Experienced lean practitioners can become LCS Certified at Level 2 via the Approved Prior Learning and Experience (APLE) route.

This is designed for those with few or no formal lean qualifications or recognition of their credentials, but who have.a track record of lean implementation and an in-depth knowledge of lean thinking principles and techniques gained through roles in employment.

Lean/CI knowledge gained from learning can be in two forms:

  1. Formal learning – gained from training by an educational institution or training provider, which may have been assessed or certified.
  2. Experiential learning – gained through other activities, including casual courses, self-directed on-the-job study, implementations or through other pursuits.

Lean/CI practical capability can be gained from:

  1. Work undertaken while employed in a lean related role in an organisation.
  2. Projects undertaken for clients as a lean consultant.
  3. Ad hoc lean related projects or initiatives while employed in a general management role in an organisation.

Key Link & Downloads

Download LCS L2 APLE brochure

Download LCS L2 APLE application guidance

Complete an online application form

Download an A3 report template

Who Can Apply?

Level 2 APLE Certification is designed for experienced practitioners and while there is no precise formula that can be used, the information below will provide an indication of the preferred characteristics.

Aspect Notes 2a 2b
Approximate minimum time undertaking lean management roles in employment This can include consultancy roles 5 years 7 years
Number of different lean/CI related roles This can include redefined roles as well as new jobs in the same or different organisations 2+ 4+
Number of different organisations in which roles undertaken ‘Different organisation’ encompasses different divisions/ groups, within large organisations, as well as separate organisations 2+ 3+
Functional background of roles Production, operations, service delivery, planning, CI, business/operational excellence
Scope of responsibility Scope can be determined by the size of the organisation and will differ for consulting roles.  Responsibility could be product delivery based or programme/project based Encompassing departments, cross-functional teams, value streams
Involvement in transformation projects A transformation project is one that makes major changes in how business is conducted. Contributing




General qualifications, lean/CI knowledge, L2/3 managers will often be educated to degree level, and/or with vocational, postgraduate or professional qualifications. Note that significant experience can compensate for the lack of formal qualifications.

The L2 APLE Certification Process

Complete the LCS L2 APLE application form.

This captures information on roles in employment (including lean implementation achievements) and training/education undertaken. It also requires you to make a statement summarising how your lean knowledge and practical experience meets the Level 2 criteria and the names of a reference that may be contacted to corroborate your application.

  • Include copies/images of any relevant training course or academic certificates in the application form.
  • Provide two implementation case studies. See the guidance document for more information.
  • The application will be assessed and the outcomes are:

a. Application fully accepted; proceed to certification.

b. Application accepted, though insufficient/no evidence provided of formal knowledge testing; proceed to the test (see test section below).

c. Revisions required to the application (specified in the evaluation report); make amendments and resubmit.

d. Application rejected due to insufficient experience or evidence of knowledge.

  • If the evaluation outcome is b) above, take the knowledge test.
  • Application approved.
  • Applicant invoiced.
  • Presented with LCS Certificate.

L2 APLE Certification Fee

  • Level 2 LCS certification without a knowledge test: £395.00
  • Level 2 LCS certification including a knowledge test: £445.00


  • Fees are exclusive of VAT.
  • Fees are payable when the approval process is completed.
  • Fees can be paid via the LCS Shop or an invoice can be requested.
  • Fees are reviewed periodically.

How to Apply

Complete an online application form

Useful Resources

dowbload iconDownload LCS L2 APLE application guidance

dowbload iconDownload L2 and L3 competency profile guidance.

Download an A3 report template

Contact LCS

Main Office:

Office 13, Building 1,
The Maltings Business Centre,
East Tyndall Street,
Cardiff, CF24 5EZ,
Wales, UK

Registered Office:

Lean Competency Services Ltd
5 Clive Crescent
Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 1AT
Wales, UK

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