QQI Level 5 Lean Manufacturing Tools Certificate

About the Course

Learn to apply lean principles in a range of manufacturing environments and to use a range of lean manufacturing tools.

Requirements Learners attending this programme must meet RPL criteria. Your entry to this course is not guaranteed until The CILT training team can confirm your RPL eligibility. RPL is an application made on behalf of participants by a training provider to facilitate the delivery of training with an emphasis on particular elements of a programme where learners due to previously attained knowledge, skills or life experience have full knowledge of these outcomes and so may concentrate on the delivery of other outcomes.
Duration 4 days

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Skillnet courses are eligible for funding. The size of allowance is dependent on your training needs analysis.

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Benefits of a QQI Level 5 Lean Manufacturing Tools

On course completion participant will be able to:

  • Discuss lean thinking including the five lean principles, the seven wastes and the key differences between lean manufacturing and mass production
  • Explore the benefits of good workplace organisation, the five steps (5S) of workplace organisation, sorting, straightening, sweeping, standardising and sustaining of practice and appropriate visual control systems
  • Examine a basic Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) system and its benefits
  • Analyse the elements of the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) metric
  • Explore improvement cycles to include appropriate improvement tools, the differences between root causes, direct causes and contributing causes, appropriate corrective and preventive actions and the differences between incremental and breakthrough improvement
  • Discuss the benefits of a timed delivery route and the four stages of the Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) technique
  • Summarise the elements of standard work
  • Discuss quality, mistake-proofing and line layout to include the interaction between quality and lean manufacturing and appropriate mistake-proofing devices and line layout
  • Construct a problem definition and Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timescale (SMART) objectives
  • Recommend an appropriate Kanban system and calculate the number of Kanban cards required
  • Reduce changeover time using Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED)
  • Configure standard work for minimum use of labour, materials and equipment
  • Identify appropriate situations, goals and team members for a Kaizen event
  • Analyse the value-added and non-value-added activities in their own organisations.
  • Conduct process observation to determine element cycle times
  • Employ value stream mapping to include the current status using a current state map and a future state map, describing desired improvements


60% Skills demonstration - this is used to assess a wide range of practical based learning outcomes including practical skills and knowledge. A skills demonstration will require the learner to complete a task or series of tasks that demonstrate a range of skills.

40% Assignment - an exercise carried out in response to a brief with specific guidelines as to what should be included.


QQI Level 5 Lean Manufacturing Tools Certificate


Successful completion of this course enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory or an elective requirement.

CILT Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills