EMS Consulting Group Inc. announced a public lean manufacturing certificate program beginning in February 2006 in Orange County, Calif. The program will assist manufacturers with the challenge of implementing lean and maintaining continuous improvements. It includes a series of eight course modules designed to provide participants with targeted managerial and technical competencies in lean manufacturing.

Participants will learn how to apply the key techniques of lean manufacturing: value stream mapping, lean production control and inventory management, one-piece flow, cellular manufacturing, material flow and kanban, 5-S, and kaizen events and tools. Lean certification also includes the completion of lean manufacturing projects at attendee companies to reinforce the classroom learning.

The program will take place at the Doubletree Club Hotel Orange County Airport in Santa Ana, Calif., in eight sessions. The dates are February 6, 7; March 5, 6; April 9, 10; and May 7, 8. The sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The training sessions may also be taken separately.

To register or obtain additional information, visit www.lean-manufacturing-training.com and view the public workshop schedule.

EMS Consulting Group is a management consulting company providing training and consulting services in lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, and world-class manufacturing and design.