Certified Master Strategist

Master the full strategy cycle from strategic thinking to execution

Certification Requirements

  • Previous completion of Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications.
  • Complete all coursework.
  • Pass all exams.

About Certified Master Strategist

Strategic Planning is increasingly a core competency for any business or operational leader, but often under-developed as a discipline in many organizations. Lean Methods Group certifications are designed to build the core strategic planning and facilitation skills-sets needed for anyone working in a strategic planning or strategy execution roles. Learning how to apply the tools as well as the theory, the certification courses teach a highly disciplined and structured approach to strategic planning.

Level 3 Strategic Planning Certification builds increasing levels of skill in the front end of strategy as well as more advanced skills for managing strategy and business stakeholders in complex organizations. Level 3 Strategic Planners will develop skills to better align strategy with owner\shareholder interests and risk tolerance, build capabilities for strategic thinking, play a role in foundational business strategy and help drive annual strategy. The course will teach more complex strategic analysis tools and business strategy models including the Business Model Canvas, Lean Start-up Principles, 50 business models and strategic narratives.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Guide the front end of the strategy process: strategic thinking and strategy development
  • Understand different business models for successful strategy
  • Analyze organizational strategy and strategic priorities


What is the price of this training and education?



Onsite group classes available. Please contact us for more details.

What is the length?

5 consecutive days, 36 hours of instruction

How many CEUs are available?


What other materials are included?

This program includes approximately 14 CEUs authorized by IACET; the exact number of credits will depend on your course electives.

Are there any prerequisites?

  • Completion of the Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications
  • For those without Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications, Levels 1, 2 and 3 can be combined as a 3 week certification course. Contact us for more information.


View the Complete Agenda

  • The essence of strategy
  • Aligning strategy with owner\shareholder interests and risk tolerance
  • Strategic analysis tools: current situation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Foundational strategy
  • Annual strategy (pivoting)
  • The Business Model Canvas
  • Lean Startup Principles
  • 50 Business Models
  • Strategic Narratives