CSCMP has improved its trademarked SCPro Certification program to include more up-to-date industry intelligence and virtual learning technology. According to CSCMP, it is the only program developed in partnership with supply chain experts and academics and is recognized by both companies and educational institutions as the most comprehensive certification available in the industry.
SCPro Certification is a three-tiered program that provides a way to verify an individual's supply chain knowledge and skills across integrated supply chain activities, including his or her ability to assess business challenges and implement supply chain improvements. The program consists of three certification levels. Level One (Cornerstones of Supply Chain Management) assesses participants' knowledge of the fundamentals of supply chain management. Level Two (Analysis and Application of Supply Chain Challenges) assesses their ability to apply supply chain knowledge to real-world case studies. Finally, Level Three (Initiation of Supply Chain Transformation) requires participants to perform a hands-on analysis of a working organization and create a detailed project plan.
Optional exam preparation materials, available from CSCMP, include study guides, interactive "learning exams" that can be used as a study aid and to gauge readiness for the exam, and online courses, as well as CSCMP's "Definitive Guide" series of books about the eight major components of supply chain management. A candidate must meet specified eligibility requirements for each level before completing the exam. To maintain SCPro certified status, participants must earn 60 continuing education units and renew their certification every three years.
CSCMP also offers an SCPro Fundamentals Certification, formerly known as the LINCS (Leveraging, Integrating, Networking, Coordinating Supplies) program. This certification program provides businesses with a comprehensive employee-training program geared toward veterans, people whose jobs have been outsourced overseas, and entry-level individuals. It consists of eight certification tracks that are taught at a fundamental, introductory level and can be taken individually or in combination with other tracks.