Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
In March 2005, APICS announced the
creation of the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
designation to meet rapidly changing educational needs in the
field of supply chain management. This new program is designed
for professionals interested in increasing their knowledge of
supply chain management, those currently working in the field of
supply chain management, and for those individuals working with
enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems.
APICS currently administers two internationally recognized
certification programs—Certified in Production and Inventory
Management (CPIM) and Certified in Integrated Resource
Management (CIRM). With the addition of the CSCP designation,
APICS enhances its validation of the disciplines within
operations management, specifically production, inventory,
enterprise, and supply chain management. This diagram provides a
depiction of the differences between the CPIM and CSCP programs.
APICS retained the services of The Holmes Corporation,
specialists in the designing, marketing, and distributing of
educational products for association certification programs, to
develop the CSCP learning system. The CSCP learning system will
consist of a blended learning approach incorporating
self-directed study courses, Web-based learning, and
classroom-based education offered through colleges and
universities, corporations, and the APICS network of local
chapters throughout North America.
APICS’ new, highly anticipated
CSCP designation will provide individuals with the skill set
necessary to understand and manage the integration of activities
within today’s increasingly complex supply chains. The CSCP
program will prepare individuals to effectively and efficiently
manage supply chain activities that span across and beyond an
organization’s four walls, leading to reduced costs and
increased profits for the company.
The CSCP program will provide in-depth knowledge and
understanding in the areas of supplier and customer relations,
international trade, the use of information technology to enable
supply chain management, and physical logistics.
Benefits of the
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
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
Achieve greater confidence and
peer and industry recognition
Enjoy the potential for career
advancement and increased earnings.
Why should you pursue the CSCP education and designation?
APICS CSCP education is essential if you are:
interested in increasing your knowledge and expertise in the field of global supply chain management, specifically in the areas of customer relations, international trade, information technology enablement, and physical logistics.
consulting or facilitating supply chain functions or working with ERP systems.
creating a common standard of understanding, vocabulary, resources, and frameworks within your company to address your supply chain challenges and opportunities.
An APICS CSCP designation will help you:
master the necessary tools to effectively manage global supply chain activities, including suppliers, plans, distributors, and customers around the globe.
acquire the skills you need to create consistency and foster collaboration through best practices, common terminology, and corporate communication.
understand how to use enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems and other technologies to improve the entire supply chain process.
maximize your organization's ERP investments by millions of dollars.
increase your professional value and secure your future.
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.
free demo of the CSCP Learning System today.
Earning Your CSCP
For information on the APICS CSCP exam and testing procedures in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, download the APICS CSCP Certification Bulletin for the latest facts, requirements, and changes that impact your exams. Or click for online information on the CSCP exam.
Becoming a CSCP Candidate
You must apply for eligibility to take the APICS CSCP exam. Apply now. Or, download the eligibility form.
To be eligible for the CSCP exam, a
candidate must meet one of the following
A bachelor's degree or equivalent plus two years of related business experience, or
The APICS CPIM, CFPIM, CIRM, C.P.M., or CPSM designation plus two years of related business experience, or
Five years of related business experience.
NOTE: You must have approved eligibility to register for the APICS CSCP exam. The CSCP Eligibility Application for the next exam will be
posted when the application period begins.
APICS CSCP Subject Matter
The CSCP Learning System was developed under the guidance of
recognized experts in the field of supply chain management.
These subject matter experts bring their expertise as high-level
management executives to validate the CSCP Learning System,
leveraging the complex challenges of today's supply chain.
Greg P. Allgair
Al Bukey, CFPIM, CIRM
ABCO Engineering Ltd
Alan L. Milliken, CFPIM, CIRM
Peter W. Murray, CIRM
Global Supply Chain
Competency and Development Leader
DuPont Global Operations
Merchandise Supply Chain
Robert Vokurka, Ph.D., CFPIM, CIRM, C.P.M.
Professor and Chair
College of Business
Eddie J. Whitfield, CPIM, CIRM
Marketing - Manufacturing
CSCP designation validates a unique skill set and reflects the
expanding role supply chain management plays in today’s
increasingly competitive global marketplace. This new
designation will equip today’s professionals with the
credentials to improve their company’s competitive success and
their own professional advancement and earning potential.”
- Thomas J. Krupka, CFPIM, Jonah