Top supply chain management certifications in the Philippines

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Gaining a supply chain management certification demonstrates your competence in this field.

Getting certified brings a lot of benefits not just to you but also to the company’s operations efficiency. Certified professionals in the supply chain demonstrate advanced knowledge in executing world-class practices in procurement, logistics, production, compliance, and customer service. The company would have efficient operations resulting from a competitive workforce.

The Philippines has two organizations providing certification in the fields of procurement, logistics, and supply chain management as a whole. They are the Procurement and Supply Institute of Asia (PASIA) and the Philippine Institute of Supply Management (PISM).

  • PASIA Certified Supply Planning Professional (CSPP)
  • PASIA Certified Strategic Sourcing Professional (CSSP)
  • PASIA Certified Warehouse and Logistics Professional (CWLP)
  • PASIA Certified Integrated Supply Chain Professional (CISCP)
  • PISM Certified Professional in Purchasing (CPP)
  • PISM Certified Professional in Demand and Replenishment (CPDR)
  • PISM Certified Professional in Customer Service and Logistics Operations (CPCSLO)

PASIA is a certification partner of a renowned international supply chain organization, APICS (now ASCM), while PISM is a local partner of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) – both organizations are headquartered in the United States.

The Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines (SCMAP) currently does not provide a certification program, although they are active in conducting supply chain events across the country.

How to get a supply chain management certification?

Determining which certification is right for you is crucial before you jump right into the process of getting certified.

SCM certification from PASIA

The Procurement and Supply Institute of Asia offers 4 certifications, the CSPP, CSSP, CWLP, and CISP. To be eligible, you must have a bachelor’s degree from any field and a minimum of two years of work experience. You need to complete training modules and pass 70% on all quizzes before you can take the certification test online.

Each certification is unique and has different module subjects.

Recertification is required every 3 years and can be earned by retaking the exam, presenting an improvement project, and attending 45 continuing educational hours from training or coaching in the field of supply chain management.

PASIA Certified in Supply Planning Professional (CSPP)

If you want to learn how to design and develop your end-to-end supply chain, the CSPP is a better choice. This certification focuses on supply chain planning critical to building an efficient supply chain performance.

Module subjects:

  • Module 1: Supply chain planning and demand management (3 sessions)
  • Module 2: Supply management and inventory planning (3 sessions)

Training fee: Php 24,000 or USD 480

Examination fee: USD 200

Expiration: 3 years

PASIA Certified Strategic Sourcing Professional (CSSP)

Strategic sourcing is one aspect of the supply chain where companies can leverage to save costs, secure supply, and manage risks. If you are looking to master your competence in this area, this is a better route to go.

Module subjects:

  • Module 1: Essentials of strategic sourcing (3 sessions)
  • Module 2: Strategic sourcing tools and techniques (3 sessions)
  • Module 3: Category management and supplier relationship management (3 sessions)

Training fee: Php 36,000 or USD 720

Examination fee: USD 200

Expiration: 3 years

PASIA Certified Warehouse and Logistics Professional (CWLP)

As logistics is increasingly becoming complex today, delivering to customers the best product at the right time and at the lowest cost possible is a hard job. The CWLP will give you in-depth knowledge and best practices on how to balance between customer demand and logistics operations.

Module subjects:

  • Module 1: Essentials of warehouse and logistics (3 sessions)
  • Module 2: Advanced warehouse and logistics (3 sessions)

Training fee: Php 24,000 or USD 480

Examination fee: USD 200

Expiration: 3 years

PASIA Certified Integrated Supply Chain Professional (CISCP)

You need to pass all three certifications mentioned above to be entitled to CISCP. Having those certifications will equip you with an integrated view of supply chain management.

To maximize the supply chain performance, the company needs to synchronize and establish data visibility across processes in procurement, logistics, production, warehousing and distribution, and customer service. The old way of thinking – silo or functional thinking – must go away.

SCM certification from PISM

PISM offers 4 certifications, the CPP, CPDR, and CPCSLO. Eligibility for PISM requires a bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of work experience. Like PASIA, you need to undergo training and pass the examination to get certified.

The cost to get PISM certification is not publicly available on their website, however, it is around similar to PASIA.

PISM Certified Professional in Purchasing (CPP)

If you want to gain a strong knowledge in purchasing, the CPP is right for you. The CPP will provide you both foundational and advance procurement training.

Module subjects:

  • Module 1: Supply chain, purchasing function, organizing the purchasing function, law and ethics, purchasing policies and procedure, and the procurement process.
  • Module 2: Sourcing, pricing theories and practices, supplier identification, selection, and development, order quantity and inventory, and scope of other purchasing processes.

PISM Certified Professional in Demand and Replenishment (CPDR)

Optimized inventory level is fundamental to reduce inventory and warehousing costs, maximize customer service level, and improve cash flow. The CPDR credential will help you execute best practices to ensure an optimized balance between supply and demand.

Module subjects:

  • Module 1: Supply chain, inventory management, and forecasting and demand management.
  • Module 2: Planning, sales and operations planning, inter-relationship with other functions, and scope of other purchasing processes.

PISM Certified Professional in Customer Service and Logistics Operations (CPCSLO)

Logistics ensures the efficient flow of goods at the minimum cost possible while maintaining an optimized customer service level. The rise of e-commerce and changing customer preferences require logistics professionals to be innovative and responsive to the demands of today’s fast-paced world. The CPCSLO is the right selection if you want to excel in this area.

If you are looking for schools offering a supply chain management courses, visit the list here.

Please remember that PASIA and PISM do not currently have a self-preparation review kit for the exam such as books, software, or any resources international organizations like APICS and ISM have. You need to attend the training online or onsite to get the Philippine-based supply chain management certification.

Marvin Bunyag, CPIM provides analysis and insights into the most trending news in the supply chain management space in the Philippines and across Asia. He is an APICS-CPIM professional and brings over 7 years of international experience in the supply chain. He holds MS in Operations and Supply Management from the University of Wisconsin in USA and a BS in Commerce at the University of the Immaculate Conception in the Philippines. You can reach him at marvinbunyag@explorescm.com.

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