LINCS in Supply Chain Management
Wanted: Supply Chain Management Pros
The field of supply chain management is projected to grow 22% during the next 5 to 7 years – faster than many other fields. Because professionals knowledgeable about transportation, distribution, and logistics are needed in every industry, you can choose a field that is of interest to you. An industry certification, offered by one of the premier professional organizations, says “you got this”. Better yet, you can select a certification (or more than one) that fits your career goals and interests.”
National Certification Program (endorsed by CSCMP)
Certification is the formal process by which a certifying agency, such as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), validates a professional’s knowledge, skills and abilities in a defined role and area of expertise, based on predetermined standards. Individuals achieve certification credentials through specialized education, experience in a specialty area and a qualifying exam.
Certification is a profession’s official recognition of achievement, expertise and professional accomplishment. It is a mark of excellence that requires continued learning and skill development to maintain.
Some of the most important purposes for credentialing programs include the following:
- Meeting the needs of employers, practitioners and the public by identifying individuals with certain knowledge and skills
- Assuring consumers that professionals have met standards of practice
- Demonstrating an individual’s commitment to a profession and to lifelong learning
- Providing an individual with a sense of pride and professional accomplishment
Reduced Time to Complete
Professional certifications test the knowledge you may already possess. All of the certifications require an exam to test that knowledge and can be taken at a local testing facility. LINCS has provided study materials and courses offered at select institutions to prepare LINCS participants for the certification exams. The LINCS certifications are designed to be acquired quickly.
Advance Your Career
CSCMP’s certification program distinguishes you among your peers as a recognized supply chain industry practitioner who has attained additional knowledge and operational skills needed today.
As the economy rebounds, the demand for experienced supply chain leaders with professional certifications is growing dramatically. When you receive an industry recognized certification, you prove to your current employer and the entire supply chain community that you have comprehensive knowledge. Certification adds to your marketability.
Can Lead to College Credit
Many nontraditional students can demonstrate college-level knowledge and competencies. Such learning — gained from experiences outside postsecondary education — often merits academic credit. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) provides a range of options from recognition of military and workforce training to national examinations and portfolio development. With more options comes the increased likelihood for greater numbers of learners to complete credentials. In today’s knowledge economy, postsecondary education is both more valued and more necessary than ever before. Achieving national attainment and economic goals will require that all high school graduates (including GED® and other high equivalency holders) are properly prepared for at least some postsecondary education and/or training.
Florida State College at Jacksonville offers additional options to boost your academic and career development with a logistics and transportation technical certificate, supply chain management associate degree and a logistics bachelor’s degree.
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Is It For Me?
All of us are “supply chain managers” at some point. Have you ever been in charge of a community event? If so, you needed to pull together things like tables and chairs, food, invitations, and clean up duties. Maybe your hobby is restoring antique furniture. To achieve this, you must identify and source the materials that were originally used, locate original components, identify the cheapest and quickest way to acquire these materials, trouble-shoot and problem-solve when you can’t find a specific part, and keep it all within a reasonable budget.
Think about your hobbies, your community involvement, or perhaps the responsibilities you’ve had in your work. You’ve probably used many of the skills needed to be successful in supply chain management:
- Project Management
- Understanding how to ‘source’ materials and services
- Ability to think on your feet
Whether you order a product, build it, move it, ship it, distribute it, or manage the coordination processes, you’re in supply chain management.
The education and industry partners engaged in this proposal are committed to working together to develop eight certification programs that align with the existing upper level industry-developed SCPro program from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Participants will have the flexibility to enter at any point of the knowledge continuum and advance from their current position into successively higher levels of the profession. These new certifications will build a foundation across all sectors of industry, better equipping supply chain partners to work together from a common knowledge base.