Certified Supply Chain Specialist (CSCS)


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The CSCS On-line Training and Certification Program includes access to the On-line Learning Portal, Instructor Support, Exam and Certification. There are 144 modules in total that need to be completed for this certification course.

   Duration: 120 Hours
   Fee: US $600 or Rs.29,999/- (Including Tax)

The user id and password will be valid for 1 year from time of enrollment. Please note 120 hours is just an indication of effort in terms of hours to view all the 144 modules, Library and sample test papers. If you spare 2 hours a day, all the modules can be completed within 60 days (120 hrs/2 hrs = 60 days). That is approximately 2 months.

On an average, most members complete CSCS Exam within 3 to 5 months depending on the hours spent per day. The modules can be viewed any number of times without restriction and access will continue to be valid for 1 year even if a member completes the Exam in the fourth month. The online exam is conducted on 14th and 28th every month. Members are expected to complete the online exam within the 1 year time frame.

  Who can do this course?
  • Individuals who have completed the CSCA exam or those having a minimum of 1 year work experience in the Supply Chain Industry/Procurement/Purchasing/Warehousing/Distribution/Logistics Industry can do this course.
  • Those who seek to upgrade their knowledge levels in the Supply Chain Industry.
  • The certification equips the participants with the latest trends and best practices thereby turning them in to Specialists in this field. This is one of the most preferred certification by companies looking to hire resources in the Supply Chain Departments at a mid-level.

  How will this Certification help me in my professional career?

By passing the exam for Certified Supply Chain Specialist, you will join an elite group of professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in Supply Chain Management. The CSCS designation can be mentioned after your name just like a Ph.d. The CSCS designation will also be a proof of your technical expertise and will enhance your credibility in the Industry.


   What is the Eligibility?
  • Should have completed CSCA Exam or should have a minimum of 1 year work experience in the Supply Chain Industry/Procurement/Purchasing/Warehousing/Distribution/Logistics.
  • Should be a under graduate or Post graduate from a Recognized university
  • Should have minimum 50% marks in school and college.

  I have completed my graduation in the year 2005. Am I still eligible?

Yes. The year of completion of the college degree does not matter.


  Is there an age limit to join this course?

No. Anyone interested in developing their career in Supply Chain/Procurement/Purchasing can join this course.


  I had arrears during college but cleared it now. Will that be a problem in finding a job?

The recruitment policy at each company is different. Hence it cannot be standardized. While some companies hire people who have had arrears during college, certain other companies hire members who have not had any arrears. So it depends on the company and its recruitment policies.

Some of the members who had arrears during college and had a second class college decree have been able to find jobs in leading MNCs after they cleared this certification due to the huge industry demand.


  How will the course be delivered?

The classes for Certified Supply Chain Specialist program will be by means of E-learning. The classes will be completely online. The classes can be taken either at your home or office provided you have a Internet connection and a computer.

  • IIPMR uses State of the Art Online Learning Management System called Moodle to deliver the classes. Moodle is considered to be the world class e-learning platform that adheres to SCORM International Standard. Members can view the video modules; take quizzes and also the exam on this platform.
  • Classes can be taken online 24*7 Anytime Anywhere.

  I would like to take the classes from home. I have a computer & an Internet connection. Do I           need a high speed net?

Yes. A High speed connection is required. A minimum speed of 2 Mbps is required to view the classes.


  I may have doubts. Do we have doubt clearing sessions?

Yes. There will be doubt clearing sessions from 5 pm – 7 pm IST on the 2nd and 4th Sunday every month. During this session you can chat with the tutor face to face using webcam to ask any questions and get your doubts cleared.


  How will I get the access to view classes online?

After you submit the application form on our website, the user id and password will be sent to your email within 2 hours. Detailed instructions on how to view the modules, library, quizzes and procedure for the online exam will be provided in the welcome email. You can login at http://training.iipmr.com to view the modules, take quizzes and also the exam.


