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Lean Certificate Program

Virtual Instructor-Led – LC100

Format: Course will be offered as a virtual instructor-led training with supplemental reading and assignments

Tuition: $2,495 / CEUs: 3.0 / PDUs: 30

Fall 2020

November 3 - December 3, 2020
Tuesday & Thursday 6-9pm
4 weeks (+ 6 hours of supplemental work)

Spring 2021

May 11 – June 3, 2021 
Tuesday & Thursday 6-9pm
4 weeks (+ 6 hours of supplemental work)


Our Lean Certificate program is designed to provide participants with in-depth knowledge of Lean thinking concepts, tools and techniques. The program will also address the cultural changes and mindsets required to implement a successful deployment.  Organizations that adopt and utilize Lean Thinking concepts and tools foster an organizational culture striving to make continuous improvements.

Delivery of this course is a combination of online shared slide presentations, interactive instruction, reading/writing assignments, and hands-on practical exercises designed to embed the skills needed to improve quality, eliminate waste, reduce delays and decrease costs. 

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals with varying backgrounds and experience interested in process improvement
  • Project Leaders
  • Department Managers
  • Business and Emerging Leaders
  • Business Improvement Team Leaders

Key Topics

  • Introduction of Lean Thinking, Waste and Value
  • Integration of Lean Thinking into A3 Thinking framework
  • Lean process characteristics and foundational tools
  • Lean Process Goals, Metrics, Data Collection and Targets
  • Lean Process and Gap Analysis
  • Countermeasures
  • Implementation
  • Value Stream Analysis and Value Stream Mapping
  • Mindsets, Behaviors and Soft Skills
  • Working with Information Technology and Agile Teams

Course Benefits

  • Understand Lean Thinking concepts and tools
  • Understand the importance of mindsets and behaviors in a change environment
  • Understand the link between strategy and process improvement
  • Provide knowledge immediately applicable in any organization to resolve issues
  • Create a problem statement that answers “What, How and Why” questions
  • Learn the importance of voice of the customer and value-added activities
  • Understand and identify common forms of “waste” in a process
  • Gain an understanding of metrics, goals and targets
  • Establish root causes of why the problem exists
  • Identify options for addressing gaps and improving performance
  • Utilize tools to prioritize options
  • Create an implementation plan of actions, duration and status