Productivity Inc. and The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business join together to offer the Lean Tool Awareness Certificate Program (LTAC). Learn how to implement Lean and enhance positive change in your company through this unique program, taught by the leaders in Lean education.

In this intensive one-week, fully accredited program, you will learn how and where to start on your Lean journey. Experienced Lean practitioners and educators transfer knowledge of the Lean fundamentals through a combination of classroom lecture, group activities, and simulations.

Upon completion of this eight-module program, you will be awarded the Lean Tool Awareness Certificate by Productivity Inc. and the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Graduates of the LTAC Program earn 4 CEUs.

Designed for those seeking a solid understanding of Lean techniques and for managers, supervisors, and team leaders responsible for continuous improvement projects.


Participants who complete this program will:

  • Learn a systemic approach to Lean implementation.
  • Gain an understanding of key concepts of Lean and how to apply them.
  • Discover the importance of creating standards.
  • Differentiate yourself in a market filled with skilled professionals.


Monday 8am-5pm

  • Visual Workplace

Tuesday 8am-5pm

  • Strategic Planning and Policy Deployment
  • Standard Work

Wednesday 8am-5pm

  • Value Stream Management

Thursday 8am-5pm

  • Total Productive Maintenance / OEE
  • Achieving Quick Changeover
  • Mistake-Proofing

Friday 8am-12pm

  • Team-Based Problem Solving (CEDAC ®)

Full curriculum is available in the event brochure.*

“The LTAC class was one of, if not the best, classes that I have participated in. The structure was very well thought out and the simulations and hands-on experience coupled with the Socratic teaching method really made for an outstanding course. I have been on a soap box about the quality of the course and the lessons learned since my return to work.”
Ross Bailes – Manufacturing Manager – major U.S. defense contractor

“I have attended several Productivity workshops and most recently the one on Lean Tools. The event we are winding up has realized a 70% reduction in changeover time in the pack out area of our plant (73 minutes to 22 minutes). I utilized what I was taught in the course and have produced great results. Would like to say thank you to Productivity for great courses!”
Martin Tauber – Production/Maintenance Trainer – Advance Pierre Foods – Portland, ME

“This is the perfect program for individuals who want to take the first step at improving themselves and their companies.”
Chase Coslett – Senior Process Improvement Engineer – Mead Johnson Nutrition

“A very well taught and prepared program. It would be a wise investment for all to check out.”
John Akins – Maintenance Team Manager – Sun Products Corp.

“…From taking the LTAC program I was given the skills to come back and know exactly where to begin, how to implement, how to structure it, how to measure it, and where/when to take it to the next phase. I would highly recommend this course to anyone that´s currently using Lean but hasn´t fully implemented it or hasn´t been as successful with it as they would like or to anyone that´s considering introducing Lean but needs a better understanding of it.”
Richard Nichols – Production Services Manager – The Bradbury Company

“I came with questions about the value. What could I get here that wasn´t already in a book? I left with a great appreciation for the course and truly feel its value exceeds the cost of attending.”
Christopher Adams – Manufacturing Engineer – Gorbel Inc. 

Lean Tool Awareness Certificate


Productivity Inc. is a leading consulting and training firm that helps organizations build new capabilities, save money, and grow. We focus on three progressive strategies: Operational Excellence, Innovation Systems and Leadership Development.

Working together, these strategies provide the means to continually refresh a company’s value proposition while making the organizational changes needed for daily improvement and sustainable growth.

We pioneered the implementation of Lean and TPM methodologies in manufacturing in the late 1970s. Since then, we have extended these methodologies across a wide range of industries, including healthcare, finance, and other service industries.

Today, our time-tested management system, motion™ provides organizations with:

  • a uniquely comprehensive approach to implementing Lean across an entire enterprise, incorporating assessment, leadership, and business renewal.
  • a robust process for innovation to develop an organization-wide capability to create new forms of value – reliably, predictably, repeatedly.

More than simply a Lean consulting firm, Productivity Inc. can provide you with a variety of methodologies to keep your enterprise in motion™.


Since 1916, The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business has produced exceptional leaders who meet the challenges of a changing global business environment through creative and effective solutions. As a result, Fisher’s reputation continues to rise and is reflected in rankings which place the college among the top 15 Business Schools in the nation at the undergraduate and graduate levels of public universities.

Today, Fisher College of Business Executive Education continues to provide growth opportunities to business professionals seeking to increase their knowledge, insights and intuition. Their executive-level degree programs are comprehensive, integrative and examine today’s issues from every angle to give you a total business perspective.


A block of rooms is being held for Productivity Inc. LTAC attendees at The Blackwell Hotel on The Ohio State University campus. Address: 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, Ohio 43210.

Productivity Inc. attendees receive a reduced rate of $159.00 per night, single or double occupancy. Rate includes hot buffet breakfast. Please call 614.247.4000 or toll-free 866.247.4003 for reservations, and identify yourself as a Productivity Inc. LTAC program attendee. The special rate will be available until four weeks prior to the event; after this date the hotel cannot guarantee availability.

For more information on The Blackwell Hotel, please visit The hotel is approximately 8 miles from the Columbus International Airport.