APICS, the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management professionals, gives insight into professional development based off their membership of more than 41,000 supply chain professionals.
In the last five years APICS has grown by 23 percent, in 2014 the association expanded by more than 7,800 members. The growth from 2014 can be attributed to APICS’s continued expansion, a positive business environment and continued investment in employees’ professional development by corporations.
Other findings for 2014 show that APICS certified more than 4,000 supply chain professionals. There are now 102,819 individuals who have earned the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management designation and 17,687 who have earned the APICS CSCP designation. APICS certifications are respected by employers and are tied to professional success and higher salaries.*
“We want to give our members every opportunity to improve and excel in their professions,” said Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CAE, CPA, APICS Chief Executive Officer. “With resources, certifications, and education programs, we are collaborating with the industry to better the future of supply chain.”
Creating a better future for supply chain starts with education, and in 2014 APICS certification was offered in more than 84 countries with tens of thousands participating in APICS education and certification programs around the globe.
The growth in supply chain certifications as well as memberships indicates that supply chain professionals and their employers will continue to employ APICS professional development, education, and certification to advance supply chain excellence.
*source: 2013 APICS Operations Management Outlook Report
APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) designations set the industry standard. With over 40,000 members and more than 250 international partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. For more information, visit apics.org, join the APICS LinkedIn group at apics.org/linkedin, and follow APICS on Twitter at twitter.com/APICS.