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APICS The Association for Operations Management Joins New Supply Chain and Logistics Certification Network

New network will raise awareness of the need for highly skilled workers at all levels in supply chain logistics and for certified warehousing facilities

For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:
Jane Shubayi Pearson, Director of Marketing
(773) 867-1835 or (800) 444-2742, ext. 5413

Chicago, Ill. (June 2, 2011)—APICS The Association for Operations Management is pleased to announce that it has joined the new Supply Chain and Logistics Certification Network as a Charter Member. This network is a group of well-established U.S.-based, non-profit associations that provide industryrecognized, nationally portable certifications for the professional and frontline workforce and organizations involved in global supply chain and logistics—in factories, warehouses, distribution centers and transporters.

The Charter Members are APICS The Association for Operations Management; the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L); the Institute for Supply Management (ISM); the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC); the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC).  Each association has a nationwide infrastructure in place for delivering courses and certification assessments. 

Network Members will work collaboratively to raise awareness within industry, education, and government of the world-class, complementary services of these associations that, collectively, help meet industry needs for highly skilled workers at all levels in supply chain logistics and for certified warehousing facilities. Together, the Network members offer a certification career pathway and “stackable” credentials helping individuals to achieve ever-higher levels of professionalism and responsibility.

The Network responds to the growing demand for industry-recognized, nationally portable certifications:

  • Employers need a higher skilled workforce to accelerate their adoption of advanced technologies and processes to enhance their productivity and global competitiveness. 
  • In response, the workforce at every level--from front-line materials handling and distribution workers to advanced supply chain and logistics managers--need to continuously enhance their skills. 
  • Students and unemployed workers can improve employment prospects in this growing field by credentialing their knowledge and skills to meet national, industry-defined standards.

To learn more about the network please visit apics.org/sclnetwork.


APICS The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in supply chain and operations management, including production, inventory, and materials management, as well as purchasing and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals. Visit www.apics.org for information.