SCF to Offer Lean Bronze Certification Course

(Bradenton, Fla., October 11, 2012) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will offer a Lean Bronze Certification course through the Engineering, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing (ETAM) grant project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The virtual course will be offered from 6 – 9 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 16 – Dec. 6.

The course covers the basics of Lean, which is an approach to eliminating non-value added activities from the workplace, and is based on the principles of the Toyota Production System. Lean has been successfully applied in many industries, including manufacturing, health care, information technology, and others. The class and certification cover cultural enablers, continuous process improvements, consistent Lean enterprise culture and business results.  The courseprepares participants to take the Lean Bronze Certification examination offered through an alliance of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and Shingo. 

The $299 fee covers class, ASQ membership and exam. Normally, the price of the membership and exam alone cost nearly $600.

In addition, the certification requires 80 hours of quality education/training, five tactical projects, events or activities applying Lean tools and a portfolio reflection showing results, which must be completed within three years of passing the examination.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, ETAM includes a three-college consortium and local workforce agencies that build a workforce development solutions to be deployed in both the education and training environments. SCF is an academic partner.

For more information on the ETAM project, contact Glenn Goonis, SCF manufacturing education grants coordinator and ETAM project manager, at 941-363-7229 or

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