LCS Lean awareness level 1A

£ 99.00 to enroll
£ 99.00 to enroll

Accredited by the Lean Competency System which is a licenced service of Cardiff University

Gain an LCS accredited qualification licenced by Cardiff University

If you are looking for a great introduction into the world of Lean then this course is for you, this LCS accredited course takes you through the foundations of Lean giving you a great insight into this great methodology.


1a Summary

Awareness and basic understanding of lean thinking principles and underlying/related concepts. Ability to understand and articulate the fundamental lean ideas


LCS Level 1a knowledge focuses on:

  • The origins and evolution of lean thinking
  • The industrialists, management thinkers and authors who have contributed to lean’s development and understanding
  • The key lean principles
  • The purpose of lean thinking for organisations.
  • A 'contingent’ or adaptive approach to lean implementation.
  • The requirement to identify the customer(s) andcapturing customer value. 
  • The concept of the value stream and the nature of value streams in typical organisations.
  • Value adding, necessary non-value adding, and non-value adding activities in the workplace; different types of wastes.
  • Pull systems and the importance of flow.
  • Key features and characteristics of a lean organisation
  • The ‘scientific method’ and continuous improvement; PDCA
  • Human and strategic dimensions required for effective lean implementation.


Not applicable - practical application competency is not required for LCS 1a.

Course Information

A training programme that aims to cover the knowledge requirements for LCS Level 1a is likely to reference several of the following topics. Note that for 1a, awareness is the main focus.  The programme’s learning outcomes are also likely to be closely aligned with the knowledge components listed above.

  • Toyota, Systems Thinking and Training Within Industry (TWI).
  • Ford, Deming, Taylor, Ohno, etc.
  • Womack & Jones’  ‘5 Lean Principles’; Spear & Bowen’s ‘DNA of Toyota Production System’.
  • The ‘scientific method’:  Plan, Do, Check, Act.
  • Voice of the customer (introduction).
  • Value adding, necessary-non-value adding and non- value adding activities.
  • The 7 wastes of the Toyota Production System; new wastes added; wastes specific to service environments.
  • Muda (waste) and relationship with muri (overburden) and mura (unevenness).
  • The role of value stream management, workplace organisation, standard work, visual management in lean activities.
  • Lean service and systems thinking principles.
  • Service value and service demand (eg the notion of value & failure demand).
  • Lean as a business system and its strategic context (eg referencing policy deployment).
  • The ‘lean iceberg’ model (ie the importance of human factors and the enabling factors for sustainability and establishing a continuous improvement culture).
  • Lean implementation frameworks and models.
  • The specific continuous improvement approach being adopted or implemented in the participant’s organisation.

The topics should be contextualised for the organisation for which the training is intended and those selected will depend on several factors – such as the nature of the organisation’s processes, whether it is manufacturing products or delivering intangible services – internally or externally, whether it private or public sector, etc. This list is indicative; some topics may not be relevant, some will require passing reference only and there may be other topics that are not included..

This 1A lean awareness course includes 2 attempts at passing the final exam.

Duration approx 90 Minutes


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