Innovation Engineering Fundamentals Course with Blue Belt Certification

December 15 - December 16, 2021
8:00AM - 4:00PM
VTC Williston campus, Rooms 401 A&B
201 Lawrence Place, Williston, VT (map)

$1,500 per person

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Innovation Engineering Fundamentals Course with Blue Belt Certification

Wednesday and Thursday, December 15 and 16, 2021
8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day (both days must be attended)
VTC Williston campus, Rooms 401 A&B
$1,500 per person

Special pricing for VT Manufacturing Companies:  $3,000 for a team of 3 or 4 participants

In this course and certification, you’ll learn the fundamentals of innovation, but more importantly, you’ll work with a coach to apply your new skills immediately to solve a real business challenge.

Participants will learn how to

  • Invent More Ideas – Learn how to create 8X more new and non-obvious ideas than traditional brainstorming. You will identify and measure innovation
  • Persuade Others – Learn how to increase the persuasion power of your writing by up to 5X and clearly communicate strategic missions and customer centered ideas
  • Ship Ideas Faster – Learn how to deliver new solutions and ideas 6X faster using a documented, data-driven, fast & cheap cycles of learning process for development  
  • Jump Start Your Work – Learn how to Jump Start your thinking and projects using new innovation skills and tools for estimation, collaboration and prototyping your own challenges

How the Course and Certification Work

  • Access the JumpStartYourBrain cloud-based learning portal to complete video micro lessons and quizzes before attending the workshop sessions (about 4 hours to complete the pre-work).
  • Attend a two-day live workshop where participants experience the skills with case studies and coaching.   Assignments are submitted on-line for grading and feedback until each skill is mastered. The completion date for this segment is February 28, 2022.
  • Apply the innovation skills to a business challenge resulting in tangible outcomes. The 5-step project is completed individually or (recommended) as a company team over 8 weeks following the workshop.  Teams meet with a VMEC facilitator for 2-hour coaching sessions between each step, resulting in 4, 2-hour coaching blocks. 
  • Reflect on the course experience thinking deeply about what you’ve learned.  Submitting this written reflection is the final assignment.
  • Receive IE Blue Belt Certification!  when all course work has been submitted and approved; this final step demonstrates that the learner has mastered the fundamental skills of Innovation Engineering! 

Read below what one attendee says about his IE experience: 

“My overall thought is that the concepts in IE were familiar to me, but the IE training tied them all together in a systematic way that seems very helpful to consistently achieving success. I despise systems that are burdensome and add no value. Thank you for putting together a great system, teaching method, and tools. I am looking forward to putting my knowledge to work.” – Keith Epstein, Owner, Forecast LLC 

COVID Precautions

The course is limited to 16 participants including 4 VMEC staff members who will be attending the course.  Two VMEC instructors and logistics support staff will also be present.  The venue is a large space to allow social distancing and meals will be delivered.  Masks are required based on VTC’s “All employees, students, and guests are required to wear masks when indoors in shared spaces on campus policy.  

What you need to bring/ know 

  • Laptop for both course days 
  • CEUs can be earned based upon the successful completion of this course; however, we need to have a written request from participants at least three (3) weeks prior to the course start
  • For additional information, please view the IE Fundamentals course syllabus 


The course will be taught by Patricia Giavara, VMEC Interim Director & CEO, and Lisa Henderson, VMEC Director of Client Services. Both Patricia and Lisa are certified IE Black Belts.  

Payment: Please make check payable to “VMEC” and mail to PO Box 12, Randolph Center, VT 05061-0012. To pay by credit card (VISA, MC, AMEX), click here.