Partner Management

Certification Suspension Period Change 

Starting January 31, 2022, individuals who do not properly maintain status during the five-year certification cycle will be placed in suspended status.  They will have a 90-day grace period to submit their maintenance application upon entering suspended status.  After 90 days the certification will expire, candidates will then have to retake the exam(s) to be placed in good standing. If the certification is not maintained and enters suspension or expires, the certificate will be considered inactive and no longer recognized. Please review the Certification Maintenance Handbook to become familiar with the new suspension period requirements and information on how to maintain your certification after January 31, 2022.

Important Chapter Benchmarking and Reporting (CBAR) Announcement 

For more than 25 years, CBAR has been used with the performance points system to help chapter partners measure operational components, such as instructor maintenance, finance, student support, etc. The 2021 submission was suspended and time was used to evaluate if CBAR supports current and future needs. CBAR will not be re-instated, based on a program review and feedback from both the volunteer community and on ASCM’s internal assessment.

The CBAR worksheet will remain in C-Box and may be used by chapters and forums that may wish to use it as an internal board management resource; however, chapters and forums are no longer required to submit annual reporting to ASCM. The recognition program that accompanied CBAR is also discontinued since the reporting function has been sunset.  

We hope this change eases administrative burdens. Please know that volunteer leaders and ASCM have compiled and shared numerous strategic planning documents that chapter and forum boards/leadership teams use and that are currently available on C-Box. Strategic Planning Resources.

If you have questions, they can be directed to  

Coming in 2022 

Product price increase 

Effective February 1, 2022, ASCM will increase the price of all certification products, as well as instructor kits and materials by approximately 10%. The increase is driven by several factors:  

  • An ongoing need to invest in high-quality certification
  • Higher costs related to the delivery of goods
  • The desire to standardize how pricing increases occur 

As the premier association for supply chain professionals, ASCM must invest in developing our product portfolio, our people and our enabling technology platforms to better support the global supply chain community. Additional information regarding the price list will be shared in the coming weeks. 

E-commerce referral program (phase 2)  

ASCM launched an e-commerce referral program in July 2021 for the ASCM chapter and forum community. Based on feedback from our global partner network, we are updating and expanding the program to advance ASCM strategic objectives. Updates consider: 

  • ASCM global brand recognition: Globally strengthen ASCM brand recognition by leveraging our partners’ presence in their regions.  

  • Omnichannel solutions for the global end-customer: Provide more options for the ASCM end customer and support partners who offer an omnichannel distribution model, whether the partner serves as the final solution provider or directly refers the self-study student to ASCM. 

  • Acknowledge the impact of instructor-led training: The updated referral program supports this partner-driven model in areas of the world where instructor-led training has a significant impact as ASCM expands its product offering.  

For additional information on the forthcoming commission structure, please review the partner referral program presentation

International for-profit partner regional program 

Online training is now widely adopted by the majority of ASCM global training partners. The virtual nature of course delivery has also accelerated the regionalization of course fulfillment and delivery.  

To align with the online public course environment and provide our partners with greater market reach and opportunities, ASCM plans to release this new program and update the contractual requirements with our premier elite and premier international partners. The ASCM chapters’ existing territory, country goals and performance metrics will remain the same in 2022. 

The ASCM market regions for global training partners include: 

  • Africa 

  • Asia Pacific 

  • Central and South America 

  • Europe 

  • Middle East, including Egypt  

Proposed Timeline 
  • January: Release the program guidelines, including specifics regarding partner tiers, goals and the approach for balancing market growth in mature and developing regions.   
  • February - March: updated contracts shared with partners and signatures
  • Early Q2: Regional operations begin. 

2022 Brings New Changes to Corporate Membership

Beginning in February 2022, ASCM will implement a new corporate membership model, and you and your clients can reap the benefits! The new corporate membership structure offers membership packages aligned with organizational needs including:

  • Community engagement
  • Talent development
  • Enterprise transformation

All corporate member companies will continue to have a number of individual memberships (with certification discounts) to share with their employees. If employees are interested in local networking and events, they can add a Chapter or Forum membership at any time for an additional fee. View the product sheet for Corporate Membership.

What’s most exciting about the new corporate membership? The new benefits! In addition to the growth of current benefits, corporate members will now have access to:

  • Organizational Talent Assessment Tool
  • Facilitated Digital Readiness Assessment
  • Access to foundational Principles On Demand

Please note that with this change, the SMB corporate membership is being dissolved. To learn more about the upcoming changes to corporate membership, email

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