SME, AME, Shingo Prize join to set lean certification standard

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), and administrators of the Shingo Prize are collaborating with industrial and academic participants to develop a new "Lean Certification" standard, which is scheduled to be launched in 2005's fourth quarter.

06/01/2005


The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), and administrators of the Shingo Prize are collaborating with industrial and academic participants to develop a new "Lean Certification" standard, which is scheduled to be launched in 2005's fourth quarter. The partners add that their constituents encouraged them to collaborate on the standard. The Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing is administered by the Utah State University College of Business.

The new certification is designed for manufacturing professionals pursuing "lean" concepts in their careers, and want credentials to show their knowledge and application of lean principles. Three key aspects of the certification process will include: mentoring by and of certification candidates; a portfolio to show how lean principles were applied in their organization, as well as documenting results achieved and lessons learned; and an examination that assesses knowledge of lean principles.

 



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