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Core Reference Material


The Lean Certification exam questions are based on and validated from these sources. The exam is open book format. In addition to the reference material listed below, you can bring and use any additional resource material. Any exam question appeals will be referenced to the material listed below. Download a PDF of the Core Reference Material.

Lean Knowledge Certificate and Lean Bronze Certification

You can purchase the entire Lean Bronze Certification book package at a reduced rate.

Masaaki, Imai (2012). Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense Approach to a Continuous Improvement Strategy (Second Ed.). New York, NY: The McGraw Hill Companies. ISBN: 978-0071790352

    The previous version is also acceptable:
    Masaaki, Imai (1997). Gemba Kaizen: A Commonsense, Low-Cost Approach to Management. New York, NY: The McGraw Hill Companies. ISBN: 978-0070314467

Pascal, Dennis (2015). Lean Production Simplified: A Plain-Language Guide to the World's Most Powerful Production System (Third Ed.). New York, NY: Productivity Press. ISBN: 978-1498708876

Womack, James P. and Jones, Daniel T. (2003). Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation (Second Ed.). New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, Inc. ISBN: 978-0743249270

Rother, Mike and Shook, John (2003). Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Add Value and Eliminate MUDA. Cambridge, MA: The Lean Enterprise Institute. ISBN: 978-0966784305

Lean Silver Certification

You can purchase the entire Lean Silver Certification book package at a reduced rate.

Mascitelli, Ronald (2004). The Lean Design Guidebook: Everything Your Product Development Team Needs to Slash Manufacturing Cost. Northridge, CA: Technology Perspectives. ISBN: 978-0966269727

Lareau, William (2002). Office Kaizen: Transforming Office Operations into a Strategic Competitive Advantage. Milwaukee, WI: ASQ Quality Press. ISBN: 978-0873895569

Maskell, Brian H., Baggaley, Bruce, and Grasso, Larry (2011). Practical Lean Accounting: A Proven System for Measuring and Managing the Lean Enterprise (Second Ed.). Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN: 978-1439817162

Cunningham, Jean E. and Fiume, Orest (2003). Real Numbers: Management Accounting in a Lean Organization. Durham, NC: Managing Times Press. ISBN: 978-0972809900

Liker, Jeffrey (2003). The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer. New York, NY: The McGraw Hill Companies. ISBN: 978-0071392310

Ohno, Taiichi (1988). Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production. Portland, OR: Productivity, Inc. ISBN: 978-0915299140

Lean Gold Certification

You can purchase the entire Lean Gold Certification book package at a reduced rate.

Mann, David (2014). Creating a Lean Culture: Tools to Sustain Lean Conversions (Third Ed.). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN: 978-1482243239

Womack, James P. and Jones, Daniel T (2005). Lean Solutions: How Companies and Customers Can Create Value and Wealth Together. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, Inc. ISBN: 978-0743277785

Henderson, Bruce A and Larco, Jorge L. (1999). Lean Transformation: How to Change Your Business into a Lean Enterprise. Richmond, VA: The Oaklea Press. ISBN: 978-0964660120

Hawken, Paul, Lovins, Amory, and Lovins, L. Hunter (2000). Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution. New York, NY: Little, Brown & Company (Hachette Book Group). ISBN: 978-0316353007

Ford, Henry (2003). Today & Tomorrow: Commemorative Edition of Ford’s 1926 Classic. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN: 978-0915299362

Supplemental Reading

The Shingo Model

The Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award

Graban, Mark (2011). Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement (Second Ed.). Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN: 978-1439870433