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The Staufen.Inova Academy

Global competence development for operational and leadership excellence. For top-level managers, lean experts, specialists and executives. We get your employees fit.


Livia Kühne

+41 44 786 33 11

Our new Academy Offer 2021

Find more information about our international academy program in following epaper:

Secure your entrepreneurial success through excellence in operations and leadership

Our Academy promotes and supports corporate competence development among top-level managers, lean experts, specialists and executives. We get your employees fit.

Highly qualified and motivated employees at all levels are critical to the success of your organisation. Use our extensive experience and benefit from practically oriented seminars, in-house training modules and qualification programmes, including impetus generated during best-practices events. Together with our partners – world-class companies from a diversity of sectors and sizes, plus internationally recognised lean experts – we are keen to support you on your roadmap towards achieving outstanding entrepreneurial performance!



The benefits for your business are clear – they simply need implementing

Mobilised employees
Managers, leaders and employees understand their contributions along the business value creation chain
Optimising innovative energy
Learning from and being inspired by others, discovering new potentials for contributing innovative ideas in your own organisation
Enhanced value creation
Identifying your own skills and potentials within the company as a way of increasing entrepreneurial value creation
Lowering costs
Understanding processes, eliminating waste, increasing efficiencies and lowering costs

What a academy participant had to say

"The lean tools range offered by Staufen.Inova AG support us in designing our corporate processes with a focus on lean development, resulting in significant reductions of lead times and waste levels. At the same time, it was possible to enhance efficiency and effectiveness within the project management process in equal measure."

Stefan Ernler, technical manager at Lindner Fassaden GmbH

"In order to maintain its innovative strength and uniqueness, mikrop ag strives for continuous improvement. To achieve this, we are dependent on our employees working with the appropriate tools. Staufen.Inova supports us in deploying the right tools in the right places. At the «Academy», our employees learn how to use those aids correctly."

Marco Aquino, Lean Manager at Mikrop AG

"With its diverse range of newly learned methods, complemented by a successful balance between theory and practice, our Lean Administration Seminar fully met everyone’s expectations. The committed and competent moderators in particular contributed to this fascinating week and motivated participants to integrate their new skills into their own individual working environments."

Andrina Rüegg, Process Development, HUBER+SUHNER AG

What a best practice partner had to say

"At Spühl, we make frequent use of the training courses offered by the Staufen.Inova Academy. We are convinced, that the thorough and continuous education of our employees is a key factor contributing to our sustained success and our employees’ high motivation."

Thomas Boltshauser, CEO at Spühl GmbH

"The Staufen.Inova Academy ideally complements our internal lean training program. By getting in-depth specialist knowledge, our employees become even more efficient in dealing with lean topics."

René Niggli, CFO at ELESTA GmbH

Our currently scheduled Academy events

Academy events in Switzerland

Select the following overview to locate interesting seminars that will be held nationally. Click here for more information on our comprehensive international events programme.

Participants from companies that are members of the Swiss SME Association (SKV/PME) benefit from a 10% non-cumulative discount by stating their membership number.

Date Title Place Language Trainer Price Register
17.06.2021 Lean supply chain management - Module 3: Sales & Operations Planning. Further details online German Thomas Spiess, Marc Sonder
30.08.2021 - 03.09.2021
Lean & Agile Product Development - Methods for lean development. Further details Area Lucerne German Jürgen Arold, Serge Hügli
06.09.2021 - 10.09.2021
Basic Training as a Lean Expert. Further details Baslerpark, Zurich German Sascha Dede, Freda von Stackelberg
20.09.2021 Shop Floor Management - Wagner. Further details Wagner, Waldstatt German Freda von Stackelberg, Dominik Bühlmann
04.10.2021 - 08.10.2021
Lean trainer advanced training. Further details Area St. Gallen German Dominik Bühlmann, Freda von Stackelberg
08.11.2021 - 12.11.2021
Lean Administration - Methods for lean indirect departments. Further details Baslerpark, Zurich German Dominik Bühlmann, Freda von Stackelberg

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)


Get lots of valuable input about our Academy courses.

Questions about the selection of seminars

Can the seminars from the open program also be conducted in-house?

