I posted a blog about supply chain designations a little over a year ago, but someone asked me to post an update, as there have been some recent changes in the industry.
If you have solid experience in supply chain and you’re looking for a way to stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market, a supply chain designation may be something worth exploring. If you’re just getting started in supply chain, pursuing a designation will give you a strong foundation in the sector, which may help kick start your logistics career.
There are several associations offering logistics designations, plus colleges and universities with some fantastic supply chain programs. With so many choices, it’s difficult for logistics professionals to identify what’s best for them.
However, there are a few associations that stand out, with a strong history of certifying professionals across Canada. There is sometimes confusion about supply chain associations and designations, so I’m hoping this may help clarify a little.
CITT: If you work in transportation and/or warehouse management, CCLP is a great designation to pursue. CCLP stands for CITT-Certified Logistics Professional. This designation is offered through CITT, and the designation used to be known simply as CITT, but became CCLP about 10 years ago.
Supply Chain Canada: If you are pursuing a career in purchasing and procurement, I recommend the SCMP designation (also known as CSCMP designation) through Supply Chain Canada. Supply Chain Canada was known as SCMA until 2019, which was formed in 2013 when PMAC and SCL merged.
ASCM: Formerly known as APICS, this non-profit association offers 3 supply chain certifications. If you work in inventory planning, production planning or demand planning, hiring managers look for the CPIM or CSCP certification, both of which are offered through ASCM. They have a relatively new offering in Canada called the CLTD certification, focusing on logistics, transportation and distribution.
There are many other supply chain designations and education programs available; this is by no means a comprehensive list. Which supply chain designations or programs am I missing? Did I get any details wrong? Please let me know in the comments.
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