CME is pleased to present the second phase of our new e-learning series, delivered by CME experts and manufacturers who will share real-world tips and best practices on a variety of operational topics. Each session provides participants with tangible takeaways and provides critical supports during the pandemic manufacturers need to weather the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, online. Our training series is designed in three modules so front-line workers, operational staff, and leadership in your organization can benefit.


Designed for manufacturers by manufacturers, CME training aims to help manufacturers across the country to improve their operations, their competitiveness and their bottom line. Learn more.

Our popular series of Lean belt certification courses are now available online. Access this great training from anywhere! With sessions scheduled for east and west coast timeLean is about engaging employees.

Companies that adopt Lean as a strategy develop a culture that allows them to scale up while remaining nimble, flexible, agile and above all else, hyper-focused on the needs of the customer – a distinct competitive advantage in today’s global economy.

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Certificate COURSES

LEAN 101

Lean 101 is a one-day interactive workshop that introduces Lean to those who have never had any exposure to Lean. It can be delivered on-site and is applicable to all levels in the organization, ensuring a solid foundation of knowledge. Through presentation, discussion, simulation and group exercises, participants learn about the seven wastes and the core principles, concepts, philosophy and benefits of applying Lean within their organization.

Lean Level Yellowbelt 

Lean is about engaging people in the spirit of continuous improvement and the Lean Level I Yellowbelt certification program introduces the core Lean tools and methodologies such as 5S, Value Stream Mapping and five-step Problem Solving. Facilitated by experts with real-world experience, this five-day program is focused on hands-on learning. Participants work through group exercises and homework assignments to consolidate the learning and prepare them to support the company continuous improvement efforts.

Lean Level I Yellowbelt for Service 

In addition to Lean Level 1, Yellowbelt is also offered to participants who work in areas and industries outside of the shop floor. From education to healthcare to financial services and law enforcement, Lean has been effectively used to transform organizations beyond a traditional production environment. Lean is all about engaging people in the spirit of continuous improvement and Lean level I Yellowbelt for Service certification program introduces Lean with an emphasis on office and service environments.

Lean Level II Greenbelt 

This learning by doing style of Lean certification program is delivered by Lean Blackbelt certified coaches. Structured into three, week-long models, participants develop and improve their presentation, communication, facilitation and problem-solving skills through group exercises, simulations and real world ‘Kaizen Blitz’ or Rapid Improvement Projects. Graduates gain the capability and confidence to drive improvements as agents of change within their own organizations.


Roadmap to Psychological Safety out of COVID-19

November 26, 2020 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
FACILITATOR: Nathan Rasmussen

Industrial Energy Savings for Today and the Future

December 3, 2020 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
FACILITATOR: Melanie Chatfield

This workshops goes over the pitfalls of pandemic survival and the impacts on our people - Strategies for mitigating the impact of these hazards.

This workshop investigates how to develop energy retrofit priorities, confirm efficiency goals, and discuss possible evaluation criteria.

Guidelines for Healthy & Safe Operations during COVID-19 Pandemic

Leveraging government programs

Safe material handling

Managing financials and cashflow through to recovery

Managing Daily Operations in Times of Crisis

Integrated Staff Safety

Lean in a COVID world

Communicating with Employees During Uncertainty and Crisis

TWI - Training in a Hurry

Sustaining a Culture of Safety

Lean Fundamentals

Communications – with your customers

Improving Daily Operations

Identify and Manage Supply Chain Risks

Leading from Crisis

Setting Direction in the middle of a storm (Hoshin Kanri)

Harnessing Technology to rebuild and retool

  • Series: Uncertainty Management
  • Module: Leadership
  • Topic: Setting Direction in the middle of a storm (Hoshin Kanri)
  • Summary: Create a process for sharing and deploying the direction, goals and approaches from top management to employees and to conduct work according to plan.
  • Presenter: Erwin Matusoc, Lean Facilitator, CME
  • Date recorded: June 25, 2020