Yes, we also offer them as an in-house option. We design trainings based on your needs and hold them based on the cognitive apprenticeship approach on site at your company – from individual measures all the way to an international qualification program. You are fully flexible in terms of dates, topics and target groups.

Questions about the registration process

How can we register?

Registering via our online form is easy and convenient. You can find the form at the listing for the respective seminar. Another option is to contact us via email at anfrage@staufen-inova.ch or via telephone at +41 44 786 33 11.

When is registration confirmed, and what does it include?

Within five work days after receiving your registration, we will send you written confirmation. This confirmation includes the training schedule (start time), directions and hotel recommendations.

What forms of payment are available?

For seminars and BestPractice visits, you will receive an invoice in the mail after you have already participated. The exception is conferences and Certified Lean Leader training: here you will receive an invoice in the mail after your registration has been confirmed. Payment is to be made via bank transfer.

How late can I cancel my registration without incurring fees?

Your registration can be cancelled free of charge up to 14 days before the beginning of the event. If you cancel after that time, you will receive an invoice for the entire fee. If you are unexpectedly prevented from taking part due to reasons such as illness, you may send an alternative participant at any time. You can find detailed information in our T&C.

Is there a registration deadline for the events?

There is not a standard registration deadline for our events. However, we recommend booking early, since our events are usually fully booked solid between 3-6 weeks before they begin.

Questions about prices and discounts

Are special rates available?

When three or more people register simultaneously as a group, there is a 20% discount on the regular participation fee for the third and each further participant. We also offer a special rate as part of our training program for lean experts and trainers: If two steps of the program are booked at the same time, you will receive a 5% discount on each step, in case of a complete booking (steps 1 + 2 + 3) a 10% discount per module. Job seekers a discount of 20% is generally granted. Please note: Special rates cannot be combined.

What is included in the event fee?

The event fee includes notes and documentation (digital), soft drinks, lunch and coffee breaks. Travel expenses, dinner and hotel accommodations are not included in the price. The event fee does not include VAT.

Questions about the Lean Expert Training program

Can I take individual modules offered in the Lean Expert training program?

Generally, yes. However, credit towards the certificates “Lean Expert”, “Lean Trainer Staufen” and “PTW Training factory" is only given to participants who are present for all of the modules of the training and who successfully pass the subsequent test. This is held on the final day of Module 2 or 3. Independently of the exam, you will receive a certificate of participation after every module. Please note that directly enrolling in Step 2 assumes that you have accredited basic knowledge of Lean fundamentals. This must be demonstrated to event management. Step 3 can only be taken after certified and successful completion of Steps 1+2.

At what intervals should the individual steps be taken?

We recommend taking Steps 1 + 2 within one year. Both of these steps can be taken within a short interval. The Lean experts need to manage their own in-house workshops and projects so they can apply what they have learned no later than when they complete Step 2. This practical application is fundamental for transformation at your company, although it is not an official part of the training program. We thus recommend that you take at least 6 months between Steps 2 + 3 so you can apply hands-on what you have learned. Our trainers would be happy to support you in developing and conducting your workshops, especially in the role of the coach.

When do I receive my certificate?

Within 14 days after completing your training (in Steps 2 and 3) you will be informed whether or not you have passed your final examination. Your certificate will then be mailed to the billing address we have on file. Please make sure to inform us in advance if a different address should be used than the billing address.

Questions about the Lean Leader Training Program

How long do I have to complete the training program?

To successfully complete the training, within 24 months you have to earn 13 credit points (1 credit point = 1 training day) in the 3 mandatory core modules and the elective modules.

Are special rates available?

When you book the entire Certified Lean Leader training program without the elective module on coaching (13 days of training incl. exam fee and certificate), you save up to €1,650 in comparison to booking the courses separately, and you are completely flexible in your choice of elective modules. The total price is €8,990.00. When you book the entire Certified Lean Leader training program including the elective module on coaching (11 days of training, 2 days of individual coaching incl. exam fee and certificate), you save up to €2,460 in comparison to booking the courses separately. You are completely flexible in your choice of elective modules. The total price is €10,990.00. If the elective modules you select amount to more than 13 days of training / coaching, each additional day is invoiced at a flat rate of €600. Special rates cannot be combined. All of the courses can be booked individually (with the exception of “Lean Leadership Advanced").