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SCM & SCLT Career Guide

Supply Chain and Logistics Technology Career Resources

Professional Associations & Organizations: Certifications

This guide was designed to help students research occupations related to the study of Supply Chain Management.   Occupations within this field require various types of certifications in order to gain entry. Industry related associations or organizations are primarily responsible for awarding certifications and creating the criteria for this purpose. This page will list various professional associations and organizations which focus on the certifications needed for employment in the industries associated with Supply Chain Management.

Professional Associations

ASTL:The American Society of Transportation and Logistics is the premier professional organization for transportation and logistics professionals. Founded in 1946 by industry leaders, ASTL strives to promote and ensure the highest level of global standards through professional certification in the field of transportation and logistics. ASTL certification programs are used throughout business, academia, and governments worldwide.

Professional Designation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (PLS)
Certified in Transportation and Logistics (CTL)
Distinguished Logistics Professional (DLP)
Global Logistics Associate (GLA)


APICS: The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in supply chain and operations management, including production, inventory, materials management, purchasing, and logistics.

Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
APICS Certification Study Materials are available in the UH Libraries Main Campus Library on "Permanent Reserves"

ISCESA: The International Supply Chain Education Alliance is the world leader in developing and publishing the International Supply Chain Standards.
Certified Supply Chain Manager (CSCM)
Certified Supply Chain Analyst (CSCA)
Certified Demand Driven Planner (CDDP)
Certified RFID Supply Chain Manager (RFIDSCM)
Certified Supply Chain Technology Professional (CSCTP)
Certified Supply Chain Energy Expert (CSCEE)
Certified LEAN Master (CLM)
Certified Sex Sigma Green & Black Belt (CSSGB & CSSBB)


ISM: The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the largest supply management association in the world as well as one of the most respected. ISM's mission is to lead the supply management profession through its standards of excellence, research, promotional activities, and education.

Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)
Certified Professional In Supply Management (CPSM)

SOLE - The International Society of Logistics is a non-profit international professional society composed of individuals organized to enhance the art and science of logistics technology, education and management.

Demonstrated Logistician Program (DLP)
Certified Master Logistician (CML)
Certified Professional Logistician (CPL)

Related Associations

ASQ: The American Society for Quality - By making quality a global priority, an organizational imperative, and a personal ethic, ASQ becomes the community for everyone who seeks quality concepts, technology, or tools to improve themselves and their world.
CSCMP: The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is the preeminent worldwide professional association dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of research and knowledge on supply chain management. With over 8,500 members representing nearly all industry sectors, government, and academia from 67 countries, CSCMP members are the leading practitioners and authorities in the fields of logistics and supply chain management.
IOSCM: The Institute of Supply Chain Management was formed as the first international institute representing the interests of the supply chain industry across the world and truly encompassing all aspects of supply chain operations from purchasing to manufacturing, logistics to general management.