Fifty One Construction Professionals Awarded New Certificate of Management-Lean Construction (CM-Lean) Credential

Posted November 16th, 2015

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is proud to announce that the first group has been awarded the Certificate of Management-Lean Construction (CM-Lean) credential. The CM-Lean credential was created to allow individuals the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts related to lean principles, processes, and tools as they relate to the construction industry as defined in AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program.

“This new program is the foundation for contractors to focus on continuous improvement to eliminate waste and deliver predictable project outcomes, said Victor Sanvido, senior vice president of Southland Industries.  “Earning this credential is a crucial first step to becoming a Lean Champion in the industry.”

The CM-Lean designation is earned by completing the seven units of AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program and passing an exam based on the learning events of each unit. The exam consists of 150 multiple choice questions and must be completed within four hours. The credential is valid for a period of three years. CM-Lean holders will be required to submit 30 hours of lean construction-related continuing education hours to renew their credential on a three year cycle.

“This new certificate program is part of our broader commitment to providing rigorous and relevant education and professional development opportunities for construction professionals,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC’s chief executive officer.  “This is another example of how we are building an even stronger future for the industry.”

Seven of the association’s chapters participated in the initial CM-Lean testing between September to October. Those chapters were the AGC Arkansas, AGC of Metropolitan Washington DC, AGC Georgia, AGC of Massachusetts, AGC of Mississippi, Houston Chapter AGC, and AGC of Wisconsin. The exam is now available and being offered at 24 different Chapter Testing Centers across the nation.

To get started individuals should contact the local AGC chapter or visit to view upcoming lean construction courses. Questions regarding the credential or the Lean Construction Education Program can be directed to Click here for a list of the initial CM-Lean credential holders.

WEBINAR: How to Foster a Culture of Lean and Innovation November 17, 2015 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST.

Posted October 14th, 2015

Becoming a Lean company is no easy task. It is truly a journey that begins with one person, one initiative or one department at a time. Along this journey, it is critical to obtain sustainability in order for the desired goal to not only be met, but to ultimately become a part of the very fabric of all involved with the process. In this webinar we hope to share a few key points that allude to how we do just that as a team and as a company. The end goal is always about the people (the team) believing in the process because they choose to. It is not through coercion or manipulation, but through respect for others, commitment to becoming better and working together relentlessly for the greater goal, which allows for a culture of authentic change to develop over time. This webinar will discuss and explain some of the key components required for establishing a Lean culture within a business.

To register please visit: 

Presenters: Jessica Kelley, Director of Learning and Development, Southland Industries, Mark Napier, Project Executive, Southland Industries, Tony Lowe, Sheet Metal General Foreman, Southland Industries, Noah Mellor, Plumping Shop Foreman, Southland Industries, Henry Nutt, III, General Sheet Metal Superintendent, Southland Industries, Mark Federle, McShane Chair in Construction Engineering, Marquette University.

AGC BuildCon 2015: Lean and Safety by Design
Oct. 7-9, 2015 | San Diego, CA

Posted August 19th, 2015

AGC BuildCon 2015 brings together leaders, owners and peers of the industry to share, learn and discuss vital business topics so you can compete and excel in today’s market.  For this premiere event sessions are designed to present attendees with result driven project delivery approaches, business development practices and organization safety practices.

Session Highlight:

Lean and Safety by Design

TJ Lyons with Gilbane Building Company, Zach Gill with Southland Industries, and Jennifer Wycisk with Webcor Builders, will discuss specific Lean planning and execution techniques to work safer through design. Early design considerations to build in safety throughout a structures lifecycle and specific examples for CMs/GCs to consider when planning to improve the overall safety of a project.

For more details contact Sarah Gallegos at, Paige Packard at  or visit