Lean Manager Certification Program

Productivity Inc. and Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University are offering a program unlike any other. It’s called the Lean Manager Certification Program (LMAC). It’s designed for middle and top-level executives at any company who seek the essential knowledge necessary to drive Lean throughout their entire organization.

This highly interactive and fully accredited program teaches a carefully sequenced arrangement of Lean concepts and tools. 

Over four non-consecutive weeks, each participant will experience a series of learning modules focusing on the four key phases of Lean implementation: Plan, Pilot, Deploy and Integrate. In between the weeks of training, students need to apply the methods that they have learned in operations at their own companies and present their results to the class.

It is required that each participant in the program have a corporate sponsor to attest to the participant´s qualification for the program and to the results achieved through the homework assignments.

Participants who successfully complete the four-week training and mentoring program, pass the two-hour certification exam and demonstrate successful implementation in their own facility are then certified by Productivity Inc. and Fisher College of Business as Lean Managers.

Program Information

Who Should Attend:

Middle and top-level executives at any company who seek the essential knowledge necessary to drive Lean throughout their entire organization.


Fall Session 2016
Week 1: Sept. 12 - 16
Week 2: Oct. 10 - 14
Week 3: Nov. 14 - 18
Week 4: Dec. 12 - 15

Spring Session 2017
Week 1: March 6 - 10
Week 2: April 3 - 7
Week 3: May 1 - 5
Week 4: June 5 - 8

Participants must attend all 4 weeks.


Fisher College of Business, Pfahl Hall Columbus, OH



*Group and other discounts may apply.  Call to see if you qualify.


Each participant must have a corporate sponsor to attest to the participant’s qualification and to the results achieved through the homework assignments.


Peter Ward- Director, Center for Operational Excellence
Peg Pennington- Executive Director, Center of Operational Excellence
Prakash Mulchandani- Sr. Lecturer, Accounting and MIS
Paul McGrath- Productivity, Inc.
Jim Vatalaro- Productivity, Inc.
Ellis New- Productivity, Inc.
Michael Kuta- Productivity, Inc.

Continuing Education Credits:

16 CEU (Continuing Education Unit)
160 CPE (Ohio CPA)


Registration provided by Productivity, Inc.

Show View Cancellation, Transfer & Substitution Policy
  • Registrations may be transferred to another colleague without charge. To be considered for a refund, we must receive notification of cancellation in writing no later than 21 days prior to the event. Cancellations received within 21 days are subject to the full registration fee and money will be held on account for up to one year for use at a future workshop or conference. There is a $200.00 processing charge for all cancellations.

Participants may transfer their fees to another course one time per registration. No transfers are permitted less than three business days prior to course start date.

  • More than two weeks before course start date: No Charge
  • Two weeks to three days before course start date: $100

Substitutions can be made at any time for no charge

Program Participants Will Learn

  • Lead an organizational Lean implementation
  • Create a detailed deployment plan based on baseline analysis
  • Perform as a principal change agent
  • Lead site teams to deploy plant-wide Lean methodologies
  • Mentor project leaders, area managers and supervisors


Beth Miller
Program Director
Phone: 614.292.8575
Fax: 614.292.6644
Fisher College of Business
Executive Education
110 Pfahl Hall
280 W. Woodruff Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210-1144

In Their Words

  • "It is a great experience, the facilitators provide a perfect balance of theory, real life experience and hands on exercises."

    Luis A. Correa
    Lean Manager
    Thermo King

    "Very well executed. Good balance of conceptual instruction, simulation, real world examples and required implementation. I have no doubt the learning’s will serve me and my company well."

    Justin Hipple
    Processing Engineer
    ATI Wah Chang

    "This is hands down the best training I have ever attended."

    Aaron Richmond
    KPO Supervisor
    CertainTeed Corporation

    "Very informative and the right pace, instructors were well prepared."

    Demetrius Frazier
    Commercial Analyst
    Kaiser Aluminum