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Which APICS Credential is Right for Me?

Whether you need to streamline your supply chain, master the basics of materials and operations management or build your knowledge in logistics, transportation and distribution, ASCM has the right APICS certification for you.

Designation Type

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Certification

APICS CPIM certification may be right for you if you want to demonstrate professional knowledge in increasing an organization’s profitability by optimizing its production and inventory management within the “four walls” of the organization.

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Certification

APICS CSCP certification may be right for you if you want to demonstrate mastery of the extended supply chain, from the organization’s suppliers through to the end customer. The CSCP course covers topics that extend beyond the organization (e.g., globalization, IT in the supply chain, logistics, customer relations).

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Certification

APICS CLTD certification may be right for you if you want to demonstrate professional knowledge in logistics, transportation and distribution.

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Endorsement

APICS SCOR-P endorsement may be right for you if you want to understand how to apply the SCOR model, how to use and interpret SCOR metrics and how to organize a typical SCOR project.

Educational / Professional Prerequisites

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None (no bachelor’s degree or international equivalent is required)

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  • Three years of related business experience; or
  • Bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent); or
  • The candidate must hold one of the following designations (CPIM, CFPIM, CIRM, SCOR-P, CPM, CSM or CPSM).
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None (no bachelor’s degree or international equivalent is required)

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None (no bachelor’s degree or international equivalent is required)

Area of Content

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CPIM focuses on the knowledge of production and inventory management within the organization. The APICS CPIM designation provides the candidate with the knowledge to improve productivity within the organization's supply chain and increase profitability by optimizing the organization's inventory management. The CPIM candidate must pass two exams.

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CSCP focuses on the mastery of the extended supply chain — extending beyond internal operations from organizations' suppliers through to the end customer. The APICS CSCP candidate will learn how to streamline production and cut costs by strategically looking outside internal operations and throughout the entire supply chain. The CSCP candidate must pass one exam.

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The APICS CLTD candidate demonstrates in-depth knowledge of logistics strategy and planning, order and warehouse management, transportation fundamentals and global logistics, including risk management and sustainability logistics.

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Candidates learn the major process components (Plan, Source, Make, Deliver, Return and Enable) for managing and measuring the performance of a global supply chain by implementing the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model.

Responsibilities

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  • Work with an ERP system, either as an IT professionals or system user
  • Work with other manufacturing systems and technologies
  • Planning, at any level of the planning hierarchy
  • Member of an S&OP team
  • Work with the Master Production Schedule
  • Work with Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
  • Manage capacity requirement planning
  • Manufacturing Inventory management and control
  • Plan procurement and external sources of supply
  • Scheduling, releasing and the tracking production orders and schedules
  • Measure production performance
  • Manufacturing finance
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  • Supply chain strategy and/or design
  • Supply chain technology selection, setup, maintenance or use
  • Demand Planning and Management
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Supply chain-wide inventory management
  • Managing reverse logistics
  • Managing risk in the supply chain – identifying, assessing, response planning
  • Measure supply chains and their metrics
  • Supply chain change management
  • Supply chain improvement and best practices
  • Supply chain financial management
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  • Oversee the planning and execution of forward and reverse logistics
  • Logistics network design
  • Order Management
  • Customer Service Management
  • Warehouse or distribution inventory management
  • Warehouse strategy and/or layout; Warehouse space management
  • Logistics/ Distribution/ Warehouse technology and information processing
  • Executing requirements for the planning, scheduling, and budgeting of transportation systems
  • Responsible for the most economic classification and method of shipment for both incoming and outgoing materials and products
  • Carrier selection and negotiations
  • Transportation mode analysis
  • Global logistics responsibilities
  • Logistics or transportation risk
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  • Analyzing the current state of your company’s processes and comparing company performance to corporate goals
  • Evaluate supply chain performance
  • Oversee supply chain improvement program or a porfolio of projects
  • Team member on a supply chain improvememt project
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Outcomes

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After earning your CPIM, you will be able to:

  • Increase inventory accuracy and reduce inventory
  • Improve forecasting
  • Improve the S&OP process
  • Manage and apply capacity resource planning
  • Work more productively with your company’s ERP system
  • Effectively schedule material through the plant
  • Improve operation’s strategic alignment
  • Better manage the Master Production Schedule
  • Improve the results of an Material Requirement Plan (MRP) run
  • Improve inventory storage, flow and handling
  • Positively impact product design activities
  • Manage continuous improvement projects
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After earning your CSCP, you will be able to:

  • Help your company reach it’s ideal supply chain state
  • Use data to link production, distribution, purchasing and service
  • Reduce waste in supply chains
  • Identify and classify supply chain risk and develop risk response plans
  • Improve communications throughout the supply chain
  • Develop a supply chain strategy aligned to you company’s strategy
  • Help to design a supply chain
  • Optimize product design principles and techniques to get to market more efficiently
  • Select technologies to manage and improve supply chains
  • Manage supply chain projects
  • Improve forecasting and sales and operations planning (S&OP)
  • Plan inventory requirements throughout the supply chain
  • Develop collaborative relationships with customers and vendors
  • Develop and implement best practices in standards, regulations and sustainability
  • Develop performance measurements in order to improve customer service
  • Develop and manage supply chain improvement initiatives
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After earning your CLTD, you will be able to:

  • Improve distribution inventory management
  • Develop and monitor warehouse performance metrics
  • Identify and mitigate risk in logistics and transportation
  • Manage and execute orders with an emphasis on logistics
  • Identify and maintain optimal inventory levels including costs, controls and policy
  • Reduce cost and cycle time while increasing accuracy and efficiency
  • Align logistics strategy and design to the company’s objectives
  • Link logistics to achieving consistent customer service at the least cost
  • Design effective warehouse layouts
  • Improve transportation and logistics design
  • Develop forecasts that consider transportation and warehouse operations
  • Utilize transportation to position inventory throughout the supply chain
  • Use reverse logistics to manage product returns and strengthen the triple bottom line (TBL)
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After earning your SCOR-P, you will be able to:

  • Develop and organize a supply chain improvement program using the SCOR Model Reference Framework.
  • Use the SCOR supply chain improvement program racetrack as a structure for you supply chain improvement project.
  • Analyze performance gaps based on the metrics established in the SCOR Framework.
  • Optimize your improvement program by linking performance issues to projects
  • Use your new knowledge and skills to complete key implementation program deliverables.
  • Complete supply chain improvment implementations faster.
  • Improve overall operatons performance
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Learning Method

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  • Self Study
  • Instructor-Supported
  • Instructor-Led
  • Corporate/Group Training
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  • Self Study
  • Instructor-Supported
  • Instructor-Led
  • Corporate/Group Training
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  • Self Study
  • Instructor-Supported
  • Instructor-Led
  • Corporate/Group Training
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  • Instructor-Supported
  • Instructor-House Training
  • Corporate/Group Training
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