APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)

 The APICS CSCP Learning System is a comprehensive professional development and exam preparation program. It consists of three print modules and web-based study tools that reflect the entire APICS Exam Content Manual (ECM) and provides you with a broad view of global end-to-end supply chain management.

Based upon the most recent Global Job Task Analysis, the APICS CSCP Learning System modules were restructured with deeper integration of:

  • best practices in the day-to-day functions of supply chain professionals, and
  • technologies that drive improvement in planning and operations.

 View an outline of the topics covered in the APICS CSCP program modules.

Module 1—Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management

Module 2—Supply Chain Strategy, Design and Compliance

Module 3—Implementation and Operations

  • Broad concepts of supply chain management, including primary processes, objectives, integration methods and benefits
  • Alignment of supply chain and business strategies
  • Key considerations for supply chain design and continuous improvement
  • Key measures for planning and controlling inventories
  • Fundamentals of logistics in supply chain management
  • Identifying and managing market segments
  • Demand forecasting and management techniques
  • Keys to effective CRM
    Core concepts of supply management
  • Sustainability practices in design and operation of a supply chain
  • Risk, its sources, impacts and mitigation methods
  • Globally dispersed supply and demand, and the impact of free trade zones and trading blocs
  • Globalization effects on inbound and outbound logistics
  • Measurement of, and efficiency and responsiveness in the supply chain
  • Sales and operations planning (S&OP) process
  • Technologies for design, data, operations and communications in supply chain management
  • Factors influencing demand, including design, marketing, selling and matching customer orders
  • Core concepts of CRM, including strategies, technologies and key implementation challenges
  • Fundamentals of supplier relationship management (SRM), including strategies, improved managements of sources, relevant technologies and measurement
  • Inventory planning and control methods
  • Supply chain dynamics and the balance of responsiveness and efficiency
  • Managing supply from internal and external sources
  • Implementation of demand plans, including prioritization and fulfillment and capturing and communicating point-of-sale data
  • Tools and techniques to support continuous improvement strategies


To earn your APICS CSCP designation, you must pass one comprehensive exam. Prior to taking the exam, you must be eligible. Eligibility applications must be received two weeks prior to the day you register for the exams.

To be eligible for the APICS CSCP designation, you must have:

  • 3 years of related business experience or
  • Bachelor’s degree or the international equivalent*, or
  • CPIM, CFPIM, CIRM, SCOR-P, C.P.M., CSM or CPSM designations

 *APICS defines the international equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree as the level of study that would qualify an individual for a graduate program in the country where the undergraduate degree was earned.

Submitting your eligibility application is free and easy. Complete your eligibility application for the APICS CSCP exam now. Candidates will receive immediate status notification upon application submission.

The most common exam preparation approaches include self-study, instructor supported, or live classroom/instructor led. For more information on these approaches and approximate costs, click here.

Have more questions about the CSCP Certification Program?  Go to www.apics.org/Certification/ or contact our chapter's VP of Education.