Lean Practitioner Program

The Lean Practitioner Program is a highly interactive and practical learning experience designed to help you build a solid foundation in Lean and give you the tools and methodologies to lead and implement Lean improvement projects within your organisation. This program is suited for industry professionals who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills for the purpose of leading change within their organisation using Lean Six Sigma principles. With the aim of providing a return on investment (ROI) on improvement projects, this program is ideal for team leaders, managers and technical experts responsible for implementing change as part of their continuous improvement journey.

The workshop is designed to get you immediately starting to scope and implement improvement projects using the Define (D) Measure (M) Analyse (A) Improve (I) Control (C) project management methodology. The program will be facilitated by an industry experienced Lean Six Sigma Qualified Business Transformation Specialist.

The Vative Lean Practitioner Program offers an International Certification by the Lean Six Sigma Society of Professionals (LSSSP).


* This course will be conducted via live online delivery in 4 x 4 hour sessions from 1:00 pm – 5:00pm

3 Days (8:30am – 4:30pm)
The Vative Lean Practitioner program is available as a Public Program as well as an onsite program delivered at your workplace.

This course has been designed to achieve full competency within a 12-month period. Depending on the capability of the individual to implement a workplace improvement project, the course may be completed within 6 months.

Suitable for

This course is best suited for team leaders and managers who are seeking to specialise their skillset in continuous improvement by utilising Lean principles. This course aims to develop practitioners with an understanding of the Lean philosophy and the ability to apply Lean tools in practice. It is applicable for professionals in any industry sector who want to elevate their careers as change agents. Lean Practitioners work on medium size Continuous Improvement (CI) projects on their own or as part of a larger CI project under the guidance of a Lean Sigma Black Belt, Lean Expert or Lean Master.


All participants will receive a “Certificate of Participation” by Vative Academy to acknowledge that they have completed the workshop.

Vative’s Lean Practitioner Program is recognised by the Lean Six Sigma Society of Professional (LSSSP). LSSSP is an international certifying body that conducts certifications in line with Lean and Six Sigma standards developed by Motorola University and later refined through ISO 18404:2015.

Upon successful completion of an online exam and 1 assessed improvement project, participants selecting certification will  receive an internationally recognised Lean Practitioner certification through LSSSP.


Workshop Outline

Live Online Delivery Model:

Session 1:

  • Introduction to Lean
  • Value and Waste & Voice of the Customer
  • In Class Activity – Identify Value and Waste in typical work processes
  • Do at Home Exercise – Choose a process that you used to do before COVID19 and Identify CVA, BVA and Waste in it.  Can be a workplace process or a “home shopping” type process.  SUBMIT before Session 2.

Session 2:

  • Value Stream Mapping with Value Analysis
  • Key Performance Indicators / Metrics
  • IN Class Activity – Live Demonstration of a VSM using a typical workplace process
  • Do at Home Exercise – Convert a “Case Study Process” to a VSM / construct a VSD and do the Kaizen Table – Submit before Session 3

Session 3:

  • 5S (Workplace Organisation)
  • Visual Management and Standard Work
  • IN Class Activity – How to apply 5S Thinking in a physical environment.  Live Practice Activity – Practice Sort and Set in Order Immediately on your Desktop or Documents Folder and email through before and after
  • Do at Home Exercise – Carry out 5S and Visual Management in 1 room of their house – can be pantry / bathroom / cupboards and document into a 5S Project Template Root Cause Analysis – Submit before Session 4

Session 4:

  • Root Cause Analysis and the Kaizen / CI Mindset
  • Project and Change Management fundamentals (with Guest speaker Emma Sharrock)
  • How to overcome Resistance to Change
  • In Class Demonstration – How to solve a typical workplace problem – including RCA and DMAIC.  How to manage change for a Complex Change (using the recent examples of COVID19)
  • Do at Home Exercise – for the Case Study work out what else could be causing issues – and do an “assumed” 5Why – then document the solution into a Project Charter A3.  Fill in the “Managing Change” template. – Submit both.


Standard Three Day Delivery Model:

Day 1

  • Introduction to Lean
  • Value and Waste
  • Voice of the Customer
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Value Analysis
  • Key Performance Indicators / Metrics

Day 2

  • Visual Management
  • 5S (Workplace Organisation)
  • Standard Work
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Kaizen

Day 3

  • Project Management
  • Change Management
What’s included
  • Participant Learning Handbook printed in colour
  • Certificate of Participation by Vative Academy

Additional if Certified:

  • Project Assessment Templates
    • VSM/D
    • DMAIC Project Charter
    • Communication Plan
  • Assessment Workbook
  • 4 hours of one-on-one Coaching by a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Unlimited phone and email support

There are no prerequisites though learners must demonstrate one of the following entry requirements:

  • A relevant Lean Six Sigma Certificate (Yellow Belt)
  • A relevant Lean Six Sigma qualification through a Vocational Education & Training pathway (Diploma or Advanced Diploma levels)
  • A relevant Lean Six Sigma qualification to the level of Certificate IV together with significant relevant vocational practice at a team leader/technical specialist role or higher in an organisation
  • Relevant extensive vocational practice without formal qualifications at a team leader/technical specialist role or higher in an organisation
  • Relevant Lean Six Sigma certifications derived from industry bodies, internal employment training or a membership association
  • Access to a workplace mentor who has the capacity to coach you through the process of attaining this level qualification
Program Schedule

See Program Schedule dates below.

