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The Diploma in Lean Fundamentals is an online practitioner education programme providing participants with knowledge, know-how, skills, and know-why in the fundamentals of Lean so that they can provide increased value-add and process improvement in their daily activities.

This Lean Yellow Belt programme was co-designed in collaboration with leading lean practice organisations from across services, manufacturing, healthcare, and construction sectors. A graduate of this programme will be considered a Yellow Belt in Lean. The School of Business, WIT, equates the concept of Yellow Belt to Level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Ireland. Graduates will receive a letter from WIT’s School of Business stating that their capability equates to a Yellow Belt in Lean standard upon completion of the associated project modules/assignments to the required level.

The Diploma in Lean Fundamentals (Online) is a one-year Level 7[1] programme that is fully delivered online. The programme was developed to meet specified industry needs and is aimed at operative, associate, or administrative level employees requiring knowledge and skills in the fundamentals of Lean. This Diploma is a practitioner programme with participants having diverse backgrounds and experiences and coming from a variety of organisations, sectors, and locations. Such diversity enriches the overall education and learning experience for each participant. The innovative use of work-based learning and an employer-based continuous improvement project enables practical application of knowledge, know-how, and skills acquired on the programme. Overall, the programme provides a balanced approach between the academic and the practical.

Online Learning

SETU is dedicated to being at the forefront of emerging breakthroughs in the delivery and assessment of online students. This Online learning programme is designed for students who want to study part-time at a pace that matches their work-life balance. Regardless of your physical location, you can connect with SETU subject matter experts in Lean as well as your fellow students.

If you are comfortable using Facebook and YouTube then you will be able to use the technologies and online delivery methods we use on this online programme enabled by WIT's Learning Management System, including for example, high-quality recordings and discussion forums. Undertaking an online programme is convenient, and you can access learning materials and submit assignments at a time that suits your work schedule. It also removes certain costs associated with traditional learning modes like, for example, eliminating the need to travel to and from lectures.

Technical Specifications

The minimum technical specifications for students undertaking this Online programme include:

  • Broadband: a minimum 2MB broadband connection.

  • Microsoft Windows: Hardware Requirement: x86 or x64 (64-bit mode support for Internet Explorer only) 1.6-gigahertz (GHz) or higher processor; 512MB RAM. Browser support is Firefox 3 (or higher), or Google Chrome 37 (or higher).

  • MacOS: Hardware Requirement: Intel Core Duo 1.83-gigahertz (GHz) or higher processor; 512MB RAM. Browser support is Safari 3 (or higher), Firefox 3 (or higher), or Google Chrome 37 (or higher).

  • Linux: HTML5 Player: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS and later. PCLinuxOS supported after October 10, 2014. Browser support is Google Chrome 37 (or higher).

Student Supports

SETU Waterford places enormous importance on ensuring you get the most out of our courses, and student support includes:

  • reintroduction to education

  • assigned study tutor

  • peer support systems

  • programme leadership

  • dedicated online learning technical support[2]

[1] Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI): http://www.qqi.ie/Pages/Home.aspx

[2] The Centre for Technology in Education & Learning (CTEL) is WIT’s dedicated unit for enabling, supporting and sustaining WIT’s Learning Management System, Virtual Learning Environment, and related areas: http://ctel.wit.ie/



The course is 90% funded by Government for employed people who will pay 10% of the total programme fee - please reference www.setu.ie/springboard .
The course is fully funded for unemployed people and people returning to formal employment - please see http://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility

Fee ( Payable by employed people) €510

Programme Outline

This online practitioner programme is delivered over a 12 Month period.



