Project Engineer Sean Sample recently completed and passed the AGC (Associated General Contractors of America) Certificate of Management-Lean Construction (CM-Lean) program. Sean is now one of only three individuals in the state of Iowa to hold this designation. As of June 1, 2018 just over 800 people across the country have received this designation.
“By taking the CM-Lean certification courses I have been introduced to a wealth of knowledge that will allow me to run projects more efficiently” said Sean. “I’m also able to bring this information back to the office and assist others with their projects.” According to Sean, the CM-Lean certification process introduces individuals in construction to strategies from other industries that can be used to streamline the construction process from initial design to completion. “I believe I can now help provide a more cost effective final product to our clients by implementing what I’ve learned throughout the certification process.”
Lean Construction is a process that aims to minimize costs while maximizing value on a construction project. According to the AGC, this is done through “planning, design, construction, activation, operations, maintenance, salvaging, and recycling.” The Lean Construction Education Program was developed by the AGC to provide construction professionals with the knowledge needed to implement Lean principles on their projects.
To become a CM-Lean holder, candidates have to complete seven program courses, provide a record of completion for each course, submit an application prior to sitting for the final exam and must pass the certification examination.
Sean completed all seven courses and passed the final exam in May. His CM-Lean credential is valid for three years and, in order to renew, he will need to complete an additional 30 thirty hours of continuing education during this time. This requirement encourages all CM-Lean holders to keep up with the evolving concepts and stay current with industry advancements.