Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Upcoming Courses

Upcoming Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Courses
Course Name Venue Date Prices
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Course

Edinburgh Business School,

Heriot-Watt University

Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st May 2020

Register here

Standard ticket: £500

HWU Alumni & Current Students: £400


Lean Six Sigma provides organisations with a systematic approach to enhance profitability and overall business performance, as well as improving their productivity and customer saisfaction. Any business process can benefit from Lean Six Sigma methodology, when properly applied and sustained. This is relevant to multiple areas of business, including operations, services, manufacturing, design, purchasing and human resources, for example.

This two-day Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt course provides an introductory training in the basic fundamentals of Lean and Six Sigma. A Yellow Belt will be able to demonstrate an understanding of processes by using the simple tools and techniques of Lean and Six Sigma to gather data, participate in problem solving teams, and add their personal experiences to the exploration process of a Six Sigma project.

In order to gain the Yellow Belt award, participants are required to complete a continuous improvement project based on LSS tools, after the completion of the course. This is expected to demonstrate a benefit of approximately £2.5k in your organisation.

This two-day course is designed for anyone who wishes to understand more on what Lean Six Sigma can do for their organisation. 

For example, this includes executives and managers in the following areas:

  • Production
  • Operations
  • Quality Engineering
  • Process Engineering
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Customer Service


This two-day course includes both practical and problem-solving exercises on the below topics to prepare participants to complete a project.

  • An introduction to Lean and Six Sigma
  • The systematic approach to enhance profitabillity and overall business performance.
  • Basic quality and process improvement tools, and DMAIC Methodology for problem-solving.
  • Practical exercises and demonstration of how Lean Six Sigma can be used in real life.


On completion of the Yellow Belt course, participants will:

  • Understand the Lean and Six Sigma thinking.
  • Appreciate and be able to apply the basic quality and process improvement tools and DMAIC Methodology for problem-solving.
  • Understand the critical success factors and next steps for implementing Lean Six Sigma in their organisation.
  • Be prepared to sucessfully complete a Lean Six Sigma project, to demonstrate a benefit of approximately £2.5k to your organisation.
  • On successful completion of the project, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement in Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. This will incur a £60 administrative fee payable to Heriot-Watt University.


Course Leader:

Helen Mackenzie

You can view Helen discussing our Yellow Belt course here.


For all enquiries relating to the course content, please contact the Course Leader, Helen Mackenzie on h.mackenzie@hw.ac.uk.

For all other enquiries, please contact the Executive Education Team: cpd.soss@hw.ac.uk


"Starting the LSS Yellow Belt qualification tied in nicely with a pilot project we were initiating. LSS really helped not only give some direction to the project, but forced us to think about the demonstratable benefits we were going to get from the project. Projects are often undertaken on 'gut feel', but LSS gives you tools to clearly quanitfy cost savings and benefits which are often overlooked. This resulted in a successful pilor project which is currently being rolled out to other areas."

Will Chicken, Head of Operations, University of Edinburgh Business School - November 2018 

"The course has been instrumental in understanding, prioritising and taking action on change requests. standardising processes, reducing waste, and overall improving departmental efficiency. In paticular, the tools employed in the DMAIC cycle (especially SIPOC, and fishbone diagram) were really useful to engage colleages and stakeholders in all stages of the improvement process, and made everyone feel challenged by, and invested in quality enhancement journey."

Chiara Ciucani & Michael Steven, Development and Alumni, The University of Edinburgh - November 2018

"I found completing LSS Yellow Belt really interesting. My work is difficult to quanitfy but the tools of Lean Six Sigma, in paticular using the DMAIC methodolgy, really helped me to map out processes that I work with and improve them in a controlled way."

Freya Brooks-Todd, Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Business School, University of Edinburgh Business School - November 2018

"The Lean Six Sigma course has provided us with the tools to allow us to tackle a project in a new way to identify the best solution and evaluate the benefits. We will take these tools and information learnt and use them to develop a strategy for continuous improvement throughout the department." 

Tiffany Pietrek, Catriona Simpson & Donna Black, Donor Testing Team, Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service - November 2018

"As Head of Research, I have found the work undertaken by the Yellow Belt participants on the ongoing Lean Six Sigma Project (Research Request Submissions) to have already been invaluable in highlighting potential business and process improvements in a number of areas."

Dave Scott, Head of Research for Development and Alumnim, University of Edinburgh

"The course content was excellent and expertly presented. I would recommend to anyone currently engaged or interested in continuous improvement methodology."

Steven McGauley, University of Edinburgh, November 2018

"The course was thoroughly enjoyable and I learned a new approach to problem solving using stats and information to influence decision making. The exercises performed during the course are very realistic to situations that occur in everyday working life. I have learned a new approach to tackling these issues using LSS methodology."

Scott Allan, Production Engineer, Babcock International Group, June 2017