As we approach the start of a new year, many supply chain professionals are considering updating their knowledge and skills by pursuing a professional designation.
There are several associations offering logistics designations, plus colleges and universities with fantastic supply chain programs. With so many choices, it can be difficult for logistics professionals to identify what program is best suited for their career goals.
However, there are a few associations that stand out, with a strong history of certifying professionals across Canada. These associations all have strong communities, and offer several events for networking and professional development throughout the year. There is sometimes confusion about supply chain associations and designations, so I’m hoping this may help clarify a little.
CITT: If you work in transportation and/or warehouse management, CCLP is a great designation to pursue. CCLP stands for CITT-Certified Logistics Professional. This designation is offered through CITT, and the designation used to be known simply as CITT, but became CCLP about 10 years ago. I may be a little biased (because I’m a CCLP myself) but it’s a great designation for anyone who works in operations management, and CITT has built a fantastic community with both local and National events throughout the year.
SCMAO: If you are pursuing a career in purchasing and/or procurement, I recommend the CSCMP designation through SCMAO, or Supply Chain Management Association Ontario. They have a fantastic and well recognized program for purchasing and supply chain management, and have a highly engaged community across Canada.
ASCM: Formerly known as APICS, this association offers 3 supply chain certifications in Canada. If you work in inventory planning, production planning or demand planning, hiring managers look for the CPIM or CSCP certification, both of which are offered through ASCM. They also offer the CLTD certification, focusing on logistics, transportation and distribution. ASCM has local chapters across Canada offering plenty of networking and learning opportunities.
There are many other supply chain designations and education programs available; this is by no means a comprehensive list. Which supply chain designations or programs am I missing? Did I get any details wrong? Please let me know in the comments.
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