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Certificate In Lean Process Improvement Online Course

Learn Lean Principles To Help You Become Successful

Learn Lean Principles To Help You Become Successful

Toyota, Boeing, and Nike are just a few organizations that have used Lean principles to help them become successful. You, too, can incorporate Lean process improvement techniques into your corporate culture to minimize waste and maximize value.

Lean principles have come a long way over the past 300 years. From Benjamin Franklin’s early ideas, to Henry Ford’s work in the 1920’s and the Toyoda precepts in the 1930’s, to Jeffery Liker’s publication of The Toyota Way in 2004, Lean processes have evolved from a simple concept to a set of widely used best practices.

This course will give participants the foundation to begin implementing Lean process improvement tools in their workplace. The first part of the course will explore the foundations of Lean through the Toyota precepts and the five critical improvement concepts (value, waste, variation, complexity, and continuous improvement). The second part of the course will give participants tools to perform continuous improvement in their organization, including 5S, 5W-2H, PDSA, DMAIC, Kaizen, Genchi Genbutsu, and various Lean data mapping methods

After you complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Define Lean and its key terms.
  • Describe the Toyota Production System and the TPS house.
  • Describe the five critical improvement concepts.
  • Use the Kano model to understand, describe, analyze, and improve value.
  • Identify and reduce various types of waste.
  • Create a plan for a more environmentally Lean organization.
  • Use the PDSA and R-DMAIC-S models to plan, execute, and evaluate Lean changes.
  • Use Lean thinking frameworks, including 5W-2H, Genchi Genbutsu and Gemba.
  • Prepare for and complete a basic 5-S.
  • Describe the key elements of Kaizen events, particularly a Kaizen blitz.
  • Gather, analyze, and interpret data using flow charts, Ishikawa (fishbone) diagrams, SIPOC diagrams, and value stream maps.
  • Go back to your organization with a plan to begin incorporating Lean into your corporate culture.

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Easy to follow and understand
  2. Only 6 to 8 hours of study is required
  3. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  4. Delivered 100% on-line and accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  5. You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time
  6. Certificate of Completion

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online via our learning management system by any device including PC, MAC, tablet or Smart Phone.

Recognition & Accreditation

This course is internationally recognized and accredited by the International Association of Online Training Standards (IAOTS). The courses offered by Courses For Success are unique as they are taught in a step by step process enabling students to complete them quickly and easily, so that you can obtain your qualification sooner. All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion. Courses For Success is committed to high completion rates and therefore 100% student satisfaction.

 Session 1: Course Overview

  • Learning Objectives
  • Pre-Assignment

 Session 2: Understanding Lean

  • Defining Lean
  • The History of Lean
  • The Automobile Industry
  • The Toyoda Precepts
  • Modern Thinkers
  • Six Sigma and Lean
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Pre-Assignment Review
  • A Lean Glossary, Part One
  • A Lean Glossary, Part Two

 Session 3: The Toyota Production System

  • Overview of the Liker Pyramid
  • Parts of the Pyramid, Part One
  • Parts of the Pyramid, Part Two
  • Exploring the Philosophy
  • Considering the Processes, Part One
  • Considering the Processes, Part Two
  • Understanding People and Partners
  • Problem Solving Tools
  • The Problem Solving Model
  • Asking the Right Questions

 Session 4: The Toyota Production System House

  • Model Overview
  • The Roof
  • The Pillars
  • The Core
  • The Foundation

 Session 5: The Five Critical Improvement Concepts

  • Key Ideas
  • Waste
  • Variation
  • Complexity
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Case Study
  • Task

 Session 6: Understanding Value with the Kano Model

  • The Kano Model
  • Breaking Down the Model
  • Example: New Car

 Session 7: Types of Waste

  • The Three Categories
  • Making Connections

 Session 8: Creating a Lean Enterprise

  • Going Green with Lean
  • The Characteristics of a Lean Organization

 Session 9: The Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) Cycle

  • Model Overview
  • Plan
  • Do
  • Study (also called Check)
  • Act

 Session 10: Using the R-DMAIC-S Model

  • R-DMAIC-S Model
  • R-DMAIC-S and PDSA, Part One
  • R-DMAIC-S and PDSA, Part Two

 Session 11: Lean Thinking Tools

  • 5W-2H
  • Genchi Genbutsu and Gemba
  • Performing a 5-S
  • Preparing for 5-S

 Session 12: Kaizen Events

  • About Kaizen and Kaizen Events
  • Typical Kaizen Blitz Workflow
  • Visualizing the Workflow
  • Personal Reflection

 Session 13: Data Gathering and Mapping

  • Flow Charts
  • Types of Symbols, Part One
  • Types of Symbols, Part Two
  • Creating the Flow Chart
  • Sample Flow Chart
  • Ishikawa (Cause and Effect) Diagrams
  • Creating an Ishikawa Diagram
  • SIPOC Diagrams
  • The Right Tools for the Job
  • Value Stream Maps
  • Sample Value Stream Map
  • Tips for Effective Data Analysis
  • Making Connections

 Session 14: A Plan to Take Home

  • Roadblocks and Pitfalls
  • Making Connections
  • Common Problems
  • Creating a Successful Organizational Structure
  • Process Overview
  • Breaking Down the Model
  • Where To Get Started?
  • A Plan for Success

 Session 15: A Personal Action Plan

  • Starting Point
  • Where I Want to Go
  • How I Will Get There

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:


  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)


  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 002LPI
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Lifetime Course Access
Time required: Study at your own pace
Course Duration: 6 - 8 Hours
Qualification: Certificate