Lean Enterprise Certification Program

Impact Washington is Washington State’s exclusive NIST delivery partner for the Lean Enterprise Certification Program, developed by The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). The course is comprised of 32 hours of classroom time and 24 hours of project application. It concludes with a three-hour test from SME and a certificate of completion for each participant. This certificate can be applied, along with additional project hours, toward a bronze-level certification and career progression for silver and gold certification. The program can be complemented with tours of local companies employing best practices in order to demonstrate and visualize lean techniques in practice.

LECP-certified students are those who have successfully met the following LECP requirements:

  • Reading the four prescribed books
  • Completing four days of theory and simulation training
  • Performing a minimum of 24 hours of work on an internal lean project
  • Successfully completing SME’s Bronze test

Successful completion of the test is the first step of SME’s Bronze, Silver and Gold certification requirements.

Benefits of Lean Certification

Develop Lean Champions

Cultivate internal lean experts within your organization

Enable Employee Involvement

Ensure your workers are invested in sustaining continuous improvement

Build a Lean Organization

Take the first step toward lean transformation

Lean Certification Curriculum

Day 1: Introduction to Lean Manufacturing

An introductory seminar that will combine the theory of Lean Manufacturing with a live simulation that incorporates the theory learned in the presentation.

Day 2: Introduction to Value Stream Mapping, Workplace Organization and Standardization, 5S, and Cellular Flow

Students will learn the common language of lean as they draw the current state map for a company, analyze that current state, find the non-value added activities, and draw a future state map that eliminates those unnecessary activities. Also covered:

  • The visual factory; visual devices are powerful solutions for working smarter, not harder
  • Organization and orderliness
  • Cellular flow: the linking of manual and machine operations into the most efficient combination of resources to maximize value-added content while minimizing waste.

Day 3: Set-Up Reduction/Quick Changeover, Pull/Kanban and Total Production Maintenance

On the third day, we’ll cover set-up reduction, a systematic, low-cost, shop-proven method that reduces set up and turnaround time in all types of manufacturing environments. Also covered:

  • Pull kanban systems, which effectively drive velocity and reduce the costs of over production
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), a strategy to maximize the productivity of equipment over its entire life

Day 4: Problem Solving, Process Design, Quality, Productivity & Delivery Measures, Product Development, and Leadership & High Performing Teams

This class reviews models of problem solving, including the Deming Cycle and Six Sigma’s DMIAC. This training also covers the significance of Vision, Mission and Values to an organization. We’ll discuss policy deployment, the roles and responsibilities of employees and leaders, and the importance of leading change in a continuous improvement culture. Also covered:

  • Gap analysis, brainstorming, 5 Whys, and root cause analysis
  • Flowcharting, Pareto charts, histograms, and cause effect diagrams
  • Designing and improving process strategies
  • Variety Reduction, Engineering Changes and Design for Manufacture and Design for Assembly

Day 5: Company Tours & Exam Preparation

In order to demonstrate and visualize lean techniques in practice, the class will tour local companies that employ lean best practices. An alternative would be test and practicum preparation.

Day 6: Practicum

In addition to the presentation of the Theory of LEAN, students will be assigned to work with a team on a practical application of a key component of a LEAN Transformation. Students will present their projects to their classmates.

Day 7: SME Exam

The class will review and take a three-hour, 170-question multiple choice exam. Review time is approximately one hour and exam time is three hours.

Recommended class size: 10-20 participants

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