Certification Education

"SA has a desperate need for more Supply Chain Professionals"

The Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) program is a new industry educational and certification program created to meet the rapidly changing needs of the supply chain management field. From the manufacturing to the service industry, regardless of whether a company is serving business or consumer markets or is for profit or not-for-profit, the increasingly important role of supply chain management is affecting all organisations. Customers already expect good quality at low prices, and speed of delivery is becoming more important. As a result, effective supply chain management has become essential to successfully compete in today’s global marketplace. The CSCP program takes a broad view of the field, extending beyond internal operations to encompass all the steps throughout the supply chain—from the supplier, through the company, to the end consumer— and provides you with the knowledge to effectively manage the integration of these activities to maximise a company’s value chain.

Benefits of the CSCP program

After earning your CSCP designation, you will Learn to

Who should persue the CSCP qualification?

The CSCP program will help you advance your career while giving you the foundation to improve your company’s competitive position and profitability. The CSCP program is for professionals in operations and supply chain management. This designation is ideal for you if you are:-

CSCP Domains

The CSCP body of knowledge is made up of the following three domains:-

CSCP Exam Preparation

To help prepare you for the CSCP exam, APICS has developed the CSCP Learning System. Based on the CSCP body of knowledge, the learning system is a comprehensive professional development and exam preparation program. It combines print materials with interactive online tools to deliver a customised learning experience.

CSCP Maintenance:-

CSCP designees must maintain their certification every five years through the Certification Maintenance programme. A complete document is available on this subject from SAPICS Head Office, via APICS or on the SAPICS Website.

Exam Content Outline

I. Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management (SCM)

This section addresses the fundamental concepts used for effective SCM and will provide the foundation for the APICS CSCP exam. It includes an overview of SCM concepts and the need to align resources with the strategy of the organization. Management and improvement of the supply chain are then addressed. Exam questions covering this area will include elements related to the following:

II. Supply Chain Strategy, Design, and Compliance

This section addresses considerations in the design of a competitive supply chain, the processes that support the organization’s strategy, improvement of the sustainability of the organization and its trading partners, and compliance with applicable regulations. Exam questions covering this area will include elements related to the following:

III. Implementation and Operations

This section addresses managing and balancing supply and demand by measuring, analysing, and improving supply chain processes. Exam questions will include elements related to the following:

Earning your CSCP

To earn the CSCP designation, candidates must complete and pass one comprehensive four hour exam. The CSCP exam will be administered by Computer Based Testing (CBT) format. Contact the SAPICS office to purchase your Authority to Test (ATT) and then make your appointment with one of many Prometric Test centres around the country.

Becoming a CSCP Candidate

The CSCP examination is available to individuals who have relevant work experience and education. To be eligible for the CSCP exam, a candidate must meet one of the following criteria:

Eligibility to write the CSCP exam can be obtained from APICS. Access http://www.apics.org/credentials-education/credentials/eligibility and complete the on-line form.

How to go about obtaining your CSCP

Currently revision sessions are available from selected AEPs however many CSCP candidates opt to study via the self-study method. APICS has provided online tests and support for students. Lecturer led classes are available in both the 13 weekly 3hr sessions or a full time 6-day course.


The CSCP can be executed successfully in 3 months although this is quite an undertaking. Many students prefer 6 months.


CBT Exam Windows for 2017

All CSCP exam Authority to Test’s (ATT’s) and payments are handled through the SAPICS Head Office, call 011 023 6701