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.

Estimated Cost Estimated Cost
Completion Time Min. Completion Time
3 Months
Course Format Course Format
In Person


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 service and quality while decreasing costs
  • Reduce inventory and variation
  • Execute projects that show quick ROI
  • Create linkage between strategic goals and frontline improvements.
  • Learn how to engage employees while achieving high-impact, customer-centric improvements.

The SDSU Advantage

  • Team Lean mentoring and coaching sessions
  • Nationally recognized team of dynamic, experienced instructors
  • Lean administrative component
  • See Lean in action with company tours
  • Parking is included with tuition and adjacent to the classroom
  • All course materials included


Labor Analysis
Continuous Improvement Manager — Nationwide

Job Postings
Job Postings
Last 12 months

Projected Growth
Projected Growth
Over 10 years

Salary Range
Salary Range
$66,000 - $106,000


For more information, or to bring all or part of this program to your organization email lean.ces@sdsu.edu or call (619) 594-3946.


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LM 0001 Lean Enterprise Certificate Program

Lean Enterprise Certificate Topics Include:

  • Orientation | Problem Statement | Teams | Metrics | Lean Simulation
  • A3 Thinking Overview | Problem Solving | Plan Do Check Act (PDCA)
  • Project Work: Naming the Scope | Coaching with Project Mentor & Management Stakeholder
  • Value Stream Mapping: Current and Future State*
  • Root Cause Analysis | Presentation of Data | Respect for People | Coaching Session
  • Kaizen Events | Administrative Lean (MBPM) Kata Simulation
  • Project Work: Understanding the Current State | Coaching Session
  • Visual Workplace | 5S | Kanban | Project Updates | Coaching Session
  • Standard Work | Changeover Reduction | PY | Cells | TPM*
  • Project Work: Implementation & Countermeasures | Coaching Session
  • Leader Standard Work | Daily Management Systems | Change Management | Sustainable Culture*
  • Final Project Presentations

* With Tours

Course Date(s)

Student Success Stories

The interaction with the other businesses along with course materials, exercises, and projects was absolutely fantastic. ... Our business is not profit based and has limited resources, so the only way to better serve our customer is to improve the timeliness, quality, and capacity of our services. The tools and techniques provided in the course for removing non-value added steps from procedures and tapping the potential of every employee to improve their processes allows for the organization to do just that. One of our metrics is ‘Reliable Promises’ which is basically on-time delivery. The only way to keep a promise is to understand your processes and create one that has a predictable outcome. With Lean, you not only create these predictable processes, you put into place a method to continually improve them by empowering the employees to own those processes. An example since completing the course: we coordinated a Five S event to better organize one of the shops and create better flow in the workspace. When we kicked it off, we implemented a Daily Kaizen feedback system for improvement ideas. The event was very successful and the shop is much better organized, which reduced the time significantly in completing the remanufacturing of their product. What was more amazing was the ideas that poured in and the buy-in from the employees to take their ideas and run with them. With space they freed up, they installed a second test machine, effectively doubling the capacity.

— Richard Thomas, Production Controller, Engine Product Family, SWRMC 930

Before I took this class, I expected to learn how Lean principles applied to manufacturing processes. A key takeaway for me was that these principles can be applied to administrative processes, which was very beneficial. We’re moving away from department silos and looking at a more holistic approach to how we drive our business.

— Patrick Meade, Materials Planning Manager, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf

SDSU’s Lean Enterprise program has afforded me the opportunity to learn and grow in my administrative role in health care. Lean can be easily applied to all areas creating a more cohesive workforce focused on process flow and resulting in improved efficiencies and increased customer and employee satisfaction.

— Joann Sulfuro, Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group

SDSU’s Lean Enterprise program provides the optimal blend of classroom learning from seasoned professionals, with hands-on exposure to organizations successfully employing Lean. This training, coupled with the experience of completing a Lean project during the course, not only allows graduates to understand the basics of Lean, but provides the knowledge to apply them, and champion Lean at the enterprise level.

— Captain Kevin P. Gannon, CAPT SWRMC 100, former commander, Southwest Regional Maintenance Center


Professional Certificate in Lean Enterprise Advisory Board

  • Alicia Saake - Feeding San Diego
  • Carlos Vallejo - Costco Wholesale Industries
  • David Umstot - Umstot Project Solutions
  • Jeff Foster - Attractions, Hospitality, and Zoological Advisors (AHZ)
  • Jerry Wright - LEANwRIGHT, Inc.
  • Joe Colarusso - JVC Consulting Inc.
  • John Robinson - Southwest Region Maintenance Center, US Navy
  • Kevin Limbach - TaylorMade Golf
  • Mike Fitzpatrick - Solar Turbines, Inc.
  • Mike Osterling - Osterling Consulting, Inc.
  • Monica Buchanan - Becton Dickinson (BD)
  • Patrick Wilson - Hydroponic Research
  • Rick Sunamoto - Hospitality and Specialty Communications (HME)
  • Samuel Obara - Honsha
  • Tracy O'Rourke - Go Lean Six Sigma


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