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Lean Certification

Gold Level

Take your lean training to a strategic level.

Lean Gold Certification recognizes your education and training in all aspects of lean transformation across an entire enterprise. It represents career progression to a point of influence and authority over assets, processes, and people.

Nonmember $599 $699 $799
SME Member and Partners (AME, Shingo Institute) $439 $539 $639
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Nonmember $629 $729 $829
SME Member and Partners (AME, Shingo Institute) $469 $569 $669
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Process to Earn Your Certification

1: Assess your knowledge and experience
To earn the Lean Gold Certification, you must demonstrate your understanding of the Lean Certification Body of Knowledge by passing the Lean Gold Certification exam. To become certified, you must further demonstrate your lean training and development by completing an Accomplishment Record.

Gold Certification candidates will be responsible for an understanding of competencies at the Bronze and Silver levels in addition to competencies at the Gold level.


2: Read the Core Reference Material
Exam questions are based on specific Core Reference Material selected by knowledgeable and experienced individuals. You can save 10% by purchasing the Lean Gold Certification book package, which includes:

3: Apply for the exam, schedule and take the exam

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The Lean Gold Certification exam is offered in online and paper/pencil formats. You have six months to take the exam from the date you apply.

To apply for Lean Gold Certification, candidates should have five or more years of professional experience that includes overseeing various improvement teams, driving changes that span multiple value streams, leading and coaching other leaders in the transformation process, and a demonstrated success in driving both lean organizational and human development efforts.

The Lean Gold Certification exam is a three hour, open book and open notes exam. It consists of approximately 150 multiple-choice questions mapped to the Body of Knowledge. Exam questions are taken from the Core Reference Materials.

You must submit your Proctor Form and Agreement to SME at least two weeks before your scheduled exam date.

To pass the exam, you need to score 75% or higher. After your exam is scored, you will receive official results by mail, which includes an Examination Analysis Report that provides a breakdown of your results by knowledge area.


4: Mentoring
Lean Gold Certification candidates are expected to seek out others in their lean journey to help them grow and develop. This activity must be demonstrated, and measurable outcomes must be included, in your Lean Gold Certification Accomplishment Record.

Look to find a mentor within your own company, through the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) leaders in your area, or, if you are an SME member, your local chapter may be a good resource.


5: Submit your Lean Gold Certification Accomplishment Record
After passing your exam, to receive your Lean Gold Certification you must complete an Accomplishment Record. The Accomplishment Record examines how candidates have applied their lean knowledge and skills to actual real-world situations.

Your Lean Gold Certification Accomplishment Record will ask you to provide a narrative of your accomplishments for each competency needed by a Lean Gold Certification candidate. You will emphasize the quality of your accomplishments and the results you achieved rather than the jobs you have held or the tasks you have completed.

In addition to completing your Accomplishment Record, you will need:

  • 240 hours of education and training requirements. If you have previously obtained the Lean Bronze and/or Lean Silver Certification, you can apply the education and training hours you earned toward this requirement.
  • Mentoring and/or Coaching activities.


6: Lean Gold Certification Interview

The final step in earning your Lean Gold Certification is an interview with a team of Lean Certified professionals and/or the Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee. Upon passing your Accomplishment Record review and interview, you will earn your Lean Gold Certification (LGC).


7: Plan your next step

Your Lean Gold Certification (LGC) is valid for three years. To maintain your Lean Gold Certification status, you will need to recertify every three years and participate in ongoing education, training, and development activities related to the Body of Knowledge.


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