About the Program:

Everyone related to the construction process has an incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost – from the project owners who want to see results for their investment to the contractors and designers who want to do their job well and move on to the next project.  Lean Construction is based on the holistic pursuit of continuous improvements aimed at minimizing costs and maximizing value on a construction project: planning, design, construction, activation, operations, maintenance, salvaging, and recycling.

Those who complete all units are eligible to sit for the Lean Certification exam.  A brief summary of each session is listed below.  For full session details, including individual session objectives and exam information, click here.


Session Descriptions:

Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems
This unit is an introductory course in the Lean Construction Education Program. This half-day, instructor-led course teaches the concept of variation.

Unit 2: Pull in Production
This unit is a half-day, instructor-led course that explains the concept of pull as a means to reliable production workflow.

Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring
This is the first of two units that introduces the Last Planner® System (LPS). This system was developed by the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) to plan projects in a way that produces predictable workflow and rapid learning. This half-day, instructor-led course describes the process of Lean Workstructuring.

Unit 4: The Last Planner® System
This is the second of two units introducing the Last Planner® System (LPS). This system was developed by the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) to plan projects in a way that produces predictable workflow and rapid learning. This half-day, facilitator-led course shows how to conduct make-read and weekly work planning sessions.

Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain & Assembly
This is a one-day, instructor-led course that explains the concept of lean supply chain and assembly.

Unit 6: Lean Design & Pre-construction
This half-day, instructor-led course that explains the concepts of value-based management, lean in the design process and relational contracting.

Unit 7: Problem-solving Principles & Tools
This is a seven-hour, instructor-led course that describes the Lean Problem Solving Process and illustrates how to use tools to solve problems in a lean manner.