Get your continuous improvement career off to a good start

A Yel­low Belt Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is the foun­da­tion of Gem­ba Academy’s Lean/​Six Sig­ma belt cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grams. It pro­vides the fun­da­men­tal tools for both robust con­tin­u­ous improve­ment prac­tices as well as prepa­ra­tion for a Green Belt Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. A Gem­ba Acad­e­my Yel­low Belt Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion counts toward a Gem­ba Acad­e­my Green Belt.

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Our Yellow Belt program will prepare you for daily continuous improvement practices

  • Save Time

    Get start­ed today and be cer­ti­fied with­in 12 weeks

  • On-Demand

    All learn­ing con­tent is avail­able 247. Learn on your schedule.

  • Real World

    Apply tools and meth­ods in your work­place as you progress through the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion program

  • Cost Effec­tive

    Gain an imme­di­ate return on your organization’s invest­ment by improv­ing process­es while you learn and con­tin­ue to do so through­out your career

Expected Results

Improvements 101

A sol­id intro­duc­tion to improve­ment concepts.

  • Intro­duc­tion to Lean

  • 10 Com­mand­ments of Con­tin­u­ous Improvement

  • Intro­duc­tion to Six Sigma

  • Six Sig­ma vs. Lean

  • Deal­ing with the Sev­en Dead­ly Wastes


Learn your first abil­i­ties to start fix­ing what bugs you.

  • 5S Work­place Productivity

  • Prac­ti­cal Prob­lem Solving

  • Root Cause Analysis

  • Process Map­ping

  • Intro­duc­tion to Statistics

Why Become a Gem­ba Acad­e­my Cer­ti­fied Yel­low Belt?

Gem­ba Acad­e­my’s Yel­low Belt pro­gram will bring learn­ers from novices, to oper­at­ing with an improve­ment mind­set with­in 12 weeks.

  • For the Organization

    Iden­ti­fy and elim­i­nate waste on a dai­ly basis. Work along­side Green Belts on improve­ment project teams. Assist oth­ers with improve­ment initiatives.

  • For the Individual

    Demon­strate increased com­pe­ten­cy and respon­si­bil­i­ties. Pre­pare for Green Belt certification.


Want to learn more about the pro­gram? Our fre­quent­ly asked ques­tions are here for you.

Am I a good candidate for a Gemba Academy Yellow Belt? 

A good Yel­low Belt can­di­date has a strong inter­est in improv­ing process­es and elim­i­nat­ing waste in order to help the orga­ni­za­tion reach effi­cien­cy goals.

How long will it take to complete the Yellow Belt Certification? 

This is a 12-week course that can be com­plet­ed in less time, depend­ing on the candidate’s avail­abil­i­ty to com­plete the course­work. If the can­di­date can devote one hour per day, five days per week, the course will be fin­ished in less than four weeks. The total work­load, includ­ing mak­ing improve­ments in the work­place, is about 18 hours.

What does a Yellow Belt candidate need in order to be successful with this certification? 

Can­di­dates will need the fol­low­ing in order to be successful:

  • Time sched­uled every day to com­plete the coursework

  • Email (to cor­re­spond with coach­es as need­ed and also to receive mes­sages from Gem­ba Academy).

  • A com­put­er and broad­band inter­net to access Gem­ba Academy

  • Pow­er­Point (or sim­i­lar slide deck soft­ware) for deliv­er­ables and final report

  • A sim­ple cam­era (a typ­i­cal mobile phone is more than sufficient)

  • Process­es to improve or prob­lems to solve using the tools and meth­ods pre­sent­ed in the coursework.

Will I need to repeat these topics if I later decide to get my Gemba Academy Green Belt Certification? 

There will be no need to repeat this course­work when you upgrade to a Gem­ba Acad­e­my Green Belt. The same course mate­r­i­al will be made avail­able to you as an option­al refresh­er. Your Green Belt pro­gram will show all of your Yel­low Belt work has already been completed.

Is there a final exam? 

Yes, there is a 25-ques­tion final exam that cov­ers all of the mate­r­i­al pre­sent­ed in the pro­gram. There are also sev­er­al required quizzes and three prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion exer­cis­es to demon­strate proficiency.