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Accreditation for Consultants: Introduction

Introduction to Accreditation for Consultants

LCS accreditation adds value to a consultant's continuous improvement training offering and can help it maintain competitive advantage.

A consultant with a CI training capability can become an Accredited Certifier of Lean Competency enabling it to issue LCS Certificates of Lean Competency to learners who progress through its training. It’s a valuable addition to the consultant’s service, as building its client's staff CI capability is critical in the journey to developing a sustainable CI culture.

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"Our clients see the value in our approach being accredited by the LCS which gives us credibility in the marketplace that many of our competitors currently cannot match."

Accredited consultant

"We generally see at least a 5:1 return on investment for our [LCS] certification only clients and when linked with value stream or transformational improvement this can exceed 10:1."

Accredited consultant

Standard and SME accreditation.

There are two types of accreditation, Standard and SME, which allows consultants of all sizes to become LCS accredited.

Standard accreditation suits medium and large firms, while SME accreditation suits micro or small firms and start-ups. The main difference between the two is that with SME accreditation there is a lower up front cost, knowledge tests are administered centrally by the LCS and a fee is charged for each assessment/certification.

The LCS qualifications framework

The LCS qualification framework has seven levels of lean competency, which can cover all roles in an organisation. For the LCS, competency has two dimensions: knowledge and application, both of which have to be demonstrated in LCS Assessments.

The LCS promotes an holistic, systems approach to lean thinking, acknowledging that lean is much more than simply improving processes through the application of tools and prescriptive principles. The LCS accepts that there are many different CI methodologies and maintains that organisations require their own, bespoke implementation solutions for sustained, cultural change – thus adopting a contingent approach. It contends that successful lean organisations employ lean strategies, lean leadership and understand the need for an engaged, empowered workforce.

The LCS takes an outcomes approach in its accreditation method - that is, its primary concern is that the accredited organisation demonstrates that an individual's capability is evidenced and it is less concerned with the specific methods. tools, topics used to achieve the outcome. Furthermore, it empowers the accredited organisation to take responsibility for defining quality for its context and situation. The LCS framework is therefore highly flexible framework and can be adapted to different environments.

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