Kata Consultants - Lean Competency System

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An independent endorsement of your kata training

A consultant with a kata training capability can become an Accredited Certifier of Kata Competency enabling it to issue KCS Certificates of Kata Competency to learners who progress through its training. It’s a valuable addition to the consultant’s service, as building its client’s staff kata capability is critical in the journey to developing a sustainable CI culture.

The benefits of becoming an accredited consultant

  • Added value to your core training offering, for improved margins and competitive advantage.
  • A solution to the growing need for accredited training and for qualifications with strong market presence and high perceived value.
  • Independent endorsement of your kata training credentials.
  • A robust framework around which kata programmes and training courses can be developed.
  • A focus on practice that improves training impact and can lead to additional business opportunities.
  • Career progression and professional development for practitioners.
  • Linkage to LCS and Lean Enterprise Research Centre networks for collaboration.
  • Association with the LCS – an established global CI qualification

The KCS framework

The KCS qualifications framework has seven levels of kata competency, categorised into three Groups.

Who can become KCS accredited?

Any consultant that has its own kata training programme for its staff, or its clients’ staff, can be accredited. The programme can be at any scale, from a small team delivering occasional training at one KCS Level, to an academy delivering courses at several KCS Levels to many learners. There are no geographic restrictions to becoming accredited. The consultant should have in place:

  • A kata methodology and defined approach to improvement
  • A kata training programme in place that can be aligned to the KCS framework
  • Delivery resources and training support mechanisms

How to become accredited

PDF guide

The Guide to Becoming KCS Accredited provides background information, full details of what is involved and describes the process to follow.

Accreditation stages

There are six stages to follow in the accrediting process


Check out the fee page which describes the structure and approach.

Register today and become a KCS accredited consultant

Complete a Registration Form to start the process to become accredited

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