Certification

Mixed Model Line Design Certification

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Path to Certification

Part 1: Test

Part 1: Test

Pass a comprehensive exam on the lessons covered in the Mixed Model Line Design course (live or online). The final exam is intended to confirm your understanding of the Mixed Model Line Design methodology. A passing score of 75% for each section is required for Mixed Model Line Design Certification.

Part 2: Project

Part 2: Project

Complete a line design project. In this section of the certification process you will download an Excel workbook, and complete the various worksheets provided. The line design project culminates in the creation of a factory layout, based on the results of your data analysis and calculations.

Part 3: Certification Award

Part 3: Certification Award

The staff at the Lean Design Institute will review your Exam scores and your Line Design project. If necessary you may be asked to make some adjustments to your project, or to retake a specific lesson in the course. Upon approval you will be awarded a Certification Diploma, which will be send to you in the mail. You may also use the acronym CMMLD, and your accomplishment will be registered in the Open Badges system. With your approval, your name will also be added to the Wall of Honor web-page on the Lean Design Institute website.

Certification price: $495

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Why Get Certified?

Learn the methodology deeply, by committing to passing a 120-question exam and completing a Line Design project.
Learn the methodology deeply, by committing to passing a 120-question exam and completing a Line Design project.
Display the acronym CMMLD on your business cards, resume, and on professional profiles like LinkedIn.
Display the acronym CMMLD on your business cards, resume, and on professional profiles like LinkedIn.
Set yourself apart from the pack. Very few Lean professionals know the Lean Design methodology, which is one of the most important Lean skills.
Set yourself apart from the pack. Very few Lean professionals know the Lean Design methodology, which is one of the most important Lean skills.
Advance your career as a manufacturing professional, in your performance reviews or when changing jobs..
Advance your career as a manufacturing professional, in your performance reviews or when changing jobs.
Earn a place on the Lead Design Institute Wall of Honor web-page, if you choose.
Earn a place on the Lead Design Institute Wall of Honor web-page, if you choose.
Be awarded a professional Diploma of Certification, for display in your office.
Be awarded a professional Diploma of Certification, for display in your office.

Certifying Body

The Lean Design Institute is an international collaboration of leading Lean Process Improvement experts.
Our headquarters are located in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Lean Factory Group

Lean Factory Group

Members include SAP, Orgatex, Leonardo Group GmbH, Syskomp, L-Mobile, Werma, 4D Flexiplat.
Leonardo Group Americas LLC

Leonardo Group Americas LLC

Boulder, Colorado
Leonardo Group GmbH

Leonardo Group GmbH

Headquartered in Munich, Germany
Offices in Switzerland, USA, Hungary, Romania, China, and Vietnam.
Kaizen Kulture

Kaizen Kulture

Manchester, United Kingdom
HLT Network

HLT Network

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Montevideo, Uruguay

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

Q: Do I receive a physical Diploma?
A: Yes, we'll mail a Diploma and frame to you in the mail once you've completed the certification requirements. If you prefer, we can send you a high-resolution PDF of your Diploma right away.


Q: How long will it take to complete the certification process?
A: The final exam consists of 120 questions, so if you take 1 minute per question the exam will take 2 hours. The final project consists of about 15 line design steps, and the time you spend on it will vary. You should plan to spend at least 2-3 hours completing this assignment.


Q: Will I be able to leave the Final Exam if necessary, and come back to it without losing my place? 
A: Yes. The Final Exam is broken into individual Lessons. You can complete an exam section, and then resume where you left off.


Q: What happens if I don't pass one of the exam sections?
A: You'll be given another chance to take it again, but some of the questions will change. Worst case: you may need to study a particular lesson again, and retake the exam section at a later time.


Q: Can I pursue the certification if I haven't attended the Mixed Model Line Design workshop (either live or online)? I'm an experienced Lean practitioner, and think I can pass it without needing to take the course.
A: Yes, there is no hard restriction on having to take the course first. We recommend, however, that you at least read The Complete Guide to Mixed Model Line Design first, to get familiar with the specifics of the methodology. Otherwise, even for an experienced Lean practitioner, the chances of passing the certification process will be low.


Q: Will there be any online training sessions?
A: There are no online training sessions related specifically to the certification program, but the Lean Design Institute will be hosting webinars and training sessions often on related subjects. As a registered student, you'll be notified when these opportunities arise.


Q: Do I have to complete the certification program within a given time frame?
A: Yes, but it's generous. You have 90 days to complete the program from the time that you initially register. That should be plenty.