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CM-LEAN Construction Certificate Program


Everyone related to the construction process has an incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost - from the project owners who want to see results for their investment to the contractors and designers who want to do their job well and move on to the next project. Lean Construction is based on the holistic pursuit of continuous improvements aimed at minimizing costs and maximizing value on a construction project: planning, design, construction, activation, operations, maintenance, salvaging and recycling.

To help contractors develop the knowledge needed to build Lean, the Associated General Contractors of America developed the Lean Construction Education Program (LCEP). Construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a Lean Operating System.


Complete all 7 modules and you will be eligible to write the Certificate of Management: Lean Construction (CM-Lean) exam and earn your CM-Lean credential.



Session 1: Variation in Production Systems

Variation in Production Systems is an introductory session in the Lean Construction Education Program. This half-day session teaches the concept of variation. Following this session, you will be able to:

Session 2: Pull in Production 

Pull in Production is a half-day session that explains the concept of pull as a way to achieve to reliable production workflow.

Session 3: Lean Workstructuring

Lean Workstructuring is the first of two sessions that introduces the Last Planner® System (LPS). This system was developed by the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) to plan projects in a way that produces predictable workflow and rapid learning.

Session 4: The Last Planner® System 

The Last Planner® System is the second of two sessions introducing the Last Planner® System (LPS). This system was developed by the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) to plan projects in a way that produces predictable workflow and rapid learning. In this half-day session, you will learn how to conduct make-ready and weekly work planning sessions.

Session 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly 

Lean Supply Chain and Assembly is a one-day session that explains the concept of lean supply chain and assembly.

Session 6: Lean Design and Pre-construction 

Lean Design and Pre-construction is a half-day session that explains the concepts of value-based management, lean in the design process and relational contracting.

Session 7: Problem-solving Principles and Tools 

Problem-solving Principles and Tools is a full-day session that describes the Lean Problem-Solving Process and illustrates how to use tools to solve problems in a lean manner.

Intended Audience

All members of a construction project team, including: Project Coordinators, Project Managers, Site Supervisors, Management, Owners and Support roles, for General Contractors and Trade Contractors.


James (Jim) Johnston

James Johnston, P. Eng. is an Industrial Engineer, a member of the Lean Construction Institute and an Accredited Trainer with the Associated General Contractors of America.  James is a construction, operations and quality specialist with over 25 years of experience focusing on business process analysis & improvement, Lean thinking & implementation, strategic planning and business development.  He has worked extensively as a Management Consultant & Trainer leading organizations through lean transformations, quality system implementation and process optimization projects.  He has coached and facilitated the implementation of Lean Construction tools and methodologies on many projects ranging in value up to $250 million, has trained hundreds of construction professionals throughout North America and continues to develop programs that improve project outcomes industry wide. 

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