Earn a Professional Certificate in Lean Enterprise, and gain practical knowledge that can be immediately applied to your work place. During this 12-week program, you and your project team will implement Lean concepts to your business, improving quality while decreasing costs. Whether you work in service, transactional activities, or manufacturing processes, your organization will benefit from the experience of our seasoned instructors.

The Lean philosophy is a strategy for achieving significant improvement in performance through elimination of waste in the total business process.

The SDSU Lean Enterprise program will introduce you to the Lean philosophy by incorporating learning tools that include simulations, exercises, lectures, assignments, and a project.

Throughout the program, you will work in project teams applying the Lean concepts to your work place. A unique added value of SDSU's Lean Enterprise program includes site tours of San Diego companies to see how local companies are applying Lean principles. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Who Should Attend

  • All organizational levels planning and/or implementing a Lean initiative, including directors, managers, supervisors, leads, and hands-on line staff
  • Professionals from medical device, health care, finance, fabricated metal, machining, plastics, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, electronics, construction, and computer industries
  • Government and military contractors
  • Personnel from operations, finance, human resources, production, inventory control, new product development, manufacturing, quality engineering, and supplier management

Workplace Benefits

  • Improve quality while decreasing costs
  • Reduce inventory and remove waste
  • Develop a closer relationship with your customers
  • Execute projects that show quick ROI
  • Learn strategic business need with tactical "how to"

The SDSU Advantage

  • Free Lean mentoring sessions
  • Nationally recognized team of dynamic, experienced instructors
  • Lean administrative component
  • See Lean in action - company tours
  • Parking is included with tuition and adjacent to the classroom
  • All course material, tours, breakfast snacks and lunch on full-days are included

For more information, or to bring all or part of this program to your organization email lean.ces@sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-1153.


2018 Spring2018 Summer2018 Fall
2018 Spring
LM 0001 Lean Enterprise Certificate Program

Lean Enterprise Certificate Topics include:
Lean Basics and Simulation
Plan Do Check Act (PDCA) and A3
Value Stream Mapping – Current and Future State*
Change Management
Facilities Layout
Cellular Flow
Standard Work
Kaizen Events
Administrative Lean
Visual Workplace and 5S
Quick Changeover
Mistake Proofing
Creating a Sustainable Lean Culture
Metrics and Incentives*
Equipment Management*
Team Project Presentations

* With Tours

Course Date(s)
February 22 - May 17