Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity.
- Albert Einstein


2nd Lean breakfast session by CIM_CIL (free)

Following the success of last year's session, CIM_CIL organises a second breakfast session on Lean on September 29th.

Venue: Link 21, Welvaartstraat 14-1 at 2200 Herentals, Belgium

Time: start at 08.15 CET

Price: FREE

Language: Dutch

Registration mandatory: follow this link

Exam dates for 2011 now published

The schedule of the different types of theoretical exams can be found on the Lean Certification page.

The exact dates are available on the specific page of each level (CGBLCBBLCChL).

The Lean certified community keeps on growing

On June 19th, we were pleased to welcome the candidates for a new exam session. This time the exams for the Certification of Green Belt in Lean (CGBL) and for the Certification of Black Belt in Lean (CBBL) have taken place.

Again we noticed a high success rate for both exams, so congratulations to all the new Certified Green and Black Belts in Lean!

Sixth annual study by executive search firm The Avery Point Group finds Lean talent demand now clearly outpacing Six Sigma by a substantial margin as the new prevailing force in corporate continuous improvement.

The Avery Point Group is a global executive recruiting and search firm that assists companies in identifying, assessing and recruiting midlevel management to senior executive Lean & Six Sigma talent.

"After years of steady gains, Lean has now achieved a clear and dominant standing over Six Sigma as the leading force in corporate continuous improvement, according to the latest study of almost 3,500 recent job postings reviewed by The Avery Point Group, a leading global executive search firm. The now dominant standing of Lean indicates that companies are increasingly relying on Lean as the core foundation for their continuous improvement efforts to help them face the challenges of today’s economic downturn."

"Based on its sixth annual study of Internet job postings, The Avery Point Group found that demand for Lean talent has surpassed Six Sigma by a substantial margin as the more desired skill set, accelerating an already growing shift in talent demand toward Lean. This year’s study showed that Lean talent demand exceeded Six Sigma by almost 35 percent, significantly widening its lead over last year’s results that only showed an 11 percent edge for Lean over Six Sigma. This is a dramatic shift from The Avery Point Group’s 2005 inaugural Lean and Six Sigma talent demand study that showed Six Sigma talent demand exceeding Lean by more than 50 percent."

"In addition, this year’s study focused on how requirements for certifications played into job specifications for Lean and Six Sigma talent. As Lean continues to gain more prominence, we fully expect our future annual studies to show increases in Lean certification requirements in job postings.”

IIBLC™ welcomes new partner in Italy !

Since January, IIBLC is very proud and pleased to welcome Advance Operations Management School as their new partner.

Based in Bologna, with a subsidiary in Milan, they will take on the task of managing and promoting the Lean certification programme for the Italian territory.

So: welcome on board the IIBLC Lean Certification family to them and we are looking forward to a long and pleasant partnership!

For details: look at the "Exam/education centres" page.

IIBLC™ was present at IPICS seminar "The Path to a Lean Operation" on Nov. 4th 2009 in Dublin

The Path to a Lean Operation

IPICS 2009 Seminar

Date: Nov. 4th 2009

Time: 09.30h

Place: Bewley's Hotel, Ballsbridge, Merrion Rd. Dublin 4


  • Implementing and embedding Lean in EMC -Michael Buckley and David Jones (EMC)
  • Six Sigma in a transactional environment -Alan Smith (Ingersoll Rand)
  • Lean Certification, why and how? - Luc Van Landeghem (IIBLC)

To register, click here

Lean certified community expanded

On June 20th, another exam session for the Certification of Green Belt in Lean (CGBL) has taken place.

We are pleased to announce a very high passing rate for this exam and would like to welcome the new Certified Green Belts in Lean into our Lean certified community.

We are looking forward to the next session (September) and hope for the same success rate!

President IIBLC™ at infosession CIMCIL Belgium

On May 18th, CIMCIL Technology transfer center held an infosession about the Lean Certification program of IIBLC. One of the speakers was IIBLC president, Luc Van Landeghem.

As CIMCIL puts it: "The infosession was a big success with great discussions and an excellent networking between Lean professionals."

They are planning another session the second half of the year.

IIBLC™ general meeting on April 3rd 2009

IIBLC held a general meeting with representatives of all exam centres on April 3rd in Antwerp.

The meeting dealt with strategic matters as well as clarifications on existing procedures and the IIBLC certification programme.

First Green Belt exam a success!

The first exam for the certification of Green Belt in Lean is taking place Saturday March 21st in 3 different locations in France: Paris, Annecy and Toulouse. Candidates from all over France and from different types of companies have registered for this exam. We wish them all the best of luck!

In the meantime, registrations for the next exam (June 20th) start to come in as well.

Several people also have shown their interest in the first Black Belt exam of September!