Lean ChampionWhen an organization is deploying a Lean initiative, it’s imperative that Senior Leadership is adequately prepared to support their Project Leaders and provide guidance when needed. This vital role is known as the Lean Champion, and they form an important part of a Lean deployment. As projects are executed, the organization will need support from its Executives and Project Sponsors. Acuity Institute’s Lean Champion course has been designed to teach the fundamentals of the Lean methodology and its application. We recommend this course to Executives, Business Leaders, Project Sponsors, and Department Leaders.

Training is conducted online and uses a multi-media format that includes audio by Lean 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 – and – anywhere, which provides the most flexibility in completing the course. On average, leaders complete the Lean Champion training course in 8 hours (average completion time, actual time may vary). No prerequisites are required for this course.


  • Understand the Basics of Lean
  • Learn about the various aspects of the Lean Methodology
  • Understand the Primary Lean Roles
  • Practice Applying Various Lean Tools
  • Properly Scope and Define Lean Projects
  • Identify Lean Resources
  • Understand the Role of Champions and Sponsors in a Successful Lean Deployment
  • Understand the Purpose of Tollgate Reviews and How to Manage them
  • Understand the Commitment Necessary to Implement Lean

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Acuity Institute’s Lean Champion Certification has 2 parts:

Part 1
Complete the online lessons and quizzes
Part 2
Successfully pass the online lesson quizzes

Upon completing these requirements you will be awarded Acuity Institute’s Lean Champion Certification.

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)
  • Adobe Flash Player – most recent version (free software)

Viewing Online Content on Tablets and Smartphones

  • iPads using Safari in Apple iOS 6 or later (iPad generation 3 or later is highly recommended)

Accessing Downloadable Content

  • Course eBooks – Adobe Reader (free software), or equivalent PDF viewing software
  • Course Toolkit Templates – Microsoft Office 2007 or later
  • Using SigmaXL Statistical Analysis Software (only applicable for Black Belt, Green Belt, and Applied Statistics) – Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013 (Excel 365) with latest service packs installed, this includes Microsoft Vista with Service Pack (SP) 3, or later operating system (Windows 10 is currently not compatible with SigmaXL, this will be fixed in the near future). 1 GB of RAM or greater memory and 100 MB of available hard-disk space on your computer.


Course Lessons (5 lessons, 35+ quiz questions and multiple exercises)

Lesson 1 Lean Introduction
– Lean Overview
– Lean Principles and Philosophy
– Lean Enterprise
– 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  Selecting and Managing Lean Projects
– Lean Project Selection
– Lean Resource Selection
– Lean Tollgate Reviews
 Lesson 5  Managing Change and Leadership Commitment
– Lean Deployment Timeline
– Change Management
– Stakeholder Management


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shutterstock_113691835Acuity 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 Student Center.  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.



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 Lean initiatives. The templates have been developed in common formats such as MS Excel. The following are the included templates in the Lean Champion course.

  • Candidate Evaluation
  • Define Customer Value
  • Spaghetti Diagram
  • 8 Wastes
  • 5 S
  • Error Proofing
  • Force Field Diagram


lean six sigma white belt certificationThe Lean Champion eBook (electronic copy) contains much of the same content as the online instructional materials. The eBook includes over 250 pages of Lean 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.


Printed Course Materials are optional, they are not required. About 35% of our students prefer to have a printed copy of the course materials available as a resource will taking the course and for future reference. If you are interested, you can purchase the Lean Champion printed course book.  The printed course materials include 1 book containing over 250 pages of Lean tools and techniques.


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.


In addition to e-learning courses, Acuity Institute offers customized Blended Learning and Traditional Classroom training options for corporations.  Acuity’s Blended Learning and Traditional Classroom training approaches are unique in they allow for flexibility while maintaining the integrity of the principles being taught.  Our model is based on utilizing expert Master Black Belts and/or Black Belts to facilitate training in a mixture of classroom, workshop, online (Blended Learning), and one-on-one settings.

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