CHEP has joined with the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and other industry members to develop and test a new qualification for managers. The SCPro™ is a three-level certification that offers global supply chain management professionals a way to demonstrate a broad range of industry skills and mastery of end-to-end supply chain functions.
The first level of SCPro is Cornerstones of Supply Chain Management, and holders of this designation demonstrate a solid foundation of knowledge in all the functions of supply chain management, such as: demand planning, procurement, supply management, manufacturing, service operations, transportation, inventory, warehousing, and order fulfillment. Level One designees have proved they are solutions-focused and effective at collaborating with others to the benefit of the entire supply chain. This introductory designation, which demonstrates a clear commitment to growing one’s supply chain expertise, is awarded for a passing grade on a 160-question examination. Requirements for this level are four years of relevant work experience OR a bachelor’s degree.
The second level is Analysis and Application of Supply Chain Challenges. In order to obtain an SCPro Level Two designation, professionals must thoroughly analyze real-world case studies, pinpoint areas for optimization and recommend efficiency improvements in the supply chain. Requirements include Level One PLUS either a four-year degree and three years relevant experience OR seven years of relevant experience.
The third level is Initiation of Supply Chain Transformation. The highest SCPro designation requires an unprecedented use of practical application, a groundbreaking advance among supply chain certifications. Candidates must perform hands-on analysis of a working organization and create a detailed project plan that generates real results, such as increased ROI or improved cycle times. Requirements include Level Two PLUS either a four-year degree and five years of relevant experience OR nine years of relevant experience.
Learning doesn’t stop once the SCPro Level One Certification has been attained. Designees must participate in continuing education programs to maintain an active certification status. The certification cycle is three years. During the three years designees must attain no less than 20 hours of professional continuing education credits toward maintenance each year, for a total over the three years of no less than 60 hours. Upon completion of the three-year cycle, a new cycle begins.
We see this as a key foundational element for a complete understanding of supply chain risk. By combining education with experience in multiple SCM disciplines, SCPro certified professionals will be able to more effectively identify, consolidate and manage the complexities of SCM Risk.