Lean Certification — Foundations

Course Overview

Lean Foundations Certification course icon.Many Lean initiatives fail because people do not know where to start or how to sustain improvements. Lean looks at reducing waste and improving flow in an organization. A Lean business produces just what is needed, when it is needed, with no additional labor, costs or time, resulting in bottom line savings. Acuity Institute’s Lean Certification – Foundations training program provides participants with a small set of Lean skills to execute Lean improvements.

Whether you are new to the concept of utilizing Lean or are a team member who is going to be working on Lean projects in the workplace, this course will help you learn the foundation that Lean is built on. The course will also show you how you can apply Lean techniques by utilizing some of the most common tools so you can confidently begin your journey with applying Lean to improve processes.

Acuity Institute’s Lean Certification – Foundations Program 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 a set of Lean Templates and the Lean Foundations Course eBook. Acuity Institute sets the standard for online training and certification for individuals looking to attain the foundations of Lean Certification.

Training is conducted online and uses a multi-media format that includes examples of successful Lean performance improvement, exercises and quizzes. The course is “self-paced” and can be accessed at any time – and – anywhere, which provides the most flexibility in completing the course. On average, students complete the Lean Certification – Foundations training course in 6 hours (average completion time, actual time may vary).

We recommend this program to individuals interested in an introduction to Lean and how to apply the common Lean tools and concepts in their workplace. For individuals that are looking for an advanced Lean training program, we recommend Acuity Institute’s world class Lean Professional Certification program.

No prerequisites are required for this course.

Key Outcomes

  • Understand the Basics of Lean
  • Describe the history of Lean
  • Identify the key Lean principles
  • Describe the Lean Roadmap
  • Define customer needs
  • Define value
  • Identify Constraints
  • Implement 5S
  • Identify Flow Problems
  • Explain Pull vs. Push Systems
  • Define Kanbans
  • Explain Error Proofing (Poka-Yoke)

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Lean Certification — Foundations Requirements

Acuity Institute’s Lean Foundations Certification has 2 parts:

Part 1
Complete the Online Lessons and Exercises
Part 2
Successfully pass the Lesson Quizzes

Upon completing these requirements, you will be awarded Acuity Institute’s Lean Foundations 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?

Lean Foundations 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.

Lessons and Quizzes (2 Months Access)

Lean Certification – Foundations Course Lessons (4 lessons, 25+ quiz questions and multiple exercises)

The Lean Foundations online lessons covers the following primary tools and concepts:

Lesson 1 Lean Introduction

– Lean Overview

– Lean Principles and Philosophy

– Lean Roadmap

Lesson 2 Lean Tools – Part 1

– Define Customer Needs and Value

– Spaghetti Diagram

– 8 Wastes

Lesson 3 Lean Tools – Part 2

– 5S

– Flow and Kanban

– Error Proofing

Lesson 4 Managing Change

Global Campus Tour

Take a tour of our online global campus and learn more about the benefits of our online training.

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.

Lean Certificate — Foundations Templates

Tools.Through our experience we have assembled various Lean Templates which assists practitioners in keeping focused on their project objectives and not creating templates. For ease of use, the templates can be downloaded directly to your computer and are yours to keep and utilize in future projects. The templates have been developed in common formats such as MS Excel. The following are the included templates in the Lean Foundations course.

  • Define Customer Value
  • Spaghetti Diagram
  • 8 Wastes
  • 5 S
  • Error Proofing

Lean Certificate — Foundations Course eBook

eBook icon.The Lean Foundations eBook (electronic copy) contains much of the same content as the online instructional materials. The eBook includes over 180 pages of Lean theory, practice exercises, 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.

Lean Certificate — Foundations Printed Course Book (Optional)

Printed book icon.As an option, students can purchase printed course book. The printed course materials contains over 180 pages of Lean theory, practice exercises, 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.

.6 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.

6 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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