  Where should I login for the doubt clearing sessions?

The doubt clearing sessions will also take place at http://training.iipmr.com. You can use the same login id and password to join the doubt clearing session.


  Can I view a demo of the online class?

Yes. Please click here.


  What are the course contents for Certified Supply Chain Specialist (CSCS)?

There are 144 modules in total that need to be completed for this certification course.


•  Introduction to Supply Chain Management
•  Examples of different Supply Chains
•  Goal of Supply Chain
•  Procurement (Supplier selection, Procurement policies, etc.)
•  Deep Dive on Procurement with Examples
•  How to do Reverse Auctions/How to use Emptoris tool to conduct Reverse Auctions
•  Step by step instructions to implement Procure to Pay (P2P) and Source to Pay (S2P)
•  Procurement Planning & Implementation - Spend Analysis, Kraljic’s Matrix, Measuring KPIs and Supplier      Performance Assessment
•  How to Leverage Procurement to Realize Cost Savings
•  Manufacturing/ Production (plant location, product line selection, capacity planning, production scheduling    etc)
•  Deep Dive on Manufacturing with Examples
•  Distribution (Warehouse location, Customer allocation, Demand forecasting, Inventory management, etc.)
•  Deep Dive on Distribution with Examples
•  Logistics (selection of logistics mode, selection of ports, direct delivery, vehicle scheduling, 3PL, 4PL etc.)
•  Deep Dive on Logistics with Examples
•  Global Logistics and Transportation (How to determine optimal costing and freight routing. One domestic       example and one overseas example for freight routing. Road, ocean and air services. How to choose the       best carriers depending on situations)
•  Emergence of 5 PL
•  Omni Channel Logistics & Retailing - Latest trends in Logistics
•  How to Financially Optimize your Company's Supply Chain
•  Global Decisions (product and process selection, planning under uncertainty, real-time monitoring and          control, integrated scheduling)
•  Knowledge on how to optimize back end operations. Key technologies : EDI (for exchange for information      across different players in the supply chain); Electronic payment protocols; Internet auctions, e-bidding        (for selecting suppliers, distributors, demand forecasting, etc.); E-logistics; Continuous tracking of                  customer orders through the Internet; Internet-based shared services manufacturing; etc.
•  United States Trade Compliance for Export and Import. Important US Customs regulatory compliance,           BIS/ITAR export control
•  Supply Chain Risk & Business Continuity
•  Commodities Exchange – Understanding its importance
•  Best Practices on Contract Management
•  What is Green Supply Chain Management and How to reduce Carbon Footprint?
•  What is Strategic Sourcing? (Examples & Case Studies)
•  Global Sourcing – Do’s and Don’ts (Explained with real case studies on how to save costs)
•  Best Practices on Procurement
•  Supplier behavior and negotiations
•  Importance of Market Research that every SCM Professional should understand
•  Deep Dive on Market Research. How to do Primary and Secondary market research? Examples and              practical demonstrations in creating a brief research report.
•  Quantitative and Qualitative Research: How do to Quantitative and Qualitative Research with Examples.       How to find Market trends?
•  How to do Market Sizing or Market Segmentation?
•  How to improve the efficiency of a company’s supply chain? (How to improve the purchasing,                           procurement, other supply chain functions of a company to lower cost, improve quality and achieve                savings)
•  Supply Chain Strategies - Design and Management
•  Supply Chain Synchronization & Statistical Total Cost of Ownership Tools (End-2-End)
•  Supply Chain Network Design - with Case Studies
•  Traditional Procurement Process
•  What is E-Procurement
