Fall 2020 Continuous Improvement Champion Certification (CICC)


Date(s) - 09/15/2020 - 12/15/2020
Time(s): 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Metro Center Building – 1st Floor
Address: 350 Church Street Hartford CT 06103

Program Description

This course provides comprehensive exposure to the principles and practices needed to develop and sustain a Lean Enterprise. You will receive immediate reinforcement of the classroom learning by applying your training to a real-life project within your organization. Together with on-site mentoring and knowledge assessments, this approach dramatically reduces the timeframe from training to bottom-line results, providing greater value to your company.

CONNSTEP’S Lean Consultants have designed 16 modules that are essential to your understanding of the principles and practices of Lean Continuous Improvement. Upon your successful completion of the program and on-site project, you will receive a Continuous Improvement Champion Certificate awarded by CONNSTEP, Connecticut’s representative of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network.

Past participants have made immediate contributions to their organizations by identifying areas of waste to eliminate and making vast improvements in their lead and cycle times, WIP, and quality which all lead to greater efficiencies and tremendous savings to the bottom line.

Topics & Schedule

09/15/20  Lean Principles & Practices
09/22/20  Problem Solving & Mistake Proofing
09/29/20  Value Stream Mapping – Current State / Lean Office
10/06/20  5S / Set Up Reduction
10/13/20   Mentoring Week (No Class)
10/20/20  Cell Design / Kanban
10/27/20  Value Stream Mapping – Current State / Kaizen / Visual Management
11/03/20  Team Development & Facilitation / TWI Job Relations / Performance Measurement & Management
11/10/20  Mentoring Week (No Class)
11/17/20   TPM / Green / Supply Chain
11/24/20  Thanksgiving Week (No Class)
12/01/20  TWI Job Instruction / Standard Work
12/08/20 Project Work (No Class)
12/15/20  Project Report Out

Safety Precautions

We have taken numerous safety precautions to ensure the safety of all speakers and participants, including:

  • Hand sanitizer stations
  • Table layout to ensure social distancing
  • Surfaces and high touch points disinfected
  • Easy to follow directional signage
  • Limited seating

The certification process for the CICC program is as follows:

  • Attend and participate in all classes
  • Complete an impactful project utilizing the Lean methodology
  • Ongoing mentor assessments
  • Instructor review of progress
  • Awarding of certificates:
     1.) Participants present their projects on the last day of classes and receive a certificate noting their successful completion of classroom requirements.
     2.) Within 45 days of classroom completion, participants must submit their project summary report with measurable results (validated by their sponsor) and will receive certification as a Continuous Improvement Champion.

Not sure how CICC will impact your company operations? E-mail us for more testimonials, impact results or more information!

Download our CICC brochure to learn more about the curriculum covered during the 13-week course.

CICC Booklet


Regular registration fee: $5,595 for single registration, with a $500 discount for multiple participants from the same organization.

50% funding through the CT Department of Labor is available for eligible CT manufacturers with under 2000 employees, sending full-time employees from CT facilities. 

Registration fees include all course materials as well as parking, breakfast, and lunch at each classroom session.


Registration is transferable; substitutions may be made up to 48 hours prior to the start of the course. Full payment is due upon registration.
You will receive an email soon after your submission from your area CONNSTEP representative to finalize your CICC terms and confirm your space(s).

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CEO, Pegasus Manufacturing Inc.

“I see great value in the new experiences and perspectives CONNSTEP brings to our business, at reasonable prices. They’re not like consultants, they’re like partners in the business – willing to roll up their sleeves and help.”

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President, Arthur G Russell Co

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Ron Delfini

President, Engineering Specialties Inc.

“CONNSTEP worked with FuelCell Energy to educate and facilitate Lean initiatives and to help meet our needs to establish an overall production improvement plan. This plan has been utilized over a period of time as a ‘guiding light’ to spur numerous improvements that dramatically reduced our product cost.”

Tom Lucas

Manager, Fuel Cell Energy

“CONNSTEP is a valuable partner to Hologic, providing the expertise and ‘outside eyes’ everyone needs to keep their continuous improvement on track. We are now well-positioned on a dynamic growth path and look forward to a long-term relationship with CONNSTEP.”

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VP Manufacturing Operations, Hologic

“Our experience working with CONNSTEP has brought us benefits we never expected. It’s a great team to work with!”

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VP of Operations, Metal Finishing Technologies Inc.

“The goals of the team were to reduce manufacturing lead-time, reduce floor space utilized, and increase worker productivity. All the goals were met. CONNSTEP helped us to better compete.”

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General Manager, Tornik LLC

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President, Colonial Spring Co.

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