LCI-Canada is rolling out a lean training and certification program to help build Lean Project Delivery (LPD) capabilities across Canada. The program will provide training in core lean competencies and include a certification process to recognize the accomplishments of lean practitioners. Certification will involve three levels.
Level 1 Lean Project Delivery Fundamentals: Practitioners would be knowledgeable about the business case for Lean Project Delivery, lean principles and practices and have a good understanding of the systems that have been developed by the Lean Construction Institute. To become certified candidates would take courses, read suggested reading materials and pass an online exam.
Level 2 Lean Project Coordinator: Applicants will have taken second level training and developed lean competencies and implemented a number of the lean methods and systems with-in their organizations and/or on projects. The goal is to recognize the development of competencies in organizational improvement, design, construction, procurement and or supply chain management. Certification will require an exam, experience with lean methods and systems, written application outlining competencies that are supported by references.
Level 3 Lean Project Facilitator: At the facilitator level you would be expected to be able to take a leadership role in delivering a Lean Project. With successful implementation of advanced lean methods and tools you will have demonstrated success by achieving much higher levels of performance on a minimum of three projects. Lean Project Facilitators would also have completed soft skills training on leadership, team building and and establishing highly collaborative work environments. Certification will require an exam, advanced level experience with a written application outlining competencies that are supported by references.
The Saskatoon Community of Practice organized and delivered the first Level 1 course and participants will be pilot testing the exam and certification process.
Murray Guy of Lean Lab designed and presented the first level course with the simulations facilitated by Ron Cruikshank and Karen Chovan, members of the Lean Team, a coaching and training group. The three hour LPD 101 Lean Project Fundamentals Course was well received with fifteen participants including two members of the LCI-C board, Heather Morgan and Ken Smith. The work shop included:
The Business Case for Lean Project Delivery
What is Lean?
How Lean improves Project Performance as demonstrated on five case study projects
Introduction to Lean Principles and Practices
Value, Flow and Efficiency
Learning to See and Eliminate Waste
Creating Flow and Eliminating Variability with Hands On Simulations (Airplane Game, Dice Game)
A high level overview of Lean Project Delivery Systems
Last Planner System
Target Value Design
At the completion of the workshop participants indicated they would be interested in getting certified for the the first level and agreed to participate in the pilot testing of the exam questions. The exam is expected to be developed over the next two weeks, with certification testing to follow.
The Level 2 Lean Project Coordinator training course material was also introduced and the first workshop is tentatively set for January in Saskatoon.
The Level 2 training will involve more in depth training on the Last Planner System, Target Value Design, Pull Planning and production control including constraint log management, weekly work plans and PPC.
This workshop will include training on Last Planner System, hands on simulations using the Villego System and the Pull Planning of a phase of a local project. Registration will be limited to 30 persons with preference given to people that have already completed the Level 1 certification course.
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The next steps for the LCI-C certification program will be to train more trainers, further develop the Level 2 & 3 certification criteria and provide more training sessions. The Level 1 & Level 2 courses will also be offered at the LCI-C conference in Toronto on May 2nd, 2017.
If you are interested in training and becoming certified, please consider joining LCI-C, taking a course from Lean Lab or attend one of our events.