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Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)

The APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) Learning System is a comprehensive professional development and certification preparation program based on the APICS CSCP body of knowledge. It is designed for individuals and organisations looking to develop or enhance skills to create and execute a global supply chain management strategy that meets customer needs, reduces cost, and increases profits. 

This program combines print materials and interactive web-based study tools. It can be implemented in two learning formats: self-directed study and instructor-led. This allows you to choose the most effective learning style for you. Click here to try the free CSCP demo 

The APICS CSCP Learning System is more relevant than ever for supply chain professionals. Based upon a recent Global Job Task Analysis, the APICS CSCP Learning System is enhanced to support the recent content and structural changes to the APICS CSCP exam. Each module was restructured with deeper integration of: 

Best practices in the day-to-day functions of supply chain professionals, technologies that drive improvement in planning and operations and techniques necessary to maximise your organisation’s efficiency and impact bottom line results. 

Recommended by over 90% of users, the APICS CSCP Learning System encompasses end-to-end supply chain best practices for today’s global supply chain. As the only comprehensive preparatory method, the APICS CSCP Learning System is designed to help you best prepare for the APICS CSCP certification exam. 

To be eligible to register for and take the APICS CSCP exam, a candidate must meet one of the following criteria: 

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent plus two years of related business experience, or CPIM, CFPIM, CIRM or C.P.M designation plus two years of related business experience, or Five years of related business experience.

In order to gain eligibility approval, you will need to complete an eligibility form. There is no processing fee associated with the application. Click here for information regarding eligibility submission. 

Who can benefit? 
The APICS CSCP designation is for professionals who are interested in increasing their knowledge and expertise in the field of global supply chain management. 

Personal benefits 
The APICS CSCP program will give you more credibility and recognition in your workplace. You can distinguish yourself by committing to continued education that will help you sharpen your skills. This program gives you the opportunity to master supply chain management and all its facets-all on the cutting edge of new developments and concepts. 

The APICS CSCP will help you advance your career while giving you the foundation to improve your company's competitive position and profitability. 

You can also earn certification maintenance points with the APICS CSCP program. Depending on the course format, earn up to 40 professional development points toward CPIM certification maintenance with a passing score on the APICS CSCP Learning System post-test. Earn another 20 points by passing the APICS CSCP certification exam. For more information visit

Organisational benefits 
From day one, you can apply your APICS CSCP program knowledge to solve everyday work issues. Your knowledge and expertise will make you more valuable.

Course topics 
The 2012 APICS CSCP Learning System is a comprehensive professional development and exam preparation program. It consists of three print modules and web-based study tools that reflect the entire APICS Exam Content Manual (ECM) and provides you with a broad view of global end-to-end supply chain management. 

Based upon a recent Global Job Task Analysis, the APICS CSCP Learning System modules were restructured with deeper integration of: best practices in the day-to-day functions of supply chain professionals, and technologies that drive improvement in planning and operations. 

Examination information 
The APICS CSCP designation is the most widely recognised educational program designed for operations and supply chain management professionals around the world. Demonstrate your mastery of supply chain management best practices by earning your APICS CSCP designation. By earning the APICS CSCP designation, you will demonstrate significant commitment to your profession and your career, distinguish yourself as an industry expert, and excel with your newly acquired specialised knowledge. 

For further information about the APICS CSCP certification, contact the Professional Development Department Tel: +44 (0) 1536 740166, 

CSCP modules
The new APICS CSCP certification program and exam consists of three important modules. The 2012 exam reflects critical changes in the marketplace and in the evolving roles and responsibilities of operations and supply chain managers. To achieve certification, you must master each of the following:

Module 1 - APICS Supply Chain Management Fundamentals 
Broad concepts include primary processes, objectives, logistics, integration methods, and rewards, Alignment of supply chain with corporate strategies, Key considerations for planning, inventory control, and continued improvement, Identification and management of market segments, Demand forecasting and effective management techniques and Effective customer relationship management (CRM). 

