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Lean Enterprise Professional Certification Program with Externship

Program includes National Certification & an Externship Opportunity

The Lean Enterprise Professional

A “Lean Enterprise” can be defined as one that “performs without waste.” Despite constant efforts to the contrary, many organizations waste anywhere from 70-90% of available resources and staff through improper management or ineffective use of materials, time, information, equipment and inventory. The Lean Enterprise Certification will help participants to overcome these difficulties by applying Lean Enterprise principles and practices throughout their own organization. Projects offered throughout the course will offer participants in-depth experience implementing all the necessary steps to achieve successful results across multiple functions and operations in any organization.

The Lean Enterprise Professional Program

Applying these principles to their own work, the Lean Enterprise Professional program offers participants the chance to see how the benefits of these techniques would improve their own company or organization. Through successful completion of these projects, participants will learn how implementing Lean Techniques can result in dramatic improvements in cash flow, customer loyalty, market share, safety and morale as well as overall cycle-time and productivity. Lean Enterprise concepts focus on removing waste and increasing speed in order to affect the bottom line. To achieve these goals, participants will learn how to remove non-value added process steps, fix the connections between steps and really put the focus back on the customer. Creating improvements across businesses from top to bottom, this course is ideal for both professionals and managers, as well as staff in key functional areas like Operations, Production, Inventory Control, Development, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance and Supply Management.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Explain cultural enabler principles and processes
  • Describe cultural enabler techniques and practices
  • Explain the principles of continuous process improvement
  • Use process improvement systems
  • Describe continuous process improvement techniques and practices
  • Explain the principles of a consistent Lean Enterprise culture
  • Explain the processes for developing a consistent Lean Enterprise culture
  • Describe consistent Lean Enterprise culture techniques and practices
  • Explain the principles of business results
  • Describe how measurement systems are used in a Lean Enterprise culture
  • List the key Lean-related measures
  • Use Microsoft Office


  • Describe the value of lean, its philosophy,and its goals
  • Describe the value of Six Sigma and its philosophy, history, and goals
  • Describe the responsibilities of executive leaders and how they affect the deployment of Lean Six Sigma by providing the resources, managing change, and communicating ideas


  • Produce the framework for training needs within organizations
  • Identify the importance of a training needs analysis
  • Examine the aspects of effective presentations
  • Describe how coaching involves empowerment, leadership, structure, and management
  • Describe the value of teams for process improvement
  • Describe the roles of team members


  • Describe the value of continuous improvement, its philosophy, history, and goals.
  • Describe the value of lean and the value of Six Sigma and the differences between the two methodologies
  • Define process
  • Explain how systems and processes are connected to one another
  • Describe the elements of the grassroots campaign for Lean Six Sigma and how they can be used for successful implementation
  • Describe the elements of the Lean Six Sigma model
  • Identify the tools used in the current day Lean Six Sigma methodology


  • Describe the visual workplace system
  • Identify the tools used in successful implementation of a visual workplace system
  • Define total productive maintenance
  • Identify the tools used in successful implementation of a total productive maintenance program
  • Explain the purpose and benefits of 5S
  • Understand the definitions and techniques of the 5S methodology


    Define the seven quality tools
  • Explain how the seven quality tools are used and how to set them up
  • Define the PDCA cycle and how to use it to solve problems
  • Explain the process of risk management
  • Describe the use of FMEA
  • Explain gap analysis
  • Describe how to monitor processes with the use of statistical process control (SPC)


  • Understand the concept of processes and the impact that people have on the processes
  • Identify the importance of focusing on processes and not the people
  • Define strategic planning
  • Identify the elements of successful strategic planning
  • Explain the history and purpose of supply chain management
  • Understand the activities and functions of supply chain management


  • Define the four types of quality costs and the elements of an effective quality cost system
  • Define the key elements for organizations to be successful and to sustain their growth through the use of Lean Six Sigma
  • Describe how a quality cost system can drive improvement in a Lean Six Sigma program


  • Describe what a process map is, how to use it, and the different types of process mapping techniques
  • Identify the critical to quality measures
  • Examine process metrics
  • Define design of experiments
  • Understand the three types of experimental validity

Note: This program can be completed in 6 months. However, students will have online access to this program for a 24-month period.

Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are several National Certification exams that are available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Lean Enterprise I Certification from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) and the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this  program, students would be eligible to sit for the SME/AME Lean Enterprise I Certification Exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the Certification and national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location.works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.

Note: No refunds can be issued after the start date published in your Financial Award document.