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Overview - 5S Essentials

This course provides learners with a good basic knowledge of 5S, a Japanese management productivity tool.

5S focuses on ensuring that the workplace stays clean and orderly, so that a safer, more productive and pleasant working environment can be maintained. The course looks at what each of the 5 Ss involves, offering examples of how it could be done in practice. There is also a module offering a handy summary of the key tasks to be undertaken for each S. Having completed the 5S course learners will understand:

  • the reasoning behind implementing 5S in the workplace and why sorting is important
  • how to arrange the workplace to make it more efficient and productive
  • why and how to make items easily identifiable
  • the importance of keeping work areas and items clean and of regularly inspecting them for faults
  • the three steps involved in standardising
  • how to audit and sustain progress
5S is one of the components of the Business Improvement Techniques NVQ (BIT).

Lesson Plan

  • Introduction
  • The first S - Sort
  • The second S - Set in order
  • The third S - Shine
  • The fourth S - Standardise
  • The fifth S - Sustain
  • Summary


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.


Approximately 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

Target Audience

Companies and employees of organisations of any size wishing to improve productivity.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Much quicker and more responsive than other courses. Fewer pages per module compared to others (although may be dependent on subject), so much more manageable.
DC 30/07/2013

You can learn at your own pace and go back if you need to
CB 23/09/2013

Professionally presented without being patronising or dumbing down.
CW 06/11/2013

Easy to use.
SP 14/01/2014

Information presented clearly and system easy to use.
VW 20/06/2014

The ease of use and the fun way its laid out not just pages of text to follow.
MH 19-12-2014


£30.00 + VAT (£36.00 inc. VAT)

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact info@virtual-college.co.uk or telephone us on 01943 885089.

Available for purchases of 10 or more courses. They are automatically calculated when you add courses to your cart.
Corporate Purchasers
If you have 10 or more learners and want to track their progress or, for details of how we can help you with a corporate e-learning solution, please contact us
On average this course contributes
2 hours towards your CPD
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to learning"
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