Certified Lean Professional (CLP)

This certification program, for professionals whose role requires mid-level expertise of Lean, begins with an introductory session and continues with specific tools. Also included is “The Kaizen Event,” which utilizes a variety of tools to implement a continual improvement project. All sessions are packed with a mix of theory and practice. Candidates will be challenged to apply the theory they have learned in practical exercises drawn from the instructor’s experience in implementing Lean, and will be exposed to the challenges faced during actual Lean implementations. They will learn about using metrics to measure improvements and how these metrics need to tie into their organization’s strategic plan. The final session will include a complete program review and project progress report-out.

Specific Lean tools covered include:

  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Work Place Organization
  • Visual Control
  • 5-S
  • Flow
  • Mistake Proofing/Error Proofing/Poke Yoke
  • Set-up Reduction/Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
  • Standardized Work
  • Kanban/Pull Systems and Employee Empowerment

Candidates will also be encouraged to discuss real-time situations from their workplace, as related to topics covered. Certification requires passing a final exam and completing a successful Lean project at the candidate’s place of work or a qualified host company/organization (candidate must secure arrangements). Successful projects require access to personnel, appropriate data and associated departments where the project is to be performed.

Prerequisite: None

Additional Mentoring Hours: Our experience indicates that project success is directly correlated with the level of internal expertise and support. As a result, we are offering a special package including the Certified Lean Professional Course with an additional eight hours of one-on-one mentoring with the instructor. Extra mentoring hours are invaluable to candidates who may be lacking internal support and/or guidance within their organizations. Mentoring can take place onsite at your location or at another venue. Please contact Mariah Glass at 716-645-8840 or mariahgl@buffalo.edu if you have any questions or would like to take advantage of this offer.

Course Schedule:

Dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/9, 4/16, 5/7, 6/4
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Venue: 206/208 UB Technology Incubator

Instructor Bio: Julie Stiles, CLP

As a Certified Lean Professional and Activity-Based Cost Management expert with UB TCIE, Julie has helped companies in multiple industries to improve business performance and profitability for 20+ years. Julie’s experience and down-to-earth presentation style contribute to her unique ability to make concepts come alive, inspiring her clients to look at what they do with the fresh perspective they need to achieve results.