Plethora of Courses in SCM – Who are They Suitable For?

Plethora of Courses in SCM – Who are They Suitable For?


Shyam Soni




April 1, 2021

From the questions we receive online, and in lectures and speeches, there seems to be some confusion about the plethora of courses and course providers in SCM.

In particular, most questions refer to the intended target market of these course providers. 

In response to these types of questions , we try and distinguish between Business-As-Usual (BAU) roles in SCM and the Business Transformation (BT) Roles in SCM. Read this article in case you are not clear on this particular distinction - 

The article above also shows five most common level of jobs in SCM for both - the BAU and BT streams. 

Now every course your encounter will fit either BAU or BT stream at one of the five levels. Your main job during the due diligence is to put the course in the right pigeon hole. 

How do you do that?

There are many organisations which offer certification in supply chain management and following are only the most important organisations who give the valuable and most sought after certifications in supply chain management.

  • Association for Supply Chain Management (APICS)
  • Institute for Supply chain Management (ISM)
  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
  • SOLE - The International Society of Logistics 
  • National Contract Management Association (NCMA)

Many of these names already signify which part of supply chain they cater to.

Ask for the membership details and former names of the organisations in order to make a judgement about what part of supply chain would their training mostly focus on.

Each of them certifies thousands of operational level supply chain managers and in our considered view, in general these certificates are very useful for tier 4 and tier 3 roles in BAU supply chain jobseekers to distinguish themselves from uncertificated cohorts.

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Our Quick Notes On Five Flows Of Supply Chain Management

Part of our new “Quick Notes” series – this report answers your most pertinent questions of the topic.

  • What are the five flows of SCM?
  • Why are they important TO YOU?
  • How can you map, track, and optimise these flows to serve YOU?
  • What is the importance of difference between "Supply Chain" and "Value Chain"?
  • What are the stellar case studies of each of the five flows?


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