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We get many emails from younger generation asking what kind of certificates in SCM are widely accepted. The intention of the asker is to find that one certificate that will we a ticket to a lucrative job in the SCM field. We attempt to answer this common question below:

This is a very tricky question to answer.

The first thing to note is that where the certificate is mandated by a national or state regulatory authority, they also specify what kind of certificate in acceptable in lieu, and, a bridging process if one exists for other common similar certificates. You have to make very careful enquiries with very specific details before you make any decisions.

On the other hand, when a company asks of a certain certification, they will generally accept most of the other respected international certifications in lieu.

In general, supply chains follow similar standards all over the world and the skills are transferable with ease across the geographies. In some scenarios, a bridging of certifications may become a requirement as the norms and standards followed by some nations like the USA, Philippines etc. are different from the current international standards used.

Following are some of the relevant certificate courses. Clearly such a short list cannot be exhaustive - there are many more courses in each of these geographies.

Please beware that we do not endorse any courses or institutes - you will have to do your own due diligence about their content, appropriateness and level.

The Major Supply Chain Managements Courses Offered In The USA Are

  • APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional certification (CSCP), 
  • APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM),
  • APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR-P) Endorsement,
  • NCMA Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM). 

The UK Supply Chain Courses management Are:

  • Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply – L6 offered by Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), 
  • Certificate in Supply Chain Finance (CSCF) offered by The London Institute of Banking & Finance and so on. 

Australian Supply Chain Management Courses

  • Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), 
  • Certified in Logistics, Transport and Distribution (CLTD),
  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) and
  • Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) 

Germany Supply Chain Management Courses:

  • Global Supply Chain and Operations Management offered by Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin and 
  • Program in Transport & Logistics Management offered by International University of Applied Sciences Bad Honnef  

India Supply Chain Management Courses

  • Export Trade and Training Institute Mumbai, 
  • International Institute of Procurement and Market Research (IIPMR) Tamil Nadu and
  • Institute of Shipping Jaipur

We have covered these countries because most of the questions we got were from these countries. Many of the other countries have their own equivalent institutes and certificate courses and in general provide parallel basic SCM education.

In general, having a certificate is better than not having it. As you progress through your career, you may want to emphsise or de-emphasise your entry point and certificate into SCM, depending on the circumstances.

But the knowledge acquired during the certification process will always remain useful, particularly if you continue to update it with the latest and higher knowledge base.

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