Supply Chain Certification Programmes – Birth and Progression
It started as a method to enhance the supply chain professional’s career graph from the traditional college degrees added to on-the-job experience and has now become a path to achieving new pinnacles of specialisation and expertise. Normal methods include instructor delivered contact classes, content driven e-learning modules in areas like manufacturing, point-to-point supply chains, logistics and distribution.
A certification programme helps professionals add value and allows them to separate and establish themselves as experts in focussed areas. Accreditation allows participating professionals to choose areas to focus on and gain experience and learning to get certified in short spurts of time. This is especially applicable when they are not looking to improve all areas of their job at one go, in which case of course going for a full diploma or degree in Supply Chain would be more appropriate. For a short, quick and focussed learning experience, a certification course is a great option.
Logically speaking a supply chain certification added to one’s qualifications should result in a larger pay package and should increase employability in case of a change in scenario.
Knowledge Gap Fulfilment
The certification programmes were, when they first appeared, a substitute for the formal supply chain degree and diploma courses which were not easily available at that time. The certification courses were an add on to the technical knowledge that a professional had. In today’s fast paced environment certifications are a definite value add, both to professionals and to students on their existing core academic degrees. Increasing number of students are now looking at giving themselves an edge in the talent pool by acquiring one or more additional supply chain certifications. A certification is also viewed as a demonstration of one’s commitment to a professional field of practice.
E-Learning – An Advantage
Apart from the regular full-time courses that have now proliferated the e-learning option is one which allows flexibility. Certifications can now be done on the on-line format and one can mix-and-match what they want to add to in their supply chain knowledge to support their career aspirations. In the near future one might even see students using a certification offering to clear a test and transfer to a full-time programme. This is something that has not happened yet, but there is definite potential for it to happen sometime in the future.