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LEAN Facilitator Certification Training

LEAN Specialized Training

For specialized training consider these programs:

  1. Executive LEAN Overview – focus on basic LEAN concepts and roles and responsibilities of institution leaders
  2. LEAN Fundamentals and Needs Assessment Seminar – overview of basic LEAN concepts and needs assessment to determine organization readiness for LEAN implementation
  3. LEAN Value Stream Mapping Seminar – instruction on VSM tool and practice application with case study scenarios
  4. Strategies for Managing LEAN Projects – Kaizen Deployment Seminar – how to deploy change after solutions are identified
  5. Sustaining LEAN Seminar – organization structure and reinforcement techniques to aid in developing a LEAN culture
  6. LEAN Coaching Seminar- overview of basic LEAN concepts and role of middle managers to coach front-line employees through the implementation process of LEAN projects
  7. 5S Organization Seminar – how to apply physical organization structure to improve efficiency
  8. Alignment of Strategic Planning and LEAN Seminar – facilitate the prioritization of LEAN projects to streamline higher education processes 

"Hands-on" activities are incorporated in the curriculum to enhance the transition of concepts to practice.  The training sessions can be customized for a campus and includes examples of application in higher education settings. Vivid descriptions and illustrations are shared to enhance discussion in training sessions.

A comprehensive training offered in a four to five day workshop format with application of tools used in "homework" assignments.  Those certified as LEAN Facilitators are trained in a broad spectrum of process improvement tools drawn from LEAN methodology, Six Sigma analysis tools, and facilitation techniques. The training presents the concepts and tools in a format that best adapts to the higher education environment. 

"Homework" Assignments to Demonstrate Skills

1) Reflection of LEAN concepts and how to apply them on their campus,

2) Complete a LEAN event, including a current state and future state value stream map,

3) Kaizen report with metrics,

4) 5S organization project, and

5) Reflection on development of LEAN culture on their campus.

Concepts Taught
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • 8 Areas of Waste Review
  • Brainstorming Tools
  • Facilitation Techniques
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • 5S organization
  • Implementation Plan
  • Metrics
  • Risk analysis (FMEA)
  • “Lean Thinking” culture.

"Hands On" activities reinforce the understanding of the concepts and application of skills.  √ out information on selection a strong facilitator.

Host a training session with the partnership structure.  The best training structure includes students from two to five institutions.  This provides rich discusions during the training.  As host your institution provides space and materials (i.e. markers, easels and pads) for the training sessions.  Food arrangements are coordinated by the campus with an additional fee charged with the training fee to cover the expense. As compensation for handling logistics one student's fee is waived for the institution.  This option requires at least two institutions participate.  Everett Community College has partnered with Kusler Consulting as a training host for community colleges in Washington.


Do you have a broken process that is complex and/or political on your campus?  Having a consultant facilitate the LEAN Event can provide an unbiased perspective and disfuse tension between team members.  The LEAN Event facilitated by the consultant can demonstrate the value of LEAN and pave the road for campus employees trained as LEAN Facilitators.

Providing training or facilitation is only the first step of the relationship to be developed with Kusler Consulting.  Ongoing coaching via email and telephone is provided.  

Aspect of coaching an institution through their LEAN journey includes a Needs Assessment.  This activity documents the status of the campus with strategic plans, leadership support, and "pain points" to be addressed.  

Needs Assessment