•  Key steps of the Purchasing Process
•  E-Procurement example
•  How to use spend analysis to improve your supply chain
•  Purchase Order template created in Excel
•  Create Purchase Order in Oracle E-Business Suite R12
•  Oracle - Purchase Order Creation
•  How to create a Purchase Order in SAP
•  SAP Netweaver - Purchase Order
•  Standard Purchase Order Creation in Oracle Purchasing
•  Master Production Scheduling - 5 Key Benefits
•  E-Sourcing
•  How to Navigate on Ariba sourcing tool
•  Step by Step demonstration of E-Sourcing using Ariba tool
•  How to Monitor a Sourcing Event on Ariba - Session 1
•  How to Monitor a Sourcing Event on Ariba - Session 2
•  Procure to Pay (P2P)
•  Source to Pay (S2P)
•  Reverse Auction
•  Practical Demonstration of how to do Reverse Auctions using Ariba (Ariba eSourcing Demo)
•  Driving Savings via e-sourcing
•  Quality Concepts
•  Introduction to Lean Manufacturing
•  Lean Manufacturing at Toyota
•  Lean Manufacturing Example at Toyota Plant Kentucky
•  5S Standard Work Video
•  Lean Manufacturing - Visual Management and 5S
•  Visuals of Warehouse, Fork lift etc from Toyota
•  Lean Manufacturing Tour
•  Toyota 5S
•  Kanban explained with example
•  Kanban Explanation
•  Kanban Pull Simple Demo
•  Pull System and Kanban Demonstrated
•  Seven Wastes Found in Manufacturing
•  Top 10 Reasons to Implement Kanban
•  Kaizen Overview (Lean Manufacturing)
•  Kaizen Workshop
•  Six Sigma Samurai
•  Toyota Production System - The 5 Ss in a Shop Environment
•  Value Chain Analysis
•  Spend Management
•  Inco Terms
•  Payment & Discount Terminologies
•  Top 5 Procurement Predictions
•  Top 5 Supply Chain Trends
•  Top 5 steps to Insuring your Supply Chain
•  Preparing Global Supply Chains Against Uncertainty
•  Strategic Procurement
•  Need for Market Research
•  Importance of Crude Oil
•  Important Economic Concepts
•  Sourcing Process
•  Sourcing Process in Pharmaceutical Industry
•  Low cost Country Sourcing
•  Logistics Management
•  Logistics in Hong Kong and China
•  Logistics - International transportation export management
•  3 PL & 4 PL
•  10 Common 3 PL mistakes
•  ERP
•  Guest Lecture on Supply Chain Risk Management
•  Export & Import Management
•  Pallets & Fork Lifts
•  Warehousing & Distribution
•  Warehouse Management
•  How to manage warehouse
•  Warehouse Management System
•  Amazon Warehouses processing
•  Inventory Management
•  Inventory Management - An Introduction
•  Inventory and Carrying Costs
•  Economic Order Quantity
•  Economic Order Quantity Example
•  How to Calculate Economic Order Quantity
•  Stock Keeping Units
•  What is a SKU
•  Create Stockkeeping Units
•  RFID
•  RFID Introduction
•  RFID - Technology Video
•  What is RFID inventory management
•  Introduction to Market Research - Why is it extensively used in Supply Chain Management
•  Research Skills in SCM/Procurement Industry
•  Primary Research
•  Guest Lecture on Primary Research
•  Secondary Research
•  Primary Vs Secondary Research
•  Look At What Matters Before Doing Research
•  Top 5 Market Research Trends
•  How Should Social Media Be Used In Market Research
•  Current Market Research Trends
•  Porter's Five Force Analysis
•  Pestle Analysis
•  SWOT Analysis
•  Supplier Diversity
•  Magic Quadrant Analysis
•  Supplier Ranking & Capability Matrix
•  Competitive Intelligence
•  Financial Risk Analysis
•  Example 1 -The Four financial statements
•  Example 2- The Four Core Financial Statements
•  Financial Ratio Analysis
•  Ratio analysis - Additional Examples
•  The Accounting Equation
•  The General Ledger
•  Accounts, Debits, and Credits
•  Cash Ratio Analysis
•  Basic Concepts of Inventory Costing Methods
•  Demand Forecasting
•  Price Forecasting – CAGR & Linear Regression
•  Price Forecasting – Multiple Regression
•  Price Forecasting – Weighted average regression and Time series Analysis
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Exam

  What is the course duration?

