Certified Lean Professional (CLP33)

This course prepares participants to implement tools of the waste-minimizing Lean methodology, resulting in cost reduction, increased customer satisfaction, cycle-time reduction, standardized work and higher quality.

Specific Lean tools covered include:

  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Work Place Organization
  • Visual Control
  • 5-S
  • Flow
  • Mistake Proofing/Error Proofing/Poke Yoke
  • Set-up Reduction/Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)
  • Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
  • Standardized Work
  • Kanban/Pull Systems and Employee Empowerment

All sessions are packed with a mix of theory and practice. The course encompasses a Kaizen simulation, problem solving, project charters, change management and team leadership skills. Candidates hear real examples of challenges faced during Lean implementation. They learn about the importance of using metrics to measure improvements.

The final session includes a complete program review and project progress report-out.

Certification requires passing a final exam and completing a successful Lean project at the candidate’s place of work or a qualified host company/organization (candidate must secure arrangements). Successful projects require access to relevant personnel and data.

Hours: 33.5

* Note: A CLP Plus version includes an additional four hours of one-on-one coaching. Our experience indicates that project success correlates with the level of internal expertise and support. Extra hours are invaluable to candidates who may lack internal support and/or guidance within their organizations. Coaching may take place at your location or another venue.

Learning Outcomes

  • Grasp the concept of value added and non-valued added activities
  • Recognize the eight types of waste within an organization
  • Become effective Lean leaders and valuable team members within an organization, equipped with the Lean tools and concepts to help eliminate waste, improve on-time delivery and boost product quality

Intended Audience

Highly motivated individuals serving in a range of positions at any type of organization, from shop-floor employees to executives


  • Identification of an improvement project before first class
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

Credential Opportunities

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): TCIE grants 3.0 CEUs upon full attendance and participation of this course.
  • Digital badge: Anyone who is certified and submits a satisfactory written response to TCIE-generated questions earns a digital badge.

Course Schedule

March 31 to September 22

8:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

UB Baird Research Park

  • Class dates: March 31, April 7, April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 27*, June 2, June 9, June 16

    * Note this is a Wednesday session (the others are on Tuesday)
  • Project review sessions: September 15 and September 22 (each participant has one 30-minute, one-on-one project review session with the instructor on one of the two dates)
  • Exam date: June 23
  • Project due date: October 2

Instructor Bio: Julie Stiles, CLP

As a Certified Lean Professional and activity-based cost management expert, Julie helps all types of organizations improve their business performance and profitability. She does so through a variety of means: diagnosing and solving problems, guiding leaders toward specifying and quantifying previously unstated goals and objectives, cultivating the identification of priorities and related metrics, and inspiring clients to see their work with a fresh perspective. Julie’s agility and flexible approach enables her to apply business concepts in a creative way that meets unique customer needs. 


Another session may be scheduled if there is enough demand. Contact Mariah Glass at mariahgl@buffalo.edu 
if interested.


Another session may be scheduled if there is enough demand. Contact Mariah Glass at mariahgl@buffalo.edu 
if interested.


Another session may be scheduled if there is enough demand. Contact Mariah Glass at mariahgl@buffalo.edu 
if interested.


  • CLP: $1,395
  • CLP Plus: $1,995


To register for this course, the fields below must be filled in before proceeding to payment. If you would like an additional four hours of one-on-one coaching, check the CLP Plus box below.