Frequently Asked Questions
How often do I need to update my activity record?
Updating should be a continuous process, rather than batch the information for infrequent updates. The quality of the update is likely to be better if it’s done closer to the actual time it took place.
What is the status of those who have registered but yet to complete one CPD cycle?
They are referred to as Registered LCS Professional Practitioners
What is the title for those who are registered and have completed at least one development cycle?
The title is Approved LCS Professional Practitioner
Do I receive a certificate?
Yes, one when you are accepted indicating you are registered and undertaking CPD activity and one annually confirming your live approved CPD status.
How do I update my personal record?
You access your personal CPD cloud folder, open your activity record document and add a new line of activity. Once you have finished, add a date and close.
How much activity do I have to undertake to ensure I meet the CPD standard?
LCS CPD does not stipulate a specific number of hours of activity and uses a different approach to assessing developing, where clear progress and improvement can be demonstrated and evidenced. Over time we will monitor the time that is typically spent on CPD activities, which will provide some qualified guidance.
What sort of activities are considered valid to contribute to my CPD?
A broad range covering the three elements, including ongoing CI activities and specific projects in the workplace, a wide range of educational and training activities, conferences and seminars, self-study and research, making formal presentations, writing blogs or more formal articles, counseling and mentoring. You will need to undertake a balanced range of activities covering practice, learning and communication, and practice is likely to be the most significant component since this is likely to be integral to your job and a continuous activity. Learning is likely to take place periodically, in the form of a short course, seminar, workshop or conference, plus through reading and researching.
Do I need to hold an LCS qualification to be registered for LCS CPD?
It is not necessary to hold an LCS qualification to be registered.
How will my CPD status be communicated on the LCS website?
There will be a published directory of Professional Practitioners (name only). Your LCS web personal profile can contain a wide range of information about you. You can restrict how much of this is viewable by others.
How do you define a ‘lean’ activity that can count as part of my development?
Lean is used as an umbrella term for a wide range of continuous improvement approaches and the word may not be explicitly used. A practical activity that focuses on removing waste, improving flow, enhancing customer value or improving quality is likely to be eligible.
Is CPD undertaken on a private basis or can it be linked to my employer’s CI activities?
It could be either; it is up to you and your employer to decide. In the future the LCS CPD programme could be linked to an organisation’s LCS accreditation.
Will the LCS provide a list of suitable CPD learning activities or provide a signposting service?
Yes, information of lean oriented learning events is provided in the LCS Events calendar.
How much lean related work experience do I need before I can register?
The CPD cycle is appropriate whether you are relatively new to lean oriented roles or an experienced practitioner. The main criteria is that you should be working in a role with a significant CI element.
Do I need to be working in a full-time CI role to register?
No, though CI activities should be at least half of your work.
Glossary of Terms
Many of the words and terms used in LCS CPD have varying definitions and this glossary provides the LCS version of them.
A3: a structured problem solving and continuous improvement approach, that provides a simple and systematic approach to problem solving. It is typically shown on an A3 size page.
Cloud: Software and services that run on the Internet, instead of locally on your computer. Most cloud services can be accessed through a web browser.
Coaching: helping people to improve, develop, learn new skills and solve problems.It can involve focusing on attitudes and behaviours, as well as skills.
Competency: A group of related abilities, commitments, knowledge and skills that enable a person to act effectively in a job or situation.
Countermeasure: this is the proposed solution to your gap or means of exploiting an opportunity, (though the term was used to convey that there are no permanent resolutions to problems).
Facilitating: the act of planning, guiding and managing a group event to ensure that its objectives are met effectively, with clear thinking, good participation and full buy-in from everyone who is involved.
Gap: the difference between the current state and the desired state
PDCA: Plan, Do, Check, Act. A four step model for carrying out change, where cycle is repeated constantly for continuous improvement.
Reflecting: strictly speaking, this refers to critical reflection, which is a reasoning process to make meaning of an experience. It occurs when we analyse and challenge the validity of our presuppositions and assess the appropriateness of our knowledge, understanding and beliefs given our present contexts. (Mezirow, 1990).