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Lean Silver Certification

Integrate your lean knowledge with leadership experience.

Lean Silver Certification represents your career progression in knowledge and responsibility as you become a senior employee and team leader. At this level, mentoring/coaching is required which confirms your ability to lead and mentor a team in the preparation, design, and execution of value stream transformations.

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You’ll study and learn lean from these key modules from the Lean Certification Body of Knowledge (PDF):

  • Module 1: Cultural Enablers (20%)
  • Module 2: Continuous Process Improvement (30%)
  • Module 3: Consistent Lean Enterprise Culture (20%)
  • Module 4: Business Results (30%)

To apply for Lean Silver Certification, candidates should have two or more years of professional experience that includes leading improvement teams; successfully applying lean thinking, processes, and techniques to value stream improvements; and nurturing lean behaviors in others.

Lean Silver Certification Blueprint

The Lean Silver Blueprint (PDF) provides additional information beyond the Lean Certification Body of Knowledge (PDF) by going a step further and specifying relevant segments of the Body of Knowledge and providing additional details on the proficiency expected for Lean Silver Certification.

Essential Body of Work

The Essential Body of Work (EBW) (PDF) describes the baseline knowledge, skills, and abilities required by lean professionals and lays the groundwork for understanding and evaluating the Lean Silver Certification requirements. It will help you better envision your role and evaluate your readiness for certification.

Ready to begin your journey toward Lean Silver Certification? Here are the steps you’ll take to earn your certification.

Earn Your Certification

If you have questions or need additional information email us, complete an online inquiry form, or call SME Customer Care at 800.733.4763 or 313.425.3000.

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