Course & Workshop Schedule

Current public courses and workshops are listed below. Click on the title for details / descriptions. For further information, contact Kevin Hogan at (630) 505-0500 ext. 228.

* Illinois BIS may have grant funding for eligible companies. Contact us for information.


WEBINAR    Serial Innovators: A Necessary Ingredient for a Sustainable Company

Presented by Prairie Capital Advisors and Illinois BIS      November 2     12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  


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Oct 208:00 am - 2:30 pm$250This is a one-day workshop

Description:   The overall goal of this training session is to provide guiding principles and strategies to recognize potential threats at the workplace. Case studies of intruder incidents and their outcomes are examined.

  • Examine and discuss the frequency of incidents of intruder related violence in the workplace
  • Identify and recognize risk factors that are inherent to the workplace
  • Examine similarities of bomb threats and bombing incidents
  • Discuss the roles of the company emergency response team and the role of the emergency responders
  • Discuss and review after action conditions and lessons learned following an active shooting incident
  • Review and discuss current methodology for dealing with an intruder at their workplace
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Oct 308:00 am - 4:30 pm (3 days)$900October 30, November 6 & 13

Description:   The long-term viability of any technology-intensive business depends on the success of its engineers and scientists, yet most early-career technologists in industry lack the business acumen to understand their role sufficiently to be most effective and efficient.

This workshop systematically initiates engineers and scientists in the relevant concepts, mechanics, and languages of business as a means of turning high-performing technical experts into business-savvy contributors, preparing them to operate effectively in a wide range of technical roles, environments, and organizations in industry.

This workshop prepares participants for success in the workplace, introducing them to:
  • The strategic context of their role
  • Analytic financial tools used to advocate on behalf of their work
  • Legal tools used by those in technical roles
  • Interpersonal issues related to advocating on behalf of their technology efforts

Topics include:
  • The simple concept that guides all executive decision-making
  • The various categories of customers and how they make purchase decisions
  • The role of marketing and its terminology
  • How to achieve competitive advantage through business unit and corporate strategies
  • The purpose and form of an annual report, and how to read one
  • Types of financial analysis used in business and how to apply them
  • The basics of project management
  • The importance of principled negotiation and how to negotiate in a way most likely to succeed
  • The definition and uses of intellectual property, and how to create a patent
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Oct 318:00 am - 4:30 pm (6 days)$2,900 ($1,740 with grant)*October 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5 & 12

Description:   Six Sigma Green Belt Training is a hands-on program designed for those team members who will actually implement the projects identified as improvement opportunities. This class will teach you how to apply the DMAIC process to your own work processes. Homework assignments may include implementation of the project at your company site.

This course introduces the application of DMAIC - Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control to solve problems and improve processes. The course introduces the participants to a hands-on learning experience that will give them the tools and knowledge necessary to get significant results from their problem solving efforts.

Overview of DMAIC:
  • Be able to identify the steps and proper progression of DMAIC
  • Understand the outputs necessary for each step
  • Gain an idea of the various tools used for each step


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Nov 028:00 am - 4:30 pm (2 days)$600November 2 & 3

Description:   Learn a systematic method to identify the true root causes and implement permanent corrective actions, understand the difference between solving a problem and identifying the root cause of that problem, learn a proven step-by-step methodology that will make your analytical skills more effective and efficient and have the ability to critique and support root cause analysis carried out by others.

You will learn a basic, systematic problem solving model and how to apply it to your own organization. Participants will learn how to identify the true root cause(s) of problems and eliminate them permanently.

Key Topics:

1. Problem Solving Investigation vs. Root Cause Analysis - What's the difference?

2. The Defect Cycle - What it is and how to break it permanently

3. Systematic Problem Solving Process:
  • Admit/Identify Problem Exists and Establish a Team
  • Clearly Define and Describe the Problem
  • Take Interim Action
  • Brainstorming - Cause & Effect
  • Identify and Agree on Countermeasures/Solution(s)
  • Implement Countermeasures/Solution(s)
  • Follow-up
  • Recognize & Congratulate the Team
4. Additional Problem Solving Tools

Who should attend: Any employees who are required to perform root cause analysis, troubleshoot, and conduct problem solving, including engineering, quality, operations, manufacturing, IT, customer service, and maintenance.
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Nov 038:00 am - 4:30 pm$300This is a one-day workshop

Description:   CEOs are concerned about the skill-gap shortage that has begun, and it will accelerate as the population ages. As time moves on, there will be fewer employees with the knowledge and experience to lead effectively. Attitudes among young people have changed. Younger generations are a growing part of the workforce as the Baby Boomers leave. It is critical for managers to facilitate a shared understanding between generations of employees, so that teamwork and productivity can flourish and tribal knowledge can be transferred.

