Lean Level I Yellowbelt


Lean is all about engaging people in the spirit of continuous improvement and CME Lean Level 1 (Yellowbelt) provides an in-depth introduction to Lean with an emphasis on the five core Lean principles and waste reduction. Facilitated by experts with real-world experience, this five-day program is focused on hands-on learning. This training can be taken in-person or online remote facilitated.

Participants complete group simulations and homework assignments to apply the tools they learn to improve company processes. It will include the importance of creating a safe and effective work environment, allowing for physical distancing and workplace sanitization routines to protect employees from potential exposure to COVID-19.


Our Lean Level I Yellowbelt curriculum has been updated to help manufacturers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.


Start Date



September 13, 2021


October 13, 2021


January 13, 2022



  • Day 1 for 1 hour as an intro to the course (9:00 to 10:00)
  • Prior to Day 2, the student works at their own pace and at a convenient time, approximately 2 hours, on the online component where participants will learn about Customer Value, 5 Principles of Lean, and 8 wastes.
  • Day 2 for 5 hours (8:30 to 1:00) Airplane Simulation
  • Prior to Day 3, the student works at their own pace, approximately 2 hours, on the online component where participants will learn about Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping, Value Assessment
  • Day 3 for 5 hours (8:30 to 1:00) VSM exercise
  • Prior to Day 4, the student works at their own pace, approximately 2 hours, on the online component where participants will learn about 5S and Standard Work
  • Day 4 for 5 hours (8:30 to 1:00) 5S and Standard work Exercise
  • Prior to Day 5, the student works at their own pace, approximately 2 hours, on the Online component where participants will learn about Visual Management, Problem Solving, and will upload their required homework.
  • Homework:  1-3 hours depending on what the student chooses for their assignment
  • Day 5 for 5 hours (8:30 to 1:00) Huddle Board Exercise and the start of the Case Study
  • Day 6 for 7 hours (8:30 to 4:00) Finish Case Study and Graduation


Costs may vary by province and may be eligible for government funding. Select your preferred location to view the prices for CME members and non-members.


In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, CME has adjusted our cancellation policies to allow members the greatest flexibility to put health and safety first while benefiting from the world-class training CME provides. Cancellations received in writing 10 days prior to the first day of the course will be reimbursed 100 per cent of the purchase price. Cancellations received fewer than 10 business days are eligible for a 50 per cent reimbursement. Participants who are not able to attend an in-person session due to illness or self-isolation will be offered the opportunity to participate virtually where possible, or to send a delegate in their stead (for single-day sessions or where missed day occurs on day one of a multi-day course).

Where neither is an option, CME will apply a credit or allow the participant to re-enroll at a later session start date to continue their learning at no additional cost.

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  • Participants: An introductory session, followed by 5 days in session; required homework/applied learning, with a period of 40 hours
  • Course takes place over 5 weeks


  • Module 1 | Introduction to Lean
  • Module 2 | Value Stream Mapping
  • Module 3 | 5S and Standard Work
  • Module 4 | Huddle Boards & Visual Controls
  • Module 5 | Hands on Simulation, Group Presentation & Graduation


  • Understand Lean and continuous improvement principles and tools
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply basic Lean tools and contribute fully to the problem solving or continuous improvement activities within the organization
  • Be able to participate meaningfully in Lean and continuous improvement efforts


Anyone currently engaged in Lean and continuous improvement efforts and any employee who will participate in these efforts going forward.


“Loewen has been a member of CME for many years. We have participated in many of CME’s Lean training programs over the years and have always been very happy with the services CME provides.


In 2020, Covid has forced everyone to do business differently. Once again, CME stepped up and developed training programs that we could participate in virtually. Having participated in CME Lean programs in the past and knowing they have first-class trainers, we were confident enough in their ability that we registered 23 of our plant and office leaders in the virtual Lean Yellowbelt program. We were not disappointed.


Over the years Loewen has been a firm believer in the value of applying Lean principles. In the last five years, we have improved our productivity by 31% through eliminating waste in our processes. This wasn’t through implementing large capital projects: this was everyone pulling together finding waste and removing it. “


Todd Le Roy, VP Manufacturing at Loewen Windows


“I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical at first of the concept of virtual training. Other 3rd party virtual training offerings that I have attended in the past resulted in disinterest and really lacked engagement. I am happy to say that the virtual CME Yellowbelt training not only met my expectations, but exceeded them.


The material was relevant, presented at a good pace, with engaged breakout sessions all within the virtual environment. I was so impressed with the Yellow Belt training that I sent all of my direct reports situated in Winnipeg and throughout the United States for the training immediately thereafter.


I highly recommend the CME Yellow Belt online and virtual training to anyone.”


Mark Matousek, Manufacturing Engineering Director at Carfair


“I thoroughly enjoyed the Lean Level 1 Yellowbelt Course. The instructor gave us great resources and tools that can be used in both our home and work environments. We all have “wastes” that we encounter daily and to be able to identify and eliminate them, even if they are small, can make a huge difference in the outcome. CME provided an excellent virtual learning experience as they adapted their course to meet our company’s needs. I am super excited to promote and use what I learnt to help our company pursue excellence.”


Justina Unger, Invoicing Coordinator at Friesens Corporation


“The lean yellowbelt training helped me add a lot of tools to my tool belt that I will be able to use in my day to day work. The online training was much better than I thought it would be; time just flew by.”


Nick Wall, Quote Systems Helpdesk at Loewen Windows and Doors


Thanks to the support of the Ontario government, CME has launched a Skills Development Program to provide free Lean Yellowbelt training for manufacturing employees.


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