Not sure what the four modules of the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) program contain? You can, of course, read the formal descriptions on the APICS website.
And if you read only one description of the CSCP modules, well…don’t read ours. Read theirs. But if you read two, then most definitely read ours.
Allow us to give you a Real World take on CSCP Module 1.
What’s a supply chain course without a “what does supply chain mean” discussion? You want the official APICS description? You’ll get it here.
And nope, it’s not just purchasing. Not just distribution centers. Not just rail/truck/air/ocean. Not just inventory. And on and on.
It’s all that and a bag of chips.
Interestingly, they also include the SCOR model in this context.
But wait, there’s more. Add in the groups outside of the enterprise. Like suppliers and customers. Sprinkle in a bit of history and evolution. Discuss how supply chain management adds value and you have the first section.
Zero stockouts are good right? OK, so we build a supply chain that obsesses over this.
But think about this. Should you obsess more if your product were a life-saving drug or a headache pill? To begin with, does your company earn more profit for the life-saving drug or the headache pill?
This section is all about crafting a supply chain strategy that aligns tightly with the grand corporate strategy.
Managing a supply chain is no different than than managing marketing, finance or IT right? So why aren’t there more senior positions specifically accountable for supply chain management? Why do a lot of companies assume that it will “just happen”?
It won’t. Largely because each player in the supply chain has different incentives. Not their fault of course. It’s sadly just how most organizations are presently structured.
This section talks about how to lead the fragmented players in the supply chain, even if you have no formal mandate to do so. It also covers metrics and why you need to focus on financial performance.
All about the Kaizen. Talks about methodologies to analyze and implement continuous improvement.
Alas, you’re not getting by that easily.
This is where they talk about:
(OK, we made the last one up. Google it.)
Don’t worry. It’s not overly detailed. The discussion aims to give you an understanding of established methodologies you could use.
And with that, you have Module 1.
APICS CSCP Hub
You can get our Real World take on all four modules at the APICS CSCP Hub. There you’ll also find other helpful resources on the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional program.
If you want to go to the other modules immediately, the quick path is below.
Module 1 – This is where you are now.
And finally, if you’re currently preparing for the CSCP exam, maybe you’d like to check out 1000 Certified Supply Chain Professional Questions. It’s a 294-page ebook containing over 1000 CSCP practice questions. In addition to the ebook, you also get access to the Real World Supply Chain team. This means that if you get stuck on any question or topic, you always have an instructor to help you out. Check it out now.