Senior Lean Practitioner Certification

Lean the skills to coach others through the problem solving process


  • Effectively coach others
  • Engage people in problem solving
  • Achieve higher levels performance
  • Develop more problem solvers

Experiential Workshops

It is not easy to make the transition from making improvements yourself to helping others solve problems. But, seeing your team sustain higher levels of performance makes it worth it. In this experiential workshop you will learn how to systematically develop the tools and resources needed to support your team in making improvements daily. 

Course Objectives: 

  • Define the Sr. Lean Practitioner Model 
  • Interpret performance indicators to determine gaps and trends 
  • Learn how team huddles provide shared understanding & action 
  • Demonstrate understanding of Leaders Standard Work 
  • Identify the purpose and types of Gemba Walks 
  • Practice coaching to develop problem solvers 

People that transform traditional manufacturing processes to a lean production system require a new kind of leader. They need a leader that is willing to consistently provide the coaching and resources needed to solve problems and prevent cultural barriers from popping up. In this experiential, online workshop you will learn to become that leader. 

Course Objectives: 

  • Define the Sr. Lean Practitioner Model 
  • Develop leaders standard work for all levels of the organization 
  • Ensure the standard is followed daily and improved regularly 
  • What it should cover 
  • Pros and cons of different formats 

An in-depth shared understanding of a problem requires direct observation where the work is done – the Gemba. In this experiential, online workshop you will learn to use Gemba Walks to calibrate with your team so that you don’t become disconnected with issues on the floor and loose track of what resources are needed to improve performance. 

Topics and Tools Learned Include: 

  • Define the Sr. Lean Practitioner Model 
  • Learn the types and purposes of a Gemba Walk 
  • Understand the pro’s and potential pitfalls of each type 
  • Understand how Gemba Walks are a key process in the MDI management system 
  • Outline the resources needed to be successful 
  • Develop an outline and practice your own Gemba Walk 

Succeed as a team by learning how to coach problem solvers. Toyota Kata Coaching will help you develop people by promoting behavior that is best suited to help individuals use lean improvement techniques. In this experiential, online workshop individuals will learn a practical way to be a better coach, reach improvement outcomes with their team, and ensure all coaching in their company uses a repeatable framework. 

Topics and Tools Learned Include: 

  • Define the Sr. Lean Practitioner Model 
  • The Kata Coaching Cycle and Structure 
  • The 5 Toyota Kata coaching questions 
  • How coaching systems guide behavior and create culture 
  • How to apply the practical coaching tools provided 

Allow for problems to be escalated, strategy to be deployed and accountability of both to be shared by all. In this experiential, online workshop you will develop accountability systems that include communication that supports the problem-solving process. This daily management system is built on a tier structure with practices, tools and behaviors that address organizational issues in order to sustain your team’s success. 

Tools and Topics Learned Include: 

  • Define the Sr. Lean Practitioner Model 
  • Understand the purpose and benefits of a tiered huddle system 
  • Create a plan with resources to implement a tiered huddle system 
  • Develop a way to know if your team is following the system 
  • Incorporate a consistent means of corrective action 
  • Understand when and how to incorporate improvement tools 
  • Synchronize all four tiers of a tired huddle system 

You know the basic continuous improvement tools. But, how do you use them to effectively transform the company? You need to know how to start, how much to tackle at once, who you need to involve, what results to expect, and what kind of resistance you will encounter. 

Tools and Topics Learned Include: 

  • Change leadership best practices 
  • Realistic implementation strategies 
  • Execution planning 
  • Education and communication plans 
  • Overcoming resistance and biases 

Meet Your


Sam Wagner

Sam Wagner has led continuous improvement, quality, and manufacturing teams in the Aerospace, Construction, and Plastics industries for more than 20 years.

Michael Muilenburg

Michael Muilenburg, is the Director of Operational Technology and Strategic Planning for the Film and Materials, Technology, and Engineering division at 3M.

Didier Rabino

Didier Rabino brings 30 years of Lean experience. He currently serves as Client Advisor for Value Capture, guiding the Lean transformation of major healthcare organizations.

Matt Kanz

Matt Kanz is the Director of Continuous Improvement for Jack Link’s Protein Snacks.

Ron Mrocek

Ron Mrocek is the Director of Operations for the nVent Anoka facility. He has held positions in Lean, Materials and Operations with over 18 years of Lean Manufacturing experience.


  • Step 1

    Enroll in Certification

  • Step 2

    Complete training

  • Step 3

    Apply what you learn

  • Step 4

    Reach the next level

Certification Requirements

Workshop Requirements
Complete the required workshops plus the Learning to Solve Problems coaching session. Participants must notify us two business days in advance if they are not able to attend a workshop or they will be invoiced the workshop fee. 

Project & Presentation
Submit one project for review and present to peer group. This project will show benefit to a company by applying knowledge and techniques gained through coursework. Project will center around waste reduction through the leading and coaching of others on lean tools and applications.

Program Fees
The complete program fee includes required workshops, materials, templates, and project validation. 

Members: $2,450
Non-members: $2,850


become certified

Certification Start Date:
October 5th,2022
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Choose the format that works for you and your team

Do you have a team of 8+ people who could benefit from this training? We customize training to fit your workforce needs, timeline, and improvement plans. This training can be done in-person or hybrid at your facility, or at the Manufacturers Alliance Training facility in Golden Valey, MN. Click here to learn more.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment for the certification?
Workshops, project, and final presentation may be completed in 6-8 months

Who is this certification for?
Plant Managers, Department managers, Operations Managers, and Lean Managers

What happens if I miss a class?
We recommend attending the next available workshop

What types of projects will participants complete?
Click here to view a real-world project