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Which APICS Certification is Right for You?

APICS Senior Director, Professional Development

Wednesday March 22, 2017

The question I’ve been asked most often, in my 25 years as an APICS volunteer and staff person, is “Which of the APICS Certifications is right for me?” APICS is recognized by corporations around the world as the premier provider of certifications in Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, and, now, Logistics, Transportation and Distribution Management, and it can be a little confusing determining which of our certifications will most help your career.

I always answer this question with questions of my own: “Where is your focus in your current career? And, where do you want to be in in your career over the next five years?”

Is your focus inside the four walls of your company, anything to do with planning, purchasing, inventory management, or scheduling the products or services that your company provides? Then the Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) will give you the tools and techniques you need to improve the efficiency of our company’s internal processes.

Is your focus outside the four walls of your company, anything to do with supply chain optimization, supplier or customer relationship management, the flows of information, money and materials between your company, your suppliers and customers? Then the Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designation will give you the knowledge of the end-to-end supply chain that you need to help your company make your supply chains more competitive and use your supply chains as strategic assets.

Is your focus on the storage and movement of the materials, components and finished goods that your company, or your clients, work with? Then the Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) designation will give you the tools and techniques you need to improve the efficiency of your logistics and transportation capabilities and distribution and warehouse facilities and processes.

A certification validates your mastery of the body of knowledge covered by the certification you earn, and many companies require or prefer employees with one or more of the APICS Certifications.

For more information on which APICS certification is right for you, and the individual certifications, watch our recent webinar recording, and view the Q&A document that resulted from the live webinar.

Still trying to decide, which certification is right for you? Join us in April and early May for free webinars on each of the certifications, CSCP, CLTD and CPIM. We will be presenting a more detailed look at each of the credentials. Register today! All registrants will be sent a link to the recorded presentations and FAQs.

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  1. mhaase1 January 29, 2018, 09:29 AM

    Hi Rajiv. You should check out the APICS Certification Interest Community in Supply Chain Channel. Many certification discussions are happening there and instructors will often provide feedback. 

  2. January 27, 2018, 02:30 AM
    Smartly Explained and This will make the task easy for the people who are still deciding which certification to pursue. Thanks Bob
  3. Rajiv Shishodia January 25, 2018, 03:44 AM

    Hi , This is Rajiv Shishodia , Manager in Purchase Department with Top most automotive company . Is there any platform where we can talk or discuss with certified persons for the actual benefits and experience?

    Please share the details . 

  4. mr_mrsk June 08, 2017, 05:54 AM

    Thank you  Bob, I have been this confusion more than 6 to 7 years, As I am working an logistics company, I could find myself into this APICS course bit difficult. With your clear explanation, I decided to purse with CLTD, which exactly suits my area of domain.

  5. Lisa Angell March 30, 2017, 10:15 AM
    Thank you Bob for this concise recommendation. As an instructor, I receive this question frequently, and from the company perspective as well. "Which program should I consider for my employees?" Your recommendation ties the certification to the focus of their professional functions within the organization, and supports that we give consideration to the longer term plans for each employee's professional development. 

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