Lean Training (Exam Cost Included)

For many businesses, the shift to Lean Culture comes from simultaneously defining customer value, aligning around a common purpose, striving for perfection, and respecting and developing employees. Lean Culture results when in the quest to provide customer value, leadership supports and promotes the building of a "problem solving muscle" within the workforce.

The Lean Training and Certification course is a simplified, interactive way to quickly and effectively study process improvement and learn...

6 Months / 20 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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George Mason University

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Course code: GES2028

What you will learn

  • Lean is and how your organization can benefit from it
  • How to effectively use the tools and techniques involved in establishing the current state a of a process and developing the future state of a process
  • To use tools and techniques associated with building a Lean culture
  • Knowledge and skills needed to become a Lean leader

How you will benefit

  • Be able to build a Lean culture to sustain the improved process
  • Ability to identify which steps in a process are wasteful and which add value
  • Improve current processes to reduce cycle time and costs, and increase revenue
  • Be adequately prepared to gain Lean Certification

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 20 course hours
  1. Introduction to Lean
    1. What Is Lean?
    2. The History of Lean
    3. The Focus of Lean
    4. What Is a Lean Process?
    5. Why Do Organizations Use Lean?
    6. The Cost of Poor Quality
    7. Focus on the Process
    8. Lean Principles
    9. How Do You Define Value?
    10. What Is Flow?
    11. The Concept of Pull
    12. The Impact of Pull
    13. How Do You Pursue Perfection?
  2. How to Establish Current State
    1. PDCA
    2. A3
    3. 8 Wastes
    4. Organizational Level Process Map
    5. Value Stream Map (VSM)
    6. Swimlane Map
    7. Process Walk
    8. Spaghetti Chart
    9. Customer Value
    10. Lean Metrics
    11. Process Analysis
    12. Value Stream Map Analysis
    13. Histogram
    14. Pareto Chart
    15. The 5 Whys & The Fishbone Diagram
  3. How to Develop Future Stat
    1. Single Piece Flow & Batch Reduction
    2. Changeover Reduction
    3. Work Cell Design
    4. Workload Balancing & Demand Levelling
    5. Cross Training
    6. Kanban & Supermarkets
    7. Standard Work
    8. Visual Management
    9. 5S
    10. Value Stream Map Future State
    11. Quick Wins
    12. Rapid Improvement Event (Kaizen Event)
    13. Pilots
    14. Multi-Phase Implementation
    15. Mistake-Proofing (Poka Yoke)
    16. Pursue Perfection
  4. How to Build a Lean Culture
    1. Leader Standard Work (LSW)
    2. Leader Task Boards
    3. A3 Coaching
    4. Leader Process Performance Boards
    5. Leader Huddle Meetings
    6. Leader Process Walks
    7. Meeting Productivity
    8. Stakeholder Analysis
    9. Communication Plan

Ken Maynard

Ken Maynard is currently the Director of Client Success at GoLeanSixSigma.com. He has over a 30-year record of driving improved quality and higher profitability with organizations in a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, healthcare, financial services, medical devices, government, food & beverage, automotive, and consumer products.

Ken has also worked with leaders to complete successful enterprise-wide continuous improvement, reengineering, and product design projects that resulted in high-value transformations.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Any word processing application (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Yes, you will be prepared for the Lean Certification Exam, presented by GoLeanSixSigma.com.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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GoLeanSixSigma.com is an organization of Lean Six Sigma experts dedicated to helping professionals learn process improvement. It strives to make problem-solving easier to understand so professionals fully grasp Lean Six Sigma concepts and methodologies to ensure successful implementation within their organizations. GoLeanSixSigma.com has certificated thousands of professions in Lean Six Sigma nationwide.