Lean Practitioner Certification

Lean Practitioner Program

The Lean Practitioner Certification 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 working within a  middle to senior management role who are responsible for developing a continuous improvement strategy and leading a successful implementation of competitive systems and  practices, all with the aim of providing a ROI (return on investment) on improvement projects.

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.

Eligible participants will be able to access government funding  to help subsidise the cost of obtaining a nationally recognised  Diploma of Competitive Systems and Practices. Vative will conduct a preliminary eligibility assessment for sites and coordinate  with the relevant stakeholders responsible for administrating this  funding.

See Program Schedule Below.

Standard (Face-to-Face) Delivery Program


Live Online Delivery

Half-day sessions delivered over a 12 month period, comprised of 8 group Theory Sessions and 16 group Coaching Sessions.

The Vative Lean Practitioner program is available as a Public Program as well as an Onsite Program 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.

This course is suited for those in Leadership positions who have influence and authority to determine and supervise a Continuous Improvement Strategy within their organisation or department and lead others through the deployment of Lean thinking for the purpose of establishing a performing culture. The participant will have current and past operational experience to help support the implementation of strategy though should also encompass intermediate management skills. Technical know-how in improvement systems, project management and Lean methodologies will be advantageous though not mandatory. Those holding previous certifications in Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, Lean Champion or a Certificate IV in Competitive Systems and Practices will likely be have advanced understanding in the course comprehension and may even successfully complete the qualification in shorter timeframes than usual.

Vative Academy’s Lean Practitioner course is designed to achieve a nationally accredited Diploma of Competitive Systems and Practices – MSS50316.

To successfully complete Vative Academy’s Diploma of Competitive Systems and Practices (Lean Practitioner), Learners must complete and be deemed competent in 20 Units of Competency. Vative Academy’s Diploma of Competitive Systems and Practices has been packaged in accordance to the packaging rules for MSS50316 within the MSS Sustainability Training Package:

MSMENV472Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
MSMSUP390Use structured problem solving tools
MSS402080Undertake root cause analysis
MSS403001Review competitive systems and practices
MSS403010Facilitate change in an organisation implementing competitive systems and practices
MSS403011Facilitate implementation of competitive systems and practices
MSS403040Facilitate and improve implementation of 5S
MSS403055Facilitate continuous improvement through the use of standardised procedures and practices
MSS403085Ensure process improvements are sustained
MSS403086Improve Cost Factors in work practices
MSS405001Develop competitive systems and practices for an organisation
MSS405004Develop business plans in an organisation implementing competitive systems and practices
MSS405008Analyse and map a value stream
MSS405009Manage a value stream
MSS405013Facilitate holistic culture improvement in an organisation
MSS405021Develop a Just in Time system
MSS405030Optimise cost of product or service
MSS405031Undertake value analysis of product or process costs in terms of customer requirements
MSS405040Manage 5S system in an organisation
MSS405041Implement improvement systems in an organisation

Session 1

  • Strategy and Planning
  • Data and Metrics
  • Culture and Morale
  • Workforce Development


Session 2

  • Define Phase (DMAIC)
  • Map a Value Stream (Measure Phase)
  • Root Cause Analysis (Analyse Phase)
  • Workplace Organisation (5S)


Session 3

  • Analyse Phase (DMAIC)
  • Just-in-Time
  • Continuous Improvement Process
  • Workplace Standardisation (Control Phase)


Session 4

  • Environmentally Sustainable Practices
  • Return on Investment (RoI)
  • Presentations
  • Where to from here…
  • Electronic pdf of Training Manual includes content on how to and curated videos links
  • Electronic version of Lean Templates and Tools
  • Certificate of Participation by Vative Academy
  • One-on-one Coaching by Vative Lean Master
  • Unlimited phone and email support

There are no prerequisites though it would advantageous for learners to possess :

  • A relevant Lean Six Sigma Certificate (Yellow Belt)
  • A relevant Lean Six Sigma qualification through a Vocational Education & Training pathway (Certificate III or IV)
  • Relevant management experience in an organisation
  • Access to a workplace mentor who has the capacity to coach you through the process of attaining this level qualification

Standard Program and Live Online Schedule:

This program includes half-day sessions delivered over a 12 month period, comprising of 8 group Theory Sessions and 16 group Coaching Sessions.Click on the below Program Schedules to see full list Theory and Coaching dates.

Participants will be required to present their Continuous Improvement projects along with an aim to drive a Return on Investment of 300%

A Zoom or Teams Link will be sent to our Live Online participants once registration is received.

Standard (Face-to-Face) Training Program: Total Cost $6,950 (includes Certification cost)


Live Online Delivery Training Program: Total Cost $4,950 (includes Certification cost)

Government funding is available for Victorians accessing Skills First subsidies,  to be eligible for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. Vative will determine your eligibility by conducting a pre-training review during the course application process. Should you meet eligibility criteria:

Government Funded Training Program (Standard or Live Online): Total Cost $700

The Diploma of Competitive Systems and Practices is GST exempt under Australian Taxation regulations

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

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

“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

“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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

8 days of group coaching plus unlimited phone and email support is included if participants choose to become a certified Lean Practitioner.

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.

Government funding is available for Victorians accessing Skills First subsidies, to be eligible for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria. Vative will determine your eligibility by conducting a pre-training review during the course application process. Please contact us to find out more.

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.

Upon successful completion participants will receive a Dual Certification:

  • Nationally Accredited MSS50316 Diploma of Competitive Systems and Practices
  • Lean Practitioner international certification by the Lean Six Sigma Society of Professionals (LSSSP)

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.

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.