Lean Practitioner course

The Lean Practitioner is the driving force behind continuous process improvement. This course is especially suited for professionals looking to utilise Lean tools as a structured continuous improvement approach.

The Lean Practitioner course provides a complete overview of the Lean methodology and tools. The course teaches how to use methods such as Kaizen, A3 management, stand-up and Toyota kata.

Kaizen / Toyota kata / A3 project management

During the four day classroom training the complete set of Lean tools will be explained from a practical point of view. Furthermore focus will be on how to create commitment for a Lean management programme and how to make sure Lean benefits are sustained.

Upon registration

Upon registration you will receive a confirmation from the University of Bedfordshire. Prior to the course detailed joining instructions will be provided. In preparation of the course, we will send you the complete slide pack which will be utilised during the course.

On the day of the course you will be welcomed upon arrival at the post graduate centre of the University. Further course material will be made available during the course including our ‘Lean in practice’ handbook.


On the last day of the course an open book exam will take place. Upon passing the exam a Lean Practitioner Certificate will be awarded next to a University Certificate of attendance.

Course Overview

In 4 days you will learn the Lean methodology and how to apply Lean tools. You will learn the 5 Lean principles of Womack as first developed by IMVP to understand the broader Lean Philosophy. The Lean course is based on Womack’s “Lean Roadmap” and Toyota’s 14 management principles.

We provide our Lean Practitioner course as a classroom training (4 days). 

Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Reduce process lead times
  • Analyse a process using Lean Tools
  • Identify and resolve 7 types of waste
  • Eliminate non-value adding activities
  • Reduce inventory
  • Apply tools such as Visual Management, 5S and Poka Yoke
  • Apply the Lean philosophy within your daily work
  • Use the Toyota Kata technique to create a continuous improvement culture
  • Understand the 14 management principles of the Toyota Production System
  • Apply the A3 management tool

Lean Thinking Module - 2 days

  • Lean philosophy, history and background
  • Theory of Constraints
  • Lean Roadmap
  • Analyse customer value add
  • Business value add and non value add
  • The 7 + 1 types of waste
  • Value stream mapping
  • Flow
  • Line balancing & Takt time
  • Pull and Little’s law
  • Kanban, safety stock and replenishment pull
  • Poka Yoke
  • 5S and Visual Management
  • SMED and setup reduction
  • 5 times Why
  • Kaizen
  • A3 management

Lean Practitioner Module - 2 days

  • Lean as a management philosophy
  • The Toyota Way – 14 management principles
  • Toyota Kata
  • SMED
  • OEE
  • Heijunka
  • Genchi Genbutsu
  • Kaizen Events
  • Stand-ups
  • A3 management
  • Jidoka
  • Andon
  • Stadard Work
  • Visual Management
  • Hansai
  • Improvement Kata

Lean Practitioner Certificate

At the end of the course there will be a written exam. After passing the exam you will be awared a Lean Practitioner certificate.

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Lean Practitioner, 4 days, Classroom

€ 2150


  • Course material (slide pack and handbook)
  • Food&Beverages
  • Exam ( 2 re-exams, if required)
  • Certification


  •  Lodging

Dates and registration

Dates and location: 4-day course
Courses are in two blocks of two days from 9 am to 5 pm. 

Good to know
The structure of the course is modular, enabling delegates to opt for different dates across different courses, provided the subject matter is followed in the right order.

Dates upcoming Lean Practitioner course

2016, Course 1 – Fully booked
first block: May 23 and 24
second block: June 16 and 17

2016, Course 2 – last 10 seats available
first block: September 12 and 13
second block: September 29 and 30