In this training, you will learn how to:
  • Identify the five generations in the U.S. workforce
  • Identify common generational negative stereotypes and personal perceptions
  • Understand generational differences and similarities
  • Learn skills to adapt to generational differences
  • Build an understanding of the unique perspectives of each generation
  • Improve communication and conflict resolution between generations
  • Build a spirit of teamwork across the generations
Topic Outline:
  1. Introductions via Teamwork
  2. What is a Generation?
  3. Five Generations In the Workforce
  4. 2015 U.S. Workforce Demographics
  5. What's the Problem?
  6. Negative Stereotypes
  7. Generational Preferences At Work
  8. Traditionalists: 1945 and before
  9. Baby Boomers: 1946-1964
  10. Generation X: 1965-1976
  11. Millennials: 1977-1995
  12. iGen: 1996 and after
  13. All Generations: Expectations of My Employer
  14. Preferred Leadership Styles
  15. Interaction
  16. Modes of Communication
  17. Feedback
  18. Transparency
  19. Working With Traditionalists & Boomers
  20. Working With Generation X
  21. Working With Millennials & iGen
  22. Building Teamwork Across Generations
  23. Case Studies
  24. Goals
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Nov 168:00 am - 4:30 pm$450 (Standard Included)This is a one-day workshop

Description:   Understand the major changes in the new AS9001D, the differences between AS9100D and AS9100C, new terms and definitions, the process approach, and the changes in requirements.

Major changes are introduced in the new AS9001D:
  • Changes forced by ISO 9001:2015
  • Changes in the scope & boundaries of AS9100D as defined by the context of the organization
  • New or changed terms, such as, special requirements, counterfeit parts & product safety
  • Changing risk-based thinking from not only product to process
  • Impact of AS9101E on auditing practices on how the registrar's auditor will be looking at your QMS
Learning objectives are:
  • Understand the differences between AS9100D and AS9100C
  • Understand new & revised terms and definitions
  • Understand the process approach
  • Recognize what changes will be required in your QMS
Who should attend:
Leadership Management, QA Managers, Production Managers, Design & Manufacturing Engineers, Sales Managers, Purchasing Managers, Management Representatives, Members of organizations that want to penetrate the Aerospace market.
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Nov 178:00 am - 4:30 pm$540 (Standard Included)This is a one-day workshop

Description:   ISO 14001 is the new internationally accepted standard that offers guidance on how to put an effective Environmental Management System (EMS) in place. The standard is designed to address the delicate balance between maintaining profitability and reducing an organization's environmental impact - an increasingly important issue across the globe.

This workshop will help you understand what the new ISO 14001: 2015 is, changes from the 2004 standard, what the legal considerations are and how your organization can benefit.

  • Details of ISO 14001:2015 Standard
  • Integrating with ISO 9001:2015 and/or ISO 45001 (new Occupation Health & Safety Standard)
  • Significance of legal requirements
  • What's in it for me?
  • EPA & ISO 14001
  • ISO 14001, RoHS, REACH & Conflict Minerals
  • ISO 14001 Implementation Guide to certification.
Who Should Attend: Environmental Management Representatives, Plant Managers, Operations Managers, EMS Coordinators, Environmental Managers, Engineering Managers, Engineers, QA Managers, Internal Auditors
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Nov 278:00 am - 5:00 pm (5 days)$2,000 ($1,200 with grant)*
Participants are expected to provide their own copies of
ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016
November 27, 28, 29 & 30, December 1

