December 11, 2018

Lean Construction Education Program

Become a Lean Construction Champion

Everyone related to the construction process has the 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.

The AGC Lean Construction Education Program (LCEP) is the curriculum available to help you reach these goals. The LCEP consists of seven units that instruct all aspects of Lean, allowing practitioners to benefit from these principles. Construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a Lean operating system. In addition, this course provides tools to help participants recognize sources of variation on their own projects, examine variation’s effect on operations, and mitigate the effects of variation in their every-day work.

To help contractors develop the knowledge needed to build lean, Master Builders of Iowa is offering the Associated General Contractors of America Lean Construction Education Program. 

Program Details:

The Lean Construction Education Program is made up of the following 7 units that can be taken in its entirety or as individual units. If you would like to be added to the list to be notified of the CM Lean 2019 class, please contact Tom Fulcher at

Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems  
Unit 2: Pull In Production  
Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring  
Unit 4: The Last Planner® System   
Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly  
Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-Construction  
Unit 7: Problem-Solving Principles and Tools

Following successful completion of the entire 7 unit program, attendees are eligible to sit for the AGC of America CM-Lean exam at Master Builders of Iowa in Des Moines. 

The AGC Certificate of Management-Lean Construction (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 (LCEP).  Successful candidates will carry the CM-Lean designation.

Exam Eligibility Requirements

CM-Lean candidates must successfully complete the seven Lean Construction Education Program courses, provide AGC with a record of completion and have an approved application in advance of exam administration.

Exam Fees

All fees total $550 and will be collected at one time after the candidate application is reviewed and approved. This includes a $150 application and technology fee and $400 exam fee.  These fees are paid to AGC of America.

AGC CM-Lean Application

Your application will be reviewed against the national database of Lean Construction Education Program course completers. The application should not be submitted until you have completed all seven units of LCEP. Please allow five (5) business days once this form is submitted for it to be reviewed and approved. You will receive a follow-up email with details related to next steps for exam registration.

MBI is an approved CM-Lean exam testing center, all tests will be held at the Master Builders of Iowa office located at 221 Park Street in Des Moines, Iowa.

If you have successfully completed the 7 units of the AGC CM-Lean Education program and would like to take the exam, please contact Tom Fulcher at or (515) 250-4485.

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