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Lean Bronze Certification Review Course & Exam in Worcester, MA – November 1-3, 2007!

Sponsors:  Worcester SME Chapter 25 & WPI Student Chapter


Registration deadline:  October 12, 2023

SME, AME and Shingo Prize have combined efforts to produce the first widely recognized lean certification program consisting of three levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each level provides an industry-recognized lean credential that documents your knowledge and skill. Candidates must complete the requirements of each level before progressing to the next.

Lean Certification benefits you and your employer. It benefits you by providing a widely recognized and transportable lean certification credential. Your company benefits from knowing that its lean practitioners meet a national standard for lean practices and ideas.

Not a traditional lean training seminar, this two-day review program (November 1 and 2, 2007) is a focused study session that prepares you to take the bronze level certification exam.  Study materials for the course consist of the body of knowledge listed at http://www.sme.org/cgi-bin/certhtml.pl?/cert/lean_certification.htm&&SME&.  These materials must be purchased and read by attendees prior to attending the review course.  Please bring your materials for use during the course and the open book exam. 

The exam will be given on the morning of November 3. Those wishing to take the exam must register through our chapter at least three weeks before the exam date.

Our facilitator is Tom McBride, President of Partners for Creative Solutions, Inc.  Tom has over 30 years of engineering and manufacturing management experience with several manufacturing organizations.
Since starting PCS eight years ago Tom has helped numerous clients improve performance by applying improvement methodologies like Lean and Six Sigma.  His seminars on a number of topics relating to waste reduction have been sponsored by organizations such as the Central Massachusetts Employers’ Association, the Purchasing Managers’ Association of Boston, and Quinsigamond Community College.
Tom holds a BSME from the University of Missouri-Rolla and an MBA from the University of Akron (Ohio).  He is a registered Professional Engineer (Ohio), is SME/AME/Shingo Prize Lean Bronze Certified, and is a member of SME and ASQ.

Program Details

Days 1 and 2 – Bronze Level Lean Certification Review Course

When: Thursday & Friday, November 1 and 2, 2007, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Location:  Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Massachusetts.  The review course will be held in the Campus Center.

Cost:  $445 per person (review course only; see below for additional cost of exam).  Payment may be by check, Visa or MasterCard.   Lunches, breaks, and copies of presentation materials are included.

Registration:  Contact Mitch Liro at 508 429-6098 or by email at [email protected] to request instructions for registering.   Registration (and payment) for the review course must be received by October 12, 2007. 

Day 3 – Bronze Level Lean Certification Exam

When:  Saturday morning, November 3, 2007, 8:00 to 11:30 am.

Location:  Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Massachusetts.  The exam will be held in Washburn Labs, Room 229.

Cost:  $445 for SME members; $690 for non members

Registration:  Applicants must sign up to take the pencil and paper exam through our chapter.  Registration and payment for the exam (check or credit card) must be received by Friday, October 12, 2007.  Applications will be collected by our chapter and forwarded to SME headquarters.  Contact Mitch Liro at 508 429-6098 or by email at [email protected] to request an application and instructions for applying.

Directions to WPI are available at http://www.wpi.edu/About/Visitors/directions.html.

Hotel and transportation:  If assistance is required, contact Mitch Liro as noted above. 

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