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Certified Lean Implementer (CLI)

About Certification

GSDC's Certified Lean Implementer Certification is aimed at Continuous Improvement professionals who wish to learn how to improve processes by implementing Lean methods and tools. Lean Implementer certification module includes the sheer knowledge of the application of the most important Lean principles, methods, and tools in the field. The Lean Implementer is basically the initiator of Lean improvement processes and Lean implementation. The person should be a professional whose objective is to develop the perfect process and inspire those involved to do better on a daily basis. Through the Certified Lean Implementer Certification, you'll infuse the knowledge of practical lean applications with a touch of change management.

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Certified Lean Implementer certification shares a deep understanding of:

  1. Injecting the knowledge of applying Lean methods and tools
  2. Emphasizing on how it works in practice
  3. Three hours of personal coaching by Lean Expert
  4. Follows ISO18404 defined competencies for Lean Practitioner
  5. Empowering participants with an excellent command of the Lean methods and tools
  6. Familiarity with Lean principles and inspiration to participate in the improvement process

Target Audience

Lean Project Team Members

Change Agents

Change manager

Quality management professionals

Quality manager



5+ Hrs of Elearning

5+ Hours of expert-created videos 

Practice Exams

Mocks curated by SME's will help you to pass final certification exam.


Certify your achievement with a globally valid certification.



Participants of Certified Lean Implementer Certification will be able to achieve the following:

Reduction of lead time for claims processing by 40% for an Insurance company

Reduction of training and onboarding cycle time by 20% for a Large Telecom organization.

Improved on-time for incident reduction from 85% to 95% with deploying saved manpower to other revenue-generating processes.

Customer onboarding process cycle time reduced by 30% for an MNC bank.

Reduction of inventory, saving of floor space and quick change over of dies for a large refrigerator manufacturing firm.

Improving the packaging cycle time and improving the productivity of the workforce by 15% for a large elevator manufacturing company.



There are no prerequisites as such for Certified Lean Implementer certification.



There will be a multiple-choice exam of 40 marks.
You need to acquire 26+ marks to clear the exam.
If you fail, you can retake the exam after one day.
In case a Participant does not score a passing percentage then they will be granted a 2nd attempt at no additional cost. Re-examination can be taken up to 30 days from the date of the 1st exam attempt.


Sample Certificate



  • 1.Lean Principles:
    • Lean Principles
    • Lean Thinking Deployment
    • Waste Identification and Elimination
    • Selection of Product Families and Value Streams
    • Organising Operations to meet the Customer Demand Rate
    • Use of Buffer and Safety Resources or Stock
    • Finish Goods Supermarket Strategy
    • Organizing the Workspace for Better Productivity (5S)
    • The Relationship between Quality and Turnaround Time
    • The Lean Quality Approach
    • Making Processes Flow
    • Implementing Continuous Flow
    • Balancing Work and Work Area Re-Design
    • Maximising Use of Equipment Results in Overproduction
    • The Benefits of Pull Versus Push System
    • FIFO Processing
    • Fixed Length Pipes
    • Surfacing Issues
    • Reducing Setup Times
    • Interruptions
    • Signaling Systems
    • Immediate Feedback
    • Planned Flexing
    • Setup Time Reduction
    • Why Level Demand
    • How to Level the Mix and Supply Intake
    • Establishing an Interval (EPEI)
    • The Use of Visual Management and Why Use Immediate Feedback
    • Organising for Rapid Projects
  • 2.Lean Tools:
    • Value Stream Mapping
    • CEDAC - Cause and Effect Diagram with Action Cards
    • Standard Work
    • Spaghetti Diagrams
    • Work cells design
    • Lean resourcing
    • Mistake proofing
    • 5S
    • Visual management
    • TPM - Total Productive Maintenance
    • SMED - Single Minute Exchange of Dies
  • 3.Practical Value Stream Mapping:
    • Introduction to Organisational Value, Waste, Value adding and non-value adding activities
    • Application of Value Stream Mapping in Waste Identification and Lean Implementation
    • Overview of Value Stream Mapping Principles and Methodology
    • Mapping tools and symbols
    • Value stream mapping - Current State
    • Hands-on Mapping Session
    • Analysing the Current State
    • Value Stream Mapping - Future State
    • Hands-on Mapping Session
    • Achieving the Future State
    • Using Value Stream Maps to Identify Lean Improvement Projects
    • Prioritising and Selecting Lean Projects
    • Developing a Lean Roadmap
  • 4.Change Management:
    • Facilitating change
    • Change Management toolkit
    • Six Sigma - complementing Lean
    • Lean Action Workout
    • Implementing a Lean measurement system
    • Kaizen & continuous improvement


John Deker

Designation - Lean Manufacturing Manager

As a Lean Manufacturing Manager with 15+ years of experience, I found the GSDC CLI certification exam to be an excellent way to showcase my skills and knowledge. The exam was challenging but fair, and passing it has helped me stand out in the industry.

Kylie Garcia

Designation - Continuous Improvement Specialist

The GSDC CLI certification exam was a great opportunity for me to validate my lean skills and knowledge. Although I was nervous, the exam was well-structured, and I felt prepared. I'm proud to say I passed on my first attempt! Thank you, GSDC, for offering such a valuable certification. 

Glen Davidson

Designation - Quality Assurance Manager

I highly recommend the GSDC CLI certification exam to anyone interested in Lean principles. Although I had extensive training and experience, I found the exam to be both challenging and thought-provoking. Passing the exam has given me a sense of accomplishment and confidence in my abilities.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. How Do I Register?
    • Register Your Interest by clicking on this link: Register Now
  • 2. Who would benefit from obtaining the Certified Lean Implementer (CLI)?
    • The Certified Lean Implementer (CLI) is ideally suited for professionals who are responsible for process improvement in their organizations, such as process engineers, quality managers, operations managers, and project managers. It is also appropriate for individuals seeking to enhance their skills in lean implementation and management.
  • 3. What is the Lean Implementer Certification and what advantages does it offer?
    • The Lean Implementer certification is a validation of an individual's knowledge and abilities in lean implementation methodologies. It provides participants with the necessary tools and techniques to reduce waste, increase efficiency, and enhance productivity in their organization. The advantages of this certification include improved problem-solving skills, better decision-making capabilities, increased value creation, and improved customer satisfaction.
  • 4. What are the employment prospects for individuals with the Certified Lean Implementer (CLI)?
    • The employment prospects for individuals with the Certified Lean Implementer (CLI) are favorable, as companies are increasingly adopting lean management techniques to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs. Individuals with this certification can pursue careers such as Lean Manager, Process Improvement Manager, Lean Six Sigma Consultant, and Continuous Improvement Specialist.
  • 5. Why is the Lean certification relevant to the industry?
    • The Lean Certification is highly relevant to the industry because it provides professionals with the necessary skills to streamline processes, reduce waste, and improve operational efficiency. It is particularly useful in industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, and logistics, where process optimization is critical to success.
  • 6. How long is the Lean Implementer certification valid?
    • GSDC certifications come with lifetime validity, meaning you won't have to go through the hassle of renewing your certification or paying any renewal fees.
  • 7. What benefits does the Certified Lean Implementer (CLI) offer to an organization?
    • The Certified Lean Implementer (CLI) provides numerous benefits to an organization, including enhanced process efficiency, increased productivity, reduced waste, improved customer satisfaction, and higher profits. It also fosters a culture of continuous improvement within the organization, leading to better performance and competitiveness in the market.

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