Lean Practitioner Accelerator


Download Flyer Button>The Lean Practitioner Accelerator course is the fast-track to Lean Practitioner certification. It has the same requirements as Lean Practitioner, but core training is completed in two days rather than four. This course is designed for process improvement professionals who already have a demonstrated understanding of introductory lean tools and concepts, and want to advance their skills.


Prerequisites: A participant interested in the accelerated path to Lean Practitioner must: 

  • Hold a certification in lean or lean-six sigma at any level.
  • Have completed three or more improvement events or projects in the last two years involving process mapping, SIPOC, waste elimination basic data collection and analysis, including a bar chart or Pareto and team facilitation.

To achieve the Lean Practitioner certification via the Lean Practitioner Accelerator program a participant must

  1. Demonstrate that all prerequisites for the program are met.
  2. Complete required pre-work before attending a four-day training event. This includes identifying an area and challenge where you will run a lean improvement event.
  3. Complete two (2) days of classroom training. You must attend both days.
  4. Pass an examination given during the second day of training.
  5. Complete a training evaluation survey to help us improve our service.
  6. Be lead facilitator on at least one (1) lean Rapid Improvement Event (RIE), which will include preparing for, delivering and facilitating the event to a successful close.
  7. Participate in remote coaching calls and webinars. A preliminary schedule will be created with your instructor on the second day of training.
  8. Participate in Purdue’s online Community of Practice for Operational Excellence in Healthcare You will learn more about this on your first day of training.
  9. Keep a journal and develop other habits of reflective practitioners to get the most from your lean experiences. More on this in the first day of training, including a journal.

All requirements should be met four or five months after training is complete.


The Accelerator program is focused on the first two competencies of the Lean Practitioner: 

  • Prepare for, deliver, and facilitate-to-closure 1-5 day Kaizen events, including complex events that involve rapid experiments without supervision. 
  • Identify, assess and facilitate teams to implement improvements for all the elements of PHA’s framework for a lean service cell, including demand; flow dynamics (push/pull and one-piece/batch); standard work for all key roles; 5S (sort, straighten, shine, standardize and sustain); and visual management for both work in progress and control.


The focus of the two-day classroom session is on learning facilitation rather than training delivery. Participants engage in active learning including journaling and learn-by-doing.

The curriculum is focused on PHA’s A3 problem-solving process, which includes three stages – scope, solve and sustain – implemented in nine steps:

  • Day One: Overview of A3 problem solving, develop balanced solutions; run simple experiments; hardwire essential behaviors; and initiate daily improvement.
  • Day Two: Work with your PHA Lean Coach and learn how to run Rapid Improvement Events including preparation, delivery and facilitating to closure.

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