Lean Healthcare Black Belt Certification Program

This Black Belt Program is designed to provide participants with a practical application of advanced Lean Healthcare tools and techniques and prepare them to lead project teams.

Program Content & Structure

The Lean Healthcare Black Belt program is made up of five learning blocks each containing a series of courses. One-on-one online mentoring support is provided for participants throughout the program and assessment is based on completing a course assignment and submission of a work-based improvement project.

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Why this program?

Watch this video to learn about the features, benefits and the course structure of the Lean Healthcare Black Belt training program.

Benefits to the individual and organization

  • Return on Investment in the Healthcare Sector: Over the past 5 years, the average savings from Black Belt projects in healthcare have exceeded $1.7 million per student.
  • Improving Quality and Efficiency in Healthcare: The program equips participants with the necessary tools and techniques to foster a culture of sustainable continuous improvement, leading to enhanced quality and efficiency in healthcare delivery.
  • Leadership Recognition in Continuous Improvement: Successfully completing the program enhances your status as a recognized leader in continuous improvement within the healthcare sector.
  • Internationally Recognized Industry Qualification: The program provides a highly sought-after industry qualification that holds international recognition, emphasizing its value and relevance in the healthcare field.
  • Tailored for the Healthcare Sector: The program is specifically designed for the entire healthcare sector, incorporating real-world examples and case studies from the industry to ensure practical applicability.
  • Integrated Learning Videos by Lean Healthcare and Clinical Experts: The program includes integrated learning videos that have been developed and delivered by Lean Healthcare and clinical experts, providing valuable insights and expertise specific to the healthcare sector.

What You'll Learn

  • Leading Large-Scale Lean Improvement Initiatives in the Healthcare Sector: Gain the skills and knowledge to effectively lead and drive large-scale Lean improvement initiatives in the healthcare industry. This program equips you with the necessary tools and strategies to successfully implement Lean methodologies on a broader scale.
  • Managing and Tracking Multiple Lean Projects in Healthcare: Learn how to effectively manage and track multiple Lean projects simultaneously in the healthcare sector. Acquire the skills to prioritize, allocate resources, and ensure successful execution of multiple Lean initiatives.
  • Providing Internal Coaching and Mentoring in Lean Healthcare: Develop the ability to provide internal coaching and mentoring to healthcare professionals, guiding them in the implementation of Lean methodologies. Gain the expertise to support and empower teams in their Lean journey, fostering a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Coordinating Lean Strategy with Senior Management in Healthcare: Acquire the skills to effectively coordinate and align Lean strategy with senior management in the healthcare sector. Learn how to communicate the value and benefits of Lean methodologies to senior leaders, gaining their support and engagement for organizational improvement initiatives.

Who is this program for?

This program is aimed at health professionals such as Quality Improvement Specialists, Operations Managers, Medical Directors, Clinical Leads, Project Managers, Patient Safety Leaders and Nurse Practitioners from organizations across the health sector including hospitals, health authorities, mental health and addictions, youth services, long term care, public and community health.


“I am forever thankful to the Leading Edge Group for not one but two quality improvement certificates, most recently the lean six sigma black belt certification. You have inspired me to challenge the current state and continually assess, monitor, evaluate, and recommend new ways of working. The knowledge and skills that were acquired through the black belt certification were immeasurable and have allowed me the opportunity to lead larger scale projects. The certification offers advanced knowledge and skills not only with quality improvement principles but incorporates a systems thinking that focuses on both project management and change management. Thank you for expanding my scope of practice and for the new tools I now have in my toolbox that allow me to identify new areas of opportunities that result in added value to our clients, programs, and services” Krista Galic - Manager, Quality, Monitoring, Staff & Student Development, Corporate Services and Knowledge and Strategic Services, Public Health Sudbury & Districts

“Doing a Lean Healthcare Black with Leading Edge allowed me to go beyond learning about lean principles and tools from the Green Belt and focus on how to lead in a way that supports a continuous improvement culture. Ultimately, Lean is about people coming together to improve how they provide value to their clients. The focus of my black belt project was to embed hoshin kanri into our organization’s annual planning and reporting processes to allow for great alignment in our efforts. My assigned mentor Chris Chadwick was very supportive. He provided me with advice to overcome the challenges I was experiencing, and great feedback on my assignments.

The black belt project resulted in increased awareness amongst management about our planning context, more integrated planning conversations, and shifting the detailed planning closer to when the work would start. There is still more work ahead to continue improving our planning processes, but the work created positive changes within our organization.”

Anne-Marie Parent - Manager, Governance and Strategy, Canadian Institute for Health Information

Learn from leaders

All our Lean Healthcare belt programs are developed and delivered by accomplished Lean Healthcare and clinical experts. Experts who have worked at the coalface and have tangible experience putting theory to practical use in real-world environments.

Chris Chadwick

Chris has extensive experience managing teams and projects within the healthcare and manufacturing industries. He has been able to utilize his training in varied methodologies to complete numerous projects using diverse approaches of Lean, Six Sigma and Shainin. For over ten years, Chris has managed a continuous improvement team as a Lean and Six Sigma Black Belt. During this time, he has enabled organizations to achieve significant cost savings through the development of efficient processes...

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Assessment is based on completing of four assignments and submission of a work-based improvement project. Upon successful completion participant will receive Lean Black Belt certification from Leading Edge Group.

Key Information

This program can be delivered through self-paced e-Learning or instructor-led (for groups of participants). One-to-one online mentoring support is provided throughout the program.

Program/Contact Hours
Approximately 200 hours
Completion Timeframe
Up twelve (12) months
Lean Green Belt qualified or similar level of practical Lean experience
Reading List/Textbook
Three textbook are provided upon enrollment. All other materials will be provided online, including recommended readings.

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Toronto, ON,
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VIC 3055

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