About "Belts" in Continuous Improvement

Over the years, the progress of people's development in Lean, Six Sigma, and continuous improvement has come to be delineated by using the belt system common to martial arts.

While this system is not standardized, most organizations use the levels in a fairly consistent way. While Velaction follows the same convention as far as level, we do not use the belts as part of a certification process. Rather we use it as a way of organizing content.

Each belt level, with the exception of the white belt membership, builds upon the content of the lower-level belts.

  • Guest Membership: A guest membership lets you enroll in 'previews' of our courses, which are basically unlocked lessons. You'll have permanent access as long as you remain signed up to receive our newsletter. With a guest membership, you get one-click access to previews, and can download a wealth of free forms that are yours to keep.

  • White Belt: Our white belt membership program is our Netflix-style video platform. It has a permanent library of videos, as well as a transitory flow of temporary videos. It is targeted to people new to continuous improvement, or to those that are interested in watching a steady flow of fresh programming without access to a large library of content.

  • Yellow Belt: Our yellow belt audience is frontline people who are in a company that is focused on continuous improvement. They may be involved significantly in improvement efforts, but are not leading those efforts. Our yellow belt content is focused on personal development and learning about the tools that they will be asked to use.

  • Green Belt: Our green belt memberships are for people who have a junior leadership role in the company, or those who take temporary leadership roles in improvement activity. It builds on the yellow belt content and adds in basic leadership, kaizen management, and more advanced tools.

  • Black Belt: Our black belt membership shifts from developing yourself as a leader to learning how to develop and lead teams. This membership goes well beyond green belts. It covers a much wider range of content. It focuses on systemic leadership than just project-based leadership. And it goes deep into developing people's talent rather than just putting that talent to effective use.

  • Master Black Belt: Master black belt memberships are geared towards developing systems and infrastructure. It also covers developing the trainers who will spread continuous improvement knowledge throughout the company. This membership contains a load of training materials you can use to build up your company's internal training capability.

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Learn About Our Memberships

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Guest Membership

Free membership with loads of downloadable forms and access to select lessons.


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WHITE BELT
Video Platform

Netflix-style video platform. Loads of permanent videos, plus screenings of much of our new content.

$4.99/Month
7-Day Free Trial
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YELLOW BELT
Frontline Team Membership

Core tools and training, including our massive CI encyclopedia.

$5.99/Month
Free Trial
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GREEN BELT
CI Leader Membership

Tools and training for junior leaders and people put in charge of continuous improvement projects.

$11.99/Month
Free Trial
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BLACK BELT
Leader / Trainer Membership

For leaders and trainers responsible for developing a Continuous Improvement Culture.

$19.99/Month
Free Trial
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MASTER BLACK BELT
Program Leader Membership

Tools and training materials (with corporate licenses) for the person responsible for leading the CI efforts at your company. $199 first month


$29.99/month
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Note: ROACIC is our "Ramblings of a Continuous Improvement Coach" series, our vlog-style program about random continuous improvement concepts.

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