Vlerick is Accredited Certifier of Lean Competency

Cardiff University’s Lean Enterprise Research Centre recently extended its accreditation of Vlerick Business School’s Operational Excellence training programme for two years. Having received the Lean Competency accreditation for the first time in 2007, this is the 4th time in a row that the Lean Competency committee grants us a full 2 year extension.

With this reaccreditation, we continue to be part of a select network of training providers that is authorised to award Lean Competency System qualifications to successful participants of its Lean training programme ‘Operational Excellence’.

Ann Vereecke, Professor of Supply Chain Management and Programme Director of the ‘Operational Excellence’ programme: “We are proud of this reaccreditation as it certifies our programme quality: a solid academic foundation, excellence in teaching, and at the same time business relevant. What makes the ‘Operational Excellence’ training stand out is that it does not just focus on Lean for production or manufacturing, but also studies operational excellence for services. Always at an enterprise level: aligned with the corporate strategy, future-proof, crossing traditional boundaries and looking at horizontal flows, and with the customer value orientation always in mind.

Participants who successfully complete the ‘Operational Excellence’ programme at Vlerick have:

  • knowledge and understanding of Lean improvement techniques
  • insight into the wider implications of Lean in the business
  • can actively participate in Lean implementation activities.

Benefits of the international Lean Competency system

For organisations the benefit of the Lean Competency system is to target specific levels of Lean oriented knowledge required for different employee groups and also to identify standards for recruitment of staff, particularly where a high level of Lean knowledge and experience is a prerequisite of the job.

For individuals, as an employee or independent professional, the Lean Competency system is used for personal development and growth planning, and to provide recognition for Lean oriented knowledge and experience a person has gained.

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