In January 2006, APICS, the Association for Operations Management, introduced its Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) program.
The APICS CSCP was groundbreaking in many ways.
Unlike APICS’s first two certification programs, Certified in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM), CSCP was designed with an online component which includes a set of rich interactive Web tools.
Additionally, CSCP consists of a single course with only one exam, rather than the five exams included in CPIM and CIRM. This makes finishing the CSCP exam’s 175 items in four hours an intense experience.
OK, so I’m biased.
As a full time APICS trainer, CSCP is my favorite course to teach. I’m exhilarated by the relevance of the material, enhanced by annual upgrades. Nearly all topics are directly applicable to real life scenarios.
To quibble, there’s some less than common terminology (Fishyback? Birdyback? Expectancy disconfirmation?). And APICS’s nomenclature can be challenging for students until they get the hang of it.
That said, I’ve yet to find a more comprehensive, end-to-end supply chain curriculum than CSCP. The marketplace appears to agree. CSCP Learning System sales have increased considerably during the past two recessionary years.
There are APICS CSCP designees in 76 countries and the geographic distribution is expected to continue to grow. APICS’s 3Q10 Operations Management Employment Outlook indicates that folks with CPIM and/or CSCP earn 13% more than non-certified people with similar responsibilities and experience.
Companies are increasingly calling out this designation in job postings, as shown in the graphs below from online job bank aggregator Indeed:
So the future looks promising for CSCP. If you’re looking for a challenging study program for a globally recognized credential which will enhance your employment marketability, I heartily recommend CSCP.
About the Guest Author: Joni serves as Vice President of Education for APICS DC Metro and is President of Affirmation Training Inc. She is also a co-owner of Seeds4Success Inc., teaching operations and supply chain best practices along with human potential principles. She has over 25 years of supply chain management experience. A professional trainer since 1998, Joni believes that learning should also be fun. Her courses are known for their supportive environment, hands-on activities and extensive handouts filled with go-to resources.