Lean Construction

blue and green lean construction logoWhy Lean Construction? Everyone related to the construction process has incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost—from the project owners who want to see tangible 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.

Find out more about the Lean Construction Education Program with this free online introductory course: Lean Construction 101 – Foundations of Lean Construction

To help contractors develop the knowledge needed to build lean, the Associated General Contractors of America developed Lean Construction Education Program , a seven-unit, 35 hour course. Construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a lean operating system.

Each unit of the program is taught by qualified instructors, who must be approved by the AGC of America. The Oregon-Columbia Chapter has contracted with qualified instructors to provide this training. For optimum learning and student engagement, our instructors typically require a minimum of six participants for the courses (10–12 is ideal). Chapter staff can assist in the facilitation and hosting of these courses.

CM-Lean Certificate of Management

The Oregon-Columbia Chapter is proud to be one of 31 approved CM-Lean (Certificate of Management – Lean Construction) testing centers in the country. AGC CM-Lean is an assessment based certificate credential that denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to lean adoption, practice, and process transformation outlined in AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program. Participants are eligible to sit for the CM-Lean exam upon completion of all seven units.

See our Event Calendar for the next scheduled Lean Course or CM-Lean Exam.

Related Resources

AGC Supervisory Training

Supervisory Training

STP is a six-unit, nationally-recognized training standard that has been the professional development resource of choice for more than 130,000 construction supervisors and managers.

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Army Corps Quality Management

If awarded an Army Corps project, it is mandatory that the contractor’s quality control manager successfully complete this course. Course certificates are valid for five years from date of successful completion.

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CESCL Cert & Recert

This two-day course satisfies the training requirements stated in the Department of Ecology’s Construction Stormwater General Permit for certification as a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) for the Department of Ecology. This training is required to perform monitoring and inspection services on construction sites. Certification is good for three years and is recognized by the states of Washington and Oregon. Certification requires class attendance, class participation, and a passing exam score. The course does not require previous education or experience.

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Need more information?

Contact Frosti Adams, workforce and professional development manager.