Kanban Certification


Kanban Implementation Specialist

Organizations increasingly turn to agile methodologies to optimize workflow and achieve operational excellence.  Among these methodologies, Kanban is a powerful and versatile approach that transcends industries.

If you’re looking to boost your career and contribute to streamlined processes, obtaining your Kanban Implementation Specialist (KIS) certification could be your pathway to success.

Core Competencies of the MSI Kanban Certification

Mastering the Core Principles of Kanban

An online Kanban certification equips you with a deep understanding of Kanban’s core principles.  From visualizing work and setting work-in-progress limits to managing bottlenecks, you’ll gain expertise in optimizing workflows for maximum efficiency.

Bridging the Gap Between Vision and Execution

Kanban is renowned for its ability to bridge the gap between strategic vision and tactical execution.  By becoming a certified specialist, you’ll acquire the skills to implement Kanban boards that visually represent work stages, facilitating seamless communication and alignment within your team and across departments.

Boosting Productivity with WIP Limits

Setting and managing Work-in-Progress (WIP) limits is a key feature of Kanban.  With certification, you’ll learn how to implement WIP limits strategically, preventing overload and maintaining a smooth workflow.  This knowledge translates into enhanced team productivity and reduced bottlenecks.

Enhancing Decision-Making Through Data

Kanban emphasizes data-driven decision-making.  As a certified specialist, you’ll harness the power of key performance indicators (KPIs) to identify areas for improvement and guide strategic choices.  This capability is invaluable for steering projects and processes toward success.

Navigating Complexities with Pull Systems

Understanding pull systems is a hallmark of Kanban Implementation Specialists.  By grasping the concept of demand-driven work, you’ll learn to initiate tasks based on actual capacity and demand, minimizing waste, and optimizing overall efficiency.

Overcoming Challenges and Driving Continuous Improvement

Certification arms you with the knowledge to overcome common challenges in Kanban implementation, such as resistance to WIP limits.  You’ll discover effective strategies for addressing these challenges and fostering a culture of continuous improvement within your organization.

Future-Proofing Your Career

A Kanban Implementation Specialist certification sets you apart as a forward-thinking professional in a world where agility and adaptability are paramount.  Organizations across diverse sectors recognize the value of specialists who can implement Kanban principles effectively.

Becoming a Kanban Implementation Specialist online is not just about acquiring a certification; it’s about transforming how work is managed and executed. Whether you’re a project manager, team lead, or aspiring professional, this certification opens doors to a world of possibilities where efficient workflows and continuous improvement are the cornerstones of success.

Invest in your career, embrace agility, and become a catalyst for positive change by obtaining your Kanban Implementation Specialist certification today.

Benefits of Kanban Certification


Feeling overwhelmed with a large volume of tasks and struggling to manage them efficiently.


Kanban’s emphasis on setting and managing Work-in-Progress (WIP) limits helps individuals prioritize and handle tasks more effectively, preventing overload and ensuring a balanced workflow.


Lack of visibility into your work progress, leading to confusion and difficulty in tracking tasks.


Kanban boards provide a visual representation of workflow, offering transparency and clarity.


Experiencing bottlenecks in work processes, causing delays and hindering overall productivity.


Certified individuals can identify and address bottlenecks through the application of Kanban principles, such as managing Work-in-Progress and optimizing workflow for smoother processes.


Your team members struggle to collaborate efficiently, leading to miscommunication and project delays.


Kanban fosters collaboration by providing teams with a shared visual tool (Kanban board).

Kanban Certification Requirements:

To achieve the KIS certification designation from the Management and Strategy Institute, candidates must pass the MSI Kanban Implementation Specialist exam with a score of 70% or higher.

There are no prerequisites for certification.  The included course covers all of the MSI Kanban material that candidates must be familiar with to pass the exam.  The total cost for Kanban Implementation Specialist certification is $299.95.  That fee includes the MSI certification exam and the online course / study material.

Kanban Implementation Specialists must have a basic understanding of Kanban and Project Management principles so that they can implement pull systems, Kanban boards, and fosters collaboration within teams.  This certification exam is open note, however it is also timed, so you will not have much time to look up answers to questions.  It is essential that you study and understand the material prior to taking the test, or you may not pass.


To prepare for the MSI Kanban Implementation Specialist exam, candidates are encouraged to complete all training that is included with the purchase.

The Kanban Implementation Specialist is a mid-level certification.  It is not designed to make you an expert on all facets of Kanban or Project Management.  This professional development course was designed to teach someone with little knowledge of Kanban principles the basic skills needed to function as a Kanban Implementation Specialist within your organization.  Many executive jobs today require that their employees have at least a basic understanding of project management.  For an example, click on this job search link to see how many positions mention the words “Project Management“.

The training course is self-paced.  Time to complete and fully comprehend will vary with every individual.  It may take several days or weeks of study before you feel comfortable to take the final test.  You may take the final exam as soon as you’re ready.  You have 1 year from the date of purchase to complete the course.


You are registering for the Kanban Implementation Specialist (KIS)™ certification program through the Management and Strategy Institute (MSI).  This international certification is exclusive to MSI and you will be certified directly by the Institute upon passing.  Learn more about MSI here.

Participants who successfully complete this certification program will receive 30 Professional Competency Units (PCUs) from MSI.  The KIS digital certificate will be issued immediately upon passing the certification exam.  The KIS digital badge will be issued within 48-96 hours and added to the MSI verification database at MSIcertified.org.

Recertification is recommended every 3 years.  Recertification through MSI is free and typically takes about 10 minutes.  Applicants do not need to re-take the exam, but rather complete a questionnaire regarding the certification.

For US members, upon passing, you will be mailed a professional-grade certificate and transcripts.  These can be given to employers who request it, or colleges for credit review.  The certificate is heavy-stock, cream paper suitable for framing.

Certifications are generally the last item listed under the education section of your resume.  List them directly beneath your college information in this format:

Management and Strategy Institute
Kanban Implementation Specialist (KIS)™

Additional Information

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are There Prerequisites?

No, this Kanban Certification is open to everyone.  It includes the online study material and the MSI certification exam.

How Long Is The Program?

The training course is self-paced. Time to complete and fully comprehend will vary with every individual. The study material is designed to be completed in 30-60 days.

What will I receive after I pass my test?

You’ll have immediate access to a digital certificate that you can download and share on your resume, Facebook, or LinkedIn account.

You’ll also be issued a digital badge approxiamtely 2-4 days after you’ve completed the certification exam.  Your digital badge can be found at MSIcertified.org.

If you’re in the US, you’ll also be mailed your physical certification and professional transcripts upon certification.