Kaizen Leader Online Certification

Course Overview

Kaizen Certification course icon.Acuity Institute’s Kaizen Leader is the most complete Kaizen certification program available. It includes 2 months of online course access along with instructor and customer service support; we are your team throughout your program. Also included at no extra cost is the comprehensive Kaizen Event Simulation, Kaizen Toolkit, and the Kaizen Leader Course eBook. Acuity Institute sets the standard for online training and certification for individuals looking to achieve Kaizen Certification.

Acuity Institute’s Kaizen Leader has been designed to teach Kaizen fundamentals and its application. It is intended for facilitators and participants of a Kaizen Event. In today’s fast paced environment, business leaders want immediate results. A Kaizen Event is a concentrated team oriented effort to rapidly improve the performance of a process. Kaizen is a problem-solving approach that applies process improvement in a structured setting. The goal of Kaizen is to eliminate activities in processes that add cost but do not add value. A Kaizen Event is an extremely efficient method to quickly improve poor performing processes. If done correctly, a Kaizen Event is accomplished in 5 days or less.

Kaizen training is conducted online and uses a multi-media format that includes audio by Kaizen experts, examples of successful performance improvement, interactive simulations and quizzes, and the most current and robust tools and techniques available. The course is “self-paced” and can be accessed at any time – anywhere, which provides the most flexibility in completing the course. On average students complete the course in 13 hours (average completion time, actual time may vary).

Acuity Institute’s Kaizen Certification is one the most comprehensive in the world. We recommend this course to Project Leaders, Department Leaders, Business Leaders, Business Improvement Team Leaders, Business Improvement Teams, Lean Six Sigma Black Belts, Lean Six Sigma Green Belts, Kaizen Event Team Members, and Lean Practitioners.

Key Outcomes

  • Describe the fundamental principles and techniques of Kaizen
  • Define the primary Kaizen Event roles
  • Participate in exercises to apply Kaizen tools and techniques to a case study simulation
  • Develop Kaizen business performance improvement experience
  • Apply the techniques and tools necessary to facilitate Kaizen Events

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Kaizen Certification Requirements

Acuity Institute’s Kaizen Certification has 3 parts:

Part 1
Complete the Online Lessons and Quizzes
Part 2
Complete the Simulated Kaizen Event Deliverables
Part 3
Successfully pass the online lesson quizzes

Upon completing these requirements you will be awarded Acuity Institute’s Kaizen Leader Certification. Certification from Acuity Institute includes a Digital Badge. Acuity Institute has partnered with Credly’s Acclaim platform to provide this digital version of your certificate.

What is a Digital Badge?

Kaizen Leader badge.

A digital badge is a verified graphic representation of your Acuity certificate. It is embedded with data that provides context, meaning, and details of the certification you earned. The digital badge is provided at no cost to you.


Benefits to claiming your digital badge include:

  • Easily share your digital badge on social and professional media, link to it from any email or document, add it to an email signature, and embed it in a blog or website
  • Your certification can be verified online in real time with just one click
  • Access labor market insights that relate your skills to jobs

Technical Requirements for accessing Acuity Institute’s Content

Viewing Online Content on a Desktop or Laptop

  • Internet Browser – Most recent version of Google Chrome is recommended (while our content is accessible from many other browsers, we find that other browsers may provide an inconsistent viewing experience)
  • A high speed internet connection
  • Sound capability on your computer (speakers or headphones)

Viewing Online Content on Tablets and Smartphones – Please note, since tablets and smartphones typically have smaller screens, certain content may be difficult to view

  • iPads using Safari in Apple iOS 6 or later (iPad generation 3 or later is required)
  • iPhones using Safari in Apple iOS 6 or later (iPhone generation 5 or later is required)

Accessing Downloadable Content

  • Course eBooks – Adobe Reader (free software), or equivalent PDF viewing software
  • Course Toolkit Templates – Microsoft Office 2010 or later
  • Using SigmaXL Statistical Analysis Software – Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and and Excel 2016 (Excel 365) with latest service packs installed, this includes Microsoft Vista with Service Pack (SP) 3, or later operating system (Windows 10 compatible). 1 GB of RAM or greater memory and 100 MB of available hard-disk space on your computer.


Jason Munger

Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Certified Kaizen Leader

The Kaizen course was certainly worth my investment – both in time and money. The resource downloads alone will be a huge time saver. As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with over 15 years of experience a lot of the core material was review for me (personally) but was informational nonetheless. The level of the material would not be overwhelming for the “new lean guy” either. It was easy to follow and well organized. The examples and application of the concepts was exactly what I was looking for. Overall this course was a great experience.

Derek Scott

Certified Kaizen Leader

I completed the Kaizen Leader course over the course of May 2017 and I’m very impressed by the way Acuity institute have made the topic knowledge-dense but yet deliver the training in an accessible format. I would thoroughly recommend training through the Acuity institute for those wishing to upskill in the areas offered and will look forward to the day when I take my next Acuity Institute course.

Stacy Soria

Certified Kaizen Leader

I am an Associate Director of Continuous Quality Improvement in the Behavioral Health Field. This certification program gave me new tools to approach my work efficiently. It has been a valuable resource for my team.

Kevin Edwards

Certified Kaizen Leader

I didn’t know what to expect when I enrolled in Acuity’s Kaizen Leader Certification course. The content was great and easy to follow. The exercises, quizzes, and simulated projects all made my learning experience worth while. After course completion I am confident that I can easily apply this skill in my workplace. I plan and look forward to enrolling in more courses that Acuity offers.

Lessons and Quizzes (2 Months Access)

Course Lessons (4 lessons, 40+ quiz questions and multiple exercises)

The Kaizen Leader online lessons follow the PDCA Improvement Methodology.

