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Lean Specialized Credential eLearning

Course ID SPSCL2020ASQ
Format E-Learning

Build upon your basic understanding of lean practices to improve your skills and help your company identify and reduce waste to improve organizational efficiency. The knowledge you gain will be applicable across both manufacturing and service industries.

ASQ Lean Specialized Credential E-Learning focuses on four intermediate-level domains of lean knowledge and provides self-paced learning opportunities through online lessons, videos, activities,  case studies, and assessments. Sections include:

  • Lean Fundamentals and Principles
  • Continuous Improvement and Problem Solving
  • System and Process Efficiency Methodologies and Tools
  • Workspace Optimization Methodologies and Tools
    In addition, you will have the opportunity to take a practice test at the end of the e-Learning to test your knowledge and prepare for the online Specialized Credential Exam.

Note: Members save $50 by purchasing the e-Learning and exam together! See https://asq.org/specialized-credentials/lean for additional details.

Course Data

  • CEU Hours: 0
  • Length: 10 Hours
  • ASQ RU: 1
  • Audience: Academic, Executive, New to Quality, Practitioner, Professional
  • Provider: ASQ
Course Overview

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the differences between value and non-value-added activities
  • Identify the eight sources of waste
  • Explain the importance of flow in a value stream
  • Describe the use of push and pull production
  • Understand the benefits of lean and how it is used to seek perfection
  • Describe the importance of lean culture, including leadership and metrics
  • Understand how Voice of the Customer defines value and influences key performance indicators in lean
  • Apply the PDCA method to problem solve and improve processes
  • Understand DMAIC and how it is used to optimize business processes and designs
  • Describe how kaizen (improvement) can be used for continuous improvement
  • Understand when and how to use a kaizen event
  • Use and explain the A3 method
  • Understand the importance of gemba (the actual place) and how it is used to improve a process or solve a problem
  • Describe how standard work reduces variation and increases efficiency
  • Use value stream mapping to document current and future state process maps
  • Calculate and analyze the takt time to set the rate of a system
  • Explain the role of kanban (signboard) in process efficiency
  • Apply just-in-time to reduce waste in a system
  • Apply total productive maintenance to optimize a production process
  • Implement overall equipment effectiveness to ensure overall system efficiency and identify areas for improvement
  • Utilize change-over reduction for continuous flow
  • Describe the benefits of heijunka (production leveling)
  • Use Theory of Constraints to identify and address bottlenecks
  • Apply the 5S discipline to improve a workspace
  • Understand the importance and application of visual management 
  • Describe the use of andon (status-display station) in a workspace
  • Describe the use of jidoka (autonomation) 
  • Understand how work cell design can improve process flow
  • Understand and use poka-yoke (error-proofing)


There are no prerequisites for the Lean Specialized Credential E-Learning, however, fundamental Lean knowledge is recommended. For basic Lean knowledge, view ASQ’s Lean Essentials web-based offering. 

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for anyone interested in attaining their Specialized Credential in lean or gaining knowledge in the content areas.
  1. Lean Fundamentals and Principles 
  2. Continuous Improvement and Problem Solving 
  3. System and Process Efficiency Methodologies and Tools 
  4. Workspace Optimization Methodologies and Tools 
Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements

Hardware Requirements

  • PC, Mac, or mobile device
  • Audio speakers or headset
  • High-speed internet connection

Supported Browsers

You can view courses on any devices that support these browsers. This includes mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Android-enabled phones and tablets.
  • Windows: Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mac: Safari (latest version), Google Chrome (latest version), Firefox (latest version)
  • Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Apple iOS 10 or later, Google Chrome in Android OS 4.4 or later

Required Brower Settings

  • JavaScript must be enabled for published courses to work.
  • Font downloads must be enabled to see the correct fonts and characters.
  • When using Internet Explorer, turn off Compatibility View for sites where courses are hosted.
  • Deactivate any pop-up blockers, spam filters, and company firewalls that could interfere with access to the e-learning.
  • Third-party toolbars such as Bing, Yahoo, and Google should also be disabled due to their own pop-up blocking capabilities.

Accessing Your E-learning

After registration, you will receive an email with access instructions. If you do not, please check your email junk, spam, or clutter folders. If the email is not there, please contact ASQ.
Return Policy

We will refund you in full if you cancel your course within 30 calendar days of purchase and if no more than one module, or online Knowledge Check in the course has been accessed. If more than one module, or online Knowledge Check in the course is accessed, or if a PDF within the course is accessed, no refund will be provided even within 30 calendar days of purchase.

Enrollment Details

Format: Classroom
Format: E-Learning

Internet-based, self-paced training modules, which may involve combinations of text, visuals, audio, interactive simulations and quizzes (see specific courses for features and tools).  These web-based courses require a computer and Internet access.

SPSCL2020ASQ Self-Paced English 365 Days List: $255 Member: $220
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