APICS certification – What’s in it for you?

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How about learning CRP, FIFO, JIT, Kanban, Lean, MPS, Six sigma, TQM via a CPIM or CSCP certification? Have I lost you already? I hope not but if I have, this article is for you!

As you recall from a previous article, DynaSys, a division of QAD, has the development of its workforce through multiple channels as a top priority. Therefore, this is where APICS training and certifications intervene as the knowledge gained by each employee who completed an APICS course extend far beyond the mere intellectual nourishment of the individual.


For those of you who don’t know about APICS, it’s an organization dedicated to supply chain knowledge set to industry standards that provides “a body of knowledge, innovative research, systems, and methods to create value” for a variety of actors. This is done via a range of tools covering education and certification to benchmarking and best practices.

Benefits for everyone

Each party involved benefits from the knowledge acquired:

  • The employee, no matter the role – demonstrates an ability to use a common language to the various actors of the supply chain world from manufacturing to distribution and therefore immediately considered a credible influencer; a valuable asset that can avoid approximations as well as extend self confidence at times.
  • The employer – having employees certified by APICS usually make the company a trusted advisor for its customers and prospects.
  • The customer and/or prospect – understands the editor’s employees not only know the solution they’re developing, selling, implementing and supporting but also, know about supply chain and its business processes.

Beyond the common terminology, best practices and know-how, following at least the CPIM-Part 1 (formerly known as the BSCM and commonly named Basics) brings the student a sturdy foundation of the end-to-end supply chain processes that provides a clear understanding of suppliers’ activity workflow. One could argue that APICS teaches us to broaden our business horizon by giving us the tools to understand concepts, processes and methods that govern the supply chain world. According to APICS, “We are essential partners in transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers.” From here, it seems easy to apply the Challenger method. With the Challenger selling model, the sales rep teaches and tailors their sales message to the customer.  With this in mind, you will agree that APICS training is ideal for supporting us in our business and development.

Keep in mind, APICS courses are not only reserved for Sales oriented employees; whether you work in Marketing, R&D, Support, etc., you are able to follow the APICS method. Also, if you want to expand your knowledge on FiFO or Six sigma, you know what to do next!

Marie-France Le Noac'h
Marie-France began her career in the tourism trade before finding her true calling in HR at QAD where she was responsible for one location in France; this has now grown into multiple sites. Along with her HR Management duties Marie-France is the expert on all matters relating to Workday for the EMEA Region - a Cloud solution for HR services. She is also Regional Coordinator for several corporate programs. Marie-France is passionate about her role in QAD and in particular really enjoys her interaction with the people inside the organization. Her favourite motto is "Respect for the Individual at all Times".