1. What does SCMP mean?

2. Why should I become an SCMP?

3. I’ve already got Academic Credentials through a post-secondary institute. Why should I get the SCMP Designation?

4. Who can become an SCMP?

5. How do I become an SCMP?

6. How do I become a SCMA member?

7. What are the admission requirements (pre-requisites) for the SCMP Designation Program?

8. Is the SCMP Designation recognized outside of Canada?

9. How long does it take to become an SCMP?

10. Can I take a break from the process of becoming an SCMP and resume the process later?

11. What are the components of the SCMP Designation Program?

12. How much does it cost to become an SCMP?

13. How and where are courses offered?

14. How do I register for the courses?

15. Does SCMA AB offer financial assistance or a payment plan?

16. I’ve already achieved some similar post-secondary education. Can I apply this towards becoming an SCMP?

17. How much money does an SCMP earn?

18. What should a High School student focus on if s/he is interested in a supply chain career?

19. What should a post-secondary student focus on if s/he is interested in a supply chain career?

20. What’s the difference between the SSCMLP and the SCMP Designation Program?


Q1 What does SCMP mean?

A: SCMP stands for the “Supply Chain Management Professional” designation. It is granted by the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) formerly known as Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC). It is the most sought after achievement in supply chain management in Canada. A comprehensive accreditation program certifies that the SCMP has attained the highest level of competency. Adherence to a Code of Ethics ensures the highest level of integrity.

The SCMP replaces the previous Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) designation, as the supply chain manager is proficient in several aspects of the supply chain, including purchasing and procurement; logistics; operations management; transportation and more.

Similar comparisons in other career fields include the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA); Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP); and other Designations with other Professional Associations.
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Q2 Why should I become an SCMP?

A: Those with the SCMP Designation earn more money than non-SCMP professionals in the supply chain field. Career opportunities and advancement is enhanced. SCMP Professionals provide their employers with innovative leadership to achieve a competitive edge in the marketplace.
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Q3 I’ve already got Academic Credentials through a post-secondary institute. Why should I get the SCMP Designation?

A: According to the HRPA (Human Resources Professionals Association), “The essential difference between professional and academic credentials is that professional credentials are ‘warrants of competence’ or ‘warrant of expertise’ whereas academic credentials are not. With professional designations, the certifying body is warranting that the certified worker (tradesperson or professional) has the essential knowledge and skills of a specified domain necessary for safe and appropriate practice of the trade or profession. With academic credentials, there is no such ‘warrant of competence,’ an academic credential means that someone has successfully completed a particular course of study not that one is competent to practice a trade or profession.”

Q4 Who can become an SCMP?

A: All active SCMA members who meet the pre-requisite admission requirements can work towards earning the SCMP Designation. It is designed for those who want to accelerate their career in supply chain and intend to work at a management or executive level. It is also ideal for individuals who are already at a management or executive level, as the program provides excellent development knowledge and skills to provide their organization a competitive edge in the marketplace.
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Q5 How do I become an SCMP?

A: There are three steps: (1) Become a SCMA member; (2) Apply to be accepted (pre-requisites must be met); (3) Complete the SCMP Designation Program, which is balanced to deliver advanced supply chain management knowledge and high-level business skills, with learning applied immediately in the workplace.
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Q6 How do I become a SCMA Member?

A: Everybody is welcome to become a SCMA Member. Application forms are available online at www.scma.com/ab. The annual membership fee is $420+GST. Registered Full-Time students in recognized post-secondary business programs are also welcome to join for the annual membership fee of $29 + GST.
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Q7 What are the admission requirements (pre-requisites) for taking the SCMP Designation Program?

A: First of all, you must be a SCMA member. SCMA members who have successfully completed a degree or diploma program in a business-related function at a Canadian university, college or technical institute will be deemed to have met the admission requirements. Documentation must be submitted in support of the business management knowledge prerequisite. Other individuals will need to obtain business management knowledge through post-secondary courses or SCMA educational offerings.
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Q8 Is the SCMP Designation recognized outside of Canada?

A: Yes, there are reciprocal agreements in place with ISM (Institute for Supply Management) in the United States and CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) in the United Kingdom.
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Q9 How long does it take to become an SCMP?

A: It is designed to be completed in 36 months, concurrent with full-time employment.
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Q10 Can I take a break from the process of becoming an SCMP and resume the process later?

A: It is recognized that there may be a need for a candidate to exit and re-enter the program for employment, maternity/paternal or compassionate reasons.

Candidates seeking an opportunity to exit and re-enter at a later date are required to provide SCMA AB with verifiable details and/or supporting documentation.

A one-year extension on the program is possible, but all components of the program must be completed within a five-year timeframe in order to qualify for the designation
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Q11 What are the components of the SCMP Designation Program?