Semester 1:

September through December

Programme Induction

Semester 1 modules

Semester 1 assignments

Semester 2:

January through April

Semester 2 modules

Semester 2 assignments

Semester 3:

May through August

Semester 3 module

Semester 3 assignments


Programme Structure


Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Applied Lean Organisation Project 1

Applied Lean Organisation Project 2



Applied Lean Organisation Project 3 (20 ECTS)


Lean Philosophy

Creativity & Problem-Solving

Lean Operations

Lean Coaching

Lean Principles

Lean Communications

Each module in Semester 1 and Semester 2 is worth 5 ECTS[1]; and in Semester 3 the Applied Lean Organisation Project 3 is worth 20 ECTS.

The Applied Lean Organisation Project (ALOP) runs throughout the year and is an employer-based continuous improvement project enabling participants apply their lean knowledge and skills to a work-related “problem / improvement opportunity”. This practical approach and engaging use of work-based learning ensures that the learning acquired on the programme is realised and applied in real-time, providing concrete benefits to you and to your employer organisation.

Programme Entry Requirements

A Level 6 qualification in any discipline with a minimum of 1 year’s relevant industry experience.

Applicants who do not currently meet the academic entry requirements may wish to consider using WIT's Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism. The Springboard RPL form is available at https://www.wit.ie/images/uploads/Education_School_PDF/WIT_RP6_Springboard_RPL_Form.docx 
Please complete the form electronically and submit by email along with all supporting documentation such as education and training certificates etc.

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details. http://www.wit.ie/about_wit/documents_and_policies/english_language_requirements


Programme Overview

This Lean programme is underpinned by WIT’s longstanding reputation for providing relevant, high quality, innovative, and applied business programmes. The SETU Waterford Academy of Lean Enterprise Excellence has attained a national and international reputation for excellence and leadership in Lean executive and practitioner education. Our distinctive approach, the breadth and depth of knowledge acquired, and the practical application throughout, all enable participants to add value to their careers and to their organisations as Lean practitioners and problem solvers. The mission of this programme is to address the current and future needs of industry globally for graduates that possess the competencies necessary to apply the fundamentals of Lean in their daily roles, and to make meaningful contributions to an organisational culture committed to continuous improvement and operational excellence.

Programme Objectives

The aims and objectives of this programme are:

  • To inculcate participants in Lean philosophy and its application in a wide range of business contexts.

  • To provide participants a broad base of business skills and knowledge that can be used to advance their ability with respect to the application of Lean principles.

  • To expose participants to critical insight into Lean practice in production and service provision across a range of organisational and sectoral contexts.

  • To embed creative thinking and innovative ability with a cross-functional and silo-free perspective.

  • To further develop and extend the communication and coaching skills of individuals that combine to add value to organisations pursuing the implementation of Lean strategies.

  • To provide the knowledge, tools, and techniques that will enable participants to assist in, deliver, and evaluate Lean projects.

  • To support the professional development of employees in a project management context.

  • To equip participants with a fundamental knowledge of the theories, models, and practices in Lean, together with an understanding of how this integrates within the wider business environment.

  • To develop proficiency in project completion through the application of project management skills to an Applied Lean Organisation Project (ALOP).


Participants will have full access to WIT’s online resources, including Moodle (WIT’s virtual learning environment or VLE), as well as academic databases and other online library facilities. Recommended books and other readings will be provided by each Lecturer for their respective modules.


All modules must be passed and each module is assessed by assignment, incorporating continuous assessment (graded) and formative assessment (un-graded). There are no end-of-term summative examinations.

Semester 1 and Semester 2 modules are all worth 5 Credits each. The ALOP3 is worth 20 Credits and is an organisation-based project wherein participants develop and deliver a real-world improvement project within their organisations. The ALOP is worked on across the entirety of the first year, with deliverables in each of the three Semesters.


Upon successful completion of all 60 Credits, a student is conferred with the qualification of Diploma in Lean Fundamentals from Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland.

For further information, please email [email protected]


Course Leaders
Aidan Walsh
Mr. Aidan Walsh
Lecturer in Management
Tel: 051845631 [email protected]
Patricia Bowe
Dr. Patricia Bowe
Lecturer in Accounting
Tel: 051 834027. [email protected]

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