamline processes in their units, program areas, and departments.

Introduction to Lean

Are you new to Lean? Wondering what it's all about?

The Introduction to Lean eLearning course will answer your questions. This 30-minute, free course introduces you to the basic concepts of Lean, including waste vs. value, value add vs. non-value add, and the eight wastes, also known as DOWNTIME.

If you've taken Lean White Belt training, this course is also a great refresher. Get started with Lean today!

Introduction to Lean

Introduction to Lean for mobile devices

​Lean White Belt

Are you ready for a deeper dive into Lean? Sign up for this one-day course and earn your Lean White Belt.

This class provides an overview of the fundamental concepts of Lean and the tools and techniques used to identify value-added activities and eliminate waste to improve customer outcomes. You will leave class with a plan to innovate and improve your work immediately!

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Course Description for Lean White Belt

​Lean Training for Trainers

The Lean White Belt Train-the-Trainer (T4T) course prepares students with the necessary training and practical experience for certification as a California Lean Academy certified instructor. The California Lean White Belt course has been developed as a one-day Lean orientation session to expose state employees to process improvement methodologies.

In order to deliver the California Lean White Belt course within your department, you must first complete the three-day California Lean White Belt T4T course. Upon completion of the training and successful delivery of a Lean White Belt class as well as related homework, trainees will be certified as a California Lean Academy instructor.

Certification Requirements

Lean White Belt training content is solely for the purpose of training and used by permission from CALHR/SPB. Since completion of this course carries with it a certification, the following requirements apply:

  • A lean project (documented with an A3 provided template) must be completed within 60 days of training prior to certification.
  • Certification status must be maintained by delivering Lean White Belt training four times per year.
  • Lean training is designed to help departments implement Lean. As such each student’s management team must indicate approval their participation and commitment to the certification requirements to CalHR by sending an email to: prior to the student commencing the course. This requirement is in addition to the normal training process approval.

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Course Description for Lean T4T

​Lean Yellow Belt Training

Are you ready to work on improvement projects that provide great results for yourself, your team, your department, and ultimately – the State of California?  Do you want to anchor the skills learned during the Lean White Belt Course by broadening your Lean knowledge and skills?  You'll learn how to make groundbreaking improvements and sustain greater results, helping to set you apart as an expert and valued team member.

During this highly interactive Yellow Belt course, participants will learn advanced tools, techniques and methods of Lean and how it ties into the business processes at their organization.  Participants will learn to implement Lean tools, techniques, and practices to achieve cost reduction and improve overall quality through consistent compliance to defined quality standards. 

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Course Description for Lean Yellow Belt

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