Lean Construction Education Program (CM Lean)

Lean Construction Education Program (CM Lean)

Gold Seal: 4 Credits


Lean Construction is driven to minimize costs and maximize value on each project completed, challenging all stakeholders to develop and apply better ways to manage the overall construction process.

The updated AGC Edge Lean Construction Education Program engages students with numerous activities and group discussions designed to apply Lean Construction principles and practices. Key course activities include the Parade of Trades exercise where participants will learn the effects of varying and unreliable workflow versus smooth and reliable workflow. Students will also learn and practice the Last Planner® System in a simulation that teaches students to engage in a way that produces predictable workflow and rapid learning.

After participants complete all five units in the program, they become eligible to sit for an exam to earn the Certificate of Management – Lean Construction (CM-Lean).

Course Modules

Unit 1: Introduction to Lean Construction

  • Why Lean?
  • What is Lean & Respect for People Objectives
  • Generate Value, Remove Waste, and optimize the Whole
  • Continuous Improvement

Unit 2: Process and Production Basics

  • Process, Efficiency & Variation
  • Law of Variation
  • Variation Mitigation
  • 5S

Unit 3: Production Systems

  • Lean Production Systems
  • Batch-Pull-Balance-Takt Simulation
  • Lean Production Systems – Pull
  • Lean Production Systems - Law of Bottlenecks & Balance, Little’s Law & Batching

Unit 4: Lean Thinking Applied to Field Production, Last Planner System

  • Introduction to Last Planner System® (LPS)
  • Details of the Last Planner System

Unit 5: Lean Thinking Outside of Field Production

  • Lean Project Delivery
  • Lean in the Supply Chain
  • Lean in Design
  • Process Improvement & Problem-Solving


This is a multiple-day session that will take place over 4 days. Each session runs from 8-4 p.m. Pacific Time. All modules must be completed in order to be eligible for the Lean exam.

Participant information for each session will be submitted to the AGC to ensure CE hours are tracked and attached to the CM-Lean holders’ account.


Delivery Method: Virtual Session – Zoom Meetings 

Course Fee Includes: Access to the course, course materials, and a digital certificate upon completion.  

This course is delivered in partnership with local and provincial construction associations across Canada. You will be participating with a group of industry peers from multiple regions. 

Sharing a single registration between two or more individuals is not permitted. Please register each person that will be in attendance.


There are no prerequisites for this course. 

Who Should Attend

This course would be beneficial for anyone that is looking to have a better understanding of Lean or wants to pursue Lean certification. 

Technical Requirements

  1. Computer or laptop

    • This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cellphones may not be adequate

    • Windows 10 or Mac iOS. 

  1. Webcam (Mandatory)– in order to engage and collaborate, participants will be expected to have their webcams on for the duration of the class

  2. Microphone (Mandatory)

  3. Internet connection- For best results, you will want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here. The minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.

  4. A quiet space with minimal distractions –The microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions. Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.

  5. Comfortable chair