Accreditation Handbook

The accreditation program leading to the Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) designation is the most comprehensive in the field of supply chain management and is balanced to deliver advanced supply chain management knowledge and high-level business skills. The program is competency-based and participatory in nature with a focus on analysis, teamwork and decision-making.

The Certified SCMP Designation Program is suitable for those seeking to launch or accelerate their career in supply chain and who work or intend to work at a management or executive level.

In order to earn the Certified SCMP Designation, you must be admitted to the program, be an SCMAO member, and successfully complete all of the following elements:

8 Modules

13-week or 7-week sessions

Online or in-class

Cover the core areas of strategic supply chain management knowledge

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Procurement and Supply Management
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Operations and Process Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Global Sourcing
  • Supply Chain Management for the Public Sector
  • Supply Chain Management for Services, Capital Goods and Major Projects

6 Interactive Workshops

2-4 day sessions


Address high-level business skills

  • Leadership and Professionalism
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Communication and Relational Skills
  • Competitive Bidding, Contract Preparation and Contract Management
  • Risk Management
  • Ethical Behaviour and Social Responsibility
In-Residence Week Integrates and advances knowledge gained during Modules and Interactive Workshops, and hones management and leadership skills; also provides Final Exam preparation
Final Examination Tests knowledge acquired throughout the program and practical experience in a cased-based Exam
Practical Experience Requirement A minimum of three years of progressive experience in any aspect of supply chain management
CSCMP Fee Schedule

For a full description of the program, please consult the Accreditation Handbook (PDF, 925.47 KB).

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Why attain the Certified SCMP designation?

The Certified SCMP designation is the most sought-after achievement in supply chain management in Canada – setting the national standard for excellence in the profession.

Impact: Certified SCMPs are seen as the pre-eminent authority in supply chain management. They are the strategic leaders and decision-makers.

Advancement: When hiring for positions in supply chain management, employers are increasingly asking for the Certified SCMPs or enrollment in the Certified SCMP program.

Earning Power: Those with the Certified SCMP designation earn 14% more annually than their counterparts without the designation: SCMA/PurchasingB2B Salary Survey.

Global Perspective: With supply chains that reach around the world, a Certified SCMP is a key contributor to the competitiveness and success of any enterprise, anywhere.

Satisfaction: Completing a rigorous program, Certified SCMPs achieve supply chain management’s most respected credential, and differentiate themselves from others practicing in the field.


External Recognition

SCMA's Certified SCMP Designation Program has been accredited by key outside bodies as meeting demanding national and international standards. Third-party accreditation such as this allows students, practitioners and employers to identify the highest quality programs.

International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management

The program is accredited by the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management as complying with its Certificate of Competence in Purchasing and Supply. SCMA's program is the only one in Canada to be accredited by IFPSM.

Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council National Accreditation Program The requirements have also been assessed as meeting the full standard of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC) National Accreditation Program. SCMA's programs were among the first group of programs to receive accreditation through the Sector Council.