Milwaukee, WI - ASQ (American Society for Quality) is now offering quality professionals Lean Certification, as part of the Society’s 17 certification programs. ASQ is the newest sponsor of the Lean Certification program along with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) and The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence. The SME-AME-The Shingo Prize-ASQ Lean Certification is the only true lean certification available.

The first administration of the Lean Certification exam for ASQ is scheduled at the World Conference on Quality and Improvement,, Sunday, May 23, 2010.

Launched in 2006, the Lean Certification program has three levels: bronze certification emphasizes the tactical aspects of lean; silver is based on integration of lean; and the gold focuses on lean’s strategic facets.

"Our members encouraged us to support the Lean Certification Alliance," said Paul Borawski, ASQ executive director and chief strategic officer. "They wanted a common certification standard that was aligned to industry and had already gained acceptance within the manufacturing community.  Additionally, the Lean Certification was developed to be portable between industries, and with ASQ’s growing interests in healthcare, service and other sectors, a portable credential met member needs."

ASQ members will receive the member discount rate for the Lean Certification program. ASQ will also have member representatives on the Oversight Body for the certification program who will equally contribute to ensuring the overall integrity of the certification process.

"ASQ joining this collaborate effort truly aligns leading organizations to a single standard for lean certification, providing manufacturers, their supply chains and employees with a road map for work force development," said Mark C. Tomlinson, SME’s executive director and general manager. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the managing partner of this alliance, and will handle the administrative aspects of the program.