LEAN construction ireland BELT COURSES

As part of its Capability Development Pillar, LCi is developing a Lean Construction Course Portfolio as the standard for the sector in Lean Construction training and certification. The Portfolio will comprise training courses delivered at White Belt, Yellow Belt, Green Belt, and Black Belt levels. The White Belt is now in place and you can register with one of our accredited trainers below. The Green and Yellow Belts are planned for completion end of Q3 of 2022, and the Black Belt will be developed Q4 2022.

Introduction

Lean Construction Ireland (LCi) developed its course portfolio to provide the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Facility Management (AECFM) sector and Clients/Owners with a suite of standardised Lean Construction corporate training courses to enable Lean Construction capability development for capital project design and delivery purposes, as well as for internal organisational operational excellence purposes.

This course portfolio is to be referred to as the “Lean Construction Ireland Course Portfolio” or “LCi Course Portfolio”. The LCi Course Portfolio is a suite of courses that comprises three progressive levels, in ascending order:

  1. Lean Construction Ireland White Belt
  2. Lean Construction Ireland Yellow Belt
  3. Lean Construction Ireland Green Belt

 

Background

Lean Construction Ireland (“LCi) Strategy 2020-2022 encompassed three core and interdependent pillars, namely, Clients, Contractual Processes, and Capability Development, which were key components of LCi’s Path to 2020 strategic plan. The creation of a suite of corporate training courses in Lean Construction was identified as integral to the Capability Development pillar.

As part of its strategy for capability development, LCi secured funding from the ICBE Advanced Productivity Skillnet to develop course portfolio training material in Lean Construction, applicable at various levels in organisations. The primary focus was on Yellow Belt and Green Belt Course Content Development and to undertake the recalibration of the previous LCi Lean Pass Course into the LCi White Belt Course.

This work has now been completed and a revised process for nominating and approving training providers as well as programme delivery and management is being rolled out. This work has set a sectoral standard for Lean Construction training in Ireland and enables sectoral-wide Lean Construction capability development for implementation in the design and delivery of capital projects as well as for internal organisational operational excellence purposes. This initiative also represents a global first-of-kind undertaking, founded on the collaboration of stakeholders from across an entire sector, along with key elements of the national Lean ecosystem, to develop a sectoral standard in Lean Construction training.

The LCi Course Portfolio is supported and funded by the ICBE Advanced Productivity Skillnet, and its Manager, Aidan Kelly, notes that:

“ICBE Advanced Productivity Skillnet is delighted to have supported and funded the development of these LCi Lean Construction Training Courses for the Construction Sector. Additionally, sectoral organisations may avail of Skillnet funding to support the delivery of this training to their employees. Please visit the ICBE Advanced Productivity Skillnet webpage for further information.”

LCi White Belt Course Overview

ITEM DESCRIPTION
White Belt – Course Aim & Objectives

The primary aim of the LCi White Belt Course is for Client/Owner and AECFM participants to understand the fundamentals of Lean and to speak the same Lean language on-site and/or in the office.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of Lean in Construction.
  • Describe the differences between Value and Waste.
  • Understand and reduce/remove the 8 Types of Waste.
  • Provide examples of Productive Work and Waste.
  • Provide examples and suggestions on how to improve their own working environment using 5S methodology.
  • Understand the “Business Why" and the “Individual Why" of Lean.

 

Nomination form for “Approved LCi Lean Pass Trainer” for White Belt Click Here

White Belt – Course Summary
  • Understand the fundamentals of Lean Construction.
  • Understand the mindset required for Lean in construction
  • Apply basic Lean Tools.
  • Be aware of the “Business Why” and the “Individual Why” for Lean.
White Belt – Course Mode & Duration

Classroom-based

1/2 Day of Training

White Belt – Course Project

Not Applicable – there is no improvement project at White Belt level.

White Belt – Course Certification

Certification is the responsibility of the LCi Registered Trainer who has been authorised by LCi to certify on its behalf those White Belt course participants who have successfully completed all White Belt course requirements. Certification is based upon completion in full of the White Belt Course Training.

Upon successful White Belt course completion, each participant receives a Lean Construction Ireland White Belt Certificate of Course Completion from the LCi Registered Trainer.

LCi Yellow Belt Course Overview

ITEM DESCRIPTION
Yellow Belt – Course Aim & Objectives

The primary aim of the LCi Yellow Belt Course is for Client/Owner and AECFM participants to develop into frontline practitioners capable of improving the process and workplace.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Monitor and manage performance and highlight constraints.
  • Apply the basics of Last Planner System (LPS).
  • Lead Gemba walks and process improvement in the workplace.
  • Engage in frontline problem-solving teams using scientific method and the basic set of problem-solving and root cause analysis tools.
  • Provide high-integrity data for any issue that is escalated.

 

Nomination form for “Approved LCi Lean Pass Trainer” for Yellow Belt Click Here

Yellow Belt – Course Summary
  • Understand what Lean means and what thinking and tools are required to
  • implement Lean in the Office and/or in Capital Project Design & Delivery.
  • Understand and use LPS, Visual Management, and Lean Construction Tools.
  • Conduct a Waste Walk and complete Direct Observation to identify and manage the 8 Wastes for process improvement.
  • Systematically complete simple Problem Solving for everyday performance.
  • Understand the “Business Why” and Enterprise Transformation Journey need
  • for the Yellow Belt Course.
  • Understand the “Individual Why”, and create a capable and willing team member that understands their role and the expectations of them vis-à-vis the Enterprise Transformation Journey.
Yellow Belt – Course Mode & Duration

Classroom-based 2 Days of Training:

  • Days 1 & 2 may be taken on consecutive days, or, Day 1 may be taken in Week 1 and Day 2 taken in Week 2.
  • 2-3 Week period overall encompassing the above 1-2 Weeks training period plus a 1 Week post-training period for 3Cs Project completion and reporting
Yellow Belt – Course Project

Participants must demonstrate learning and illustrate how they will apply the learning for improvement purposes.

The Yellow Belt 3Cs Project requires participants to use the 3Cs tool and template to identify and describe a real-world organisation-based or capital project-based issue/problem. (Participants do not need to actually undertake nor close-out their improvement initiative as a course requirement.)

Participants must complete and submit their Yellow Belt 3Cs Project within 7 calendar days of course training completion.

Yellow Belt – Course Certification

Certification is the responsibility of the LCi Registered Trainer who has been authorised by LCi to certify on its behalf those Yellow Belt course participants who have successfully completed all Yellow Belt course requirements. Certification is based upon completion in full of the Yellow Belt Course Training and the Yellow Belt 3Cs Project.

Upon successful Yellow Belt course completion, each participant receives a Lean Construction Ireland Yellow Belt Certificate of Course Completion from the LCi Registered Trainer.

TRAINERS

The LCi Course Portfolio may only be delivered by LCi Registered Course Trainers (see the directory below).

If you are a professional trainer and wish to apply to be an LCi Registered Course Trainer, please email [email protected] for further information on the application process.

Directory of LCi Registered White Belt Course Trainers

Trainer

Contact

Christy Murphy

Maria Ryan

Chris Dawkins

Joe O’Callaghan

Steven Ward

William Power

Mark Stockil

Robert Potter

Mike Trulove

Andy Brophy

David Hartley

Eoin Curham

Niall Tuite

Robert Noone

Eddie O’Neill

Derek O’Dwyer

Padraig McKenna

Dermot Morrissey

Stuart Nelson

Brigid McNamara

Michael Healy

Aamir Zaman