Materials management refers to the main components of business supply chains, which include purchasing, shipping, managing inventory, inspecting materials, and ensuring quality. Professionals looking to earn certification in materials management can take tests from several different organizations.
Qualifying to take the certification tests generally entails a combination of formal education and experience. Certifications are offered in several areas, including supply management and inventory management. Bachelor's programs (4 years) in materials management are also available, which provide students with professional skills to help them succeed in their career. Online programs and courses are also offered by some schools
APICS, the Association for Operations Management, provides two certification programs. First, there's the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program, which is intended for those who are fairly new to the materials management field; APICS CPIM requires at least two years of experience, but no bachelor's degree. Second, there's the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) credential, which requires a minimum of five years of professional experience or two years of experience and a bachelor's degree.
Bachelor's in Materials Management and Logistics
Individuals looking to advance their career can get their bachelor's in materials management and logistics. These programs focus on improving students' abilities to transport and manage all of the aspects of raw materials. Some common course topics include:
- Principles in accounting
- Business principles
- Business law
- Decision analysis
- Information systems in organization
- Supply chain management
Popular Career Options
Students who get training in materials management have several options after school. Some popular job titles include materials management clerk, purchasing manager, inventory control manager, materials manager and procurement manager.
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), purchasing managers made a median annual wage of $108,120 as of May 2015. The employment for these professionals, from 2014-2024, is expected to grow 1%, according to the BLS.
Aspiring materials managers can seek out courses preparing them for related certification exams. Professional certification in this field usually requires some amount of work experience, with those who've completed bachelor's degrees in relevant programs usually needing less. Careers in this field can center around different aspects of purchase management and inventory.