1. What do I need to do to maintain my designation?

To continue to hold the designation , a Certified SCMP must:

  1. Uphold the SCMA Code of Ethics;
  2. Earn 30 Maintenance Credits over successive 3-year maintenance periods; and
  3. Remain a SCMA-SCMAO member in good standing through annual paid membership.
  4. Adhere to the Terms & Conditions by which all CSCMPs are bound.

2. Where can I find information about my current Maintenance Period?

You may view the details of your current Maintenance Period through the Member Portal (https://portal.scma.com/mpower/mpp/member-login.action) and clicking on “Continuing Professional Development” from the menu on the left.

3. How do I report my activities for maintenance credits?

Effective March 1, 2017, you will be responsible for tracking and reporting your non-SCMA/SCMAO activities. To report activities for credits, login to the Member Portal and click on “Continuing Professional Development” on the menu on the left. Under “Add New CPD Activity” choose from the options in each of the drop down menus. Only non-SCMAO activities are to be reported using the self-reporting module. Please retain supporting documentation of completed activities for verification purposes should you be audited.

To learn more about CPD Self-Reporting, please view the How-To Webinar

4. What types of professional development activities are eligible for maintenance credits?

Professional development activities may include seminars, workshops, webinars and conferences offered by SCMA and SCMAO. To view SCMAO eligible activities, click here

You may also submit activities completed with other professional organizations, training completed through your employer, and courses completed through an educational institution. These activities may include conferences, computer upgrading or job specific formal training. For more information about how credits may be earned, please see the charts below.

5. How are credits calculated?

Credits are allocated for activities according to the tables below.

Instruction and Publication

IP-1

Writing a business-related book (first edition only) published by an established publisher

30 credits
IP-2

Writing an original business-related research paper published by an established periodical

15 credits
IP-3

Developing or editing a business-related seminar, workshop or course (of at least 5 hours’ duration) for a professional or educational organization

*Credits may also be claimed for substantial revision to existing course/seminar/workshop as demonstrated by at least 40% revision of materials

20 credits
IP-4

Writing an original article for publication in a magazine or newspaper, including electronic format

10 credits
IP-5

Writing and/or maintaining a business-related blog or being an official contributor to a recognized blog or newsletter over one year

*Subject matter must be related to the SCMP Competency Map

5 credits
IP-6

Instructing a business-related course exceeding 20 hours and sanctioned by a professional organization or educational institute

15 credits
IP-7

Instructing a business-related seminar, workshop or course exceeding 4 hours (but less than 20 hours) and sanctioned by a professional or educational institution or employer

10 credits
IP-8

Speaking or moderating at a publicized gathering exceeding 60 minutes for a professional organization or employer

5 credits

 

Continuing Education

A minimum of 20 credits per maintenance period must be earned through participation in educational or professional development activities.

CE-1

Completing a course, including web-based learning (at least 25 classroom or 50 non-classroom hours) (University or college semester long course)

 

15 credits
CE-2

Attending a seminar, workshop or course sanctioned by a professional or educational organization

½ day:   3 credits

1 day: 5 credits

2 days: 10 credits

3 days or more: 15 credits

CE-3

Participating in a professional conference or symposium

½ day:   3 credits

1 day: 5 credits

2 days: 10 credits

3 days or more: 15 credits

CE-4

Participating in a webinar or teleconference

*A maximum of 10 credits per maintenance period may be claimed in this category

2 credits
CE-5

Attending a professional meeting (breakfast/lunch/dinner) or plant tour with a program consisting of professional educational content exceeding 60 minutes

2 credits
CE-6

Reading a business-related book or periodical

*A maximum of 5 credits per maintenance period may be claimed in this category

Book: 2 credits

Periodical: 1 credit

CE-7

Serving as an unpaid judge for a student case competition or similar event

*Eligible for a maximum of 10 credits

½ day: 5 credits

1 day: 10 credits

Professional & Community Leadership

A maximum of 10 credits per maintenance period can be earned through professional and community leadership

