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Global Supply Chain Management Certifications

The concept of Supply Chain Management

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What is Supply Chain Management?

The concept of Supply Chain Management is based on two core ideas. The first is that practically every product that reaches an end user represents the cumulative effort of multiple organizations. These organizations are referred to collectively as the supply chain.
The second idea is that while supply chains have existed for a long time, most organizations have only paid attention to what was happening within their “four walls.” Few businesses understood, much less managed, the entire chain of activities that ultimately delivered products to the final customer. The result was disjointed and often ineffective supply chains.
Supply chain management, then, is the active management of supply chain activities to maximize customer value and achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. It represents a conscious effort by the supply chain firms to develop and run supply chains in the most effective & efficient ways possible. Supply chain activities cover everything from product development, sourcing, production, and logistics, as well as the information systems needed to coordinate these activities.
The organizations that make up the supply chain are “linked” together through physical flows and information flows. Physical flows involve the transformation, movement, and storage of goods and materials. They are the most visible piece of the supply chain. But just as important are information flows. Information flows allow the various supply chain partners to coordinate their long-term plans, and to control the day-to-day flow of goods and material up and down the supply chain.

By: Robert Handfield, Ph.D.
Executive Director of SCRC, Bank of America University Distinguished
Professor of Supply Chain Management

SCM is a cross-functional approach that includes managing the movement of raw materials into an organization, certain aspects of the internal processing of materials into finished goods, and the movement of finished goods out of the organization and toward the end consumer. As organizations strive to focus on core competencies and becoming more flexible, they reduce their ownership of raw materials sources and distribution channels. These functions are increasingly being outsourced to other firms that can perform the activities better or more cost effectively. The effect is to increase the number of organizations involved in satisfying customer demand, while reducing managerial control of daily logistics operations. Less control and more supply chain partners led to the creation of the concept of supply chain management. The purpose of supply chain management is to improve trust and collaboration among supply chain partners, thus improving inventory visibility and the velocity of inventory movement.
Main functions of Supply Chain Management are as follows:
• Inventory Management
• Distribution Management
• Channel Management
• Payment Management
• Financial Management
• Supplier Management
• Transportation Management
• Customer Service Management


Supply Chain Management Professionals come from a variety of backgrounds like other professions, such as Project, Purchasing and Supply, Warehousing, Store, Import and Export, Production, Operations, Materials, Logistics and Transport, Shipping Management etc there has been some formal industry professional body recognition globally. Anyone may call themselves supply chain professionals but few have any qualification other than experience to prepare them for the role.
Despite job titles such as procurement director, inventory manager, supplier relationship manager, materials manager, store manager – supply chain manager, logistics manager, import manager, few people holding these positions have any supply chain qualifications. They come from diverse backgrounds – some have undergraduate degrees from a wide variety of disciplines, others have completed more generalized post graduate study such as an MBA. A significant component of Supply Chain Management Professionals have no formal qualifications instead gaining considerable experience at a variety of levels in the organization before working their way up ‘through the ranks’.
Some Global Supply Chain Professional Bodies:
– Chartered Institute of Supply and Purchasing, UK (
– Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, UK (
– American Production and Inventory Control Society (
– Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management, (
– Institute of Supply Chain Management, (
– Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, (

Professionals in other roles study their chosen discipline and then are recognized by their professional association. For example, despite studying a recognized accounting degree, an accountant is not ‘Certified’ or ‘Chartered’ until they have passed all the professional examinations of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) worked through their professional body’s course requirements and are recognized as qualified in the field. The Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management believes it is time organizations treat Supply Chain Management Professionals as importantly as finance.

The Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management is working with interested educational organizations to develop trainings, assessment and certification programmes leading to Supply Chain Management Professional Certifications and CISCM Global is one of the formal and internationally recognized “Chartered Supply Chain Management Professional” Certifications and designation.

It is time for all those in industry and the government sector with supply chain management professional and leadership responsibilities to gain formal professional qualifications and for CEOs and human resource departments to insist on only employing Chartered Supply Chain Management Professional recognized by peak professional body for Supply Chain positions like the Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management.

CISCM Global supports the professional capability of supply chain practitioners through the gaining of qualifications and the continuing professional development program. Each graduate has the option to obtain or complete their B.Sc, PGD, MBA, M.Sc, DBA and PhD degrees at some of our affiliated universities located in Commonwealth of Dominica and Costa Rica. These universities are accredited and authorized institution of higher learning in Costa Rica.

There are several certification programs for SCM staff development, including International Institute for Procurement and Market Research (IIPMR), Association for Operations Management (APICS), International Purchasing and supply chain management institute (IPSCMI),the International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA), Chartered Institute of Supply Chain Management (CISCM) and the Institute of Supply Chain Management (IOSCM). IIPMR offers three Certifications namely Certified Supply Chain Associate (CSCA), Certified Supply Chain Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Procurement Professional (CPP.[30][31] The APICS certification is called the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP); the ISCEA certification is called the Certified Supply Chain Manager (CSCM);The CISCM certification is called the Chartered Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP). Additionally, the Institute for Supply Management is developing a certification called the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM),[32] focused on procurement and sourcing, also called supply management. The Purchasing Management Association of Canada is the main Canadian certifying body; its designations have global recipricocity. The main designation is the Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP), with several others progressing toward it. In India, SCNext India caters to offer ISCEA Certification to students and young professionals the CSCA and CSCM Certification Program, as the SCNext youth arm of ISCEA, US.
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11 responses on "Global Supply Chain Management Certifications"

  1. ABEDNEGO MACHIO OUNDOOctober 15, 2015 at 1:27 pmReply

    Kindly let me know the requirement of certification. I am UK C.I.P.S finalist and very experienced practitioner in Kenya

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