Lean Bronze Review & Exam

August 21, 2018 | 8:30 am to August 23, 2018 | 12:00 pm
Contact AME: 224-232-5980 | conference@ame.org
Member Fee: $545
Non-Member Fee: $795


Auburn Techincal Assistance Center
570 Devall Drive
Auburn, Alabama

This course is intended to prepare participants to take and pass the Lean Bronze Certification Examination, which will be offered on the third day for those who sign up for the exam separately with SME. This 3-hour multiple choice exam is designed to test understanding of the Lean Certification Body of Knowledge. The review course helps participants understand the body of knowledge that test questions are drawn from, provides practice exams and exercises to give students a good idea of what will be included in the exam, and offers several takeaways that students will find useful on exam day.

PLEASE NOTE: The registration through AME is for the Lean Certification Review Class ONLY.

You can register for the exam here: sme.org/bronze-exam


Auburn Technical Assistance Center

Improve and grow your business with process improvement assistance from the Auburn Technical Assistance Center. Staying competitive in today's business and manufacturing arenas requires innovative thinking, action and a commitment to continuous improvement. Since 1976, the  Raymond J. Harbert College of Business’  Auburn Technical Assistance Center (ATAC)  has helped business, industry, not-for-profit entities and government agencies learn how to improve and enhance their competitiveness and efficiency through a variety of educational, training, consulting and outreach services.  Whatever your organization's operational, quality or growth challenges are, Auburn works to help your organization improve its competitiveness, increase efficiency, explore market expansions and gain business improvement.


August 21 ,2018 - 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
• Introductions & Lean Certification overview
• Practice exam #1
• Formula review & practice (worksheet and review questions)
• Cultural enablers (team research)
• Continuous process improvement (individual worksheets and group review)
• Continuous process improvement (team research)
• Additional take-home practice exam

August 22, 2018 -  8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
• Portfolio development
• Additional check activity (short answer & true/false)
• Business results – (team research)
• Practice exam #2 
• Test taking strategies, wrap up, Q&A

August 23, 2018 - 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
• Exam – 3 hours, multiple choice * Certification exam will be online. Computers will be limited, we ask that you please bring your own laptop if you have one.  Proctor: Hank Czarnecki


Hank Czarnecki serves as director of Auburn University's Technical Assistance Center. He has more than 20 years of experience teaching lean, facilitating kaizen improvement events and coaching companies on their lean journey. Czarnecki is Lean Bronze Certified, a NIST qualified lean manufacturing trainer and a certified training within industry instructor. He is an AME Southeast Region board member and serves as the ASQ Lean Enterprise Division communications chair.


The lean certification path starts with an accumulation of lean knowledge and the reading and understanding of the core reference materials. Once this takes place, it’s time to evaluate your lean knowledge through various assessments and online reviews. The Lean Bronze Certification exam focuses on lean fundamentals. While there is no minimum experience level to take the exam, students must understand the Lean Certification Body of Knowledge and pass the Lean Bronze Certification exam. After this happens, the student receives a Lean Knowledge Certificate and then must prepare to demonstrate their lean knowledge by preparing a Lean Bronze Portfolio which consists of three different projects.

  • Understanding of the Bronze-level Body of Knowledge and requirements
  • Review of recommended material
  • Learn how the test is structured
  • Learn how to focus your exam preparation activities
  • Group activities and discussions
  • Practice exercises and tests
  • Lean Alliance approved review 
  • There is an 85% pass rate for attendees at this event

Participants in this course are expected to read the recommended readings prior to the course and should bring their books to the class. Please bring these materials with you for use during the review course and the open book exam. Note that e-books will not be permitted during the exam. http://www.sme.org/bronzepackage/ 

Exam questions are based on the following recommended readings:
• "Gemba Kaizen" by Masaaki Imai
• "Lean Production Simplified" by Pascal Dennis
• "Lean Thinking" by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones
• "Learning to See: Value Stream Mapping to Create Value and Eliminate Muda" by Mike Rother and John Shook


You can become an AME member during the registration process for $150 per year and obtain the discounted AME member rate for this event. Your membership will also entitle you to a registration discount for all future AME conferences, seminars, workshops and webinars for one year. Additionally, you will receive a subscription to the award-winning Target magazine and much more.

Payment or purchase order must be received by the AME office five days prior to the event start date. If no payment or PO number is received, you will be asked to pay with a credit card or check at the event before entry.

Cancellation Policy: Enrollment fee less a $100 non-refundable registration charge will be refunded up to one week before the event. Substitutions may be made up to three days prior to the start of the workshop.

Notes: This event may be cancelled by AME for any reason. AME is not responsible for incidental costs incurred by registrants. By registering for this meeting, I hereby acknowledge and agree that AME or its agents may take photographs of me during events and may use those photographs for AME’s purposes, including but not limited to news and promotional purposes, without further compensation to me.