Certified Supply Chain Professional

The Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) program is a new industry educational and certification program created to meet the rapidly changing needs of the supply chain management field.

From the manufacturing to the service industry, regardless of whether a company is serving business or consumer markets or is for profit or not-for-profit, the increasingly important role of supply chain management is affecting all organizations. Customers already expect good quality at low prices, and speed of delivery is becoming more important. As a result, effective supply chain management has become essential to successfully compete in today’s global marketplace.

The CSCP program takes a broad view of the field, extending beyond internal operations to encompass all the steps throughout the supply chain—from the supplier, through the company, to the end consumer—and provides you with the knowledge to effectively manage the integration of these activities to maximize a company’s value chain.

Benefits of the CSCP Program
After earning your CSCP designation, you will

  • Learn to boost productivity, collaboration, and innovation
  • Discover how to positively affect lead times, inventory, productivity, and bottom-line profitability
  • Understand how to manage the integration and coordination of activities to achieve reduced costs and increase efficiencies and customer service
  • Gain the knowledge to effectively and efficiently manage worldwide supply chain activities
  • Achieve greater confidence and peer and industry recognition
  • Enjoy the potential for career advancement and increased earnings.

Who should pursue the CSCP education and designation?
The CSCP program is for professionals in operations and supply chain management. This designation is ideal for you if you are

  • Interested in more depth of knowledge and understanding in the areas of supplier and customer relations, international trade, the use of information technology to enable the supply chain, and physical logistics.
  • A professional who is consulting or teaching supply chain functions
  • Working with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

The CSCP program will help you advance your career while giving you the foundation to improve your company’s competitive position and profitability.

CSCP Domains
The CSCP body of knowledge is made up of the following four domains

  • Supply Chain Management Fundamentals
  • Building Competitive Operations, Planning, and Logistics
  • Managing Customer and Supplier Relationships
  • Using Information Technology to Enable Supply Chain Management

Becoming a CSCP candidate
The CSCP examination is available to individuals who have relevant work experience and education and would like to advance their careers in this growing field by getting a broader understanding and increasing their knowledge on all the areas that make up the supply chain. To be eligible to for the CSCP exam, a candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, plus two years of related business experience
  • CPIM, CFPIM, CIRM, or C.P.M. designation plus two years of related business experience
  • Five years of related business experience.

CSCP Exam Preparation
To help prepare you for the CSCP exam, APICS has developed the CSCP Learning System. Based on the CSCP body of knowledge, the learning system is a comprehensive professional development and exam preparation program. It combines print materials with interactive online tools to deliver a customized learning experience.

Try a free demo of the CSCP Learning System today.

Earning Your CSCP
To earn the CSCP designation, candidates must pass one, four-hour comprehensive exam. The exam will consist of 175 multiple-choice questions and will be delivered via paper-and-pencil administrations beginning in 2006. The 2006 exam administrations are scheduled for

  • March 11, 2006 (pilot exam)
  • June 17, 2006
  • December 2, 2006.

More details about the CSCP exam and how to register will be available soon.

Additional CSCP program information
Download the a CSCP brochure.

Frequently Asked Questions
Visit our FAQ page for answers to questions about the CSCP program.

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