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Looking Closer at Certificates

by APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi CSCP, CPA, CAE |   2013 | 0 | 0


When I glanced at the July 15 Wall Street Journal headline “Seeking a Shortcut to a Job,” that old saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” came to mind. In fact, upon further reading, I was glad to see the article explores some strong arguments for earning a certificate in order to get hired.  

“Increasingly crucial to the community colleges that have long catered to students who pursue two-year degrees or get basic credits before attending four-year schools, certificate programs not only cost less on average than a year at college, but they also bring higher salaries than those received by job candidates with high school diplomas,” Caroline Porter writes. 

Certificate programs are the fastest-growing segment of higher education, according to the article, and they are attractive to younger and older students. Some Georgetown University research indicates that salaries can jump 20 percent for certificate holders compared to those that have a high school diploma only.

With benefits come drawbacks. While certificate programs can be put together in months, they also can quickly become obsolete. Another downside is that programs that are too short, too specific, or too general can leave certificate holders with a “dead-end piece of paper.”

Finding the right education for you

APICS is well-known for its certification programs, the Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP). Both of these recognize superior knowledge and performance. Worldwide, employers recognize APICS certifications too. In March 2013, a World Trade 100 poll indicated that 30 percent of employers consider APICS certifications important when they hire new logistics and supply chain employees. APICS got more votes than any of the other certification providers listed. 

Now, think about the association from a different angle. Did you know APICS also offers a risk management certificate? 

The APICS Risk Management certificate is the first of what APICS leaders hope will lead to more certificate programs. This certificate promotes comprehensive and forward-looking knowledge of the subject. Individuals who hold the APICS Risk Management certificate demonstrate their commitment to protecting their employers from supply chain risk__and balancing anticipated rewards and risks in the decision-making process.

You can kick start your risk management education by attending the APICS Supply Chain Risk Management Workshop, Friday, September 27, at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This event precedes APICS 2013, which features a risk and resiliency learning path. By participating in both the workshop (7 hours) and all of the risk and resiliency sessions (5 hours) at APICS 2013, you can earn your APICS Risk Management certificate. 

APICS 2013 offers a variety of opportunities for new and seasoned supply chain and operations management professionals. Visit apics.org/conference to find out more.


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