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Recertification Requirements

Recertification requires that you participate in ongoing lean activities, which can take many forms. Whether you recertify at Lean Bronze, Lean Silver, or Lean Gold, you will need to document a minimum of 60 recertification credits over a three-year period from receiving your certification or last recertification.

Recertification Activities

Your education, training, and development must be focused on the Lean Body of Knowledge (PDF) and include activities from three or more of the categories below.

Attendance Attend a lean-related event, seminar, or chapter meeting.
Authorship Ownership Write a book or technical paper, apply for an award, prepare speaker materials, and submit your recertification reflection statement.
Education Attend college or continuing education classes, employer-arranged training, virtual training, webinar training, or teach a review program.
Involvement Take part in a speaking engagement, committee activity, Kaizen project, or review a Lean Certification portfolio.
Leadership Participate on a lean-related committee or board.
Go To Gemba Gemba-related activities, including employment and plant tours.
Customer Feedback A documented lean-related reference or testimonial.

Recertification Fee

SME/AME/Shingo Institute Members and Partners $125
Nonmembers $220

Note: At this time, you cannot pay your recertification fee online. You will be sent an invoice prior to the expiration of your certification.

If you have any questions, please email us or call SME Customer Care at 800.733.4763 or 313.425.3000.

Lean Certification Alliance Partners