A: The main components are:

Modules: There are eight modules which emphasize the technical foundation of the profession in an integrated manner. They are spread throughout the three year program

There are four 13-week modules which occur once a week in the evening

There are four 7-week modules which occur once a week in the evening

Interactive Workshops: There are six interactive workshops that deliver high-level management and general business skills, spread throughout the three year program

The workshops run for 2, 3, or 4 consecutive weekdays

Each workshop occurs during the workday (e.g. 8:30 am to 4:30 pm).

In-Residence Week: An intensive week where SCMP candidates apply their functional knowledge with the competencies of leadership, professionalism and ethical behaviour.

All SCMP candidates Canada-wide gather at one location (e.g. Toronto) for the IR-Week.

Includes case studies, group work, informative lectures, Final Exam preparation.

Final Examination: Tests candidates’ ability to apply the knowledge gained, as well as skills acquired through practical experience.

Held in locations across Canada (e.g. Edmonton, Calgary)

2-day exam

Part 1 consists of four short case questions

Part 2 consists of a full case analysis

Practical Experience: A minimum of three years of full-time progressive practical experience (e.g. employment)

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Q12 How much does it cost to become an SCMP?

A: Approximately $16,000 over three years (*subject to change)

Enrolment Registration - $100 (*subject to change)

Modules & Interactive Workshops – approximately $12,000 (*subject to change)

In-Residence Week & Final Exams – approximately $3,400-$3,700 (*subject to change)

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Q13 How and where are courses offered?

A: Modules are offered in an in-class format or in a self-study format, development of an online program is in progress

You choose your schedule to meet your personal and professional needs, as long as all courses are completed within a 36-month period, concurrent with full-time employment. Up to five years is permitted to conclude the program for individuals who have to disrupt their studies for personal or employment reasons.

Edmonton in-class courses are at the University of Alberta – Faculty of Extension

Fall – September to December – (depending on course)

Winter – January to June (depending on course)

Calgary in-class courses are offered at SAIT’s Heritage Hall

Fall – September to December (depending on course)

Winter – January to June (depending on course)

Self-study courses (modules only) are offered in conjunction with an instructor

Fall – September to December (depending on course)

Winter – January to April (depending on course)

Summer – June to August (depending on course)

Note: Interactive Workshops are available as in-class formats in Edmonton (University of Alberta) or Calgary (SAIT) only

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Q14 How do I register for the courses?

A: Registration forms are available through the SCMA AB office

Available on-line at www.scma.com/ab

Go to SCMP tab

Choose Registration

Fill out an SCMP Designation Program Registration Form

Fill out a Module & Interactive Workshop Registration Form

Contact the SCMA AB Office to get the registration forms

Phone: 780-944-0355 (in Edmonton area)

Toll-Free: 1-866-610-4089 (out of Edmonton area)

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit the SCMA AB office at: Sterling Business Centre; Ste 115, 17420 Stony Plain Road, - Edmonton, AB T5S 1K6

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Q15 Does SCMA AB offer financial assistance or payment plans?

A: As a not-for-profit Association, SCMA AB does not offer financial assistance or payment plans. Payment for each module or workshop must be received by SCMA AB before the class starts.
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Q16 I’ve already achieved some similar post-secondary education. Can I apply this towards becoming an SCMP?

A: Depending on your education, you may be exempt from select Modules and Interactive Workshops. Some elements of the SCMP Designation Program will remain mandatory. Please contact the SCMA AB Office.
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Q17 How much money does an SCMP earn?

A: Salaries vary on a number of different situations, including the type of organization, the job title, years of experience, education, and other categories. However, Alberta leads the country for the highest average salary for all supply chain professionals at $93,315. An individual working in Alberta with an SCMP designation earns an average of $98,142. Click here to access the Salary Calculator.
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Q18 What should a High School student focus on if s/he is interested in a supply chain career?

A: Focus on business subjects and take part in the Junior Achievement Program. That should give you a good basis to see if a career in the supply chain sector is a good avenue to explore.

There are different career pathways through post-secondary institutes that are available. Click here.
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Q19 What should a post-secondary student focus on if s/he is interested in a supply chain career?

A: Focus on a variety of business subjects as the supply chain professional faces a variety of strategic and analytical situations that effect an organization.

There are different career pathways through post-secondary institutes that are available. Click here.

If you are a full-time post-secondary student interested in the supply chain sector, consider joining SCMA AB. As a full-time student, your annual membership fee is only $29 … compared to the regular annual fee of $400.
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Q20 What’s the difference between the SSCMLP and the SCMP Designation Program?

A: There is no difference what so ever. The SSCMLP (Strategic Supply Chain Management Leadership Program) was found to be an awkward and confusing acronym. The SCMP Designation Program is a more relevant name.
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All information is subject to change.

Contact the SCMA AB Office at:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
780-944-0355 (in Edmonton area)
Toll-Free 1-866-610-4089