Supply Chain Management

Certification Reviews

CPIM – Certified in Production and Inventory Management
CPSM– Certified Professional in Supply Management

Based on SCE’s research and discussion with numerous clients, professional Supply Chain Management certifications are highly valued at this time for both promotion with a current company as well as preferred for hiring new applicants. In some cases, these are placed on a higher consideration than a Master’s Degree!

Why is this the case? Introducing CPIM® and CPSM® certifications, what you will learn is directly related to your current and future job responsibilities, whereas the Masters (such as business-related areas) tends to be more theory. Our Founder, who has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas (UNT) has experienced this first-hand.


Pat Woods, Founder and President

Also, consider the words of Rich Sherman who is an internationally recognized pundit and author on trends and issues across supply chain management. His book: Supply Chain Transformation: Practical Roadmap for Best Practice Results (Wiley, 2012), has received praise by practitioners, academics, and non-supply chain executives as a great read on business transformation. As a research director, he successfully launched the supply chain advisory services for AMR Research (now Gartner) and led in the development of the SCOR® model (which is featured in both the CPIM and CPSM study materials), founding the Supply Chain Council, and serving on its Board.

“If confronted with two candidates of equal experience, one of which has a formal certification, a recruiter will almost certainly opt for the certified individual. It’s all about risk mitigation.”   Rich Sherman.

The experts, including the Founder of SCE – Patrick Woods, agree that Supply Chain professionals considering a certification face a bewildering array of options with multiple organizations and certifications from which to choose.

“Respondents who hold one or more certifications reported an average salary that was higher than those who do not.”

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