Are You Ready to Be a Lean Master?

Lean Masters are expert leaders of Lean efforts, driving the organization toward the future state. They have in-depth knowledge on the concepts, tools and techniques of Lean, and how to apply them to reduce waste, improve efficiency and increase customer and employee satisfaction.

Also sometimes known as a Lean Sensei, Lean Masters work with the core team and champions to manage Lean efforts, including developing training material, instructing Lean Leaders and practitioners, and mentoring projects. Lean Masters also help manage the project pipeline and lead larger scoped projects.

Not only are Lean Masters very knowledgeable on methodology and application, they’re also seen as leaders in their organization and gain exposure across the company. They are key members of operational excellence/performance excellence deployments and quality organizations.

If you’re thinking of upgrading from Advanced Lean to a Lean Master, or want to advance the skills of your team, we invite you to consider our Lean Master Program. The Lean Methods Group is the trusted partner to corporations, organizations and individuals worldwide in Lean and Lean Six Sigma certifications.

To help you in your exploratory process, we’ve gathered some resources that expand on what it means to be a Lean Master and what you can expect from the program.

Knowledge, Skills and Salary of Lean Masters
Lean Master Salary
7 Steps for Leading Lean with Respect for People IndustryWeek


FAQs: The Lean Methods Group’s Lean Master Development Program

Is the Lean Master program right for me?

If you are leading Lean efforts and want to take on more of a leadership position, our Lean Master program will help build your knowledge and facilitation skills to do just that. Lean Masters play a critical role in driving quantifiable improvements and instilling a culture of continuous improvement throughout their organizations.

What prerequisites do I need to enroll in the Lean Master program?

Participants must be certified as a Advanced Lean Leader or have the equivalent knowledge and experience in order to enroll in the Lean Master program.

My experience with this program and my instructor was incredible. The coursework was great and broad, covering Lean fundamentals to change leadership to how one educates adults.
—Dennis R. Delisle, MHSA, PMP, Operational Excellence Manager, Jefferson Hospital

What is required to complete the program?

The Lean Master program includes education, assessments and applied project work. To gain certification, candidates must:

  • Complete Advanced Lean and three other master classes from a list of electives.
  • Achieve a 90 percent or higher grade on the Lean exam.
  • Lead and complete three Kaizen events in the workplace.
  • Lead and complete an End-to-End Value Stream Assessment
  • Submit a report that documents each completed Kaizen event.
  • Mentor Lean facilitators as they lead a total of nine Kaizen events.
  • Be recommended for certification by a Lean Methods Group Lean Master.

How long does it take to complete a Lean Master?

Because the program offers flexibility in its self-paced format, candidates can take from 8 months to 2 years to complete the program.

Will any of my previous course or project work carry over?

Yes! If you are a certified Lean Methods Group Lean Leader, your certification projects counts toward Lean Master project requirements, and any exam scores of 90 percent or higher will count toward the exam requirement. Completed Lean Methods Group courses that fall under the Lean Master electives may also apply.

What kind of support do I receive?

All certification programs are managed and supported by Lean Methods Group Lean Masters, recognized as some of the best process excellence educators in the industry. As a candidate in the program, you would have a designated Lean Methods Group Lean Master program manager who helps guide you through the process.

I’ve learned a tremendous amount and have integrated the concepts, strategies, and tools into my work. I feel very confident that I’ll be soon training and leading competent Lean facilitators who will help my organization realize its potential. I’ll be a Lean Methods Group fan for life!
—Dennis R. Delisle, MHSA, PMP, Operational Excellence Manager, Jefferson Hospital

What organizations recognize the Lean Methods Group’s certification?

Our certifications are recognized by many organizations, including:


What makes the Lean Methods Group’s course and certification different?

With personalized attention provided to each candidate and a self-paced schedule, Our Lean Master Development Program is the best choice for building your Lean capability and leadership capacity. In addition, we go beyond Lean topics to include change leadership, innovation and design, and facilitation/training. Our emphasis on a holistic approach to performance excellence promotes personal growth and ensures graduates lead efforts that achieve business objectives and align to strategic goals.

Ready to Learn More?

Visit the Lean Master page to learn more about the curriculum and requirements, or contact us to set up a time to speak with our Lean Master development program manager.