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How can I become an instructor? What belt level do I need to attain?

That’s great to hear! There’s always a need for more teachers and it’s great that you’re interested. As for the belt colors, they signify the different levels of content knowledge. The goal in getting certifications is to become a better problem solver.

If your goal is to become an instructor there are a few more elements at play. I think your idea of achieving your Black Belt first is a good instinct because:

  • You’ll gain more experience
  • You’ll have completed more projects
  • You’ll learn soft skills, coaching skills, facilitation skills and influence skills

Then there are other considerations. Are you comfortable in front of a room? Do you enjoy teaching others? Part of the role of a Black Belt is to conduct “Just-In-Time Training” for Green Belts, Yellow Belts and others. You might use your time as a Black Belt to expand this informal training and get a feel for it.

Another idea would be to find a colleague who is an instructor and interested in mentoring you. You could try taking on smaller topics for them when they are running a class. It’s great to experiment wherever you see an opportunity.

Good luck!

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Elisabeth Swan

Elisabeth is a Managing Partner at, the co-author of The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit and co-host of the Just-in-Time Cafe. For over 25 years, she's helped leading organizations like Amazon, Charles Schwab and Starwood Hotels & Resorts build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.