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Michael Maher, CSCP
Director of Information Technology
Santa Cruz Bicycles


“Nine people have attended APICS training over the last 6 months. It’s really gratifying to speak a common language and to see APICS concepts put into action.”



Why did you decide to pursue the APICS CSCP certification?

I pursued certification because I wanted to demonstrate to my ERP implementation team the importance of APICS professional development in helping us achieve our goals.  Additionally, I wanted to strengthen my supply chain knowledge in order to help address my organization's supply chain challenges.

How did you prepare for the APICS CSCP exam?

A colleague and I decided to take the Fox Valley College on-line APICS CSCP course together.  Each week we would read the APICS material, watch videos, and take quizzes and tests to check our understanding.  At the end of the course, we focused on re-reading the material and taking the APICS quizzes and practice exam.  This provided us with useful feedback regarding our readiness for the exam.  It really helped to have a friend to study with.  Happily, we both passed our CSCP exams on our first attempt.

What was your biggest takeaway from APICS CSCP training?

The biggest takeaway from my APICS training was acquiring a standard understanding and vocabulary of the supply chain.

How has an APICS certification impacted your career or organization?

Nine people have attended APICS training over the last 6 months.  It is really gratifying to speak a common language and to see APICS concepts put into action.  APICS certification has increased our preparedness for successful ERP implementation.

Have you implemented a supply chain or logistics initiative at your organization as a result of your APICS certification training?

We are in the process of implementing ERP which includes scope that we learned about in our APICS certification training.

What are other benefits of APICS certification?

An additional benefit from our APICS certification is that it has increased the credibility of our ERP team.


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