National standard for CPD (PDF, 323 KB)

  1. What is a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program?
  2. Why does SCMA require SCMP designation holders to participate in a CPD program?
  3. Why is SCMA introducing a National Standard for CPD?
  4. My Institute previously had a maintenance program. How does this change affect me?
  5. My Institute didn't have a maintenance program in the past. How does this change affect me?
  6. How do I earn CPD points?
  7. Are there new categories for CPD points?
  8. What kinds of activities are eligible for CPD points?
  9. What activities are newly eligible for CPD points?
  10. Is there a limit on the number of similar activities in which I can participate?
  11. How do I verify my participation in eligible CPD activities?
  12. Why is participation in SCMA activities worth more points than non-SCMA activities?
  13. What is the reporting period for CPD points and how many credits do I have to earn?
  14. When does my reporting period start?
  15. How do I report my CPD activities?
  16. What happens if I don't fulfill my CPD requirements during the reporting period?
  17. On what grounds can I appeal a decision regarding my CPD points?
  18. My question wasn't answered here. Who should I speak with?

1. What is a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program?

The purpose of a program of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is to ensure that members have the knowledge, skills and attributes to surpass internal and external customer expectations throughout their careers and to maintain the currency and credibility of the SCMP designation.

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2. Why does SCMA require SCMP designation holders to participate in a CPD program?  

Participation in continuous professional development enables the accredited professional to gain and demonstrate a high level of competence as well as current business and field of practice knowledge.

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3. Why is SCMA introducing a National Standard for CPD?

Through this published National Standard for Continuous Professional Development for Supply Chain Management Professionals, SCMA provides assurance that SCMPs across Canada are equipped to demonstrate innovative strategic leadership within their enterprises to enhance competitiveness and achieve sustained competitive advantage. Points awarded for participating in SCMA National events will also be standardized across the country as part of the new CPD program. The new program also aligns with the updating of the designation and the new Competency Profile.

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4. My Institute previously had a maintenance program. How does this change affect me?

In many cases you will find you now have a greater number of activities to choose from in earning CPD points. You will also find that activity categories have been streamlined and reporting procedures have been simplified. However, points allocations and values, particularly for national events, may have changed. Please check with your Institute for details.

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5. My Institute didn't have a maintenance program in the past. How does this change affect me?

Starting January 1, 2012 designation holders in Institutes where a maintenance program did not previously exist will now be required to participate in the CPD program. Your Institute will have further information on reporting periods, requirements and eligible activities.

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6. How do I earn CPD points?

You earn CPD points by participating in eligible professional development activities. Your Institute has a complete list of these activities and how many points are earned for participation.

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7. Are there new categories for CPD points?

Yes. Eligible CPD activities will now be divided into three main categories: 

  • Instruction & Publication
  • Continuing Education
  • Profession & Community Leadership

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8. What kinds of activities are eligible for CPD points?

Activities must take place in the SCM Knowledge Areas, including the core knowledge areas of procurement, operations and logistics as well as the supporting knowledge areas of marketing, finance and accounting, human resources and knowledge management. Your Institute will have a full list of eligible activities and their corresponding points value.

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9. What activities are newly eligible for CPD points?

Your Institute will have a detailed list of all activities eligible for credit - those that are new will be highlighted with an asterisk.

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10. Is there a limit on the number of similar activities in which I can participate?

Certain categories of activities may have limits on the number of points that can be claimed during a single reporting period. Check with your Institute to confirm if limits exist, and what those limits may be.

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11. How do I verify my participation in eligible CPD activities?

Participation in all CPD activities should be verifiable, whether through receipts or official letters of confirmation. Your Institute will have full details on the nature of documentation required to demonstrate eligibility.

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12. Why is participation in SCMA activities worth more points than non-SCMA activities?

SCMA-produced activities earn a points premium because we are more easily able to verify the quality of the activities and events that SCMA produces, and to ensure that they meet the standards of the program and the designation.

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13. What is the reporting period for CPD points and how many credits do I have to earn?

All SCMPs are required to earn 30 CPD points during the three-year reporting period set by your Institute.

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14. When does my reporting period start?

Reporting periods vary by Institute, so check with yours to confirm.

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15. How do I report my CPD activities?

SCMPs will be responsible for tracking and reporting their CPD as directed by their Institute, including any supporting documentation that is required for verification. A random audit of SCMPs undertaken annually by the Institutes will serve to verify compliance with CPD requirements.

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16. What happens if I don't fulfill my CPD requirements during the reporting period?

In the event that an SCMP is not in compliance with the CPD requirements for maintaining the designation, sanctions will apply, which may include, but are not limited to, payment of outstanding fees and other penalties up to a requirement to re-sit the Final Examination.

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17. On what grounds can I appeal a decision regarding my CPD points?

An SCMP may appeal based on:

  • Eligibility of activity
  • Credits awarded for an activity
  • Loss of SCMP status
  • Exemption denied

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18. My question wasn't answered here. Who should I speak with?

Contact your local Institute for further information on the new CPD program.

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