Westfield State University’s Certified Supply Chain Professional Exam Preparation Program is designed to prepare those seeking to obtain their CSCP certification. Participants will gain the skills to effectively manage global supply chain activities that involve suppliers, plants, distributors, and customers located around the world. CSCP serves the needs of both professionals and employers by keeping participants and their organization more competitive in today’s economy.
The following demonstrates common career paths for supply chain professionals.
Why earn your CSCP designation?
Earning your CSCP makes you a recognized expert in the supply chain field. This professional distinction sets you apart from your colleagues, proving your high level of knowledge and skills.
After earning your CSCP you will be able to:
- Help your company reach its 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
Supply chain professionals who hold an APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM); Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP); or Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) designation have a median salary of $90,000, which is 27% higher than those without a certification.
CSCP Learning System
The 2023 APICS CSCP Learning System consists of eight modules and web-based study tools that reflect the entire APICS CSCP Exam Content Manual (ECM) and provide a broad view of global end-to-end supply chain management. Each module will further empower you with an understanding of best practices, techniques and technologies necessary to maximize your organization’s efficiency and impact the bottom line. The Learning System is included in the cost of the program.
Module 1: Supply Chains, Demand Management, and Forecasting
- Visualizing the supply chain entities, structures, and flows used to procure and deliver goods and services
- Differentiating vertical versus horizontal integration and different levels of supply chain maturity
- Using planning, communicating, influencing, and prioritizing steps in demand management, including market research and demand forecasting
- Assessing portfolios and products using product portfolio management, the 4Ps of marketing, and product life-cycle management (PLM)
- Using sales and operations planning (S&OP) to align supply with demand
Module 2: Global Supply Chain Networks
- Designing the supply chain and configuring the supply chain network
- Balancing efficiency with responsiveness while being resilient
- Optimizing technology by matching requirements to various supply chain technologies and interfaces
- Forming cross-functional and cross-organizational supply chain design teams
- Safeguarding and maintaining cybersecurity, data privacy, and supply chain master data
- Improving the supply chain by measuring and analyzing performance with supply chain metrics focused on customers, financial reports, operational practices, and customer service
- Becoming familiar with accounting and financial reporting information and strategic analysis tools
Module 3: Sourcing Products and Services
- Following a sourcing process to capture changes, such as for new products
- Managing supply based on total cost of ownership and make-versus-buy analysis
- Developing a category strategy and sourcing categories
- Doing spend and portfolio analyses to right-size the supplier base
- Developing supply plans based on buyer-supplier relationships
- Influencing product designs to promote collaboration and requirements inclusiveness
- Negotiating effective supply contracts/purchase orders and selecting proper payment terms
Module 4: Internal Operations and Inventory
- Leveraging manufacturing planning and control including master planning, master scheduling, material requirements planning, distribution requirements planning, and various levels of capacity checks
- Managing, planning, and controlling inventory to keep it at proper levels and replenish it efficiently
- Understanding the effects of inventory on financial statements and inventory-related cost categories
- Using quality and continuous improvement techniques and principles, including lean and just-in-time
Module 5: Forward and Reverse Logistics
- Determining strategies for logistics, warehouse management, and transportation management
- Complying with international standards and considerations for import/export, tax/tariff, and labor laws
- Managing reverse logistics and waste
Module 6: Supply Chain Relationships
- Segmenting customers, suppliers, and other partners
- Using supplier relationship management (SRM) and customer relationship management (CRM) to develop, measure, and maintain relationships
- Understanding the communication process and dimensions
Module 7: Supply Chain Risk
- Identifying, assessing, classifying, and responding to supply chain risks in a cost-effective manner
- Learning about common supply chain risks and how to make preventive and contingent action plans
Module 8: Optimization, Sustainability, and Technology
- Considering inputs and objectives of organizational strategy and supply chain management strategy
- Recognizing and resolving strategic misalignments and gaps
- Building sustainable best practices and ensuring corporate social responsibility compliance
- Embracing sustainability principles, standards, and reporting methods, including the UN Global Compact and GRI sustainability reporting standards
- Assessing technology needs and learning about emerging technologies
- Implementing changes using project management and change management
There are no admission requirements for the preparation course itself, however candidates for the CSCP exam must be a member of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM). See Certification section below.
This program is intended to prepare participants for the CSCP exam. An exam voucher is included in the cost of the program however participants MUST be a member of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) to sit for the certification exam. The membership fee is not included in the cost of this program. To become a member, please visit https://www.ascm.org/membership-community/ and follow the instructions on the website. To be eligible, participants must choose the $99 annual membership fee plus the $100 certification upgrade. If you have any questions about this, please contact us.
Paul Moriarty possesses more than 25 years in the field of Supply Chain Management and Operations. He has several nationally recognized, professional certifications: CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management from Institute for Supply Management), CLTD (Certified Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution from ASCM), CPIM (Certified Planning and Inventory Manager from ASCM), and CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional from ASCM).
Paul is a certified instructor for CLTD, CPIM, CSCP, as well as CPSM.
Paul developed and taught project management, operations and supply management courses for local companies and colleges.
Paul is founder and president of PFM & Associates, LLC, a small consultancy specializing in aiding companies to streamline operations, logistics, and inventory.
In addition, Paul is the president of the Northern New England chapter of ASCM.