Module 2 - Supply Chain Strategy, Design, and Compliance 
Sustainability practices in design and operation, Measurement, responsiveness, operations, and communications, Risk, its sources, impacts, and mitigation methods, Globally dispersed supply and demand, and the effects on logistics, Factors influencing demand, including design, marketing, selling, and matching customer orders, Core Customer Relationship Management (CRM) concepts, including strategies, technologies, and implementation challenges. Fundamentals of supplier relationship management (SRM), including strategies, improved source management, relevant technologies, and measurement and Inventory planning and control methods. 

Module 3 - Implementation and Operations 
Supply chain dynamics and the balance of responsiveness and efficiency, Managing supply from internal and external sources, Implementation of demand plans, including prioritization, fulfilment, and capturing and communicating point-of-sale data and Tools and techniques to support continuous improvement. 

CSCP study options

Instructor-led training 
IOM are offering a number of open courses throughout the year and are also able to deliver these courses in-house. 

CSCP self-study learning system 
The APICS CSCP Learning System is a comprehensive training solution that organises over 150 references into one education program. Developed by subject-matter experts and updated annually, it combines print materials with interactive web-based study tools to help individuals and companies strategically streamline global supply chain management. 
You can buy the CSCP Learning System through IOM; contact the Professional Development Department. Tel: +44 (0) 1536 740166, 

Online review courses
Instructor-facilitated online courses are APICS-endorsed, and will give you the opportunity to interact with an instructor and your industry peers. Instructors are experts in the field of operations and supply chain management, with years of teaching the APICS CSCP curriculum. 

APICS instructor-led online courses are offered through Fox Valley Technical College, which provides online APICS CSCP review courses that are interactive and easily navigated, enabling you to learn in your own personal style. All workshops are taught by instructors who have earned APICS certification and have years of supply chain management experience.

For more information on the CSCP certification, and study options available, please contact the Professional Development Department Tel: +44 (0) 1536 740166. Email: 

CSCP case studies

These are CPIM designees who can give a learners perspective and insight into the impact that the APICS certification has had on their personal career progression and the business improvement which has resulted from their studies. If you have recently become certified in production and inventory management and would like to share your views, please contact: 

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to APICS for the quality of its CSCP materials—how the information is structured and presented, how current and relative the information is, and how each section provides a summary and progress check. Most important, the pretest module feature helps to test and strengthen my knowledge base. I applaud APICS for going above and beyond to ensure a person’s success by providing several ways to strengthen the learning experience. APICS materials and the CSCP program certainly set the bar.” 

Patricia A. Ursua, C.P.M. 
Manager, Material and Mail Services Divisions 
Las Vegas Valley Water District 

“The APICS CSCP Learning System is very effective in teaching global supply chain management concepts. It provides an excellent foundation to pass the CSCP certification exam as well as to gain important knowledge in the supply chain management field.” 

Amar Lal, CSCP 
Senior Manufacturing Analyst 
Corning Incorporated 

“The APICS CSCP program is very useful in designing, introducing, and implementing cost reduction programs during these times of economic downturn. By looking beyond just the costs related to procurement and reviewing all real costs within the total supply chain, I’ve gained tremendous insights that often resulted in impressive opportunities to reduce various costs in the entire supply chain.” 

John van Veen, CSCP 
Procurement Consultant 
Benefit Value by Procurement, Netherlands 

Senior Executive Testimonials
“Since I work at a service-oriented company tied to the housing market, the exposure to customer relationships in the APICS CSCP program was extremely helpful to me in my day-to-day responsibilities. 

Our company is establishing a fill rate metric to provide a benchmark and service indicators to our customer partners. This open, yet metric driven communication, was derived from the CRM exposure in the APICS CSCP study materials. 

The APICS CSCP program exposes you to cross-functional disciplines and requirements in a company, which will broaden your perspective. This cross-functional view and understanding is important in any team-based service industry.” 

Theresa Scully, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP, C.P.M. 
Director of Inventory Management 
ISC Surfaces 

“The APICS CSCP has helped me understand the complexities of global supply chain and break it down into parts that can be improved and/or re-designed. As an IT professional, the APICS CSCP has also enabled me to work together alongside supply chain professionals to successfully implement Supply Chain IT solutions. 

