While the profession of supply chain management may not be as glamorous as marketing or intense as sales, it is arguable the most important function of an organization.  Supply chain management deals with the flow of goods and services, involving “the movement and storage of raw materials, of work-in-process inventory, and of finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.”  Understanding who you’re buying from and why is pivotal and running a successful organization and the employees within the field are paramount.

According to IT World, supply chain management “is a growing field and a satisfying profession, as a recent survey from the Association for Supply Chain Management (APICS) found that 96 percent of those surveyed were highly satisfied with their career in SCM, with average rating of 8.4 out of 10.”

With so much positive feelings towards the profession, many seek to separate themselves from the pack by accumulating industry recognized certifications. Apparently, “SCM pros with at least one certification get paid on average 19 percent more than those who aren’t certified, and those with two or three certifications earn salaries that are 39 percent and 50 percent higher than the median, respectively.”

Therefore, today we’ve decided to highlight the Top 8 SCM certifications based on the writing of Sarah K. White of CIO.  We give the names and costs of each, but if you’re interested in learning more, check out the article link below:

1) APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional certification (CSCP)

Exam fee: $695 for Plus members, $965 for Core and non-members
Retake fee: $450
Renewal fee: $75 for members, $150 for non-members
Expiration: 10 years

2) APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)

Exam fee: $495 per exam for Plus members, $690 per exam for Core and non-members
Retake fee: $250
Renewal fee: $75 for members, $150 for non-members
Expiration: 10 years

3) APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR-P) Endorsement

Exam fee: The exam is included in the course fee, which varies per program
Retake fee: $350
Renewal fee: N/A
Expiration: N/A

4) ISM Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM)

Application fee: $119 for members, $179 for non-members
Exam fee: $229 for members, $379 for non-members
Retake fee: $379
Renewal fee: $75 for members, $150 for non-members
Expiration: 4 years

5) ISM Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD)

Application fee: $119 for members, $179 for non-members
Exam fee: $229 for members, $379 for non-members
Retake fee: $379
Renewal fee: $75 for members, $150 for non-members
Expiration: 3 years

6) SCPro Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

Level 1 exam fee: $650 for members, $975 for non-members
Level 2 exam fee: $1,095 for members, $1,500 for non-members
Level 3 exam fee: N/A
Renewal fee: $50 for members, $100 for non-members
Expiration: 4 years

7) SOLE Certified Professional Logistician (CPL)

Exam fee: $225 for members, $375 for non-members
Retake fee: $50
Renewal fee: N/A
Expiration: Does not expire

8) NCMA Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM)

Application fee: $210 for members, $410 for non-members
Exam fee: $125 for domestic, $150 for international exams
Retake fee: $100 for domestic, $130 for international exams
Renewal fee: $95 for members, $145 non-members
Expiration: 5 years