QQI Continuous Improvement


Learn the skills to utilise a range of continuous improvement methodologies.

The purpose of this QQI Level 5 Continuous Improvement in Manufacturing award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to utilise a range of continuous improvement methodologies whilst working at operative level in the life sciences manufacturing sector.

Learners attending this programme must meet RPL criteria. Your entry to this course is not guaranteed until The Cpl Institute training team can confirm your RPL eligibility.

If you are unsure of your eligibility contact us on 01 895 5755.

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On course completion learners will be able to:

  1. Explain continuous improvement in terms of objectives and benefits
  2. Describe a range of tools which support continuous improvement
  3. Distinguish between added-value and non value-added in relation to products and services
  4. Explain the role of value stream mapping in continuous improvement
  5. Explain the key principles of leading process management strategies including Six Sigma, and DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control)
  6. Participate in a 5S audit utilising the 5S methodology to enhance workplace organisation
  7. Demonstrate how a mistake-proofing technique such as Poka-Yoke can be used to minimise manufacturing process defects
  8. Complete a task that supports analysis of equipment effectiveness and performance for your area of responsibility such as total preventative maintenance (TPM), overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), single minute exchange of die (SMED) or shift start up checks
  9. Contribute to a continuous improvement or Kaizen event in your own area of responsibility
  10. Apply a problem solving technique such as Pareto Principle, 5 Why’s, Brainstorming, Cause and Effect diagram and Failure,Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) appropriate to a range of events
  11. Reflect on own performance to inform on-going continuous improvement activities

All learning outcomes must be assessed:

  • Portfolio / Collection of Work 50% – A portfolio or collection of work is a collection and/or selection of pieces of work produced by the learner over a period of time that demonstrates achievement of a range of learning outcomes. The collection may be self-generated or may be generated in response to a particular brief or tasks/activities devised by the assessor. The assessor will devise a brief for a Portfolio/Collection of Work based on learning outcomes 6 – 11.
  • Examination – Theory 50% – An examination provides a means of assessing a learner’s ability to recall and apply knowledge, skills and understanding within a set period of time and under clearly specified conditions. A theory-based examination assesses the ability to recall, apply and understand specific theory and knowledge. The assessor will devise a brief for an Examination – Theory based on learning outcomes 1 – 5.


  • Pass 50% – 64%
  • Merit 65% – 79%
  • Distinction 80% – 100%


Successful completion of this component award enables the learner to transfer to programmes leading to other certificates where this component is a mandatory or an elective requirement.


QQI Level 5 Continuous Improvement in Manufacturing Certificate