Supply Chain education & certification: Highlights on curriculum and other related issues :


ISCEA is the world leader in Supply Chain education , certification & different recognition programs e.g. Certified Supply Chain Manager(CSCM), Certified Supply Chain Analyst(CSCA),Post graduate diploma in Supply Chain Management (PGDSCM) etc. In this blog article will discuss about CSCM, CSCA & PGDSCM so that those who are interested in Supply Chain Education and certification will get some important information in one place to consider.

CSCM(Certified Supply Chain Manager):

The ISCEA CSCM is a certification that covers total supply chain operation in general. Other topics such as Leadership, Lean Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints, and Operational accounting etc. also included in curriculum. The Certification is to be awarded for both expertise in Supply Chain theory and the practitioner, who can lead a modern supply chain organization with P& L responsibilities.
Diagram of a Supply Chain Network

Subject matter/curriculum included in CSCM are as follows:

-Supply Chain body of knowledge(80%)
-Theory of Constraints(10%)
-Operational Accounting(4%)
-Lean Six Sigma (4%)
-Leadership & Team Building(2%)

CSCM Workshop discusses below subject matters:

-Understanding the Supply Chain
-Supply Chain Performance: Achieving strategic fit and scope
-Supply Chain Drivers & Obstacles
-Designing the Distribution Network in a Supply Chain.
-Network Design in an uncertain environment
-Demand forecasting in a Supply Chain
-Aggregate Planning in a Supply Chain
-Planning Supply and Demand –Managing predictable variability
-Managing economies of Scale in the Supply Chain Cycle Inventory
-Managing uncertainty in the Supply Chain Cycle inventory
-Determining optimal level of product availability
-Sourcing Decisions in a Supply Chain
-Transportation in the Supply Chain
-Pricing and revenue management in the Supply Chain
-Coordination in the Supply Chain
-Information technology and Supply Chain
-E-business and the Supply Chain

To pass CSCM exam one must have good understanding on below mentioned topics:

-Elements of Supply Chain
-Just –in-time(JIT)
-Total quality management
-Manufacturing resource planning
-Demand Planning
-Capacity Management
-Demand Management
-Sales and Operation Planning
-Master scheduling
-Measuring business performance
-Recognizing Techniques and Practices of Inventory Management
-Mechanics of the detailed material planning process
-Planning operations to support the priority plan
-Planning procurement and external sources of Supply
-Prioritizing and sequencing work
-Executing plans and implementing controls
-Authorizing and reporting activities for push and pull system
-Evaluating performance and providing feedback
-Competitive market issues
-Choices affecting facilities, supply chain information and organizational design
-Configuring and integrating internal processes
-Evaluating and Managing projects

Classroom instructions:

35 hours classroom instructions are given by Supply Chain experts to prepare for certification preparation along with exercises.

Different certifications in the Supply Chain:

ISCEA endows the CSCM certifications to the Supply Chain professionals after they achieve certain capabilities for a duration of 3 years. After 3 years it can be renewed after fill up certain supply chain management requirements and fees. Other supply Chain management certifications are SCMP,CPP, CPSM, CSCP, CTL,CPIM, CSCA, IOSCM etc. It is required 15 ISCEA PDU each year.(15 ISCEA PDU= 15 hours of continued education related activity with ISCEA). More details can be known from ISCEA member services manager, at 440.376.0222 and email

ISCEA Bangladesh team address as follows :

ISCEA Bangladesh team
H#210 (2nd Floor), R#13,
Mohakhali DOHS,Dhaka,
+8801790443300, +8801790443311

CSCA(Certified Supply Chain Analyst):

The CSCA is another course/certification provided by ISCEA .This certification program is organized in many countries such as Bangladesh, Egypt, Hongkong , India, Jordan, Latin America , Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Srilanka, Qatar, UAE under auspices of ISCEA. In Bangladesh 15 hours of class room instruction is given led by experienced Supply Chain Management Experts. Slides and exercises are given.2 hours of CSCA exam is taken.

The program is ideal for people with below mentioned background:

(a) Those who starts their career in the field of Supply Chain; (b) Who comes into contact with customers/suppliers; (C)Who works on material flow and information; (d)Lean Supply Chain & ERP etc.

CSCA exam and workshop include below things:

Supply Chain overview, strategy and framework for discussion, fundamental issues, aggregate planning, role of inventory, material requirement, sourcing, purchasing, transportation, manufacturing, fulfilling sales order, supply chain sustainability, team dynamics etc.

Location and date of examination:

Different location of exam and date can be known by emailing to

PGDSCM(Post Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management):

This is another program from ISCEA or International Supply Chain Education Alliance. This is an education to enhance professional competencies in various aspects of Supply Chain Management leading to an improvement in the job skills and self-enrichment. It starts with understanding of what supply chain management is to create better customer experience and makes more profit in the supply chain thereby.
Outlines of the education are strategic supply chain management, Sourcing management, manufacturing planning and control, materials management, logistics and distribution management, supply chain project work etc.
-Strategic supply chain management is to enhance understanding of the supply chain .Which includes traditional views of supply chain , decision phases of supply chain, discussion of flows of supply chain, examples of supply chain etc.
-Sourcing management involves introducing sourcing, sourcing cycle, sourcing policy, procedure and guideline, specification and value analysis of requirements, supplier scoring, vendor enlistment, negotiation, contract management, risk management in sourcing, strategic sourcing, legal and environmental aspects of sourcing, procurement, global sourcing , e-sourcing etc.
-Defining material management, planning, handling and procuring materials, distribution and transport of materials, considering financial aspects of material management.
-Concept and definition of distribution and logistics, planning of logistics, considering cost drivers, various distribution networks and relative strength and weakness, design options for a distribution network and their comparative performance, E-Business and distribution network, explanation of roles of logistics and supply chain management in the distribution strategy.
-Manufacturing planning and control also emphasized in the PGDSCM curriculum. Which involves competing through manufacturing, understanding process selection, design and processing capability ,forecasting, demand , inventory control and management, material requirement, capacity, operations planning etc.

In conclusion,

we can say that the ISCEA programs in propagating supply chain management knowledge are quite extensive and helpful in modern business management and understanding.

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