PS-1

Serving one full year on a Board

10 credits
PS-2 Serving on a Committee or Task Force

< 1 year: 3 credits

> 1 year: 5 credits

PS-3

Mentoring junior professionals or supervising students for one full year

3 credits
PS-4 Representation at a trade show, career fair, or class visit

2 credits

PS-5

Volunteerism or community service (not-for-profit or charity) for one full year

2 credits
PS-6

Serving on a planning and development committee or task force for SCMA/SCMAO events (e.g. Student Case Competition, Symposium, Conference)

< 3 months: 2 credits

> 3 months: 3 credits

PS-7 Volunteering for one day to assist at a supply chain management event 2 credits per day
PS-8 Attending a supply chain management networking event

2 credits


6. If the courses I attend for maintenance credits are through another organization, what supporting documentation do I need to retain for auditing purposes?

Supporting documentation for courses completed through another organization may include a completion letter or certificate, a registration confirmation, or a letter from the organization on their letterhead confirming your participation in a specific activity. Please also save a course description with the date and length of the training.

7.
Can supporting documentation be attached through the self-reporting module?

No. You must save all supporting documentation in your own files. If you are subject to an audit, you will be asked to provide copies of the supporting documentation to verify the activities reported.

8. When will audits take place? What do I do if I am audited?

The annual audit process will begin on March 1st, and only those maintenance periods that closed December 31st of the previous year will be subject to an audit. If you have activities that are being audited, you will be contacted by email to request documentation. Only non-SCMA/SCMAO activities will be audited.

If your maintenance period ended December 31st of the previous year, it is your responsibility to save all supporting documentation until the end of the audit period, which is June 30th. If after June 30th you have not received an email requesting copies of supporting documentation, you may delete/destroy all supporting documentation from your previous maintenance period.

9. Will SCMAO activities and events be “automatically” entered?

Yes. Any SCMAO courses or events that are eligible for credits will be entered automatically. To avoid duplication, please do not self-report SCMAO activities. If you do not see a SCMAO activity in your CPD report in the Member Portal, please contact Debi Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please be sure to provide the name of the seminar or event and the date on which it was held.

*SCMAO is provided with a list of CSCMPs who attend the SCMA Annual Conference. If there are other SCMA activities you participate in, such as the Student Case Competition, Board or Committee membership, or the SCMA Insider group, please send an email to Debi Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. noting what the activity was.

10. How often should I report my activities for maintenance credits?

You may report activities as soon as you have completed them or after the conclusion of the first two years of your maintenance period. The choice is yours. You must report all activities by February 28 after the close of Year 3 of your maintenance period.

11. What if I make a mistake when entering a maintenance activity through the self-reporting module?

If you make a mistake when entering activities through the self-reporting module, please contact Debi Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 416-977-7566 extension 2133. Please be sure to provide details as to what the activity is and what needs to be edited.

12. If I accumulate more than 30 credits in a Maintenance Period, can I carry the credits over to the next period?

Credits may only be applied t the period in which they were earned.  We are unable to carry over excess credits from one maintenance period to the next

13. What if I cannot obtain 30 credits in my Maintenance Period? May I apply for an extension? What is the process for doing so?

An extension may be granted under extenuating circumstances for one year for those unable to complete the required 30 credits withing their three-year maintenance period.  Extentuating circumstances may include financial hardship, professional conflicts, maternity/paternity leave, loss of employment, and sick or disability leave.

If you are experiencing challenges completing the 30 credit requirement for your current Maintenance Period, please complete a Maintenance Reporting Form and submit it with supporting documentation to Debi Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

14. What are the rules with maintenance points if you are retired?

Retired CSCMP designation holders are exempt from the Maintenance Program. To continue to hold the designation, you must continue to be a member in good standing through annual paid retired membership dues, adhering to the CSCMP Terms and Conditions, and upholding the SCMA Code of Ethics.

15. What if I need assistance understanding if an activity is eligible for maintenance credits, what category an activity falls under, or assistance using the self-reporting module?

For assistance when using the self-reporting module or for any other questions related to the Maintenance Program, please contact Debi Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..