Skip to main content

OSI Yellow Belt Program 

This high-energy immersive learning experience provides skills and tools that are proven to streamline processes and drive successful outcomes. Upon completion of the course, participants will be Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt practitioners and prepared to share applicable tools and skills with their departments to advance strategic goals.

Topics Covered

  • Understand the language and verbiage of process improvement and Lean Six Sigma
  • Obtain a working knowledge of the tools of process improvement and how to apply them in a higher education setting
  • Gain the ability to identify “Non-Value Added” activities and "Waste" in processes
  • Discover how imprecise, ambiguous information can stall process improvement
  • Learn how to measure and analyze data from core processes to identify opportunities for improvement
  • Recognize the importance of integrating “Voice Of Customer” into any initiative
  • Tools that are covered in both formats: DMAIC, VOC, 8-Wastes, 5S, VSM, Gemba, Ishikawa, Establishing Pull, Kaizen, Control Plan, 5-Whys, Change Management, Sigma Scoring, Pareto

Training Options

We now have two available formats, each providing a unique experience.  The foundational framework for both is the same, but the simulation exercises differ and the tools have been carefully selected to support each approach.  Registration requires a $100 fee.  Upon registration, participants will be asked to provide a project and task number.

Virtue-All Format 

Delivered via Zoom across two instruction sessions, this approach leverages gamification and a home-grown restaurant-themed simulation.  With a focus on engagement and guided practice - participants will attend a virtual learning experience unlike any other.  Additionally, this course provides tools and techniques to assist teams in supporting projects that may involve significant digital collaboration.   

Tools that are unique to this format: Charter, SIPOC, Tick Chart, Spaghetti Diagram, Zoom annotations, MS Teams, OneDrive

At least five long-time staff members have since told me that it was hands-down the most valuable training they've ever attended.  Virtue-all Participant

In-Person Format 

Delivered on campus in a single full-day session, this format leverages a courier simulation designed by Rath and Strong Consulting LLC.  This high-energy training includes a hands-on group experiential learning to explore process improvement tools.  Participants will collaborate to analyze and pilot potential improvements in real-time.

Tools that are unique to this format: Process Observation Sheet, Run Charts, Histogram, VSM deep dive, future state planning, and PDCA.

I really enjoyed all the hands-on activities, as I am a kinetic learner... and I also appreciated the many real-world examples they were able to share in the class."  In-Person Participant

Upcoming training dates:

    • December Virtual - at capacity
      • 12/5/2023 from 8:30am to 12:30pm
      • 12/7/2023 from 8:30am to 12:30pm
    • January Virtual
      • 1/8/2024 from 8:30am to 12:30pm
      • 1/11/2024 from 8:30am to 12:30pm
    • February In-Person
      • 2/8/2024 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
    • March Virtual
      • 3/18/2024 from 8:30am to 12:30pm
      • 3/21/2024 from 8:30am to 12:30pm
    • April In-Person
      • 4/25/2024 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
    • May Virtual
      • 5/27/2024 from 8:30am to 12:30pm
      • 5/30/2024 from 8:30am to 12:30pm


For more information about how to register and prepare for the course, check out this map link (which is also embedded below), created in Promapp


LSS Yellow Belt Supplemental Sessions

UC San Diego now has over 3000 staff who have received some level of Lean Six Sigma training.  There is a unique opportunity right now to leverage those skills to support our teams. 

We are excited to offer a few FREE opportunities to sharpen our Lean Six Sigma skillset. 

  • Kaizen practice (90 minutes) : We provide a process narrative and data sets, and YOU decide which tools to apply as you walk through DMAIC in a kaizen simulation.  Once you've learned the tools, this is your opportunity to apply them!  This is also great preparation for the Process Palooza "Great Race Competition"
  • Additional Tools (30-60 minutes) : OSI will introduce you to content on LSS tools which are not currently covered in the Yellow Belt.  These will also present an opportunity for a deeper dive into any topics our audience may be interested in.
We will have those dates posted on this page, and we will also email any of our past participants. 


Team and Department training options through OSI

If you are interested in providing a private training for your team or department, we offer several options for Lean Six Sigma training ranging from:

  • Introductory White Belt Trainings,
  • Private Yellow Belt Trainings (for groups of 14+), and
  • Customized Rapid Process Improvement sessions where attendees apply their LSS training to analyze and improve a current process from your department.

If you would like to pursue the private training option, please note that event scheduling is ultimately based on facilitator availability. Contact Antonio Nava at for additional information.


Advanced Training: Green Belt and Black Belt

For individuals interested in pursuing advanced levels of education in Lean Six Sigma, OSI recommends completing a course with hands-on, instructor-led training at UC San Diego Divison of Extended Studies. Course completion is dependent on demonstrating the application of LSS through an actual project. Scholarship opportunities are available annually through OSI. For more information, review the course details.