(DEARBORN, Mich., March 31, 2015) – Continuing to set the standard for operational excellence and an improved workforce, the Lean Certification Alliance has introduced customer-driven improvements to its Lean Certification program, a globally recognized standard for lean principles and practices.
Lean Certification candidates will now encounter an improved program and more streamlined process in achieving certification. The hierarchical requirements — Bronze, then Silver, then Gold — have been eliminated. This allows candidates to obtain certification at the rank that is most appropriate to their career, knowledge, and experience.
· Lean Bronze. The importance of demonstrating one’s lean knowledge and skills to real-world situations will continue to be exhibited through a portfolio for Lean Bronze candidates; however, the tactical project requirement has been decreased from five projects to three.
· Lean Silver and Lean Gold. These candidates will now exhibit their knowledge and skills through an Accomplishment Record versus a portfolio. Candidates will find the amount of time and effort required to complete the Accomplishment Record more manageable. Candidates are still required to pass an exam as part of the overall certification process and Lean Gold candidates must also pass an interview with a team of Lean Certified professional.
· New Lean Certification Blueprints provide additional useful information beyond the Body of Knowledge. Blueprints provide greater depth of the Body of Knowledge required at the various levels of Lean Certification.
· An Essential Body of Work has been developed for each Lean Certification that describes tasks conducted by lean practitioners.
To learn more about Lean Certification, please visit http://www.sme.org/leancert.