A ZOOM link will be e-mailed to upon registration.

This program content is delivered over an intensive 3 days, which includes a process waste and flow simulation activity throughout the program. On the final day participants are given a comprehensive understanding on how to scope a Lean Practitioner level project to begin the journey of implementation. Once the certification option is chosen, participants will leverage the wisdom and support of our Lean Experts over a 12-month period to reach a successful outcome.


Training Program: $2,100 +GST
Certification: $1,950 +GST
Total Cost: $4,050 + GST

All costs are in AUD and payments are processed in AUD.

Credit Card surcharge will be added to the payment at check out.

  • 0.5% for VISA and Master
  • 1.95% for Amex
Cancellation Policy

Cancellations post registrations will incur the following administration handling fees:

  • Less than 48 hours prior to program commencement – 50% of fees
  • More than 48 hours prior to program commencement – 10% of fees
  • Rescheduling registrations incurs a $150 administration fee

Employer Testimonial

“The result that we’re most proud of is an incredible 83% increase in the fabrication side of our business, which was previously around only half of what we offered in the market. The dollar value of that improvement is around a $1.8 million increase in a year, which was absolutely huge for us. I could attribute the bulk of that increase to the work we did with Vative.”

Gerald Edmonds, General Manager, Central Steel Build

Student Testimonial

“I like Lean because it’s very simple, the tools are provided and it’s explained in a way staff can understand. Vative are very easy to work with.”

Tim Richardson, Eastern Australia Operations Manager, Black Duck

Program Schedule

Lean Practitioner Program

Mar 02 - Mar 04, 2021

Face-to-face / Live Online

Lean Practitioner Program

Jun 01 - Jun 03, 2021

Face-to-face / Live Online

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of Lean?

For the participant:

  • Lean is a globally recognised skill set that is highly sought after by employers
  • Developing a proactive mindset to continually improve
  • Learn in application the 5 principles of the Lean methodology:
    • 1. Defining value – What is it your customers actually pay for
    • 2. Mapping the value stream – The process life-cycle of your products and/or services
    • 3. Create flow – Finding and removing wastes for process continuity
    • 4. Using a pull system – Controlling process just-in-time as the customer needs it
    • 5. Pursue perfection – Striving to achieve nothing short of perfection!
  • Work as a team, guide and manage Lean projects.

For the organization:

  • Employees adopt practical skills to improve both product and process quality, create process flow and reduce process cost by removing waste
  • Increased staff engagement, motivation and empowerment to cultivate a culture of continuous improvement
  • Improve business bottom line through cost reduction in process waste and increase productivity
  • Improve business top line by adding greater customer value through better quality, delivery and competitive pricing
  • Create a more organsied and visual workplace for a safer working environment and reduction of hazards and risks
Is this course suitable for any industry sector?

Yes. A Lean skill set is not industry specific and can be applied to any process that has waste and flow restrictions. Vative has experience in deploying Lean across a variety of sectors with Business Transformation Specialists from various backgrounds and experience to help contexualise the learning and application.

Should I do a Public or Onsite Program?

The answer to this question is based on how many participants your organisation would like to put into the program. If the numbers are 6 – 16, then we can run the program at your organisation. If the numbers are less than 6 or you are doing this program privately, then we ask that you attend one of our public programs. The decision is mainly based on having minimum number of participants to ensure there is good discussion, sharing of knowledge and to be able to run the simulation exercise.

What type of Certification is offered?

Upon successful completion participants will receive:

  • Lean Practitioner international certification by the Lean Six Sigma Society of Professionals (LSSSP)


What coaching will I get after the workshop?

4 hours of onsite one on one coaching plus unlimited phone and email support is included if participants choose to become a certified Lean Practitioner.

If further coaching is required individually or as a group, please contact us or speak to the program facilitator.

What further pathways will this course provide me?

A successful completion of this course can enable you to further specialise your technical expertise into a Lean Six Sigma Green or Black Belt level, which offers a dual certification options of Graduate Certificate or Graduate  Diploma of Competitive Systems and Practices and International Certification by LSSSP. These qualifications offer a higher education pathway and credits towards a Masters Degree for those who have lifelong learning aspirations to truly master their craft as professional practitioners in continuous improvement.

What happens if the program is cancelled or postponed?

If the program is canceled or postponed by Vative, all participants will be notified 2 weeks prior to the date and offered a full re-imbursement or an opportunity to attend another scheduled program date.

If the participant would like to cancel, they need to give Vative notice in writing 2 weeks prior to the date of the program. If the cancellation is done less than 2 weeks prior to the program, a 10% of cancellation fee will apply. If the cancellation is done less than 48 hours prior to program commencement, a 50% of cancellation fee will apply.

What if participants have low levels of Language and literacy comprehension?

Our facilitators are trained to adapt training and assessment to suit the needs of individuals whereby assessments can be adjusted to suit different levels of language and literacy.

Does the Government fund this training?

There are a range of Government funded initiatives from time to time that are applicable for upskilling and for business innovations. Please contact us to find out more.