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Supply Chain Management Certification

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Supply chain management professionals are actively [sought] after by companies in the US and globally. In recent years companies looking to hire staff for supply chain positions are looking favorably at candidates with supply chain certification.

For those who are starting their careers in supply chain management, there are now a number of bachelor degrees specializing in the supply chain. These new programs are more focused towards the current needs of the supply chain industry. Penn State offers a degree program, Supply Chain and Information Systems, which covers specific supply chain topics such as demand fulfillment, strategic procurement, and supply chain modeling.

Those graduates who are working in the supply chain or would like to focus their careers towards supply chain topics, there are a growing number of Masters Degrees that highlight the supply chain. Since 1998 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MiT) has offered a Master of Engineering in Logistics (MLOG) degree that gives students a chance to work with a number of companies during their course. A number of Supply Chain Masters Degrees are available online, so students can participate without traditional classroom attendance.

Supply chain professionals work long hours and it is not always possible to participate in a Masters Degree. However there are certification programs that are available which offer students an excellent opportunity to gain education to enhance their career. APICS certification has been available for almost forty years and there are two certification programs to consider.

The Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) designation is offered to professionals who work in a number of supply chain areas such as procurement, inventory management and production. There are five exams that must be passed for a student to be awarded the CPIM designation. Those are the Basics of Supply Chain Management, Master Planning of Resources, Detailed Scheduling and Planning, Execution and Control of Operations, Strategic Management of Resources. The CPIM certification must be renewed every five years.

APICS has a second certification, Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), which provides a wider examination of the supply chain than the CPIM certification. The certification is obtained by taking a single exam. The CSSP designation is designed for supply chain professionals who want to advance their supply chain education.