Virtual Greenbelt Training

The Value Institute Learning Center medallion

Greenbelt training is the most advanced, comprehensive level of process improvement training the Value Institute teaches. Greenbelt certification denotes an internationally recognized competency in process improvement tools and project execution.

Value Institute instructors will introduce students to the history of process improvement work globally and within the Dartmouth Health system, project management and team leadership, and the five DMAIC steps of process improvement: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Control.

Students selected for the Fall 2024 Greenbelt Training will achieve certification through the Greenbelt Case Study. They will complete a project where they will apply multiple DMAIC processes and tools to understand and address performance challenges for sepsis care in a fictional hospital emergency department.

Fall 2024 class schedule:

  • Week 1: September 3 to 4, 2024, 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • Week 2: September 10 to 11, 2024, 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • Week 3: September 17 to 19, 2024, 8 am to 12:30 pm
  • Week 4: September 24 to 26, 2024, 8 am to 12:30 pm

We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2024 Greenbelt Training. Apply online.

Greenbelt course curriculum


  • Charters
  • Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs and Customers (SIPOC)
  • Affinity Diagrams
  • Voice of the Customer
  • Critical to X (CTX)


  • Process Mapping
  • Statistics
  • Distributions
  • Variation
  • Sampling Plans
  • Time Plots
  • Frequency Plots
  • Defects Per Million Opportunities (DPMO)
  • Process Capability


  • Lean Thinking
  • Value Stream Map (VSM)
  • 8 Wastes
  • Value Analysis
  • Lean Assessment Tools
  • Cause and Effect Diagrams
  • 5 Whys
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Pareto Charts


  • Brainstorming
  • Benchmarking
  • Lean Solutions
  • Solution Selection
  • Future State Mapping
  • Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA)
  • Risk Assessment
  • Implementation Planning


  • Standard Work
  • Training
  • Key Performance Indicator Monitoring
  • Control Plans
  • Control Methods
  • Project Closure

Greenbelt certification pathways

Greenbelt certification

Available for
  • Dartmouth Health employees
  • External students
Application prep: Letters of support
  • Written support from supervisor (internal candidates only)
Application prep: Supplemental materials
  • PowerPoint
  • Excel with data visualizations
Greenbelt application
  • Complete and submit by June 7, 2024
Student selection
  • Students will be notified by the end of June 2024
Class attendance
  • Attend all 10 half-day sessions
  • Actively participate in class and breakout activities
  • Complete and pass the post-class exam with a score of 80% or more by October 11, 2024
Post class engagement
  • Study sessions facilitated by VILC coaches
Certification requirements
  • One 20-minute presentation with in-depth tool review
  • Complete and submit 6 DMAIC case study phases and final poster
Greenbelt cycle end dates
  • Complete modules and final presentation by March 6, 2025

Greenbelt accreditation

Dartmouth Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth Hitchcock designates this live activity for a maximum of 33.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dartmouth Hitchcock's Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 33.25 contact hours.

Greenbelt pricing

Type of attendee Price per attendee
Regular $2500
NEAH members $1350
Partner organizations $1350
DHMC staff and member organizations Free

If you are interested in other pricing and delivery options please email us to discuss how to meet your organizational needs.

Cancellation policy

If you need to reschedule, please contact the VILC staff as soon as possible. We are happy to work with you to reschedule for another time.

A full refund less $25 processing fee will be issued for cancellations made 15 or more days prior to the class date. If you must cancel your registration within 15 days of the class, a 10% fee will be assessed per registered student. For registration questions, please e-mail