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Lean Certification

“I earned my Lean Bronze Certification while working within the automotive industry. When my position was eliminated due to restructuring, I was able to leverage my certification to make a successful transition to the healthcare industry. The knowledge that I gained going through the lean journey is invaluable.”
Tim Pettry, LBC
Senior Business Management Practices Specialist
Cleveland Clinic

"I recently earned my LBC and plan to continue my Lean journey by earning my LSC. I found the portfolio process to be pretty straightforward and the example on the website to be very helpful. Great resources for me were fellow colleagues at my company who also are working on their LBC. Going through the journey feeds my hunger for Lean knowledge and my goals for a fulfilling and successful career."
Julie Kochert, LBC
Industrial Engineer/Haldex Way Site Coordinator

“Lean certification has helped our organization’s lean efforts by giving us a standard for lean coaches within our lean office and embedded in other departments. By having an established body of knowledge and testing methodology, we have been able to quickly develop and deploy lean coach training for our organization to accelerate our lean journey. The Lean Certification program is now a requirement for all lean coaches in our organization.”
Jauna Werner, LBC
Aerospace Industry

“I have personally trained over 100 internal lean practitioners for a prominent Fortune 100 company. They all passed their Lean Bronze exam and, together, have delivered several million dollars of cost savings for their global organization in the first two years of the program. The value of the Lean Certification program is beyond question for this firm. Bronze and Silver Level Certifications are written into performance assessments and are a requirement to progress to higher positions of leadership.”
Jeff Fuchs, LBC
Neovista Consulting, LLC

"The Lean Certification Program added just the right ingredient, helping to distinguish myself from the crowd. As a result, my career has been fast-tracked to a management position with full P&L responsibility in a multinational corporation. All of the Lean programs executed under my leadership were positively impacted by cutting lead times and quality costs by up to 50%, increasing productivity up to 40% and reducing inventories by as much as 50%. My team is focused on our Lean efforts, reaching beyond the shop floor to other functions of the business for better stability of processes and sustainability of improvements."
Marian Lemne, LSC
Plant Manager
Surface Systems

"Attaining the Gold-level certification has allowed me to deepen my understanding of lean principles and I have been able to bring that learning to other companies that I work with. In a direct-line management role, I often reflect on what I have learned through the certification process and how I can improve the development of our employees to help them to grow in their own lean journeys. My lean credential sets a good example for the people who work for me; they have now all attained bronze certification. And, I can think of several people who have taken time to contact me after they received their bronze certification because they wanted me to know they appreciated my help and support."
Pat Wardwell, LGC
Chief Operating Officer
Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership

"I see the certification process as a competitive advantage out in the professional world. After some research, I concluded that SME's certification process is one of the most recognized programs in the industry. Earning my Lean Bronze Certification gives me the advantage to achieve my personal and professional goals."
Eusebio J. Tamez, LBC
New Recipient
Manager, DM Production System
Del Monte Foods

"I am pleased to have recently earned Lean Bronze Certification (LBC). By using the Lean Registry, I was able to connect with a lean practitioner who mentored me with my portfolio writing. Over the course of working together, I was able to get answers to the questions I had about the process and received clarification on the gaps within my portfolio. I believe that this mentoring was key to helping me achieve a high scoring and passing portfolio."
Sharon Stirler, LBC

"The Lean Certification program has set the standard as the first true lean professional credential – the first truly independent evaluation of the knowledge, skills, and abilities of a lean practitioner. The certification focuses on not only what a candidate “knows” about lean, but also requires a demonstration of ability –– how a candidate continually practices lean and transfers their knowledge by coaching and mentoring others. This program provides an excellent roadmap to help companies develop their workforce, and recognize the talents of their employees by encouraging and supporting the pursuit of certification. SME, AME, ASQ, and the Shingo Institute took on the challenge of bringing alignment to lean credentials, and I like what I see! "
Ronald O. Mascitelli, PMP
Technology Perspectives

Technical Certification

“I encourage my students to pursue certification so they can receive the same benefits of certification that I have. Those benefits include increased knowledge through study and recognition by peers. Also, with increased attention to assessment in engineering education, certification test results give [educators] a means by which we can measure our progress in achieving educational goals.”
Pat Ferro, PhD, CMfgE
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Gonzaga University

“Certification has helped me become more aware of expectations relating to my profession, and has required me to stay involved and active. Through a relatively short time my certifications have brought me a “step up” from peers who are not involved in learning new technologies.”
Steve Piotrowski, CMfgT, CMfgE

“You shouldn’t need to sell the CMfgT exam; people should be lining up to take it. Having this certification on my resume probably landed me more interviews than just listing my college degree. Companies seem to put less emphasis on graduating college. They want to know what you did in college. This is one of the most marketable things that I did.”
Chad Crumley, CMfgT
Wentworth Institute of Technology graduate

“We have been using the CMfgT exam for years at Wentworth Institute of Technology. The exam is an excellent tool in our ABET accreditation efforts. Our students enjoy the challenge of preparing for a rigorous exam and it works wonders with the esprit de corps of our SME student section. We appreciate the hard work that goes into maintaining such an excellent exam process.”
Peter Rourke, CMfgE
Wentworth Institute of Technology

“Certification has been beneficial, personally and professionally. Not only has it expanded my knowledge and qualifications. It also shows others that I have initiative – by deciding to acquire certification on my own. And now I have bragging rights; that I was able to pass this comprehensive exam is no small feat.”
Linda Wheeler, CMfgE

“The value of certification can be measured in a number of significant ways: my personal development, an expanded network of people from which to draw information and support as well as lifelong learning.”
Thomas Binder, CMfgT, CMfgE

Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology (EET)

“Pittsburg State Electronics Engineering Technology program has used the EET exam now for four consecutive years. The results of its use have been utilized in program improvement as well as preparation for an ABET ETAC accreditation for the program.”
Dr. James Lookadoo
Pittsburg State University
Electronics Engineering Technology

Online Training

“Over the past three years, Tooling U has probably saved us millions of dollars for training with their 24/7 online approach. For any company in the manufacturing business, this should be a primary stop for all your training needs.”
Jerry Kaminski, CPT, SPHR
Senior Training Coordinator
American Axle & Manufacturing

Onsite Training

We were extremely satisfied with training and service received from SME. The trainer that provided on-site training did an excellent job customizing the presentation to our products. This added a tremendous amount of value to the training. SME was accommodating and conscientious of or needs. We will be utilizing SME for our future training needs.”
Laura Boyne, SPHR
Human Resource Manager
Bumper and Trim Division