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February 19, 2008 - Presented by AME who have partnered with SME and Shingo Prize, Lean Bronze Certification Review Class will be held on Feb 25 and 26 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Optional Certification Exam will be conducted on Feb 27. Class activities will include review of the Body of Knowledge and recommended reading materials, discussion of Lean Concepts, practice exercises, sample test questions, and discussion of Lean Certification Portfolio and mentoring requirements.

AME's Lean Bronze Certification Review Class & Exam in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada February 25-27, 2008


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Press release date: February 8, 2008

Mississauga, Ontario - February 8, 2008 - Learning about Lean and implementing its practice is a journey. Certification at the Bronze Level is crucial for those looking to increase their skill set and advance. Interested candidates should mark their calendars and attend the Lean Bronze Certification Review Class and Exam in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada on Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26, 2008. Both will be held at Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport West, 6090 Dixie Road in Mississauga, Ontario. The Monday, February 25th Review class will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesday, February 26th the Review Class will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the Lean Bronze Certification Exam (optional; additional fee required) conducted on Wednesday, February 27th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. These sessions will be presented by the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), who have partnered together with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the Shingo Prize to create this Lean Certification program.

This popular Lean Bronze Certification Review Class and Exam will explore what certification is about, what the exam will encompass and additional necessary steps to complete and pass Bronze Level Certification. This is the first step before advancing to Silver and Gold Certification levels. Lean practitioners will share ideas in a collaborative group format. The training will be useful to those who are preparing for formal Lean Certification or assessing how their knowledge measures up to the Lean ideal. Activities will include a review of the Body of Knowledge and recommended reading materials, discussion of Lean Concepts, practice exercises, sample test questions and discussion of the Lean Certification Portfolio and mentoring requirements. Individuals on a Lean Journey are encouraged to attend this review class. They will have the opportunity to share their approach to deploying Lean concepts with other Lean practitioners/professionals on a similar track. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance one's career even if one decides not to sit for the exam. Study materials for the course consist of the body of knowledge listed on the SME website (www.sme.org). These materials must be purchased and read by attendees prior to attending the review course. Attendees are asked to bring these materials for use during the course and the open-book exam.

The cost for the Review Class is $590 for AME/SME members + GST or $740 for non-members + GST (non-member rate includes a 1-year AME membership and a subscription to Target Magazine). Advance registration is recommended at www.ame.org.

Those taking the Lean Bronze Certification Exam (open-book format) must register separately at www.sme.org/leancert. Information on additional exam fees is also available.

For more detailed information on logistics, including core reading materials that must be purchased and read by attendees prior to taking the Exam, fees or cancellation policy, visit both www.ame.org and/or www.sme.org.

About the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) The Association for Manufacturing Excellence is a not-for-profit association of over 5,000 members dedicated to the sharing of knowledge on leading-edge topics that help companies stay competitive in a global marketplace. AME cultivates understanding, helps members analyze and exchange ideas on productivity methods, and teaches how these methods can be successfully applied in the pursuit of excellence. Since its founding in 1985, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence has expanded its focus beyond manufacturing to many functional areas of the enterprise and into many industries, all of which benefit from advanced management techniques. AME is practitioner-based, and its events and workshops focus on hands-on learning and knowledge exchange among peers. For more information visit www.ame.org or email info@ame.org.

About the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) The mission of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers is to be internationally recognized by manufacturing practitioners, companies and other organizations as their source for information, education and networking. Visit www.sme.org.

About the Shingo Prize The Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence is named for Japanese industrial engineer Shigeo Shingo who distinguished himself as one of the world's leading experts in improving manufacturing processes. Dr. Shingo has been described as an "engineering genius" who helped create and write about many aspects of the revolutionary manufacturing practices which comprise the renowned Toyota Production System. The Prize was established in 1988 to promote awareness of Lean manufacturing concepts and recognize companies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico that achieve world-class manufacturing status. The Shingo Prize philosophy is that world-class business performance may be achieved through focused improvements in core manufacturing and business processes. The Shingo Prize recognizes organizations and research that is consistent with its mission and model with three types of prizes: Business, Research and the Public Sector. Visit www.shingoprize.org.
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