Level One Lean Certification

Level One Lean Certification is a comprehensive series of workshops that introduces lean principles. Students learn to distinguish value-added from non-value added activities to eliminate costly waste. As a great starting point for an individual’s and company’s Continuous Improvement journey, the Level One Certification is a pragmatic, “hit the ground running” hands-on approach that applies acquired workshop knowledge to the workplace. Upon completion, each candidate will learn how to “discover” improvement opportunities within an organization and how to capitalize on them in a team based format to create real value through reduced costs, increased cash flow, and improved customer satisfaction.

Upon completion of the level one certification the graduate will be able to:

  • Understand how to recognize and eliminate waste through the cycle of PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT
  • Know how to determine value added, non-valued-added, and necessary non-value-added activities
  • Identify the value stream, how it’s mapped, and how to identify the areas that require improvement
  • Develop a road map and an implementation plan
  • Understanding and apply lean tools such as value stream mapping, workplace organization, change management, teaming and kaizen methodology
  • Turn data into actionable information in order to quantify problems and prioritize countermeasures
  • Understand “KATA” methodology and how to use a structured approach to coaching that drives continuous improvement thinking and acting down to the contributor level

Benefits of the Level One Lean Certification:

  • Participants apply learning to an actual Continuous Improvement project at their facility
    • Each student will develop components of an A3 including:
      • Developing a Problem Statement
      • Defining Current Condition
      • Setting a Target Condition
      • Applying Root Cause Analysis
    • “Learning to see” – participants will be able to identify and “see” the non-value added activities (waste) at their companies, and help with developing solutions to minimize or eliminate those non-value add activities
  • Build essential skills related to job instructions, job relations and job methods
  • Work with a Learning Partner for Continuous Improvement
  • Participate in a Plant Tour to see the application of Lean best practices
  • Network and learn from peers

Workshops included in the Level One Lean Certification:

  • A3 Thinking and Value Stream Mapping
  • Effective Communication
  • Root Cause Analysis and Graphical Analysis
  • TWI and Standard Work
  • Change Management & Visual Management
  • Teaming & SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Dies)
  • Capstone Lean 101
  • Plant Tour & Presentation

People want to feel valued, needed and rewarded. Lean keeps employees involved in identifying areas for improvement. It’s motivating. The DVIRC experience was very positive. Our consultant had a way of working with our people and making them feel comfortable.

Ernie DeLany
Owner
Probes Unlimited, Inc.

Upcoming Certifications

Level One Lean Certification

March 02, 2018

Upcoming Workshops

Kata Principles

November 06, 2017

Principles of Lean Manufacturing

March 15, 2018