About CSCP

Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) program is an industry educational and certification program created to meet the rapidly changing needs of the supply chain management field.


From the manufacturing to the service industry, regardless of whether a company is serving business or consumer markets or is for profit or not-for-profit, the increasingly important role of supply chain management is affecting all organizations. Customers already expect good quality at low prices, and speed of delivery is becoming more important. As a result, effective supply chain management has become essential to successfully compete in today's global marketplace.

The CSCP program takes a broad view of the field, extending beyond internal operations to encompass all the steps throughout the supply chain—from the supplier, through the company, to the end consumer—and provides you with the knowledge to effectively manage the integration of these activities to maximize a company's value chain.

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Benefits of the CSCP Program

After earning your CSCP designation, you will have:

  • Proven Knowledge and organisational skills to strategically streamline your operations
  • Tools to effectively manage your global supply chain activities
  • Ability to increase effiecency and productivity
  • Knowledge of industry best practise and how to effectively apply them to your organisation

The CSCP program is for professionals in operations and supply chain management. This designation is ideal for you if you are:

  • Interested in more depth of knowledge and understanding in the areas of supplier and customer relations, international trade, the use of information technology to enable the supply chain, and physical logistics.
  • A professional who is consulting or teaching supply chain functions, and working with enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems.
  • The CSCP program will help you advance your career while giving you the foundation to improve your company's competitive position and profitability.

CSCP Modules The CSCP body of knowledge is made up of the following three focus areas:

  1. Supply Chain Design
  2. Supply Chain Planning and Execution
  3. Supply Chain Improvement and Best Practices


Supply Chain Design

  • Considering inputs and objectives of supply chain management strategRecognizing and resolving misalignments and gaps
  • Accounting and financial reporting information, strategic analysis tools, and economic considerations
  • Designing the supply chain while understanding and working within business considerations
  • Designing fulfilment strategies and products for different markets and requirements
  • Identifying and managing market segments
  • Understanding electronic business considerations and key technology applications
  • Understanding implementation tools including project management processes communication

Supply Chain Planning and Execution

  • Procuring and delivering goods and services using supply chain management
  • Using demand management, including demand forecasting and prioritization
  • Using master planning, master scheduling, and sales and operations planning (S&OP)
  • Managing, planning, and controlling inventory
  • Understanding the effects of inventory on financial statements and inventory-related cost categories
  • Managing supply in the supply chain based on total cost of ownership and make-versus-buy analysis
  • Developing supply plans based on buyer-supplier relationships
  • Logistics and warehouse management, forecasting, and planning
  • Making considerations for trade, regulation, and currency funds flow
  • Segmentation of customer-driven marketing, customers, suppliers, and other partners
  • Fundamentals of supplier relationship management (SRM) and customer relationship management (CRM)
  • Managing reverse logistics and waste

Supply Chain Improvement and Best Practices

  • Standards, regulations, and sustainable best practices compliance
  • International standards and considerations for import/export, intellectual property, licensing, tax and accounting, and labor laws
  • Corporate social responsibility for sustainability, UN Global Compact, and GRI initiatives
  • Accreditations, certifications, and standards for quality, environmental, social, and safety
  • Identifying, assessing, classifying and responding to risks
  • Compliance, security, and regulatory concerns
  • Improving the supply chain through measuring performance and supply chain metrics focused on customers, financial reports, and operational practices, and customer service
  • Utilizing continuous improvement and change management techniques and principles, including lean and just-in-time as well as other continuous improvement philosophies

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The toolkit includes: CSCP Certification Roadmap, CSCP Module Content, Testimonials, Intel Success Story, and a sample email to help CSCP candidates discuss the program with their supervisor.

CSCP Candidate Eligibility

The CSCP examination is available to individuals who have relevant work experience and education. To be eligible for the CSCP exam, a candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

NEW CSCP Eligibility Requirements

  • Possess at least three (3) or more years of supply chain related work experience
  • Hold a conferred bachelors' degree or the international equivalent*

*APICS defines the international equivalent of a Bachelor's degree as the level of study that would qualify an individual for a graduate program in the country where the undergraduate degree was earned.

To apply for APICS CSCP eligibility follow the link: eligibility today.

  • After submitting the application, candidates will receive a confirmation email that the application has been received and will be processed within two weeks.
  • Candidates will receive a second email informing them of their exam eligibility.
  • Creating a web profile. To create a web profile, candidates should go to www.apics.org/forgotUID, enter their APICS ID as the user name, and follow the instructions.
  • APICS CSCP eligibility candidates without an APICS ID should go to www.apics.org/newuser.
  • APICS CSCP eligibility candidates with an APICS ID but who have no email address in our records, or are not sure if they have an email address in our records, should contact APICS Customer Service to have a web profile created for them. Customer service may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NZPICS CSCP Registration Information

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  • Click The Register Button to access the CSCP 2015 Enrolment Form.
  • Complete the form and send it to NZPICS for processing.
  • This is a Self Study Course and can be started at any time.
  • Tutored sessions: In 2015: the NZPICS Education Committee ia planning to offer 5 x 3.0 hour long tutored sessions in our Penrose classroom in Auckland. These start at 5:00 pm.  A minimium of 5 attendees is required for the course to proceed.

Dates for the Tutored Overview Sessions in 2016 are: TBC

CSCP Exam Preparation

  • To help prepare you for the CSCP exam, APICS has developed the CSCP Learning System. Based on the CSCP body of knowledge, the learning system is a comprehensive professional development and exam preparation program. It combines print materials with interactive online tools to deliver a customized learning experience.
  • View an outline of the APICS CSCP Exam.
  • The CSCP exam is available in every exam window. Please see Exams for Computer Based Testing and Exam Window information.