Lesson 1 Kaizen Introduction
-History of Kaizen
-Kaizen vs Other Improvement Methodologies
-Kaizen Event Roles and Responsibilities
-Kaizen PDCA Overview (Plan, Do, Check, Act)
Lesson 2 Plan Phase
-Kaizen Event Charter
-Kaizen Event Data Collection
-Kaizen Event Data Display
-Kaizen Event Planning
Lesson 3 Do Phase
-Process Mapping
-Lean Efficiency Metrics
-Process Value Analysis
-Root Cause Analysis
-Error Proofing
-5 S and 8 Wastes
-Solution Selection
-Implementation Planning
Lesson 4 Check and Act Phase
-Monitoring and Controlling the New Process
-Standards Development
-Solution Replication Opportunities Identification

Global Campus Tour

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Instructor Support

Icon of a person on a laptop screen.Acuity Institute wants the learning experience to be as supportive and engaging as possible, we are here to help you succeed. We understand the importance of having a place to ask questions to the experts about tools and techniques, exercises, project work or general technical support. During training, students can submit questions to instructors through Acuity Institute’s Help Desk and the Student Forum. Responses are provided to student questions in one business day or less. If questions and/or answers are complex, an Acuity Institute instructor will schedule a one-on-one phone meeting with the student to review the question/answer.

Kaizen Event Simulation

Included in this course is Acuity Institute’s Kaizen Event Simulation. At Acuity we recognize that not every individual has the opportunity to complete an actual Kaizen Event while completing training. The simulation is based on a hypothetical service/transactional company that faces many of the same problems companies are dealing with today. The simulation is designed to illustrate an entire Kaizen Event through every phase of the Kaizen PDCA methodology. You will complete challenging exercises which build on previously learned tools and concepts taught in this course. When complete, you will have a significant perspective on what true Kaizen business improvement means. There is no comparison of this simulation in the marketplace today.

The Kaizen Event Simulation includes 7 exercises which are introduced throughout the PDCA Methodology.

Plan Phase
Do Phase
Check Phase
Act Phase
  • Kaizen Event Charter
  • Data Collection Plan
  • Deployment Flowchart
  • Lean Analysis
  • Solution Selection
  • Input, Process, and Output Measures
  • Monitoring Plan

Kaizen Toolkit

Tools.Through our experiences we have assembled the Kaizen Toolkit. The toolkit assists practitioners in keeping focused on their Kaizen Events and not creating “templates”. The toolkit includes various templates from the Kaizen methodology. For ease of use, the templates can be downloaded directly to your computer. The templates are in common formats (MS Word, MS Excel or MS PowerPoint). The toolkit includes the following templates that can be utilized in Kaizen Events beyond training:

  • Agenda
  • Charter
  • Communication Plan
  • Data Collection Plan
  • Five Whys
  • Implementation Plan
  • Kaizen Deliverables Checklist
  • Lean Efficiency Metrics
  • Materials Checklist
  • Monitoring Plan
  • Pre Kaizen Task List
  • Process Value Analysis
  • Quick Win Opportunities
  • Response Plan
  • Solution Selection Matrix

Kaizen Course eBook

eBook icon.The Kaizen Leader eBook (electronic copy) contains much of the same content as the online instructional materials. The eBook includes over 160 pages of theory, Kaizen Event Simulation, and tools and techniques. The eBook is fully searchable and contains many links to assist students in quickly navigating to key tools and concepts. The eBook allows students the ability to capture notes and comments within the eBook for future reference. Students can print directly from the eBook. To protect the electronic intellectual property of the course content, students will not be able to copy from the eBook.

Kaizen Printed Course Books (Optional)

Printed book icon.As an option, students can purchase printed course materials. The printed course materials include 1 book containing over 160 pages of Kaizen tools and techniques.

IACET Continuing Education Units (Accreditation)

IACET Accredited ProviderAcuity Institute has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this approval, Acuity Institute has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standards which are widely recognized as standards of good practice internationally. As a result of our Authorized Provider membership status, Acuity Institute is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standards. The primary purpose of a CEU is to provide a permanent record of the educational accomplishments of an individual who has completed one or more significant non-credit educational experiences.

1.3 IACET Continuing Education Units are provided upon successful completion of this course.

Council for Six Sigma Certification

Council for Six Sigma CertificationAcuity Institute is accredited as an Approved Registered Provider by the Council for Six Sigma Certification (SSC). SSC reviews each course to ensure the course curriculum, structure and certification requirements meet the standards set forth by the Council’s Body of Knowledge. This accreditation assures each certification includes Lean Six Sigma concepts, tools and techniques considered to be the standard for each belt level within the Council’s Body of Knowledge.

PMI® Professional Development Units

Acuity Institute is an Authorized Training Partner (ATP) of the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. Being an Authorized Training Partner allows Acuity Institute to grant Professional Development Units (PDUs) to customers who complete our qualified programs. As an Authorized Training Partner, Acuity Institute has agreed to abide by the PMI® established quality assurance criteria. PMI® is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

13 PMI® Professional Development Units are provided upon successful completion of this course.

Blended Learning Training

In addition to e-Learning courses, Acuity Institute offers customized Blended Learning training options for corporations.

Acuity’s Blended Learning training combines online training with live, facilitated workshops facilitated by one of Acuity Institute’s leading industry facilitators. This model provides two benefits for your team:

  1. Reduces the time spent in the classroom, away from other responsibilities
  2. Provides learner access to the training to learn at their own pace and review the content as often as they need

The live workshops are focused on the practical application of the methodology and tools in the workplace environment. The number of workshops and the schedule for workshops can be modified to meet your team’s needs. Contact our team to learn more about Blended Learning for your team.

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