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LCS Standard Accreditation


Standard Accreditation Introduction

An organisation’s lean training system can become accredited so that learners who complete its training programmes receive Certificates of Lean Competency. The accrediting process ensures the training system is fit for purpose and aligned to the LCS levels, involving an in-depth scrutiny of all its components. An Accredited Certifier of Lean Competency is licenced for 2 years (renewable) to use the system.

An ‘organisation’ could be a company or public service body with its own CI training capability or a consultancy with a training capability for its staff, clients’ staff or for the general public.

More Information

Click on the tabs at the top of the page to learn more about suitability, the accrediting process and format, fees and how to apply.

Key Links & Downloads

Download the brochure: How to become an LCS accredited organisation

Download the brochure: Accreditation for consultants

Download the LCS standard accreditation guide

Complete an LCS Accreditation Registration Form.

Complete an LCS Accreditation Submission Form  (online)

Calculate your accreditation fee with the ready reckoner


Who Can Apply?

Standard lean accreditation is suitable for:

  1. Organisations with their own lean/CI training capability for their staff (or planning one)
  2. Consultancies or training companies with a lean training capability for their own staff, clients’ staff or for public programmes
  3. Private companies or public/third sector organisations
  4. Companies with single sites or multiple sites in one country or in international locations.

Smaller organisations or start-up companies may want to consider SME Accreditation as an alternative to Standard.  Check out the diverse list of organisations that have become accredited.

Accrediting to Specific Levels

An organisation can choose to align its training to any combination of LCS levels and can add more levels to its licence at any point at no extra cost.

For example, it may decide to start with just Level 1a and then add Level 1b and 1c at a future point when its capability has developed and the demand from its organisation or customers dictates. Most organisations start with Levels 1a, 1b and 1c, though those with mature and established training systems generally start with both Levels 1 and 2.

Organisations already accredited and wanting to extend their accreditation to cover more levels (up to level 2), should apply using the Accreditation Levels Extension Form.

Accrediting to Level 3

Personal certification at Level 3 can only take place via the Approved Prior Learning & Experience route – through a Level 3 Programme –  and cannot be awarded as a result of a training course. The key delivery capability for Level 3 lies in the Level 3 Advisors who provide guidance, mentoring and support activities to candidates on a Level 3 Programme, who are tasked with constructing a portfolio of evidence that evidences their strategic level capability.

Consultancies will have opportunities to offer a L3 programme to clients and also have staff with the appropriate capabilities to be L3 Advisors. See the L3 application extension page.


Stages to Becoming Accredited

The first time lean accreditation process involves scrutinising the applicant’s lean training system or programme to ensure that it has the capability to deliver effective lean training and meet LCS standards that can be adhered to over the two year licence period.

Note that for organisations seeking re-accreditation after two years, there is a separate process.

  • The term lean training system is used to describe the interconnected components that are required to deliver effective lean training to learners – see below.
  • The accrediting process aims to ensure that these components are well established, managed, resourced and integrated.
  • These are described by the applicant in their online submission form.

Stages Detail

The stages in the accrediting process are listed below; it typically takes between one and three months to complete.

  • Registration form submitted (applicant)
  • Planning. including gap analysis (optional) and timetable (applicant)
  • Portfolio assembled (applicant) using the Submission Form
  • Ongoing review (LCS/applicant)
  • Final submission (applicant)
  • Sign off meeting (LCS/applicant)
  • Welcome pack sent (LCS)

Note on Training Systems & Accreditation

The LCS accepts that every training system is different, which is consistent with its contingent approach to lean. There is no right or wrong way to deliver training, though there are some key principles and practices that should be followed.

In general, the system should be evolving and be part of a Learning Organisation – that is, one that facilitates the learning of its members and continuously transforms itself.

The LCS expects that the accredited system will, over time, encompass new avenues of thought and perspectives and broaden its scope and sophistication.

The initial accreditation process not looking for perfection in a system, but rather one with solid foundations, that is technically sound, well managed and strategically aligned.


Developing Your Submission

The applicant’s submission contains details information about the training to be delivered and the evidence that demonstrates it meets the LCS standard. The LCS adviser can assist in the production of the portfolio and provide technical advice where needed.

Submission Form

An online Submission Form is used to capture information and thus provides a clear framework to follow. A Guide to Lean Accreditation is available to provide detailed information and guidance.

The Form captures the following information:

  • Strategic context, organisation information
  • Training organisation; key roles & responsibilities
  • Course(s) alignment with LCS levels
  • Courses structure – aims and learning outcomes
  • Sample teaching material, such as presentations, workbooks, etc
  • Delivery capability and credentials of facilitators/teachers
  • Assessment approach; example tests, project formats, A3’s etc
  • Methods used to record implementation activity as part of assessment
  • QA procedures; examples of evaluation questionnaires
  • CI process; ongoing improvement approach
  • Description of administration and resources to support training
  • Administration, database, training records approach
  • Training facilities information

Go the the submission form page >>>

Reviewing the Submission

When the form is submitted (in full or as a draft), a Progress Checklist is sent to the applicant. This indicates which sections are considered satisfactory and complete (shown as 100%) and those needing more information or clarification. When all items are marked as 100%, the submission is deemed complete and the process moves to the sign-off meeting stage.


Standard Accreditation Fees

The table below shows the six fee bands for commercial organisations, for new accreditation and for re-accreditation. See the notes below the table for further explanation.

You can use the Fees Calculator to check on the fee for your particular circumstances.


  1. Fees shown are exclusive of VAT.
    1. Note: VAT will not normally be added to an invoice when the accredited organisation is based and provides services outside the UK and the reverse charge system is used with non UK based EU organisations.
  2. The fees shown above are applicable to commercial organisations, defined as those organisations that are geared to making a profit from their business activities. A separate public services fee schedule is available for public service organisations. The LCS defines public service organisations as those that are not commercially oriented and deliver services for the benefit of the public or society on a not-for-profit basis.
  3. An organisation accredited to LCS Levels 1b and above, can issue LCS Level 1a Certificates at no additional fee, up to the number of Level 1b and above certificates it plans to issue. For example, an organisation that intends to issue up to 200 Level 1b (and above) certificates over two years, can also issue 200 Level 1a certificates at no extra charge.
  4. If an accredited organisation wants to issue more than its permitted number of no-charge Level 1a certificates, it can do so and must pay a fee for each Level 1a certificate issued. The charge will be £2.00 (plus VAT) for the first 2,500 Level 1a certificates and £1.00 (plus VAT) thereafter for over 2,500 Level 1a certificates.
  5. The two-year fee is payable when accreditation has been granted. Fees for pay-for-issue Level 1a certificates can be paid up-front with the accreditation fee or at the time when the facility needs to be utilised.
  6. There are no fees payable other than the accreditation fee and, where applicable, fees for pay-for-issue Level 1a certificates.
  7. Internal refers to a system that is dedicated to training in-house employees. External refers to a system that primarily trains members of the public or other organisations’ employees.
  8. For newly accrediting organisations, 50% of the accreditation fee is payable at Registration.


Next Steps

When you are ready to commit to the accrediting process, submit a Registration Form, after which you will be contacted by the LCS to plan the next steps. You should also download and examine the Accreditation Guide. Note that you can contact  LCS management at any time to discuss options and have your queries answered.

Download or link to the following documents and pages:

LCS accreditation registration form

LCS accreditation submission form

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LCS standard accreditation guide

Standard Accreditation Terms

Lean accreditation is for a 2 year period – renewable thereafter every two years. Download the latest general terms.

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