New Network to Offer Supply Chain Certification

The Supply Chain and Logistics Certification Network has been formed as a group of well-established U.S.-based, non-profit associations that provide industry-recognized, nationally portable certifications for the professional and frontline workforce and organizations involved in global supply chain and logistics.

Charter members are: APICS The Association for Operations Management; the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L); the Institute for Supply Management (ISM); the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC); and the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). Each association has a nationwide infrastructure in place for delivering courses and certification assessments.

Network members will work collaboratively to raise awareness within industry, education and government of the complementary services of these associations that, collectively, help meet industry needs for highly skilled workers at all levels in supply chain logistics and for certified warehousing facilities. Together, the Network members offer a certification career pathway and “stackable” credentials, helping individuals to achieve higher levels of professionalism and responsibility.

The Network responds to the growing demand for industry-recognized, nationally portable certifications:

1) Employers need a higher skilled workforce to accelerate their adoption of advanced technologies and processes to enhance their productivity and global competitiveness.

2) In response, the workforce at every level -- from frontline materials handling and distribution workers to advanced supply chain and logistics managers -- needs to continuously enhance their skills.

3) Students and unemployed workers can improve employment prospects in this growing field by credentialing their knowledge and skills to meet national, industry-defined standards.

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