Pre-requisite Business Management Knowledge

The nature and level of content in the Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) Designation Program requires that, prior to enrollment, candidates have insight into the:

  • Functioning of people and organizations;
  • Workings of the marketplace; and 
  • Accounting methods that enable an organization to effectively manage its revenues and expenditures.

Individuals 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 requirement. 

Other individuals will need to obtain business management knowledge through post-secondary courses or SCMA educational offerings in the following areas:

  • Introduction to Business;
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Business Communication 
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behaviour

Advanced Standing

If you are interested in enrolling in the SCMP designation program and have acquired some supply chain management content knowledge in a full-time Canadian post-secondary degree program (or an equivalent foreign post-secondary degree program),  you may apply for advanced standing.

Work Experience Recognition

SCMA understands that many professionals seeking an SCMP designation have, through experience, gained invaluable business knowledge that is comparable to some of the pre-requisite education requirements for entry into the program. Prospective candidates who have strategic supply chain management field of practice knowledge obtained through 10 years’ relevant work experience with a minimum of five years or more at the mid-career level or higher may be eligible to apply their work experience towards exemption from the post-secondary education requirements for entry into the program.

Supporting Documentation for SCMP Enrollment:

Candidates applying for program must provide the following as supporting documents upon application:

Program entry based on education/advanced standing:

Official academic transcripts are required from a Canadian university, college or technical institute for the prerequisite courses taken that document:

  • Business degree or diploma achieved, if applicable, or;
  • Grade(s) or passing grade(s) will be defined by the institution where the course was taken accompanied by:
  • Course descriptions, including the number of hours of study per course
  • List of courses (numbers and names) that make up the entire program


  • A letter outlining the reasons for the request (explain for all the modules you are seeking exemption from)
  • A copy of your latest resume including an official job description

Should academic achievements have been completed outside of Canada; applicants will be required to have out-of-country transcripts first assessed through an official credentialing equivalency evaluation organization and submit the results. All applicants will be required to pay the processing fee at the time of submission.

Credential equivalency evaluation organization for Alberta: International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)

Note: Read SCMA Recognition of Prior Learning Policy (PDF, 241 KB) for any information regarding advanced standing. 

Program entry based on work experience:

  • Employment confirmation and/or employer reference letters stating positions held with corresponding scope of responsibilities; 
  • Detailed position descriptions; 
  • Current resume; and 
  • An organizational chart to illustrate function level and position.

Note: Work experience does not qualify for advanced standing exemption from the modules or workshops. 

If you have any specific questions regarding the SCMP Program, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Education Coordinator SCMP, (780)-944-0355 x 222.