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BD1 - HCA Analyst
Critical Thinking and Complex Problem Solving Fundamentals for the
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Hyper-Integrated Causal Analysis (HCA)

is a state-of-the-art, lean, agile, accurate, scalable and cost-effective methodology for solving complex human-centric problems in our modern, socio-technical work environments.  HCA was founded on the principles of critical thinking, systems thinking and high reliability organizations. 

BD1 Registration for ANSO Members

BD1 Tuition

HCA Analyst Tuition
FREE to ANSO members in good standing. 

Please state in the Additional Information section that you are an ANSO member in good standing.

3-Week BD1 Course Outline

  • Weeks 1 to 3 >> Self-paced learning: complete Lessons 1 to 10 on your own (approximately 10 hours) 

  • End of Week 3 >> Live Session #1, a 3 to 4-hour instructor-led case study using a virtual white board (see cohort schedule for dates. 

  • All case studies start at 12pm EST.  Download the "Cohort Schedules" for the 2022 dates.  

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Instructions for ANSO Members:
  1. Complete the BD1 Registration Form below

  2. You will receive an email with login instructions

  3. Change your password on your first login

  4. Click on "My Courses" and start taking the BD1 course

  5. Register for the Live Sessions that correspond to your cohort

  6. Complete the course in 4 weeks or less

  7. Receive your Certificate of Completion

BD1 HCA Analyst Course Highlights

​BD1 HCA Analyst is the first of three levels of certification courses designed to take your problem-solving skills into the 21st century.  Ideally suited for all levels of knowledge and experience with formal problem-solving methodologies, HCA training builds on what you already know and dramatically improves your understanding of critical thinking, systems thinking, and problem-solving principles.  

  • During this course, participants will learn how to conduct HCA Rapid Investigations, a powerful approach for gathering, organizing and analyzing information, which can be completed in 2 to 4 hours. 

  • This online training course is designed for personnel that need to solve basic problems and conduct quick investigations into human-centric issues.

  • During this course, participants are introduced to the fundamentals of critical thinking, systems thinking and cause and effect analysis. 

  • The course is a hybrid consisting of:

    • 12 hrs. self-paced learning through our BlueDragon LMS

    • 4 hrs. of online instructor-led training to practice the skills in a case study 

Terminal Objective

After completion of the BD1 HCA Analyst certification course, students will have developed an understanding of the fundamentals of critical thinking and complex problem solving, they will have developed an understanding of the BlueDragon Hyper-Integrated Causal Analysis (HCA®) methodology, and they will be able to complete a HCA Rapid Investigation.

Enabling Objectives

Given a course of instruction, prospective HCA Analysts will be able to understand:

  • EO-01: Laws and regulations that require root cause analysis.

  • EO-02: Why Industries are Having so Many Recurring Problems Costing $Trillions Per Year.

  • EO-03: Basic terms and definitions used in the problem-solving process.

  • EO-04: The fundamentals of Critical Thinking.

  • EO-05: The fundamentals of Cause & Effect Analysis.

  • EO-06: The Fundamentals of the BlueDragon Hyper-Integrated Causal Analysis (HCA®) Methodology.

  • EO-07: How the HCA Framework Provides a True Graded Approach to Causal Analysis.

  • EO-08: How to set up HCA teams and getting started.

  • EO-09: Phase 1: how to develop focused, evidence-based LOIs.

  • EO-10: Phase 2: Using Cause & Effect and Socratic Follow-up Questions to Identify the Deepest-Seated Causes

LMS Live Sessions - Requirements

  • Online workshops are conducted through our BlueDragon Learning Management System (LMS), which requires access to the internet.  There are no programs or software to download and our corporate clients will be provided with their own branded portal to access the LMS.  

  • BD1 includes one instructor-led case study.  The case study will be conducted online using Zoom or WebEx.  In addition, we will be using a virtual whiteboard that allows the team to collaborate simultaneously on the chart.  These two platforms have made it possible to deliver virtual classes with the same or better results than live workshops. 

