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CTSC Exam Details

CTSC Version 1.0 Exam Content

To earn your CTSC designation, you must pass one exam covering four modules. Each module reflects critical areas in supply chain transformation.

  • Module 1: Supply Chain Transformation Overview
  • Module 2: Preparing for Supply Chain Transformation
  • Module 3: Executing Supply Chain Transformation
  • Module 4: Review of Supply Chain Transformation

Purchase CTSC Exam

APICS certification exams may be covered through the Veterans Administration*

Exam Details and Scoring

The exam consists of 150 questions (130 operational and 20 pretest), and you will have 3.5 hours to complete the exam.

Pretest questions do not contribute to the total score but are necessary for statistical purposes only and are randomly distributed throughout the exam. Candidates should answer all exam questions.

The CTSC exam score range is 200 to 350. Scores 300 points and above are considered passing, and any score 299 points or below is failing.

Exams are graded using a scaled score methodology. This technique ensures equivalent passing standards are maintained from varying difficulties of each exam from one to the next. For more information on our scoring methodology read Understanding a Scaled Score.


Review the APICS Exam Handbook for full details on the exam process and procedures prior to taking the exam. Read the certification FAQs to answer any additional questions you may have about the certification exams and courseware.

All exam content was developed according to the test outline included in the CTSC Exam Content Manual. Download the CTSC Exam Content Manual (ECM).

Exam-Taking Tips

Develop a study plan, improve test scores and feel more confident on your exam day.

1. Choose your CTSC exam study style

Choose from self-study, instructor-led, instructor-supported or a combination to find the study style that works best for you. All study methods use the CTSC Learning System to prepare you for the exam.


2. Schedule your exam

APICS exams are administered via computer-based testing at Pearson VUE test centers worldwide and online through the OnVue system.

Pearson VUE will comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. Section 12101 et seq.) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as amended (42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq.) to accommodate candidates who, because of disability or religious reasons, need special arrangements to take an examination. If reasonable special test arrangements are needed, candidates should follow the instructions posted in the Test Accommodations section on the PearsonVue site prior to scheduling their exam. These arrangements, if approved, will be provided at no additional cost.

3. Study for the exam

Create a study plan. On average, we recommend 100 hours of study time to pass each certification exam. Use the online learning system flashcards and quizzes, and connect with your peers in person or virtually in the ASCM Community.

For details on how to purchase your exam, please view our tutorial.

When you’re ready to schedule, visit My Account to schedule your exam.

4. Take the exam

Stay calm and focused during the exam, and use the entire time allotted to complete the exam. If you find that the first few questions are giving you trouble, flag them for review and move on until you find one you can answer with certainty. Read carefully and review your answers before submitting the exam.

Read more about the exam process.

CTSC Certification exam pass rate report coming soon.

5. Purchase and plan your exam

Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase and schedule your exam. Plan your exam date closely around the time you finish preparing for the exam, so the information is still fresh in your mind.

Additional CTSC Study Tools and Support

APICS Dictionary and App

Stay up to date on supply chain terminology with the comprehensive APICS dictionary app.

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Exam Content Manual

The CTSC Exam Content Manual (ECM) is strongly recommended for APICS Certification exam preparation. The ECM outlines the CTSC exam content, exam specifications, exam-taking advice, resource list and key terminology.

Download CTSC Exam Content Manual.

Supply Chain Knowledge Center

Connect with other supply chain professionals through the Supply Chain Knowledge Center. Find a study group, start a discussion, and build a community to support you on your journey to supply chain mastery.

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Exam References

Master industry practices and prepare for your CTSC exam with the APICS library of supply chain resources used to develop the exam.

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Maintain your Certification

To keep your APICS certification valid, you must earn and submit 75 professional development maintenance points every five years (100 points for APICS Fellows). Get the information you need to maintain your certification.

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APICS certification exams may covered through the Veterans Administration
*Veterans and transitioning military members interested in building a supply chain career after their service may be able to use their GI Bill benefits to cover the CTSC exam. Candidates who wish to learn more about using the GI Bill for exam reimbursement should visit the VA website for more information or contact their local VA Department for information on how to apply for their benefits.

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