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Creating Sustainable Organizations

The Certified Lean Master program provides a complete package of education, application, and coaching for those seeking to create a sustainable organization.

Many projects have helped participating organizations reduce costs in the range of $50K to $100K. Other projects have improved service and increased revenue.

Course Highlights

  • Attend three educational sessions of three days each with a four week break between sessions.
  • Work on a lean project to improve one value stream at your organization, create quantifiable improvements, and begin seeing immediate results.
  • Leverage a package of online tools that includes quizzes, templates, articles, samples, and presentations.
  • Receive coaching from your instructors at every step along the journey.
  • Take a certification exam and have the opportunity to earn personal recognition as a Certified Lean Master.
  • Join the local lean community and begin taking a leadership role.

3 * 3 = 9 Days of Education

There are 3 sessions of 3 days providing 9 days of classroom instruction and coaching:

  • Session A: Crafting a lean project, developing a project charter, and mapping the current state.
  • Session B: Creating flow, leveraging pull, and mapping the future state.
  • Session C: Closing the gaps, seeking perfection, and taking the CLM exam.

During the breaks between sessions, participants work on their lean projects and have access to instructors and a package of online tools.

Who Should Attend

The CLM program is designed for all types of individuals.

Participants have included people with responsibility for:

  • Executive Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Leadership
  • Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Logistics
  • Maintenance
  • Purchasing
  • Change Management
  • Sales
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Supply Chain
  • Finance
  • Customer Service


"Don’t miss this program. The CLM training is excellent, and the business results real and measurable. We have already realized significant improvements in our operations in just a few short months." – Jodi Lynn Walsh, Lexmark International

"I highly recommend the Certified Lean Master program to anyone seeking to be a great problem solver. The program gave me a new vocabulary, a new way to think, and a new way to create value for clients and employers." – Richard Hewitt, Certified Lean Master


"I am very grateful to have attended the CLM program in Boulder, Colorado. I have been able to drive local and worldwide projects in my company and have created real added value as a change leader. I strongly recommend the CLM program to those who are willing to change and be winners." – Francesco Velluto, Vice President and Factory Manager, Vestas Nacelles Factory, Taranto, Italy

"The CLM program really pulls together the leadership skills, quality training, six sigma, 5S, and visual exposures I have had over the years. It provides one package that shows how they all work together and are all necessary as part of the supply chain core competency. CLM is really the necessary program that personifies continuous improvement." – Kent S. Sorenson, Wolf Robotics


"The CLM Alumni Event was an excellent opportunity to get refreshed and re-energized into some lean principles I had pushed to the wayside. We were able to network and brainstorm with like-minded professionals about struggles and successes we were having in our organizations. One of the highlights for me was hearing a member talk about the lean transformation that Lexmark has gone through, definitely an inspirational story. I am looking forward to attending the next one!" – Brandan Greeley, Production Supervisor, Medtronic

"The Certified Lean Master (CLM) program helped our team significantly improve our business performance, as well as process consistency and reliability." – Steve Smith, Vice President, Toward Zero


"After many years in lean organizations, I thought that CLM might be a great way to learn and enhance my understanding. CLM not only met those expectations but, also brought many new insights and, helped integrate many continuous improvement concepts with supply chain management. Regardless of your level of knowledge or expertise I highly recommend CLM!" – Pat Ferren, Director of Operations, Anchor Plastics

"The CLM program is a great way to begin working lean into your company. It covers all the principles and theories of lean and provides an opportunity to put these into practice. You will see how lean is and can be used in different work environments and have the opportunity to participate in great discussions with other classmates. This program is a key to successfully launching a lean journey." – Patrick Looby, Director of Supply Chain, Ice Mobility

5 Principles of Lean


Session A: Crafting a lean Project and value stream mapping.

  • Current Status
  • Specify Value
  • Lean Simulations
  • Value Streams
  • Your Value Streams
  • Seven Types of Waste
  • Current State Mapping
  • Project Charter
  • Your Project Charter
  • Cultural Transformation
  • Project Planning

Participants leave with an initial business case and a 30-day plan of attack.

Session B: Creating flow and leveraging pull.

  • Progress Update
  • Quality at the Source
  • Variation
  • Six Sigma
  • Balanced Flow
  • Visual Controls
  • People Effectiveness
  • Equipment Effectiveness
  • Future State Mapping
  • Sustainable Organizations
  • Project Planning

Participants leave with a new 30-day plan of attack.

Session C: Seeking perfection and the CLM exam.

  • Progress Update
  • Product Development
  • Learning Survey
  • Lean Assessments
  • Measurements
  • Alignment
  • Maintaining Momentum
  • Seek Perfection
  • Prepare for Exam
  • CLM Exam

Participants leave with an updated project plan for completing their lean project.


  • Participants have telephone and email support between sessions to discuss progress.
  • Instructors are experienced lean experts able to help participants respond to challenges.
  • Online tools provide templates and samples that significantly enhance effectiveness.

Colorado Workforce Investment Act

The CLM program is eligible for Colorado's Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding. Contact your local WFC office for details.

Cost is $3,750 Person

or $3,375 with earlybird registration.

This includes all materials and the exam fee.

Certification from ISCEA

The International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA) is the governing body for the Certified Lean Master designation.

ISCEA promotes workshops to improve the knowledge of worldwide manufacturing and service industry professionals and is the developer of internationally recognized programs such as:

  • Certified Supply Chain Analyst (CSCA)
  • Certified Supply Chain Manager (CSCM)
  • Certified Lean Master (CLM)
  • Certified RFID Master (RFIDSCM)

International Supply Chain Education Alliance

Additional information is available at ISCEA.


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