Lean is an operational excellence strategy, a way of thinking and a toolset. Lean principles are designed to eliminate waste in every value-added operation with a clear focus on your customer’s needs. Lower your cost of doing business by reducing waste and defects in your processes.

  • Learn to solve complex Waste and Flow related problems by applying The FOCUS Methodology: FOCUS, OBSERVE, CREATE, UTILISE, SUSTAIN which we developed as a structured approach to Lean thinking and Lean tools application.
  • Transform your business, empower your team and create a culture of respect.
  • From our experience we have assembled a Lean toolkit. This toolkit assists practitioners in keeping focused on their project work and not creating ‘templates’. The toolkit includes templates for each phase of the Lean FOCUS methodology.
  • The Leadership Centre (TLC’s exclusive eLearning Portal) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.

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03 Months online access

• 3 months access to the online Lean training course (online learning option)
• 5 days of classroom training (group on-site training)
• Template Toolkit
• Lean eBook per phase
• Online exam
• Lean standard certification administration
• International certification

• Explain the History of Lean and why it is important right now
• Explain and use the 8 Types of waste, 5S and Visual Management
• Define your Customer needs
• Explain pull vs. push systems
• Apply the A3 problem solving approach
• Identify the system factors
• Create the Current State and Future Stream Value Stream Map
• Explain how to Mitigate Risks and implement Solutions
• Implement visual management
• Explain Error Proofing (Poke-Yoke)
• Describe the System Leverage Points and how to make Change Stick

Lesson 1.1 – Introduction
Phase 2: FOCUS
The Focus phase is where you learn to understand your customer, define and scope your problem.
Lesson 2.1 – Introduction
Lesson 2.2 – Understanding Customer Needs
Lesson 2.3 – A3 Problem Solving
Phase 3: OBSERVE
This is the phase where you look at the evidence and measure the problem.
Lesson 3.1 – Introduction
Lesson 3.2 – Go See, Ask Why?
Lesson 3.3 – Create the Value Stream
Lesson 3.4 – Collect Baseline Data
Lesson 3.5 – The Process Map
Lesson 3.6 – Spaghetti Diagram
Phase 4: CREATE
This is the phase where you discover the root causes.
Lesson 4.1 – Introduction
Lesson 4.2 – Plan and Run Kaizen Events
Lesson 4.3 – Discover Root Causes (5Whys, Brainstorm and Fishdone)
Lesson 4.4 – Create New Layout to Improve Flow
Lesson 4.5 – Additional Lean Tools
Phase 5: UTILIZE
This is the phase where you implement solutions.
Lesson 5.1 – Introduction
Lesson 5.2 – Mitigate Risk and Poka Yoka
Lesson 5.3 – Visual Management
Lesson 5.4 – Implement Solutions and Manage Change
Lesson 5.5 – Account for Lean Benefits
Phase 6: CONTROL
This is the phase where you sustain the improvement.
Lesson 6.1 – Introduction
Lesson 6.2 – Identify the System Factors
Lesson 6.3 – Implement a SOM
Lesson 6.4 – ABC BOC Analysis
Lesson 6.5 – Lean Leadership
Lesson 6.6 – Conduct a Lean Assessment
Lesson 6.7 – Course Summary

• Lean assessment
• Define Customer value
• Change Assessment 
• Project Charter
• 8 Wastes and 5S
• Routing analysis
• Spaghetti Diagram
• Quick win identification
• Action plans
• Capacity sheet
• Product matrix
• Line Balancing 
• Kaizen event
• Voice of the customer
• Standard work
• Time observation sheet 

There are 3 options for certification:

Basic Certification (Level 2):

Complete all eLearning lessons and quizzes and passed each phase of the exam with a minimum of 80%

Standard Certification (Level 3):

Complete all eLearning content, pass all assignments, pass each phase of the online exam with a minimum of 80% and complete a simulated project

Advanced Certification (Level 4):

Complete all eLearning content, pass all assignments, pass each phase of the online exam with 80% and complete one workplace improvement project

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eLearning R8,500 (incl. vat) for standard certification (includes a simulated project)

What is the difference between Lean and Six Sigma? 

These two approaches were developed independently but the modern way is to combine them into a holistic approach to solve the problem at hand. Lean improves flow while six sigma reduces variation.

Lean is an operational excellence strategy, a way of thinking and a powerful toolset. Lean principles are designed to focus on your customer’s needs in order to eliminate waste by removing non-value added activities.  It will help you standardise your processes to improve productivity and ultimately reduce the cost of doing business. You will apply the FOCUS methodology (Focus, Observe, Create, Utilise and Sustain)

Six Sigma is a process performance methodology that focuses on reducing variation in a process with a belief that zero defect rates are possible. Six Sigma uses statistical analysis to calculate deviations that do not meet customer requirements.  You will apply the DMAIC methodology (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control)




Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

This course develops part time resources with an understanding of Lean Six Sigma to support business improvement projects. 

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Intended for project managers who are leading business improvement projects and solving complex problems

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Intended for managers who are supporting Black Belts to run business improvement projects while continuing to perform in your primary role