Description:   The new automotive QMS Standard, IATF 16949:2016, requires a documented process to verify that internal auditors are competent. The Standard also identifies the required competencies for Quality Management System Internal Auditors, Manufacturing Process Auditors, Product Auditors, and Second-Party Auditors (now REQUIRED for supplier evaluation) specifically:

  1. Understanding the automotive process approach for auditing, including risk-based thinking
  2. Understanding applicable customer-specific requirements
  3. Understanding applicable ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 requirements
  4. Understanding applicable core tools
  5. Understanding how to plan, conduct, report and close out audit findings
Any audits performed for the transition to IATF 16949 must be performed by auditors with these competencies or they will not be recognized by the Certification Body. This training will provide the necessary competencies for auditors. After successful completion of the training and passing the final examination, participants will receive a certificate showing evidence of required competence for internal quality management system auditors as described in IATF 16949:2016, Clause 7.2.3, items a) through e).

The instructor for this training is Global Exemplar Certified to ISO 9001 and IATF 16949, including Auditor and Audit Team Leader.

Training Agenda:
  • ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 Requirements
  • Auditing Customer-Specific Requirements
  • How to Perform Internal Audits, including Automotive Process Approach to Auditing, Risk-Based Thinking, Planning, Conducting, Reporting and Closing Out Audit Findings, per ISO 19011 and IATF Certification Scheme for IATF 16949. Includes Mock Audit Exam.
  • Auditing AIAG Core Tools
  • Case Studies, and Comprehensive Final Examination


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Dec 018:00 am - 4:30 pm$300This is a one-day workshop

Description:   This training helps companies deliver more effective hands-on training through structured on-the-job training (S-OJT), providing a practical approach to help improve the job skills of all employees. Learn how using this approach can lead to reduced training times, fewer defects, and greater confidence among employees. S-OJT has been proven effective in a broad range of settings, especially for companies that must meet ISO, TS, FDA, and other quality management requirements.

Emphasis will focus on how to analyze the tasks to be learned and develop training modules for use by trainers and trainees. The workshop will also present an approach to develop experienced employees as hands-on trainers. Extensive case studies from other companies will be shared as examples.

The workshop is based on over thirty years of research and consulting experience, with emphasis on the needs of small and medium-sized companies.

Each participant will receive a copy of the text, Structured On-the-Job Training, which was authored by the instructor.

Who Should Attend:
  • Team Leads - Implement S-OJT in selected situations or in more than one location
  • Supervisors - Train new employees or cross-train existing employees
  • Quality Assurance - Ensure that everyone understands work improvements and conforms to quality management requirements, such as ISO, or Lean Standard Work
  • Safety Managers - Reinforce safety information and ensure awareness of potential hazards
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Dec 118:00 am - 4:30 pm (3 days)$1,300 ($780 with grant)*December 11, 12 & 13

Description:   This three-day training provides the knowledge necessary to audit a Quality Management System based on ISO 9001:2015. The auditing methodology presented is based upon ISO 19011, Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems. Participants will receive a copy of the ISO 9001:2015 Standard.

  • Intro
  • Quality Systems
  • ISO 9001 Principals Team Exercise
  • QMS Requirements
  • Exercise to Understand the Standard
  • Internal Auditor Qualifications
  • Steps of Auditing
  • Process Approach to Auditing
  • Team Mock Audit
  • Summary, Review, Q&A
  • Final Exam
Who Should Attend: Anyone involved in the auditing, maintaining or supervising of ISO Management Systems, staff responsible for conducting internal audits, and those who monitor management system performance.


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Jan 258:00 am - 4:30 pm$9,900 ($5,940 with grant)*January 25, 26
February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23
March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

Description:   The Lean and Six Sigma methodologies work together as a combined long-term business strategy that can produce exceptional results. The purpose of the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification program is to prepare Team leaders to lead and implement improvement projects using the proven DMAIC methodology, and Lean Tools.

The training includes 160 hours of classroom time, with hands-on, demanding and thorough instruction. During training, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt participants work on an actual identified management-approved project that can realize at least $100,000 in cost savings to the organization. The instructional design process involves learning a technique and then applying it to the working project.

The class is instructor-led and offers numerous exercises and examples designed to help the participant learn tools and techniques to eliminate waste and improve productivity, and to achieve lasting financial results.