The internationally recognized Lean Bronze Certification is now

offered locally through the Lean Gulf Institute

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), and The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence (Shingo Prize) and the American Society of Quality (ASQ), have partnered to facilitate industry–based, leading lean practitioners professional  development to a new standard. This standard assesses your lean knowledge (exam), the application of that knowledge (portfolio) and mentoring and coaching or others. Bronze is the first of three levels of certification which provide international recognition of your achievement and professional development :

  • Bronze Certification is focused on tactical lean. Tactical lean is the deployment and application of lean principles, concepts and methods locally, within a work cell, work group or value stream.

So what does a Lean Bronze Candidate look like?

A Lean Bronze Certification candidate possesses a solid understanding of the basic principles and tools of Lean, and the ability for tactical implementation that drives improvements and shows measurable results. They also have an ability to teach the basic tools of Lean.

What knowledge & skills do you need?

Lean Bronze candidates must be fully capable of applying lean principles and tools to drive improvements and show measurable results. They need knowledge of the basic principles and techniques of lean as applied to:

  • Factory, Office and Service
  • Team Facilitation
  • Project Management
  • Appropriate Measurement of Results

Additionally, Lean Bronze candidates are expected to demonstrate skills and knowledge of:

  • Lean Basics:
    • Activities where the work happens
    • Cause and Corrective Actions
    • Cellular Layout/Concepts
    • Flow
    • Jidoka
    • Mistake Proofing
    • Problem solving
    • Pull/Kanban
    • SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Dies)
    • Standard Work
    • Tactical results measurement (initial goal, results to goals, discussion on gaps)
    • Takt time/customer demand
    • Total Productive/Preventative/Predictive Maintenance (TPM)
    • Value
    • 5S
    • Visual Management
    • Waste (Value Added/Non–Value Added)
  • Gap analysis
  • Team dynamics
  • Planning methods/control methods (e.g. evaluate project risks, communication, and logistics; describe how you use A3, etc.)
  • Assessing level and trend of improvement (candidate is capable of evaluating and communicating progress to plan/goal, progress to previous checks, maintaining stability)

Starting your Lean Bronze Certification locally (with Lean Gulf Institute)

  • Contact the Lean Gulf Institute to discuss you interest in pursuing this internationally recognized professional certification and go over the training requirements and other pertinent details.
  • If you want to pursue the certification, you will complete and submit your  formal application to the Lean Gulf institute. This can be done unperson or by e-mail to
  • After completing Lean bronze training requirements and obtaining approval of the Lean Bronze certification application, you will be contacted by LGI to schedule exam date at a location in UAE .
  • You purchase recommended reading materials for exam preparation. (Note: The recommended reading materials are supplied for those who register and attend LGI Lean Bronze training). or the you may acquire the recommended reading materials from a source of your choice. The Lean Bronze Certification recommended reading materials consist of these four titles:
    • Gemba Kaizen
    • Lean Production Simplified
    • Lean Thinking
    • Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Create Value and Eliminate Muda
  • You may choose to registers for live exam review program offered by LGI  usually taking place the day before the exam (OPTIONAL).
  • You take computer based or paper based exam at the Lean Gulf Institute designated location. (Candidate must appear in person with 2 valid picture ID’s to sit for the computer based exam at the Lean Gulf Institute designated location in UAE.)
  • Exam scores sent within 30 business days of exam date. (Computerized Exam scores are provided immediately after completion of exam on the same day.)
    • If candidate passes the exam, candidate may submit portfolio.
    • If candidate does not pass, the candidate contacts LGI to schedule to retake exam. There is a fee to retake the exam and a waiting period of 60 days from the date of the last exam.
  • You then begin work on your portfolio of 3 improvement projects.
  • Portfolio is checked for completeness by LGI staff. Complete portfolios are then sent to the USA for peer review through the governing body.
  • After review is completed, you will receive the portfolio results.
    • If portfolio receives a passing score, the score sheet will be sent to the candidate and certification is awarded.
    • If reviewer has clarifying questions about portfolio, questions will be sent to the candidate for reply before portfolio is scored.
    • If the portfolio does not pass, the score sheet will be sent to the candidate. The candidate will have one opportunity to address portfolio deficiencies and resubmit. Only projects in the portfolio that did not pass will be re–evaluated.
  • Upon successful completion of the portfolio, certification is awarded.
  • Information will be sent to the candidate

See the Lean Certification Body of Knowledge for an outline of the topics covered on the exam.