Lean Starter - Certificate II in Competitive Systems & Practices (MSS20316)

This Certificate II in Competitive Systems and Practices course is designed for employees within any type of industry who are seeking to understand and attain foundational skills and knowledge in Lean systems.

The course is delivered through a workplace-based delivery model focused on learning and application of 5S workplace organisation. 5S projects develop the foundational disciplines of Competitive Systems and Practices necessary to drive a continuous improvement culture in any organisation.

The course introduces learners to the lean skills used in optimising process flow and eliminating wasted efforts in the day-to-day operations within their role/department. The course is intended to skill learners who have not had any previous training or exposure to Competitive Systems and Practices or Lean tools. This course is designed to support and complement the existing technical or operational skills and knowledge of the learner as well as current best practices in the workplace.


Minimum 6-month duration; delivered monthly in 4-hour training and assessment activities

Suitable for

Lean Starter Program – Certificate II in Competitive Systems & Practices is ideal for participants who are starting their Lean journey or would like a refresher on the foundational tools and methodologies of Lean. Lean Starters can work on small Continuous Improvement (CI) projects on their own or part of a larger CI project under the guidance of a Lean Leader (see Lean Leader – Certificate IV in Competitive Systems & Practices and Cert IV in Leadership Management)


Participants will receive a Nationally Accredited  Australian Qualification Framework Level II by Vative Academy

Course Outline

To successfully complete a Certificate II in Competitive Systems and Practices, learners must complete and be deemed competent in 10 units of Competency, consisting of 4 Core Units and 6 Electives. Vative Academy’s Certificate II in Competitive Systems and Practices has been designed in accordance with the packaging rules for MSS20316 within the MSS, Sustainability Training Package:

Core Units

MSS402001 – Apply competitive systems and practices
MSS402010 – Manage the impact of change on own work
MSMENV272 – Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMWHS200 – Work safely

Elective Units

MSS402040 – Apply 5S Procedures
MSS403001 – Review competitive systems and practices
MSS402080 – Undertake root cause analysis
MSS402002 – Sustain process improvements
MSS403085 – Ensure process improvements are sustained
TLIJ2001 – Apply quality procedures

What’s included

Participant Learning Handbook printed in colour

5S Visual Boards for the Workplace


There are no prerequisites

Course Schedule

The course is broken down into 5 structured sessions over 6 months, with each of the sessions designed to be delivered in a face-to-face group-based environment. The delivery setting may be in a classroom though the program is designed to be kinesthetically delivered in the workplace. There is a Student Assessment Guide for the assessment criteria is largely based on implementing foundational competitive systems and practices through 5S. Other tools such as Value and Waste, Root Cause Analysis plus Workplace Health and Safety will be taught throughout the course. The course structure will be 2 hours of delivery with required project implementation tasks throughout the monthly sessions.

Session 1 – S1 + Value & Waste
Session 2 – S2
Session 3 – S3 + 5 Whys
Project Support Session
Session 4 – S4 + Workplace Health & Safety
Session 5 – S5

Course Costs and Fees

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Is this course suitable and appropriate for services-based clientele?

Yes, Competitive Systems and Practices as a qualification is not industry specific and the teachings of Lean and 5S can be applied across all industries. Vative has experience in deploying Lean across a myriad of sectors and has facilitators with various backgrounds and experience to help contexualise the learning and application.

Does the Government fund this training?

Yes, there are a range of Government funded initiatives that are applicable for upskilling and for business innovations that this can be applied for. Ask us how.

Do I need a Training room/facility within the business to deploy this?

No, we’ve developed this course to be flexibly delivered and does not require a dedicated facility. The course has an even balance of content delivery and application which can be flexibly delivered within any workplace area.

How much time do I need to factor for activities?

The course blends theory which is approximately 2 hours and application also approximately 2 hours across each session. It is recommended  that this time be factored away from normal duties for participants to learn and kinesthetically apply Lean and 5S within their workplace.