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.


  • 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 their organization, create quantifiable improvements, and begin seeing immediate results.
  • Receive coaching from their instructors at every step along the journey.
  • Leverage a package of online tools that include quizzes, templates, articles, samples, and presentations.
  • 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.
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3 * 3 = 9 Days

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There are 3 sessions of 3 days providing 9 days of classroom instruction, discussion, exercises, and presentations:

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

During the breaks between sessions, participants apply their lean knowledge on a project for their organization. They will have access to coaching support from their instructors and the package of online tools.

What People Are Saying

“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, Development Strategy and Lean Deployment, Lexmark International

“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 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

Agenda for Certified Lean Master

Session A: Crafting a lean project, developing a project charter, and mapping the current state.

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

Participants leave with an initial project charter, a project plan, and a clear list of assignments to be completed before returning to class in 4 weeks.

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Session B: Creating flow, leveraging pull, and mapping the future state.

  • Progress Update
  • Sustainable Organizations
  • The 5S System
  • Balanced Flow
  • Visual Controls
  • Equipment Effectiveness
  • Changeover Reduction
  • People Effectiveness
  • Quality at the Source
  • Six Sigma
  • Kaizen Blitz Events
  • Future State Mapping
  • Project Planning

Participants leave with the tools for creating flow and leveraging pull, an updated project plan, and a clear list of assignments to be completed before returning to class in 4 weeks.

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Session C: Closing the gaps, seeking perfection, and taking the CLM exam.

  • Progress Update
  • Lean Assessments
  • Product Development
  • Measurements
  • Supply Chain Alignment
  • Seek Perfection
  • Maintaining Momentum
  • Problem Solving
  • Lean Community Leadership
  • Prepare for Exam
  • CLM Exam

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

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What People Are Saying

“CLM is an excellent program! It’s provided a strong start to our lean implementation and provided a common language and framework for our team which comes from diverse backgrounds. It was well worth the investment.” – Scott Denning, SVP of Operations, StrionAir

“Our first project through the CLM program has helped us make a cultural shift and prepare for greatness.” – Mark Johnston, Larimer County Workforce Center Manager

“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

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  • 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

Success Stories

Participants in the Certified Lean Master program have achieved exceptional results.

Read more about projects that have increased revenue, reduced costs, and improved performance:

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

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Who Should Attend Certified Lean Master?

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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

What People Are Saying

“I had a great experience with the CLM program. While I’ve worked in lean environments for years, my knowledge of lean was broadened considerably and my confidence level grew substantially. Finally, it was a fun experience and I made a number of new friends in the lean community. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to sharpen their lean skills or lead their company to become a sustainable organization.” – Thom Mandl, President, Mount Sopris Instruments

“The CLM program is a uniquely transforming experience. It provided me a solid foundation in lean concepts, helped me develop practical skills, and produced quantifiable results for my company. Since completing the project I did as part of the course, my small company has increased revenue by 40%. I have also generated more free time, which is important to my quality of life. I wholeheartedly recommend this program.” – David Laverty, Business Owner

“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

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)

Additional information is available at ISCEA.

International Supply Chain Education Alliance

Public Classes

Certified Lean Master Schedule

Regular pricing for public classes is $3,750.

Discounts are available for teams of four or more.

Click here for more information and registration.

Private Classes

Contact us to discuss bringing this program to your organization.

We can help you educate 8 to 12 people and run 4 to 6 lean improvement projects in 90 to 120 days.

Please send an email to Transformance Advisors and we will get right back to you.

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