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Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)

Become a recognized expert in the supply chain field.

The Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) provides a comprehensive body of knowledge, best practices, and standards for those in the supply chain. APICS CSCP designees gain the skills to effectively manage global supply chain activities that involve suppliers, plants, distributors, and customers located around the world. CSCP serves the needs of both professionals and employers by keeping you and your organization more competitive in today’s economy.

Why should I earn the CSCP?

Earning the APICS CSCP makes you a recognized expert in the supply chain field. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.

After earning your CSCP you will be able to:
  • Help your company reach its ideal supply chain state
  • Use data to link production, distribution, purchasing, and service
  • Reduce waste in supply chains
  • Identify and classify supply chain risk and develop risk response plans
  • Improve communications throughout the supply chain
Why did you decide to pursue the APICS CSCP certification?

“As I approached the end of my military career, I evaluated how my skills best translated to civilian industry and saw Supply Chain Management as a good fit. Although I have a Master’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, I felt that obtaining the APICS CSCP certification would demonstrate to future employers that I had the most updated knowledge and skills as well as was current with industry standards in Supply Chain Management.” – Craig Gaddis, CSCP

Explore the Course Modules

The 2022 APICS CSCP Learning System is a comprehensive professional development and exam preparation program. It consists of eight reading modules and web-based study tools that reflect the entire APICS CSCP Exam Content Manual (ECM) and provide a broad view of global end-to-end supply chain management. Each module will further empower you with an understanding of best practices, techniques, and technologies necessary to maximize your organization’s efficiency and impact the bottom line.

  • Visualizing the supply chain entities, structures, and flows used to procure and deliver goods and services
  • Differentiating vertical versus horizontal integration and different levels of supply chain maturity
  • Using planning, communicating, influencing, and prioritizing steps in demand management, including market research and demand forecasting
  • Assessing portfolios and products using product portfolio management, the 4Ps of marketing, and product life-cycle management (PLM)
  • Using sales and operations planning (S&OP) to align supply with demand
  • Designing the supply chain and configuring the supply chain network
  • Balancing efficiency with responsiveness while being resilient
  • Optimizing technology by matching requirements to various supply chain technologies and interfaces
  • Forming cross-functional and cross-organizational supply chain design teams
  • Safeguarding and maintaining cybersecurity, data privacy, and supply chain master data
  • Improving the supply chain by measuring and analyzing performance with supply chain metrics focused on customers, financial reports, operational practices, and customer service
  • Becoming familiar with accounting and financial reporting information and strategic analysis tools
  • Following a sourcing process to capture changes, such as for new products
  • Managing supply based on the total cost of ownership and make-versus-buy analysis
  • Developing a category strategy and sourcing categories
  • Doing spend and portfolio analyses to right-size the supplier base
  • Developing supply plans based on buyer-supplier relationships
  • Influencing product designs to promote collaboration and requirements inclusiveness
  • Negotiating effective supply contracts/purchase orders and selecting proper payment terms
  • Leveraging manufacturing planning and control including master planning, master scheduling, material requirements planning, distribution requirements planning, and various levels of capacity checks
  • Managing, planning, and controlling inventory to keep it at proper levels and replenish it efficiently
  • Understanding the effects of inventory on financial statements and inventory-related cost categories
  • Using quality and continuous improvement techniques and principles, including lean and just-in-time
  • Determining strategies for logistics, warehouse management, and transportation management
  • Complying with international standards and considerations for import/export, tax/tariff, and labor laws
  • Managing reverse logistics and waste
  • Segmenting customers, suppliers, and other partners
  • Using supplier relationship management (SRM) and customer relationship management (CRM) to develop, measure, and maintain relationships
  • Understanding the communication process and dimensions
  • Identifying, assessing, classifying, and responding to supply chain risks in a cost-effective manner
  • Learning about common supply chain risks and how to make preventative and contingent action plans
  • Considering inputs and objectives of organizational strategy and supply chain management strategy
  • Recognizing and resolving strategic misalignments and gaps
  • Building sustainable best practices and ensuring corporate social responsibility compliance
  • Embracing sustainability principles, standards, and reporting methods, including the UN Global Compact and GRI sustainability reporting standards
  • Assessing technology needs and learning about emerging technologies
  • Implementing changes using project management and change management

Meet Your Instructor: Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes, the Supply Chain Doctor, is a supply chain advocate, and visionary, and shares his supply chain views on YouTube @ SupplyChainDoctor. He has over 30 years of experience developing and managing multiple clients, engineering consulting, strategic planning, and operational improvement projects in supply chain management. Barnes currently serves as Senior Vice President of Enablement with One Network Enterprises. In his spare time, he is the host of the wildly unpopular podcast, Supply Chain is Boring where he interviews thought leaders and visionaries who have had an impact on the field of supply chain management, share professional development concepts for practitioners and tries to uncover current and future trends in the industry.

Barnes holds a B.S., Industrial Engineering and Economics Minor, from Bradley University, and an MBA in Industrial Psychology with Honors from the University of West Florida. He achieved the coveted CPIM-F, CLTD-F, and CSCP-F designations from ASCM/APICS, one of the few in the world. Barnes enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with others as a professional education facilitator for multiple higher education organizations. Barnes is also pursuing a Ph.D. in supply chain management.

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Last updated: 2/7/2023