It is 120 hours totally. You may complete all the modules as per your convenience and once you are well prepared you can take up the exam at http://training.iipmr.com. The user id and password will be valid for 1 year from time of enrollment. Please note 120 hours is just an indication of effort in terms of hours to view all the 144 modules, Library and sample test papers. If you spare 2 hours a day, all the modules can be completed within 60 days (120 hrs/2 hrs = 60 days). That is approximately 2 months.


On an average, most members complete CSCS Exam within 3 to 5 months depending on the hours spent per day. The modules can be viewed any number of times without restriction and access will continue to be valid for 1 year even if a member completes the Exam in the fourth month. The online exam is conducted on 14th and 28th every month. Members are expected to complete the online exam within the 1 year time frame.


  What is the course fee?

It is US $600 or Rs.29,999/- (Including Service Tax)


  What is the minimum score to pass the exam?

A minimum score of 70% is required to pass the exam and be eligible for certification.


  I did not pass the exam on my first attempt. Is there a second attempt?

Yes. If you have not passed the exam the first attempt, you are permitted to take up the exam again.


  How many re-attempts are allowed?

Only one re-attempt is allowed. (Only the second attempt is allowed)


  I did not pass even the second attempt. What should I do now?

You will have to view all the modules again (Free) and then attempt a fresh re-exam. However $50 or Rs.2500/- will be charged for this re-exam.


  What is the question pattern in the exam?

There will be totally 331 questions with multiple choice answers.


  What is the time duration for the exam?

2 hours and 15 minutes (Total: 135 Minutes)


  When will I know the results? How will I know what is my score in the exam?

Your score will be displayed immediately after you submit answers to all the questions.


  When and Where will I take up the exam?

The online exam is conducted on 14th and 28th of every month. You need to register in advance and inform your preferred date by e-mailing a request to contact@iipmr.com. Once you choose the date, your account will be configured for the exam and an e-mail confirmation will be sent to you. On the day of the exam, you need to login with your user id and password at http://training.iipmr.com to take up the exam. The exam can be taken online from your home/office. Please note that you may login anytime of the day to take up the exam.


  I have scored 70% and passed the exam. When will I receive the certificate?

The certificate will be mailed by express delivery via FedEx or DHL to the address provided during the time of registration. For residents in USA, UK, Cameroon and India, the Certificate will reach you within 10 business days. For residents in other countries, it will take 15 business days to reach your address. In case there is any change in the address, please write to contact@iipmr.com clearly mentioning your membership id number and user name.


  Do you offer placement services to certified members?

Yes. We do. Please click here to view the partial list of members who have been placed after becoming certified. Most of the times, many MNCs usually contact us in order to recruit people with CSCS certification and during those times we share the CVs of our members with these companies.


  Do you guarantee a job after I pass the exam?

The CSCS Certification is widely recognized by the supply chain industry & most of the members are able to get in to mid-level positions in companies because of the specialist certification. The starting salary of an individual with a CSCS certification in USA is $90,000 to $120,000 per annum. The starting salary of an individual with a CSCS certification in India is Rs.4 lakhs/year – Rs.8 lakhs/year. We do not guarantee a job. However we do provide the latest job openings. Please click here to view the latest job openings.


  Are there any opportunities abroad in the Supply Chain Industry?

The Supply Chain industry is booming incredibly across the world as the international trade is vibrant. So the demand for supply chain professional is very high. There are lots of opportunities abroad in the Supply Chain/Procurement/Purchasing Industry in almost all the countries especially Australia, USA, New Zealand, Canada, UK and the Middle East.


  Do you offer Interview Guarantee?

We do not guarantee Interviews. However we do share the CVs of our members when employers approach us for recruitment. We also bring you the latest jobs available in 24 countries that can be accessed at the Job Openings section in the menu panel. Please click here to view the latest job openings.