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SCPro certification: the path to leadership

Even though today's supply chain talent may be better educated than previous generations, they still need to gain experience in the depth and breadth of logistics and supply chain management in order to become high-impact leaders.

Supply chain talent is critical to a company's success. It takes knowledgeable people to control operational costs, source products or parts from diverse locations, or open new overseas markets for development. Fortunately, companies today can find that talent in the growing number of graduates from our universities' supply chain degree programs, or from folks entering the field from other disciplines.

Even though today's supply chain talent may be better educated than previous generations, they still need to gain experience in the depth and breadth of logistics and supply chain management in order to become high-impact leaders. Along with experience, they must also have the interpersonal, managerial, and technical skills to succeed in their careers. And they must be able to understand the cultural and geopolitical differences that affect today's extended, global supply chains.

To help supply chain managers gain those and other capabilities they need for a successful career, CSCMP has developed its own certification program—a true end-to-end, globally relevant, rigorous test of knowledge. If you're serious about supply chain management and are ready to take your career to the next level, then CSCMP's unique SCPro certification offers you the perfect path to success.

Hands down, SCPro certification is the most rigorous program in the industry, testing the key skills and knowledge required of a top-notch supply chain management leader. The program consists of three distinct levels that will challenge you in ways that no other certification will:

  • Level One, Cornerstones of Supply Chain Management, shows that you have a comprehensive knowledge base and can formulate supply chain solutions. This level indicates that you have an understanding of the end-to-end supply chain, from demand planning to manufacturing to order fulfillment.
  • Level Two, Analysis and Application of Supply Chain Challenges, requires you to exercise analytical skills through real-world case studies. It demonstrates that you can anticipate, implement, and evaluate strategies that address current and future supply chain challenges.
  • Level Level Three, Initiation of Supply Chain Transformation, is the definitive demonstration of your ability to implement measurable efficiencies in the supply chain. You will evaluate a company's actual challenges and develop a proposal detailing how to overcome them and achieve success.

Individuals working in the supply chain field today face a bright future as companies continue to recognize the importance of supply chain management's role in achieving corporate success in a global economy. There's no better way to ensure that a supply chain professional will get his or her share of those opportunities for career advancement than earning the SCPro certification. To learn more about this program, visit our website:

Rick Blasgen is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).

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