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Which professional certifications would complement a degree in supply chain management?

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Which professional certifications would complement a degree in supply chain management?

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Supply chain management professionals can seek voluntary certification from supply chain management professional associations. For instance, the Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM) offers four certifications in supply chain management based on industry and responsibility:

  • American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) Certified in Production and Inventory Management
  • APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional
  • APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution
  • APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) Professional

The International Society of Logistics (SOLE) offers a series of certifications for supply chain or logistics managers, which are earned in a sequence:

  • Demonstrated Logistician Program
  • Certified Master Logistician
  • Certified Professional Logistician

The voluntary certifications offered by these professional associations may be earned by demonstrating require education and work experience requirements and passing an exam.

U.S. Department of Defense personnel and military supply contractors can apply for certification through the Defense Acquisition University, which offers certifications that are quality ranking factors. Defense personnel should review requirements for certifications that are necessary to remain in their current position.

For more information about supply chain certification, check out this article: Logistics Certification and Certificate Programs

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