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5S Essentials

5S Essentials
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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

How it Works

This is a general guide to how the system works; if you want a more detailed guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

Alternatively, if you have a specific question or concern why not contact us directly ?


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can complete the course in stages revisiting the training at any time.

£30.00 + VAT

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On average this course contributes 2 hours towards your CPD


Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact or telephone us on 01943 885089.

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


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