Lean continuing professional development

Further your developments 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 becoming an LCS CPD member

Here are some of the key 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  • Engaging in CPD ensures that academic and practical qualifications do not become out of date – there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 creating 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.
  • LCS CPS certificate and badge is awarded, providing a tangible element of achievement and
    competence to display and communicate.
  • Entry on the public register of LCS CPD Professional Practitioners.

Who it is suitable for

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 qualification costs

Sign up to CPD as an annual membership, then renew after one year at a reduced cost.

Annual Membership

The annual membership fee is paid at the start of the CPD cycle.

  • An A3 personal development plan
  • Self managed and self directed
  • Annual cycle based on PDCA



Renewal Fee

At he end of your annual CPD cycle, you roll over your A3 plan for a another 12 months, adjusting it for new priorities and development goals

  • CPD Certificate
  • Flexibility in selecting relevant CPD activities
  • Self assessment endorsed by the LCS



How to apply

Click on the link to access the application form.

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, 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?

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.

Apply now

Complete an online application form.

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