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Resources for Accredited Organisations

These pages contains links to useful resources and information for accredited organisations. Click on a tab above.

This section lists communication and promotional items for staff, trainers, customers or suppliers.

Download digital award badges

For practitioners to add to email footers, business cards and the like  – there’s one for each LCS level

LCS Logos

Download versions of the standard LCS corporate logo or the LCS accreditation stamp.

Buy enamel pin badges for each LCS level

Beautifully crafted enamel badges – perfect for lanyards, lapels etc. For small volumes, these are available from the LCS shop and for larger volumes order directly from the LCS and benefit from a quantity discount Click here >>>

Brochures & flyers about the LCS to download

A variety of PDF brochures and flyers on all aspects of the LCS –  for staff, trainers, customers, suppliers, etc

Subscribe to the LCS newsletter

A regular email update on LCS news, developments and events

LCS Practitioner Membership flyer

For distribution to LCS certificate holders with information on becoming a member of the web based LCS practitioner community

The anatomy of the LCS certificate

Find out about the structure of the LCS personal Certificate of Lean Competency – including its design, editable fields and logos positioning. You can also download the latest certificate production guide.

Social media

Click on an icon to visit LCS social media sites – and engage!

These pages contains links to useful resources and information for accredited organisations. Click on a tab above

This section contains information about managing your accreditation, including adding LCS levels, updating your LCS Accreditation Folder, converting to Standard from SME, setting up a test, re-accrediting and purchasing more LCS Level 1a certificates

Add LCS levels to your existing accreditation

You can add LCS Levels to your accreditation at any time and at no cost by completing the Levels Extension Application Form.

Update your accreditation folder

Ensure that major changes to your training programme are reflected in your Accreditation Folder by completing the Accreditation Folder Update Form.

Set up a test

An SME accredited organisation can set up a test for a course it is delivering with this form. It can also check out the Creating Tests web page for information on the overall process and developing test questions.

Calculate accreditation fees

Easily check the fees for different accreditation scenarios and certificate volumes with this ready reckoner.

LCS Re-accreditation

If you wish to renew your accreditation after two years, there a simple process that involves completing an online Re-accreditation Questionnaire.

Convert from SME to Standard Accreditation

SME accredited organisations can convert to Standard at any point by completing a form that provides evidence of thier capability to deliver and manage knowledge assessments.

Buying more LCS Level 1a certificates

You can top your allocation of Level 1a certificates at any time during your accreditation period without changing your Fee Band.

The Level 3 Programme 

Find out about the highest LCS award – LCS Level 3 – for senior manager requiring an endorsement of their strategic and transformation lean credentials.

LCS Continuing Professional Development

Discover LCS CPD: the unique structured lean approach to continuously improving a practitioner’s lean competence and providing evidence of ongoing professional development.


These pages contains links to useful resources and information for accredited organisations. Click on a tab above

This section lists knowledge resources for learning, teaching and applying lean thinking.

Note that you will need to be registered as a Practitioner Member of the website to access some of these pages. All key contacts in accredited organisations are eligible to become registered Practitioner Members. If you are not registered, contact LCS management who will arrange this. If you are registered, click on login above.

Aids to understanding, teaching & practising lean

There’s plenty of resources to help in understanding, teaching and practising lean. These include useful links to other websites, the lean knowledge base, guides to developing tests, multiple choice question banks and key lean books. Note that you will need to be logged in as a practitioner member to access this area.


There are articles on a broad range of topics in the Articles section – plus a facility to submit an article for publication on the LCS website


Videos are increasingly used in training courses and with the growth of YouTube, there’s now a video for almost any topic. The LCS selects those relevant to the lean thinker and practitioner and places them in the Video section, which has a neat ‘word cloud’ graphic showing different topics.


There are many conferences, workshops and seminars that a lean practitioner can attend to learn about new topics, innovations and others’ implementation experiences – plus, of course, to network with fellow professionals. The Events area lists a wide variety of gatherings taking place in Europe.

These pages contains links to useful resources and information for accredited organisations. Click on a tab above

This section contains background information about the LCS – its qualifications framework, its origins, its customers

The LCS Framework

The Seven Levels of Lean Competency are outlined, along with their focus and benefits

Level Descriptors

These lie at the core of the LCS qualification framework and describe what an individual should know and be able to do for each LCS level. You can download a PDF of all descriptors from this page.

LCS Background & Development

Find out about the origins of the LCS – including its purpose, approach to lean thinking and ‘disruptor’ accreditation philosophy.


The LCS was created by the Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC) and continues to be linked to LERC research activities.

Who is accredited?

You can find out about the global reach of the LCS and which organisations are currently accredited by visiting the LCS customers page.

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