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Lean continuing professional development

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LCS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) will soon be launching as part of our paid Premium Practitioner Membership offering. Those who are signed up to Premium Practitioner Membership will receive a number of exclusive benefits, including free access to this new personal development framework. Look out for further updates about the launch. Meanwhile, this page shows more details of what you can expect from LCS CPD.

Further your development with LCS CPD

LCS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provides a structured approach to continuously improving your Lean Competence. It helps practitioners identify and establish their personal continuous improvement goals and signals to the business community that their competency is current and well-practiced.

Viewed as a personal Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model of improvement, the LCS CPD framework complements the current LCS qualification structure. Those registered, become LCS Professional Practitioners and the CPD process aims to embed and strengthen a holistic lean mindset and capability through constant self-assessment, goal-setting, sharing and reflection.

Benefits of LCS CPD

The benefits of embracing ongoing learning and development through CPD:

  • It enables learning to become conscious and proactive, rather than passive and reactive.
  • Engaging in CPD ensures that academic and practical qualifications do not become out of date – there
    is continual upskilling and reskilling.
  • It is a commitment towards advancing and continuously improving your skills within your career.
  • The creation of ‘lean habits’ in the way you organise your personal development.
  • Having a robust mechanism to motivate, guide and direct you along your lean professional development path.
  • Opportunities for learning, sharing and networking with other professional practitioners and
    organisations via the CPD network.
  • An LCS CPD certificate and badge is awarded, providing a tangible element of achievement and
    competence to display and communicate.


CPD is aimed at lean or continuous improvement practitioners working in organisations, or lean consultants working with clients on lean-related projects. The lean element of the role may be full time or part time, though is likely to be a significant element. Practitioners will normally apply on an individual basis, though some organisations may choose to include CPD as part of their LCS Accredited package. Ideally, those on the CPD path should have an LCS qualification, but it is not mandatory.

CPD costs

CPD is part of Premium Practitioner Membership (PPM), which is purchased annually.

PPM Annual Membership

Once you have paid your PPM fee, you can register, be approved and start your CPD cycle.

  • Initial fee £55.00 + VAT
  • Renewal fee £45.00 + VAT
  • At the end of your annual CPD cycle, you can roll over your A3 plan for a another 12 months, adjusting it for new priorities and development goals

Key CPD features

The LCS CPD model is lean in essence and has unique features not found in any other CPD approach:

  • Annual cycle based on PDCA
  • An A3 personal development plan
  • A web based facility to record your development activities and link them to your development goals
  • A personal development framework which is self-assessed & self-directed
  • A CPD certificate and digital CPD badge to display on your PPM profile page
  • Flexibility in selecting relevant CPD activities
  • You plan and progress endorsed by the LCS

More information

Click on the link for more information about LCS CPD.

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 CPD record?

There are a series of CPD web pages linked to your account that you use to update your CPD record

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, counselling 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?

Your LCS web personal profile will indicate your status as a Premium Practitioner Member, registered for CPD.

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.

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 it is recommended that CI activities should be at least half of your work.

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