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2. Accrediting Process Stages

Standard Accreditation

Stages to Becoming Accredited

The first-time accreditation process has six stages from Registration to Welcome Pack. The process enables an applicant to submit evidence that its lean training system is capable of delivering effective lean training that meets LCS standards.

  • The term 'lean training system' is used to describe the interconnected components that are required to deliver effective lean training to learners. It could comprise of one course or several in an academy or centre of excellence (see image below).
  • The accrediting process aims to ensure that these components are well established, technically robust, effectively managed, resourced and integrated.
  • An online Submission Form is used to capture information about the applicant's training.
  • The accrediting process usually takes four to six weeks to complete - that is, Registration Form to Sign Off Meeting

Stages Detail

  1. Planning (applicant), which can include:
    1. Carrying out a gap analysis
    2. Developing a timetable
    3. Checking alignment with the LCS framework (see below)
  2. Registration Form (applicant)
    1. Gets the application 'in the system'
    2. Provides contact and administrative information about the applicant
  3. Portfolio assembled using the online Submission Form (applicant)
    1. Captures the the applicant's training details
    2. Includes courses, learning outcomes, topics, assessment, delivery
    3. This stage takes most time in the process
  4. Review (LCS/applicant)
    1. The LCS issues a Progress Checklist when the submission has been assessed
    2. Draft versions can be edited and updated on line, as required
  5. Final submission accepted
    1. Takes place when all items in the Progress Checklist are marked as 100% complete
  6. Sign off meeting (LCS/applicant)
    1. Covers responsibilities, publicity, collaboration, certificate templates
    2. Meeting participants are training programme stakeholders
    3. Lasts about one hour
  7. Welcome pack (LCS)
    1. Formal confirmation of accredited status
    2. Includes certificate templates, logos, communication flyers

Alignment with the LCS Framework

Accredited training programmes need to be clearly aligned to the LCS framework. The Level Descriptors are used as the blueprint to ensure a course has appropriate outcomes and content and an LCS Alignment Matrix is completed as part of the submission process to demonstrate alignment.

An extract from the Alignment Matrix is shown below. A copy can be accessed in the Submission Form (for completion and then uploading) and it can also be downloaded by clicking the button below.


Accreditation Approach

  • The LCS accepts that every training system is different, as organisations need to adopt a 'contingent' approach to lean application - that is, there is no single right way to apply lean and the method developed must be built around the specific circumstances. and needs of the organisation.
  • LCS accreditation assumes that the training programme will continuously evolve, particularly when it is part of a Learning Organisation – that is, one that facilitates the learning of its members and continuously transforms itself.
  • The LCS accreditation approach is built on an holistic interpretation of lean thinking, takes a systems perspective and an 'open source' view of how lean is evolving.