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Recertification Requirements

NEW: Lean Recertification Requirements Modified — Launched Qtr2, 2011.

After careful consideration, the Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals committee has modified the recertification requirements for all levels of Lean Certification. (Please note that recertification candidates are no longer required to submit a recertification portfolio). Recertification at the Bronze, Silver or Gold Level requires the candidate to document a minimum of 60 recertification credits over their three year period.

Add Credits Process
  1. Sign into your SME Account. The Sign In link is in the upper right corner above. If you do not have an SME profile please contact customer care at or 1.800.733.4763
  2. Click on your name when it appears in the upper right corner to access your SME Profile page
  3. Click on the “My Certifications” button on the left to be taken to your new “transcript” page
  4. At the bottom of the page, click on the “add transcript” to add credits for recertification

A reflection can be submitted for recertification credits under the Authorship/Ownership category. Click here (PDF) for the form for to document your reflection. Upon completion, follow the steps above to upload your reflection via the "Add Credits" process.

Bronze, Silver and Gold Level Recertification

Recertification for Bronze, Silver and Gold is now on-line to allow you to add your Lean Professional Development as you progress. The Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals committee have identified types of activities that qualify as recertification credits. The activities fall into the following elements:

Attendance Attending any Lean related events
Authorship / Ownership Preparing and publishing Lean related materials
Education Participating in Lean related educational programs
Involvement Active participation in Lean related events and activities
Leadership Participation on a Lean related committee or board
Go To Gemba Activities related to 'Gemba', including employment
Customer Feedback Documented references or testimonials (Lean related)

Click here (PDF) to access the complete table describing the details for each element and associated activity.

Sign In and upload your recertification units or view your certifications. It will be helpful to have the Body of Knowledge available for reference as you input your activities online.

Fee: $125 for SME/AME/ASQ members and Shingo Institute Examiners
$220 for non-members

Good Luck in your recertification!

Questions about recertification should be directed to: or Customer Service at 800.733.4763.