Lean Healthcare Specialist Training and Certification


Before you undertake Six Sigma, you should apply Lean principles to design work and design workplaces to maximize efficiency and eliminate waste. This course covers the complete Lean Healthcare body of knowledge in 11 online learning modules developed by Thomas Pyzdek. Pyzdek is the author of numerous works on operational excellence, including The Six Sigma Handbook, The Lean Healthcare Handbook, The Quality Engineering Handbook, and The Handbook of Quality Management. His work is widely acclaimed for making seemingly complex subjects easy to understand.

In this course, you will learn to create healthcare value streams where work flows based on the pull of customer demand. The Lean approach taught here is that pioneered by Toyota and used worldwide in healthcare organizations in clinical, non-clinical and administrative areas. Pyzdek Institute training employs the latest e-learning technology and methods. The training is 100% online and completely self-paced. You have 60 days to complete the training and we estimate the total time commitment to be less than 20 hours.


Certification Process

The training

The training consists of a series of online modules that you will complete in sequence. Each module consists of a lesson, and a quiz.

Lessons were developed and are presented by Thomas Pyzdek and are highly interactive. Quizzes are multiple-choice and because they are self-scoring, you will receive immediate feedback as soon as you submit it.

The course is self-paced and 100% online.

A Comprehensive Exam

Once training is completed, you must pass a comprehensive exam. When you pass the exam, you will be awarded a Lean Healthcare Specialist certification.

Lean Healthcare Specialist Training and Certification


After completion of your training, you will be eligible to take a comprehensive exam. The exam will be open-book and open-notes.


Recognized and accredited certification by the Pyzdek Institute. Recorded in an online database with a unique serial number for authentication.


  • Self-paced study
  • 60-day subscription to training site
  • 11 online on demand modules
  • 20 hour commitment
  • Comprehensive exam
  • 2 CEUs awarded by The Pyzdek Institute upon successful course completion.
  • Online forums for communication with fellow students and instructors
  • Real-time progress reports
  • Lean Healthcare Specialist Certification
  • Certificate recorded in our public online database


  • Waste and Value
  • Value Streams, Flow and Pull
  • Perfection
  • Product Family Matrices
  • Spaghetti Diagrams
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Value Stream Design
  • Work Design
  • 5S
  • Quick Work Changeover
  • Continuous Improvement and Kaizen

Frequently Asked Questions about Lean Healthcare Specialist Training and Certification

How long will it realistically take me to complete Lean Healthcare Specialist training from the day I enroll?

The course is 100% self-paced. Typically, an individual who also has a full-time job, family, etc., will finish the coursework in about two weeks.

How much of a statistics background do I need for Lean Healthcare Specialist training?


What support will I receive from the Pyzdek Institute team throughout my journey towards acquiring high-value skills?

You will also have access to student discussion forums, that Master Black Belts, including Thomas Pyzdek, actively participate in by answering students questions.

To what extent can questions be asked?

As often as you wish.

Will I see my exam score?

No. However, during training you will see your quiz scores. The Pyzdek Institute will determine if you passed the exam and will notify you in a timely manner.

Do you also offer classroom (live) training?

Yes. Contact us for on-site, live training options.

Do you accept students from countries other than the USA?

Yes. We have students from all around the world.

How many questions are on the exam?

The Lean Healthcare Specialist exam has 25 questions. No two exams are alike.

Are the exams timed?

Yes. The Lean Healthcare Specialist exam is 2 hours.

How do I prove to an employer that I’m a Pyzdek Institute certified Lean Healthcare Specialist?

You will be given a signed and numbered certificate. In addition, your certification will be recorded in our online database.

When can I start?

Registration is open-enrollment. You can start at any time. Enrollment lasts 365 days and the course is available online 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

If you are considering Lean Healthcare Specialist training to enhance your resume, what can you expect from recruiters when you show you have the Pyzdek Institute Certification? And why?

The Pyzdek Institute’s involvement in Lean & Six Sigma predates most organizations. In fact, the author of your training is the author of the Six Sigma Handbook (the standard reference for Six Sigma). The reputation of a Pyzdek Institute certification is unmatched!

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