Lean Operations Management Certificate

Learn Lean, Six Sigma and TOC

The Lean Operations Management Certificate series is designed to help manufacturing professionals gain an understanding and appreciation of the key concepts within the Lean, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints strategies along with supporting tools and techniques to improve company, division and/or value-stream performance.

The Lean Operations Management Certificate requires the completion of six courses, five core and one elective.  You may complete one, or any number of courses, without the obligation to complete the entire series.


Completing the Lean Operations Management Certificate series provides manufacturing professionals with an integrated approach and supporting tools to improve overall organization performance – improved material flow, quality, cash flow and employee involvement.

Who Should Enroll?

Manufacturing professionals responsible for elevating the overall performance of a company, division, plant or value-stream, including:

  • VP and Directors of Operations or Manufacturing
  • Business Unit and Plant Managers
  • Value-Stream Managers
  • Production Managers
  • Manufacturing professionals slated for an operations leadership role

Course topics include: Continuum Management, integrating Lean, Six Sigma and Theory of Constraints; 5S and visual workplace; production planning, scheduling, and control; value-stream mapping and modeling, Lean daily management and kata; financial impact of implementing Lean, or finance and accounting for non-financial professionals.

Certificate Interest Form

Please provide your name and contact information below. The Program Director will be in contact with you about upcoming courses and next steps.

  • *Denotes Required Fields
  • Opt-in: The checked box below indicates your agreement to receive marketing email from UW-Madison Engineering Professional Development. Review our Privacy Policy.




photo of Jeff Oelke Jeff Oelke
Program Director

Complete five required courses in any order and one elective.

Timeframe: Complete the certificate in four months or spread the courses out over five years.

Cost: $8,370-$9,270, depending upon elective.

Complete Five Required Courses

Achieving Operational Excellence

Effective Manufacturing Planning, Scheduling, and Control

Increasing Safety and Productivity Through 5S and Visual Workplace

Leading Lean: Management Tools and Techniques for Achieving and Sustaining Meaningful Results

Value Stream Mapping and Modeling

Understanding Lean Accounting and Accounting For Lean

How the Lean Operations Certificate Helped Nercon

Nercon, an Oconto, Wis.-based company, was able to streamline its production processes thanks to the Lean Operations Certificate. Specifically, the company used 5S (sort, set-in-order, shine, standardize, and sustain).

Photo credit: David Tenenbaum/UW-Madison

Read more.