Which Lean Training Level Do You Need?

Lean principles can be implemented into any type of business. There are many successful organizations that are using lean principles to improve their business practices. Lean programs have been established in Manufacturing, Healthcare, Education, Government, Military and Service organizations.

Based on the feedback from our clients, Lean Certification Online has focused their online self-paced lean training courses on three specific fields:
Our online self-paced training courses are structured to teach the application of the 10 Steps to become a Lean Enterprise training and implementation model that was designed and developed by Chris Turner who has almost 30 years of hands-on experience as a Lean Manufacturing Coach. We adhere to the principles defined in the Toyota Production System (TPS). Our lean training is based on these tried and tested principles for identifying and eliminating waste to improve quality, reduce costs and increase value for the customer.

Once you’ve decided that you actually want to know how to implement lean principles, the next thing you need to do is to figure out which level of lean training you need to reach an acceptable level of competency.  Some people will be starting from scratch and have little to no knowledge of lean concepts and terminology. While others in the organization may know a little more and some may have some practical experience of working with lean tools and techniques. In the 10 Step training and implementation model, we separate the training into three categories or levels of competency.

Let me try to explain what I mean by using the following real-life examples to demonstrate how to apply the three different levels in the 10 Step lean training and implementation model. These three examples clearly demonstrate that a different level of lean training is needed for each group. The best system is to implement a modular type of lean training structure, which delivers the right training based on the needs of the employees. Many organizations are using the 10 Steps to become a Lean Enterprise” training and implementation process and it has helped them to clearly define their specific training needs.

Click one of the three links below to read more about the three levels of training we offer in each of the three self-paced lean training courses, which are  Lean Manufacturing, Lean Healthcare, and Lean Administration:

Level 1 – Lean Awareness – Understanding the lean concepts and terminology

Level 2 – Lean Practitioner – Understand the application of lean tools and techniques into the workplace

Level 3 – Lean Expert – Advanced application and integration of lean principles into any business model

To read about any of the self-paced online lean training courses for a specific business type, click on any of the links provided throughout this page.


Scenario #1:

An executive management team is considering implementing a lean program into their manufacturing business. What kind of information do they need? What type of training do they neeLean Manufacturing Awarenessd? Do they need to become Lean experts?

No, they need to develop an awareness of Lean principles and be able to understand how it will impact their business systems. Therefore, the type of  Lean training for executives must be able to accommodate their specific needs. Using the “10 Steps to become a Lean Enterprise”  training and implementation model they will need to complete the Level 1 – Lean Awareness training course. If they are planning to participate in Kaizen or Rapid Improvement Events, they should also complete the Level 2 – Lean Practitioner training course.


Scenario #2:

Lean Certification TrainingThe supervisors at the same manufacturing company want to understand how to apply Lean Principles and learn how to facilitate Kaizen or Rapid Improvement Events in their own work area. Do they need the same type of Lean training as the executive management team?

No, they need a more in depth level of Lean training. They need to become Lean Experts because they are working at a level where they are experiencing the effects of waste on a day to day basis. They need to know how to teach and support their employees to identify waste and eliminate it. Their training should be focused on using Problem Solving tools and techniques. Using the “10 Steps to become a Lean Enterprise”  training and implementation model they will need to complete the Level 1 – Lean Awareness, and Level 2 – Lean Practitioner training courses to give them a solid foundation of lean knowledge. Many supervisors and line managers will need to also complete the Level 3 – Lean Expert, which is our advanced lean training course. This will help them to become mentors and to support their employees through their lean training and implementation process.


Scenario #3:

Lean Manufacturing PractitionerThe non-management employees at the same manufacturing company want to receive lean training so they can participate in Kaizen or Rapid Improvement Events.  They need to understand lean principles and how to apply some specific tools to empower them to improve their own workplace.

Using the “10 Steps to become a Lean Enterprise”  training and implementation model they will need to complete the Level 1 – Lean Awareness, and Level 2 – Lean Practitioner training courses to give them a solid foundation of lean knowledge. However, certain key employees may be considered to go onto complete the Level 3 – Lean Expert, which is our advanced lean training course. This will help them to become lean facilitators, and to teach and mentor other employees.


All self-paced online training modules are available 24/7. To see a detailed course outline, click on the specific training program, or click here to see the price list for our lean training packages. You can get access to a free demonstration video of our online lean training system by signing up for a free membership account.

If you need more information about our lean training programs, please call Chris Turner at (541) 210-5116

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