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Lean Bronze Certification

This is a 3-part program that will begin in January and conclude with the Lean Bronze Certification Exam in May of 2014. Lean students may opt to enroll in all 3 parts of the program, or select just the parts of the program that meet their needs. Questions can be directed to Kathy Condor at 301-784-5121 or

Part I: Lean Bronze Certification Facilitated Book Study (PRO924)

We are starting with a Facilitated Book Study for the 4 texts that make up the Lean Bronze Body of Knowledge. Books are not included in the course cost but students must possess the texts for the book study and for the review and exam. Lean Bronze Certification exam questions are based on the following core reference materials:

· Gemba Kaizen, Masaaki Imai

· Lean Production Simplified, Pascal Dennis

· Lean Thinking, James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones

· Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Create Value and Eliminate Muda, Mike Rother and John Shook

Books can be purchased through any bookseller or at:

The Facilitated Book Study began on January 15th*, but late comers are welcome to join us on January 29th and continue twice monthly at the college on select Wednesdays from 4:30 PM-6:30 PM through April 30th. The book study group will cover one of the four books each month beginning with Lean Production Simplified on January 15th and 29th. Learning to See will be covered on February 12th and 26th. Gemba Kaizan discussions will be held March 12th and 26th, and Lean Thinking on April 16th and 30th.

Experienced lean practitioners will guide the discussions and focus on each book's contributions to the Lean Certification Body of Knowledge.

Wednesdays, Jan 15 & 29; February 12 & 26; March 12 & 26 and April 16 & 30 (8 sessions)
4:30 PM-6:30 PM
ACM: CE-20
Instructors: Various
Total Course Cost: $149 for the four book series (Books not included)

*Even if you missed the January book study, please join us beginning in February for the reduced rate of $129.00 (PRO961)

Part II: Lean Bronze Certification Review (PRO926)

SME approved facilitator, Jeff Fuchs, will be returning to Cumberland to conduct a 2-day Lean Bronze Certification review on May 14th and 15th. The Lean Bronze Certification Review Program is an opportunity to incorporate a solid foundation of training and validation of knowledge and experience for your lean journey.

This focused, two-day, review session prepares candidates for the Lean Certification Bronze-level exam. It is not meant to be training, but a way to understand the exam, organize your reference material and refresh your memory. All four texts should be brought to the review sessions.

A combination of concept presentations, practice exams, worksheets development and discussion, and group question review is highlighted. Topics covered in the exam are reviewed by authorized lean facilitators to help prepare you to take the Bronze-level Lean Certification exam.

Interactive groups review tactical lean principles in order to share ideas and solidify knowledge about key lean concepts. In addition, you will gain a better understanding of the portfolio requirements for the Bronze level. The result is participants who are better prepared and more focused, who know what they need to have in order to succeed at sitting for the Lean Bronze Certification exam.

Targeted at companies on lean journeys, and to lean champions and practitioners charged with facilitating those lean transformations, this event is appropriate whether you are preparing for a certification or are just looking to see how your knowledge stacks up to the certification's knowledge standard.

Wednesday and Thursday, May 14 and 15, 2014 (2 sessions)
8:30 AM-4:30 PM
ACM: CE-20
Instructor, Jeff Fuchs
Total Course Cost: AME and SME members $590
Non-members $790

Part III: The Lean Bronze Certification Exam (PRO927)

Jeff Fuchs will administer the Lean Bronze Certification Exam at Allegany College of Maryland on May 16, 2014. The open-book, 170 question exam takes 3 hours. All exam questions are taken from the four books covered in the facilitated book study. Participation in the book study or review are NOT required to sit for the exam.

When you pass the exam, you will receive a certificate (not a certification) that serves as a base for pursuit of the Lean Bronze Certification. It is valid for three years and is not renewable. During the three year period, you must submit a portfolio and have it accepted by SME. It must document at least 80 hours of Lean education/training; Five tactical projects, events, or activities to which specific lean principles and tools were applied*, and Portfolio reflection: results of the events, projects and/or activities.

*Projects should demonstrate continuing practice in lean. For example, if you are applying for certification in 2014, and you started your lean practice in 2009, you may choose to include projects from 2009, 2011, and 2014 in your portfolio to demonstrate that you are still practicing lean. For portfolio forms and guidelines, please go to:

Friday, May 16, 2014 (1 session)
ACM: CE-16
The exam cost is $448.50 for members and $690 for non-members. Registration is conducted directly through the Society of Manufacturing Engineers at