The APICS CSCP has provided me the deep understanding of Supply Chain and helped me identify opportunities for improvement within my company. Such initiatives are critical for companies to emerge successfully from the current economic recession.” 

Companies have to look beyond what they can do today in order to stay afloat, if not beat the competition. The APICS CSCP provides individuals the vision to steer companies in the right direction.” 

John Jacob, CSCP PMP [project management professional] 
Senior Business Analyst – IT 
Avery Dennison
CSCP examinations 
Examination Venues 
Computer Based Testing Venues:
For details on Computer Base Venues please go to 

Is there an expiration date for approved eligibility applications or APICS authorisation-to-test notices? 
No. Once a candidate’s APICS CSCP exam eligibility application is approved and the candidate receives an authorization-to-test notice, he or she will not be required to reapply for eligibility to register for and take an APICS CSCP exam in future. 

What MUST I bring to the exam? 
1. A primary identification, which must include a recent photograph and signature, such as a: 
Drivers licence Military ID Company ID Police ID 

2. A secondary identification, which must include your signature, such as: 
Credit/Debit card Citizenship card APICS membership card 

What may I bring to the exam? 
Other than an English-foreign language dictionary and a nonprogrammable calculator, you may not bring any materials into the exam room. Scratch paper is provided. 

If I have an unexcused absence from my exam and have not cancelled, why do I forfeit my fee? 
The exam space has been reserved for you and is held until cancellation is received. APICS pays the test vendor for all reserved seats, whether or not a candidate takes the exam. 

How long will the exam last? 
Candidates will have four hours to complete the exam. No breaks are scheduled during any APICS CSCP exam. Timing will not stop during a break.

How many exam questions are there? 
The APICS CSCP exam consists of 175 multi-choice questions (125 operational and 25 pretest). The pretest questions do not contribute to your total score but are necessary for research purposes. These pretest questions are randomly distributed among the scorable items and will be used for statistical purposes only. The pretest items are similar to the scorable items on the test, and candidates will not know which items will be scored and which will not. Candidates should answer all exam questions. 

Who can I contact if I have comments about my testing experience? 
Candidates who have comments about their testing experience can contact the IOM at You can also submit comments, test centre complaints or feedback on exam content by writing to: 

APICS International Certification 
8430 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 1000 
Chicago, IL 60631 

How do I obtain an APICS customer number? 
If you are already an APICS member, your membership number is your APICS customer number. If you have taken an APICS exam in the past, a customer number has already been assigned to you. If you are unsure, please contact the IOM by email to obtain your correct customer number. 

If you are planning to take an APICS exam for the first time and have never contacted APICS before, please contact APICS directly to obtain this, or call 1-800-444-2742 or +1-773-867-1777.
CSCP eligibility 

For Computer Based Testing Exams 
Applications must be received at APICS at least two weeks before a candidate plans to register for the exam. APICS will review all applications and notify candidates of their status within two weeks of receipt. Applications received with less than two weeks from the time the candidate wants to register will not be expedited. 

Application Procedures 
1. Obtain an APICS customer number. If you are already an APICS member, your membership number is your APICS customer number. If you cannot remember your APICS customer number or do not have an APICS customer number, contact the IOM Professional Development Department for assistance on Tel: +44 (0) 1536 740166, Email: Your APICS customer number remains the same throughout the certification process. Please keep it on file and use it whenever your register for exams or order materials. 

2. Complete the eligibility application online. Visit to access the online form. Complete all requested information and submit to APICS before the eligibility application deadline. 
If you do not wish to complete the online application form, please download and print a copy and return it via post to the below address: 

CSCP Application 
8430 West Bryn Mawr Avenue 
Suite 1000 
Chicago, IL 60631-3439 
Or Fax to: (773) 639 3171 

3. APICS will review applications and notify candidates via e-mail of their eligibility status within two weeks of receipt. Candidates will receive either an Authorisation-to-text notice, which indicates that the application was approved, or a notice that the application was denied. Candidates who receive an authorisation to test notice may proceed with the APICS CSCP exam registration. Candidates who receive a denied notice will have the opportunity to provide the required additional information. Please note that in this case, the two week response time applies again. 
CSCP computer based testing 

For details of CSCP computer based testing venues please go to  


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