  • The use of virtual whiteboards has made it easier to conduct assessments, investigations and root cause analysis when we cannot conduct meetings in person. 

  • For the instructor-led case study, participants are required to have a webcam and microphone and be able to access Zoom/WebEx through the internet. 

  • Internet download speeds greater than 20 Mbps are highly recommended. 

BD1 Certification Requirements

After completion of the BD1 training course and live case study, prospective BD1 candidates must complete the following before being certified by BlueDragon HCA.  

  • Complete 6 HCA Rapid Investigations within a 6-month period.

  • Turn in the required BD1 Certification documentation form  

  • Register and pay to take the BD1 Final Exam (80% to pass) 

Who Should Attend

  • Lean Six Sigma practitioners, Green Belts, Yellow Belts

  • Federal, state and local auditors and investigators

  • Inspector General investigators in all branches 

  • Project and program managers in all industries

  • Methodologists helping others applying HCA in all industries

  • Accident/Event Investigators in all industries

  • Industrial Safety ​Managers in all industries

  • ​Construction Safety and Management

  • Performance Improvement Department personnel

  • Contractor Assurance personnel

  • Corrective Action Program Managers

  • Occurrence Reporting personnel

  • Safeguards & Security personnel

  • Quality & Oversight Dept. personnel

  • Environmental Health & Safety personnel

  • Facility/Operations Managers

  • Management of all levels

  • Engineers in all industries

  • Scientists in all industries

  • Operators in all industries

  • Regulators from all industries

  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission Inspectors

  • Institute of Nuclear Power Operators (INPO) Inspectors

  • World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) Inspectors

  • National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Inspectors 

Meet Your Instructor

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Rob De La Espriella, BD3

Rob is one of the leading experts in causal analysis, with over 30 years of experience in leading and facilitating root cause analyses, event investigations and assessments at commercial nuclear power plants, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the DOE, the US Department of Defense (DOD), and Engineering firms.

Rob became a root cause subject matter expert and practitioner in 1989, as a member of the Florida Power & Light team that won the Deming Prize1, the first company in the world outside Japan to win the award. He has completed formal training in problem-solving methods including Kepner Tregoe, Management Oversight Risk Tree (MORT), TapRoot, Dr. Corcoran's Phoenix Method, Human Performance Evaluation System (HPES), Total Quality Management (TQM), Lean/Six Sigma, and he is a certified Kaizen Team Leader.

Since 1990, Rob has led of facilitated hundreds of root cause evaluations, audits, assessments and complex problem solving efforts. In 1995, Rob received several awards from the NRC for leading root causes and bringing Total Quality Management Concepts to NRC Region I. In 2003 and 2005, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) listed Rob’s Nuclear Assurance organization as one of the strongest in the US, and Rob attributes that recognition, in large part, to teaching root cause and problem-solving skills to his staff and promoting a problem-solving culture. The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) also sought Rob’s expertise for improvement projects in South Africa and Slovenia.

In 2010, Rob began teaching his modern causal analysis approach at DOE sites. He later gave his method the trademark name of BlueDragon Hyper-Integrated Causal Analysis (HCA). Rob has used HCA to solve some of the most complex, human-centric issues (including near fatalities) at DOE and DOD sites.

Every summer since 2015, Rob has been invited as a guest lecturer by Princeton University's Keller Center for Entrepreneurship.  Rob has been teaching critical thinking skills to the Design Thinking Teams that are working on solving wicked problems for clients in New York and New Jersey. 

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Rob teaching Design Thinking Teams at Princeton University's Keller Center for Entrepreneurship

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“Rob has done for cause analysis what Motorola did for Six Sigma, clearly and concisely bundled proven RCA tools into an effective method encompassing critical thinking, visual information, and succinct communication of a problem and its deepest seated causes."

- Mark Anderson,

Sandia National Laboratory 

(April 2021)