Lean is a topic that is tossed around on many construction projects. Teams work diligently to implement Lean principles in an effort to achieve similar productivity to those observed in manufacturing sectors. But construction projects are markedly different from manufacturing processes. In manufacturing, the product moves; in construction, the people do.

This course is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of Lean principles and their specific application to construction processes. Beginning with the Toyota Production System roots, this course will provide students with an understanding of the evolution of Lean manufacturing principles and their use in construction, up to and including current best practices.


In an industry fraught with cost and schedule overruns, Clients are searching for methods and programs that facilitate collaboration, reduce waste, and improve project predictability. Lean Construction is one of those programs, and it is becoming more commonly used across industry sectors. In some cases, it is a contractual obligation. For this reason, teams that have established processes, procedures, and internal expertise are positioning themselves well to create and sustain a competitive advantage. 

Program Goals 

Lean Construction Foundations is designed to immerse students in the theory and practice of Lean within the construction industry. This course will provide learners with an understanding of the Toyota Production System, including the 2 pillars and 14 key principles that are paramount to program success. Further, students will learn how Lean has been applied within the industry, demonstrating specific use cases and case studies. Current best practices will also be explored, as well as recent innovations and research. Throughout the program, students will be engaged in scenario-based application of course concepts to apply their understanding to real-life challenges. Through this scenario-based approach, students will improve their knowledge and depth of understanding of Lean, while developing the confidence to apply that knowledge and understanding in their everyday roles. 


  • 16 hours (completed over 3 weeks)


  • Beginner/Intermediate

Course Price Includes

  • Course materials
  • Live broadcast sessions
  • Instructor support
  • LMS access

Program Structure

  • Online delivery - Blended learning (This is an instructor-led course)
    • Complete weekly reading and assignments on your own schedule
    • Attend live broadcast sessions or watch recordings
    • Complete weekly activities and meet milestones
    • Work with students from around the world

Instructor Support

  • During office hours

Industry Best Practices Covered

  • Toyota Production System
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Lean Construction

Recognized By

              2 Credits



Week One – The Toyota Production System

  • History
  • Program Development and Evolution
  • 2 Pillars of the Toyota Production System
  • 14 Key Principles of the Toyota Production System
  • Case Studies and Proven Benefits


Week Two - Lean Construction Unpackaged

  • Merging Lean with Construction Processes
  • Building Information Modelling
  • A3
  • Modularization and Just-in-Time Delivery
  • Value Chain Mapping
  • 5S
  • Master Schedule, Phase Scheduling and Pull Planning
  • Crew Huddles


Week Three – From Theory to Practice

  • Moving Beyond the Principles
  • 5 Whys
  • Integrated Project Delivery
  • Use Cases and Case Studies
  • Proven Benefits
  • Scenarios and Simulations



To successfully navigate this course, participants must complete all assignments, within the designated course timeframe, with a final score of 70%. Course assessments consist of:

  • Participation in group activities
  • Written assignments
  • Completion of scenarios
  • Final exam


Intended Audience 

This is a comprehensive course intended for construction industry practitioners in leadership and project delivery positions. This course is recommended for individuals in the following roles:

  • Lean champions
  • Senior executives
  • Project executives
  • Portfolio managers
  • Project managers
  • Project coordinators
  • Architecture / engineering managers
  • Architects / engineers
  • Procurement managers
  • Construction managers
  • Construction coordinators
  • Project services managers (project controls, health and safety, quality management)


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion