Lean Certification Frequently Asked Questions

Lean Certification FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many years of experience do I need to apply?

Eligible applicants will have 3+ years of deploying Lean construction knowledge on real-life construction projects. 

Participation in the Lean Construction Institute-Certified Practitioner-Construction (LCI-CPC) program is voluntary and open to anyone meeting candidacy requirements at the time of application

  • Employer-verified Lean work experience of 3 years equivalent (2,080 hours per year)
  • Two letters of reference each addressing your experience with both Respect for People and Driving Continuous Improvement

• Agreement to comply with the Certification Code of Conduct.

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What is the cost of the LCI-CPC Certification?

The exam fee ranges from $599 for LCI members to $999 for non-members.

For additional fee information, see the fee schedule in the Candidate Handbook.

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What goes into the knowledge assessment exam?

The exam is comprised of 3 Domains: Principles (17%), People-Related (17%) and Practices (66%). Additional details about the knowledge assessment can be found in the content outline.

What is the capabilities assessment or portfolio review?

LCI’s portfolio review is a capabilities assessment in which candidates provide evidence that they have demonstrated certain competencies of applying Lean on real projects.

Who should apply? 

The LCI-CPC, is especially ideal for construction project executives, project managers, foremen, field leaders, project engineers, process managers, and more!

What makes the LCI-CPC different from other certifications?

There is nothing like the LCI-CPC in the market today. With the increasing demand for professionals with Lean experience, the LCI-CPC is a certification that shows you not only know Lean principles, but can successfully apply them to real-world situations.

I already have a Lean credential, how is this different?

Other credentials in the market are assessment-based certificates that test a practitioner’s ability to learn through a specific course or other forms of study. These other programs do not assess if a practitioner can deploy Lean on a project. The LCI certification is unique in that it is an objective measure of a practitioner’s experience implementing Lean on real projects through an exam and portfolio review. While Lean courses can help a practitioner prepare for the LCI certification, no specific courses are required and completion of any course does not guarantee certification.

How does the LCI Certification benefit the industry?

LCI’s certification benefits the construction industry because it provides an objective standard for someone’s ability to deploy Lean on projects. This knowledge can help owners identify qualified leaders for their projects and helps construction companies demonstrate the Lean experience of their team.