QQI Level 5 QQI Continuous Improvement in Manufacturing Certificate

About the Course

Participants learn how to utilise a range of continuous improvement methodologies whilst working at operative level in the life sciences manufacturing sector.

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 TBC

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Benefits of a QQI Level 5 QQI Continuous Improvement in Manufacturing

On course completion participants will be able to:

  • Explain continuous improvement in terms of objectives and benefits
  • Describe a range of tools which support continuous improvement
  • Distinguish between value-added and non-value-added in relation to products and services
  • Explain the role of value stream mapping in continuous improvement 
  • Explain the key principles of leading process management strategies including Six Sigma, and DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control)
  • Participate in a 5S audit utilising the 5S methodology to enhance workplace organisation
  • Demonstrate how a mistake-proofing technique such as Poka-Yoke can be used to minimise manufacturing process defects
  • Complete a task that supports analysis of equipment effectiveness and performance for your area of responsibility such as total preventative maintenance (TPM), overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), single minute exchange of die (SMED) or shift start up checks
  • Contribute to a continuous improvement or Kaizen event in your own area of responsibility
  • Apply a problem solving technique such as Pareto Principle, 5 Why’s, Brainstorming, Cause and Effect diagram and Failure, Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) appropriate to a range of events
  • Reflect on own performance to inform on-going continuous improvement activities.


50% Portfolio/collection of Work 50% – should demonstrate achievement of a range of learning outcomes. The collection may be self-generated or created in response to a particular brief or tasks/activities devised by the assessor. The assessor will devise a brief for a Portfolio/Collection of Work based on learning outcomes 6 – 11.

50% Theory Examination – a theory-based examination assesses the ability to recall, apply and understand specific theory and knowledge. The assessor will devise a brief for an Examination – Theory based on learning outcomes 1 – 5.


QQI Level 5 Continuous Improvement in Manufacturing Certificate


Successful completion of this course enables the participant 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