New Accreditation Program For Supply Chain Managers

Sept. 14, 2007
A new C.P.P. designation is available in Canada.

The new, strategy-focused Certified Professional Purchaser (C.P.P.) designation is based on a 36-month program. "It's like earning a master's level degree in supply chain management. Our program sets the gold standard for professionalism in the field." said Robert Dye, president of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC)

Called the Strategic Supply Chain Management Leadership Program, the competency-based program is delivered in partnership with universities and colleges. The program shifts the emphasis from purchasing to comprehensive, strategic supply chain management.

Balanced to provide advanced supply chain management knowledge and high-level business skills, the program stresses integrative thinking, strategic analysis and communication throughout. A series of modules cover procurement, global sourcing, logistics and operations, while interactive workshops address such subjects as negotiations, international business, ethics and corporate social responsibility.

"With an increasingly competitive business environment, the supply chain has become more complex and strategic," said University of Alberta School of Business's Dr. Edy Wong, who led the accreditation renewal. "From our research it was clear that employers are looking to C.P.P.s as innovative, strategic leaders with a 360-degree view of business. The new accreditation program will build this unique competence."

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