The value of international APICS certifications.


Do you know what are the benefits of being certified in any professional field? Let me mention a few:

  • Prove your domain in the field in which you are certified.

  • Enjoy professional credibility with your colleagues, the job market and the market in which you and your business compete.

  • Be a benchmark in your field in the economic sector and in the country where you carry out your work.

  • Maintain a commitment with yourself, with your colleagues and with the profession to be constantly developing and updated on all the trends and models of change that affect the different economic sectors in which you can work.

  • Fully comply with a code of ethics in their profession, which establishes principles of behavior towards the certifying entity, towards the profession, their colleagues, towards the market where they compete, towards local and international institutions that influence their performance as a professional of said field, and more importantly, that you live fully your principles of life in congruence with the code of ethics of your profession.

Now I want to talk a little about APICS certifications.


APICS has been certifying people since 1973 with the first certification which is the CPIM, and progressively the CSCP, CLTD and SCOR-P certifications have been incorporated.


The CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) now (Certified in Planning and Inventory Management) certification is designed for professionals in the areas of production and inventory in all industries, where Supply Chain, Purchasing and Planning Managers, Materials Managers, Production Planners and Consultants are the ones who have looked the most for it. Its scope covers the planning, sourcing and manufacturing processes of the supply chain, as well as continuous improvement. This certification is the most established worldwide. Its new structure, introduced this month, has 2 parts.

Part 1:

Module 1: Overview of the Supply Chain.

Module 2: Fundamentals of Demand Management.

Module 3: Supply Planning.

Module 4: Execution of the Supply Plan.

Module 5: Inventory Management.

Module 6: Continuous Improvement and Management of Quality and Technologies.

Part 2:

Module 1: Strategy.

Module 2: Sales and Operations Planning.

Module 3: Demand.

Module 4: Supply.

Module 5: Inventory.

Module 6: Detailed programming.

Module 7: Distribution.

Module 8: Quality, Continuous Improvement and Technology.


What value does this certification add to your resume?

  • Recognition in the labor market for the use of a solid and proven standard for planning and managing operations and inventory.

  • Recognition from potential employers for your abilities to define competitiveness, supply chain, operations, risks, technology and sustainability strategies to increase the performance of the company that acquires your services.

  • The potential for higher income in companies that know the APICS / ASCM standard and know how to value your effort and your ability to display your skills.

  • Recognition before private institutions and associations dedicated to researching and developing knowledge and practices to raise the level of the different disciplines of the supply chain.

  • Recognition from your peers for your effort, dedication and ability to apply in the discipline of planning and inventory management.

  • Be part of a recognized worldwide selected group of individuals with the knowledge to effectively plan operations and manage inventory in the supply chain.


The CPIM certification allows you to validate and demonstrate skills such as:

  • The ability to improve a company's productivity and increase its profitability by optimizing inventory management.

  • Forecasting.

  • Master scheduling for manufacturing and production plants, but at the same time you can apply the knowledge to schedule the provision of services.

  • Materials Requirements Planning.

  • Production and manufacturing scheduling and control, as well as scheduling and control of service operations.

  • Developing of a cycle counting program for inventory management in organizations of any type.

  • Manage the movement of inventory in all its categories in any type of organization.

  • Management of product reception operations from the supplier facilities and the control exercised to prevent defects from flowing to the production lines and exit docks.

  • Plan the capacity of an organization at its different levels: Resource planning, roughcut capacity planning and capacity requirements planning at the operational level.

  • Coordination of the Sales and Operation Planning process, also designing an appropriate framework for this process in your organization.

  • Definition of competitiveness, market entry, segmentation, supply chain and sustainability strategies.

  • Development of work plans to define operating and capital budgets for manufacturing and service provision companies.

  • Alignment of operations strategies (capacity, supply network, process technology, measurement and improvement).

  • Execution of master resource planning at all levels.

  • Detailed scheduling and contro,l and execution of operations.

With our CPIM training program you will have access to complementary resources to support the implementation of knowledge in your company, which you will only receive at Sigmacol.


The CPIM Certification consists of 2 exams, one for each part.

Each part consists of a 150-question, 3.5-hour exam. Exams are administered by computer at authorized Pearson Vue centers worldwide. After passing the two exams, the CPIM certification is earned. Learn more about the certification by clicking here.








The CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) certification is designed for professionals who want to gain the skills to manage the end-to-end supply chain. Its body of knowledge has evolved to version 5.0 and now consists of 8 modules:


Module 1: Supply Chains, Demand Management and Forecasting.

Module 2: Global Supply Chain Networks.

Module 3: Sourcing Products and Services.

Module 4: Internal Operations and Inventory.

Module 5: Forward and Reverse Logistics.

Module 6: Supply Chain Relationships.

Module 7: Supply Chain Risk.

Module 8: Optimization, Sustainability, and Technology.


What value does this certification add to your resume?

  • An understanding of end-to-end supply chain management.

  • Knowledge of supply chain standards unique in the world (and Sigmacol supports you in understanding their implementation).

  • Recognition in the labor market for the use of a global supply chain standard and a solid body of knowledge that guarantees your employer that your skills will help the company raise the level of performance, integrating operations and strategies with its business partners.

  • Recognition before potential employers for your abilities to define competitiveness, supply chain design, planning, risks, technology and sustainability strategies to increase the performance of the company that acquires your services.

  • The potential for higher income in companies that know the APICS / ASCM standard and know how to value your effort and your ability to display your skills.

  • Recognition before private institutions and associations dedicated to researching and developing knowledge and practices to raise the level of performance of supply chains in various industries.

  • Recognition from your peers for your effort, dedication and application capacity in the holistic management of the supply chain.

  • Be part of a recognized worldwide selected group of individuals with the knowledge to effectively and holistically manage supply chains.


The CSCP certification allows you to validate and demonstrate skills such as:

  • The ability to optimize production and reduce costs by looking strategically outside of internal operations and throughout the supply chain (the entire spectrum and scope of the internal and extended supply chain).

  • The design and planning of a supply chain.

  • The most productive management approach with business partners.

  • The most efficient, convenient and productive management approach with 3PL and 4PL organizations.

  • The management of distribution channels.

  • Customer relationship management.

  • The use of the data to align the production, distribution, purchases and provision of services.

  • Manage risks in the supply chain with a solid framework.

  • Integrate functions and work teams for a more efficient, effective, agile and responsive management of the supply chain.

  • A solid learning curve in supply chain standards and practices that enable your employer to achieve desired levels of supply chain performance.

  • Strategic management of the supply chain.

With our CSCP training program you will have access to complementary resources to support the implementation of knowledge in your company, which you will only receive at Sigmacol.


Both the material and the exam have been updated based on the work of the analysis team, market feedback and changes in the business environment.


The certification has 1 exam and consists of 150 questions to be answered in 3.5 hours. Certification is earned by passing that single exam, which is also delivered via computer at authorized Pearson Vue centers worldwide. Learn more about the certification by clicking here.