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Quick Response Manufacturing

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Learn principles and tools to reduce lead times and build a strong foundation for the growth of your enterprise with the Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) Certificate from UW–Madison.


Is this program right for you?

The QRM Certificate from UW–Madison provides you with a formal credential from a world-class university to document your expertise in QRM principles, techniques and tools. This credential demonstrates your mastery of QRM knowledge so that you can lead your organization through QRM implementations, improve your company’s operational and financial performance and educate others about QRM principles. Your proficiency will be sought after, whether pursuing new career opportunities or sharing your knowledge through speeches at local events and international conferences.

Those who complete the QRM certificate will also earn a digital badge as evidence of their learning. There is no upfront cost to enroll in the certificate. You may start working on the requirements by registering and indicating your intention.

Is this program right for you?

The QRM Certificate from UW–Madison provides you with a formal credential from a world-class university to document your expertise in QRM principles, techniques and tools. This credential demonstrates your mastery of QRM knowledge so that you can lead your organization through QRM implementations, improve your company’s operational and financial performance and educate others about QRM principles. Your proficiency will be sought after, whether pursuing new career opportunities or sharing your knowledge through speeches at local events and international conferences.

Those who complete the QRM certificate will also earn a digital badge as evidence of their learning. There is no upfront cost to enroll in the certificate. You may start working on the requirements by registering and indicating your intention.

Registration information

No academic experience is required to enroll. If you have completed the UW-Madison graduate course ISyE 641 within 7 years prior to admittance into the certificate program, you are well on your way to completing the QRM Certificate since many of the above requirements will be waived! Contact QRM Center director Charlene Yauch for more details.

How you'll learn

All courses below are offered virtually or in person in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sample curriculum

Two core courses on QRM

  • How to Implement Quick Response Manufacturing
  • How to Use Manufacturing
    Critical-Path Time

Two elective courses on QRM

  • POLCA
  • How to Decrease Supply Chain Lead Times
  • How to Design Shop Floor Cells
  • How to Design Office Cells
  • QRM International Conference

One required leadership course

  • Mastering the Transition from
    Technical Expert to Leader
  • Coaching and Mentoring for
    Technical Leaders
  • Effectively Managing Technical Teams
  • Leadership Beyond Your Team

One elective course on Manufacturing, Leadership, or Maintenance

Required readings

  • It’s About Time: The Competitive Advantage of
    Quick Response Manufacturing
  • MCT Quick Reference Guide

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