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I passed the APICS CSCP exam today! December 10, 2011

Posted by thinkphd in : Miscellaneous , trackback

Today, I passed the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) exam today! I now have four letters to add after my name.

Of course, I am still waiting for those other elusive three letters (PhD)…. :-)

I work in my company’s supply chain department and the CSCP certification is part of our recommended education and training. The Association for Operations Management (APICS) has several certification programs, including the Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program. The CSCP certification is relevant to supply chain operations and decision-making. The test has four content sections: “Supply Chain Management Fundamentals,” “Building a Competitive Infrastructure,” “Managing Customer and Supplier Relationships,” and “Using Information Technology to Enable Supply Chain Management.”

My company paid for a course offered by the local APICS chapter as well as the online APICS CSCP Learning System. Between the classes and studying on my own, I estimate that I spent at least 100 hours preparing for the exam. I took a vacation day from work yesterday and studied most of the day (but I graded some papers, too). I also printed out the CSCP flash cards and studied with co-workers over our lunch breaks.

The test was difficult because it required a conceptual knowledge of the topics, rather than simply memorizing definitions. There were a few questions on the test that about subjects that I do not think were in the textbooks. Overall, I feel like I learned quite a bit about supply chain processes and strategies studying for the exam.

I think those four letters after my name look pretty good…what do you think?

Cynthia J. Wolfe, CSCP

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