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CSCP vs CPIM

Would you find an APICS CPIM certification, or a CSCP certification, to be more useful? Which is more in-demand by more employers? Which enables more career flexibility? Which most easily translates to project manager experience?

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Nathalie’s Answer

Hi Kumar,

I find that the PMI (Project Management Institute) offers the best certifications, their certificates are Internationally recognized and employers value a PMP certification on your resume. If you are looking for a career in Project management, I recommend you check out PMI.Org and the courses they offer. The PMP is widely recognized and provide excellent basis.
In my case, I completed a boot camp with a professional PMP course provider this taught me the PMI methodology and the trainer was sharing his Project management experience during the boot camp, which made the knowledge areas relatable (you may have PM experience by volunteering in your community for example, this isn't just on the job experience). I had previous PM experience on the job which helped me assimilate the theory by relating it to real experience, and I had the number of pre-requisite hours to apply for the test (the PMI site explains what is needed). I studied about 6/8 weeks for the exam, taking a lot of 4 hrs long simulations online; when I felt ready I booked my test and took the exam at a PMI approved Test center. I passed and this certification gave me the self-confidence boost I needed to apply for PM jobs. I did this while working in Ireland where I got a Program manager job once I got certified. I am now a Program manager based in the US, being a PMP is an asset for an international PM career. PMP works well with the Lean Six Sigma methodology which is also a sought after certification by employers looking for PMs. In the Lean Six Sigma register I recommend the Green Belt certification and Kaizen facilitator certification; both give you solid basis to enter the world of a PM.
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Cliff’s Answer

CPIM is the only on that offers certification
How to earn the CPIM. Candidates must pass two exams within 3 years to earn the CPIM certification, and are required to maintain the CPIM designation every five years. Study with one of our flexible options: Classroom review courses. Led by APICS instructors through one of our 200 APICS chapters or 100 international partners.
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Samarth’s Answer

I myself am CPSM (ISM) certified, which I feel is the best supply chain certificate available and recognised in the market and of course its closest competitor is MCIPS. So if you ask me check these 2 certifications, investment you will need to make and the return on investment (i.e. who long will each of these certificates will be valid)
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Richard’s Answer

Supply Chain, as a whole, has proven to be very important in the face of COVID-19. Navigating Consumer shifts between Food Service Channels to Retail Channels is amazing to watch.

Further Certification is important. Anything that a new Professional can do to gain better knowledge and marketability is key.
If you are interested in a specific Channel in Supply Chain, make sure to place that at the forefront of your Certification Goals.


Good luck!

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Jill’s Answer

“CPIM vs CSCP – which certification to choose?”
This is a question we answer often.
My opinion on the matter may or may not line up with the general APICS/ASCM population, but if you were to ask me this question – I’d ask you two in return.
“Where are you at in your career?” If you are in your first 3 years of your supply chain career, CPIM is the way to go.
Otherwise, the big question becomes “What are you hoping to get out of certification?”
CPIM is the execution and detailed certification for the supply chain. It provides a common platform for individuals on the in-depth measures and actions required within demand planning, inventory management, procurement, transportation, warehousing, supply management, materials management, master scheduling, production planning, forecasting, and quality improvement within the confines of the supply chain.
In my career, I’ve found that CPIM covered the tactical execution of the supply chain, and that it is more than just manufacturing. For both manufacturing and distribution based roles, the knowledge within CPIM enabled me to add value in enhancing the supply chain.
CPIM is also the most recognized of the certifications for qualifications on job descriptions. Take a minute and look in your preferred online tool that lists open positions. Type in CPIM and see what comes up.
CSCP is the certification for the strategic view of the supply chain. As a supply chain professional, this certification is all about how the supply chain flows, how each piece works within and with the other components of the supply chain.
This broader view of the supply chain extends the APICS CPIM knowledge outside the internal operations to encompass all of the steps throughout the supply chain—from suppliers through the company to the end consumer—and how to effectively manage the integration of these activities to maximize a company's value chain.
For CSCP, I found that the strategic view of the supply chain allows me to collaborate across the supply chain successfully. Whether I’m working with Procurement, Transpiration, Warehousing, Planning, etc., CSCP has enabled strategic discussions, successful projects, and more in my career.
And – not to forget CLTD! CLTD looks at the supply chain from the transportation and logistics point of view. It’s similar to CSCP, but it’s focus is a view of the supply chain from a specific point of view, vs overall.

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Neha’s Answer

If you're considering a career in the Supply Chain, I'd highly recommend the CPSM. This certification is comprehensive and covers a wide range of topics.
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