Do Certifications Help Your Career?
You bet they do and as competition for top jobs heats up, an industry certification may help you to land your dream job over another competing applicant. Skill, experience, and education each play a part in what a recruiter or employer considers to determine if you are a fit for the role and the organization. Today, most mid to high-level supply chain positions are requiring industry certifications.
First, it means that you have the formal understanding of the processes and procedures driving supply chains today. Secondly, and more importantly, it also indicates that you care about and value yourself and your career since you invested extra time and money to study and pass a certification which is not required.
Employers want to see that you are invested in your advancement and that you are willing to learn and grow for yours and your employer’s mutual success.
What type of certifications should you consider?
- APICS CPIM
- APICS CSCP
- APICS CLTD (Newest, More info below)
- APICS CFPIM
- APICS CIRM
- APICS SCOR-P
- APICS CTL
- APICS C.P.M.
- APICS CSM
- APICS CPSM
- CSCMP SCPro, I,II and III
- ISM CPSM
- LEAN SIX-SIGMA (Combined study, best of both worlds)
- SOLE CPL
- SOLE CML
APICS Newest Certifications Looks Promising
The new APICS CLTD designation, which is earned by passing one comprehensive exam, focuses on eight modules covering critical areas in logistics, transportation, and distribution:
- Logistics and Supply Chain Overview
- Capacity Planning and Demand Management
- Order Management
- Inventory and Warehouse Management
- Transportation Management
- Global Logistics Considerations
- Logistics Network Design
- Reverse Logistics and Sustainability
The APICS CTLD designation will equip individuals with the essential knowledge they need to reduce costs, increase customer satisfaction, and achieve recognition as an industry logistics and supply chain expert.
“As with all APICS designations, the APICS CLTD aims to serve the needs of experienced professionals, as well as those new to the field, to lessen the impact of the industry skills gap. Much like the APICS CSCP and CPIM designations, the APICS CLTD will set the new global standard for logistics best practices.”
~ Abe Eshkenazi, CEO APICS
To learn more about the APICS CTLD program, including further information about exam content, study options, exam registration, and maintenance requirements, visit HERE.
Lean & Six Sigma
This infographic from Go Lean Six Sigma gives you a great idea of salary possibilities between belts. Go Lean Six Sigma also offers a fun, affordable and self-paced online solution to earn your certification if your employer won’t help cover the certification cost.
Small World is always here to help with your logistics and supply chain career. Contact us anytime for tips or suggestions to ensure you stand out in the logistics and supply chain industry.