Which Supply Chain Management certification is the best fit for you?

Are you looking for a Supply Chain training and/or certification? 

Do you want to upgrade your career? 

Are you looking for a Supply Chain professional certification for your team? 

Picking one certification in all the ones available in the market isn’t easy.

Let’s look at the different steps and questions to ask yourself; and then match your situation with the supply chain certification available on the market. 

Preparation of your supply chain training selection: Your Profile Definition 

Here are some questions to ask yourself when you are looking for professional training or certification; to select the right one for you. 

>    What is your initial background? 

We have plenty of profiles in supply chain management, which is one of this practice’s wealth. 

In this article, we are trying to identify some of the trainees’ profile we met during our training activities. You may position yourself in one of this profile: 

– The Starter.

You are interested in Supply Chain management.

Maybe you are looking for a new professional start, your level of supply chain management is low. 

– Experienced without an official background.

You are working on Supply Chain Management, and you learned everything in the field.

You are looking to validate your knowledge.  

– The Senior manager with a university background.

You are looking to update your experience with actual training or looking for new methodologies developed since you left university.

You are also looking for a proper certification to validate your background.

– Curious.

You have the right diploma to get the job you want, but you are looking for new concepts and tools. 

You could also assess your level thanks to the Supply Chain skills assessment.

Then, you can get your level or team level to prepare for the good training process.

AGILEA proposes a Supply Chain management skills assessment, based on the APICS and Supply Chain best practices, to provide your Supply chain management level and the most appropriate training for you. 

>    Your Actual or Target Level 

The team or project management is an important part of Supply Chain activities.

Thanks to the certifications available on the market there are specification depending on your management level.

  • Manager 

You are managing people, or you are looking to access new professional opportunities with management activities. 

You are also in charge of the continuous improvement activities of the company, you are in charge of multiple projects. (S&OP, Lean, Supplier improvement, … )

  • Operational 

You are a planner, buyer, supply chain leader, … You work as a member of the Supply chain management team. (Or you are looking to work in these departments).

You are looking to improve your technical skills (planning, procurement, distribution, demand management, forecast…)

>    Your Expectations 

At least we identified four main expectations with our trainees for more than 10 years: 

– Discover the Supply Chain management practices 

– Improve your professional path with an official certification

– Looking for a new methodology to solve a problem you face in daily business 

– Get the tools you will need ASAP in your professional tasks with a practical training

>    Investment you could allow (in term of time)

Keep in mind that the Supply chain official certifications request a personal investment in time; to prepare for the class and prepare for the exam.

It’s imperative to keep this in mind before you start your next training. 

There are two types of time investment 

– Class participation, from one day to six full days

– The preparation of the certification 

In term of investment, we can define multiple duration range: (In-class training and certification preparation included) 

– Less than one week 

– Less than one month 

– About three months

– About six months (and more) 

After all this information, you could be able to define your supply chain trainee profile.

You should have the final list of the pieces of training which best fit you. 

We recommend also doing a Supply Chain skills assessment to get professional feedback on your Supply Chain effectiveness level.

The Supply Chain training/certification grid of choice

We defined, in the grid below, the best match regarding your trainee profile and the Supply Chain training available on the market from APICS/ASCM and Demand Driven Institute (DDI). In the second part, we introduce each program.

> Match your profile and the Supply chain certification

Remark: All programs have Supply chain general program; CLTD certification is dedicated to people who are working in transportation and distribution. 

> Certification and Training presentation  

APICS Certifications 

APICS certifications are managed by The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM); which is the global leader in supply chain organizational certifications.

Those certifications are known worldwide and ensure a high-quality certification process for supply chain leaders.

List of ASCM/APICS certifications 

Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM). CPIM Part 1 and CPIM P2

By earning the APICS CPIM, you become a recognized expert in operations and a valuable asset for your organization.

  • Commit yourself to a higher level of knowledge and skill,
  • Boost your career prospects,
  • Help any organization stay competitive in today’s economy.

This certification is divided into two levels: CPIM Part 1 and CPIM Part 2. 

With Part 1 you will learn the fundamentals of supply chain management.

The Part 2 certification is an upper level with more details about the supply chain management practices. 

Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) 

The APICS CSCP Certification arms you with end-to-end supply chain knowledge; to help you and your business remain competitive in today’s economy.

Boost your confidence in supply chain management and master the skills needed; to bring new ideas to suppliers, plants, and distributors while improving customer satisfaction and manage a Supply Chain team. 

Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD)

The CLTD certification allows you to be certified as a professional in logistics, transportation, and distribution.

Thanks to this certification, you will reduce the industry’s impact while providing innovative solutions in the transportation and distribution fields. 


Learn techniques for managing and measuring a global supply chain’s performance; using the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model with SCOR-P training and credential program.

Back to basic 

A program to introduce supply chain management practices.

This training is for people interested to know what is Supply Chain management and get some basics and tools about it.

To get more details in the APICS certifications’ content, visit the website => https://www.ascm.org/learning-development/certifications-credentials/

Demand Driven Institute Certifications 

The Demand Driven Institute offers a suite of robust educational programs.

Those programs are designed to enable companies to begin and sustain an implementation of a Demand Driven Operating Model (DDOM) and the Demand Driven Adaptive Enterprise (DDAE) model.

Adaptive Enterprise Foundation Program 

AEFP™ demonstrates that an individual understands the conceptual differences between conventional supply chain approaches dominated by MPS, MRP, and DRP and the emerging flow-based approaches, including the Demand Driven Adaptive Enterprise (DDAE) Model.

Demand Driven Planner 

The Demand Driven Planner (DDP)™ Program is designed to plan, purchase, and supply chain personnel; responsible for implementing and maintaining a DDMRP implementation.

Demand Driven Leader 

The Demand Driven Leader (DDL)™ Program equips senior and mid-level operations and supply chain managers;

with the ability to design, implement and sustain a Demand Driven Operating Model (DDOM), including parameter settings through Demand Driven S&OP (DDS&OP).


Adaptive S&OP is the strategic component of the Demand Driven Adaptive Enterprise model.

This process allows managers to manage all levels of the company in an integrated way.

To get more details in the DDI certifications’ content, visit the website => https://www.demanddriveninstitute.com/certification

AGILEA Training 

AGILEA is a training center dedicated to Supply chain and project management activities. 

We prepare for APICS and Demand Driven Institute certifications.

And we also develop supply chain professionals training and supply chain academies. 

We propose workshops on Supply Chain introduction, Demand Driven methodology and Lean tools using our digital games. 

Suppose you are still wondering what your Supply Chain level is.

In that case, we propose a Supply Chain skills assessment; to assess your level and suggest to you the best training program.