Gain a professional edge and the skills required to attack problems and advance the performance of your manufacturing organization through the UW-Madison’s Lean Operations Management Certificate Program.

Is this program right for you?

The Lean Operations Management Certificate Program offered by the UW-Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development, provides strategies, tactics and tools for experienced and emerging manufacturing executives and managers who are responsible for the performance of their workplaces.


The program uses both faculty and industry experts to show how to arrive at practical solutions to everyday problems using proven tools.


Vice presidents, directors, and department and value-stream managers will learn techniques on handling complex operations challenges – techniques that can streamline processes and contribute to the bottom line.


To earn the certificate, students take 5 core courses and choose from 1 of 2 elective courses. Each of the face-to-face courses takes 2 to 3 days to complete and allows students opportunities to share ideas, discuss challenges and get meaningful answers from experts in the field.


You’ll gain a real-world perspective and acquire a command of concepts that will increase productivity, improve workplace culture and meet the needs of customers through this program.


What you Learn

  • Understand the role of Lean management in improving culture, boosting productivity and competitiveness and reducing costs
  • Learn to apply strategies and tools such as continuum management, value-stream and metric-based process mapping and Lean accounting
  • Gain a longer-term view of how to sustain and build on workplace improvements

Where & How you learn


  • Face-to-face


  • Take part in 6 face-to-face courses, each running 2 to 3 days, to gain a depth of knowledge for taking on operational challenges and solving problems

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