3 academic qualifications to compliment a supply chain skillset

Darragh McCarthy 09.05.2018

Leaders in supply chain spoke at our supply chain education event on the importance of academic qualifications complimenting your practical skillset.

The supply chain recruitment desk held an event focused on promoting further education in supply chain and procurement. With increased emphasis given to supply chain management knowledge within companies, it is more important than ever to ensure you have the right skillset to further your career. Employees recognise that highly skilled, knowledgeable, and educated supply chain professionals are an essential element to any successful business.

It was great to see so many like-minded professionals coming from multiple industries in the one room, with one shared connection; a passion for supply chain! The room was full of professionals who had either completed one of the three courses or individuals who were interested in learning how the courses can benefit their career.

We had three speakers on the night:


The room was completely engaged in each speaker as they highlighted the importance of ensuring your academic qualifications compliment your practical skillset.


The Institute, founded in 1972, is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in procurement and supply chain management through education, training and representation. Members of the IIPMM are represented by the International Federation of Purchasing & Supply Chain Management (IFPSM) where over 250,000 procurement professionals can be reached.

The institute is recognised by the quality and qualifications of Ireland (QQI) which is an independent state agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland. It is also recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) with qualifications up to an honours degree.

As returning to education after several years can be quite daunting, they offer a ‘2+1+1’ journey towards an honours degree. This involves two years completing Level 6 Higher Certificate in Business and Procurement then the option of two more years to complete your honours degree.


The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Supply Chain held its first meeting in Dublin in 1952. The institute which has over 33,000 members is focused on promoting professionalism in logistics, transport and supply chain and offers a Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management over two years.

It is a part-time course with flexible module options which is designed to work around a busy working professional. The course gives an insight into modules forecasting, JIT, lean, inventory management, negotiation skills, business skills in accounting, IT and systems and much more. It is a very hands-on, practical course which gives students the chance to part take in site visits. The institute is very much focused on the development of each individual, resulting in confident, valued supply chain professionals who are empowered to think outside.

See also: An interview with Pat Mullen, the course director for the CILT Diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management


APICS is a professional association, founded in 1957 operating in over 100 countries and has approximately 46,000 members. APICS offers three different programs:

  1.  Certified in Production and Inventory Management – CPIM
  2. Certified Supply Chain Professional – CSCP
  3. Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution – CLTD


Each program is designed to specific specializations.

For example, CPIM would benefit professionals who specialise in production planning, master scheduling, inventory movement etc. while CLTD would be more focused on 3PLs, distribution channels, imports and exports etc. Many operations managers or supply chain managers would undertake the CSCP program as it would focus on the end to end supply chain and is the only program in Ireland that offers this ceditation. The institute offers online learning systems for customised learning. The online tool offers over 2000 practice questions and a pre-test function for members to determine if they are ready to sit their exams.

As you can see, each course offers unique professional education along with career prospects which potential learners could access and choose which course suits their needs best based on their career ambitions and experience.  Many thanks to Breda Fitzgerald for organising such a successful event. Due to demand, we hope to organise a similar event in Cork over the coming months.

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend our event.

If you would like more information on the benefits of returning to education and upskilling, please contact us today.

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