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We all purchase and use an assortment of products on a daily basis. Behind each product, there is a system of professionals who take care of purchasing and receiving the materials to create it and then distribute it to customers. This system is supply chain management.

In essence, supply chain management covers the purchase and delivery lifecycle of products and services. It’s an interesting and well-paying career path with a range of professional titles and levels, from operations assistant to senior manufacturing experts and directors.

Supply chain management: A growing and evolving sector

A supply chain management professional’s daily tasks include coordinating the purchase of goods, materials and services, working with suppliers, negotiating contracts, managing delivery schedules, supervising people, and much more. Required skills include clerical and numerical abilities, detail-orientation, and finger dexterity. According to Work BC’s labour market report, the annual provincial median salary is $50,000.

There are currently 4,600 supply chain workers employed in British Columbia. Due to retiring workers and economic growth, there will be a projected 2,220 supply chain job openings over the next 10 years.

How to become a supply chain management professional

Specialized training will offer you a way to enter this thriving industry, and the right certification can prepare you for a rewarding career in supply chain management.

Through APICS, the internationally recognized certification body in the field, Camosun offers three levels of supply chain management education: Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD), and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP).

For those who need to focus on the internal processes, the CPIM designation is the way to go. CPIM focuses on the knowledge of production and inventory management within the organization. The APICS CPIM designation provides students with the knowledge to improve productivity within an organization's supply chain and increase profitability by optimizing inventory management.

Why you should earn the CPIM designation:

  • Increase your salary - on average designees see a 10% increase
  • Improve your hiring potential by 65%
  • Maximize ROI on systems and technologies
  • Reduce your organization's costs
  • Provide more value to your organization
  • Understand how to increase customer satisfaction
  • Build your credibility and set yourself apart from peers

If you have another focus in your supply chain career or already have your CPIM designation, you may want to consider CSCP or CLTD.

CSCP focuses on the mastery of the extended supply chain—beyond internal operations from organizations' suppliers through to the end customer. You will learn how to streamline production and cut costs by strategically looking outside internal operations and throughout the entire supply chain on a global scale.

CLTD focuses on in-depth knowledge of logistics strategy and planning, order and warehouse management, transportation fundamentals and global logistics, including risk management and sustainability logistics. These are the inbound and outbound, external processes.

For a thriving and dynamic career with opportunities for growth and a strong salary, consider a career in supply chain management.

To learn more about Camosun’s supply chain management training, visit



Last updated: February 2, 2018 4:59 pm

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