My kids went back to school last month, which got me thinking about education! As a supply chain recruiter, I am often asked which supply chain designation is the best. However, everyone’s experience, knowledge and career goals are different, so the question should be, “which supply chain designation is best for me?”

I should clarify that I wrote this article to specifically address questions around logistics designations.  So for simplicity, I’m not comparing professional designations against university degrees or college diplomas.

Breaking Down the Supply Chain Sector

Supply chain and logistics is an incredibly broad field. In which area of supply chain do you work? Which areas do you want to learn more about? Once you know where you want to go, then you can figure out which programs will help you get there.

So Many Choices!

There are several logistics associations offering professional designations, as well as colleges and universities with some fantastic supply chain courses. With so many choices, it can be difficult for logistics professionals to identify what’s best for them. However, there are a few supply chain associations that stand out, with a strong history of certifying logistics professionals across Canada.

To keep things simple, here are my top recommendations for supply chain designations. There are many other supply chain designations and education programs available, and this is by no means a comprehensive list. This is strictly based on feedback I have received from employers as to which designations they look for when hiring.

SCMA   If you are pursuing a career in purchasing and procurement, I would recommend the SCMP designation through SCMA.

CITT   If you are focused on transportation and / or warehouse management, CCLP is typically considered the most relevant designation; it’s offered through CITT.

APICS   If you work in inventory planning and demand planning, we frequently look for the CPIM or CSCP designations, both of which are through APICS.

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