Frequently Asked Questions

Please review our FAQs below to find the answers to commonly asked questions.

Should you still find your questions are unanswered you may contact us via our contact webform here, by phone or email.

The ASCI Professionalisation Initiative

The Australasian Supply Chain Institute has positioned itself as the official accreditation body for the Supply Chain Industry. In this context, it has commenced a process of professionalising Supply Chain Management. This process is aimed at developing a framework for standards and consistency in the profession.

What are the key benefits of being registered as a RegPrac or a PrSCM?

The key benefit of both these registrations is that the registrant can prove that he/she has been assessed against ASCI’s globally aligned standards for your relevant work experience, professional and tertiary qualifications. You have provided evidence of your ability to apply these to an industry problem and as such, you are set on a common globally aligned standard in your area of registration, or in the case of professional registration, on a globally aligned standards for Supply Chain Management. This puts you in a unique, if not privileged position relative to your peers in industry!

Is there another post-nominal I can use?

The post-nominals for ASCI Practitioner Registration are RegPrac(Log), RegPrac(Ops) and RegPrac(Proc). An ASCI Registered Professional Supply Chain Manager will be able to use the nominal PrSCM. There are no other nominals issued nor administered by ASCI.

Can I use the ASCI post-nominals for my signature and business card etc?

Yes, you can use those in accordance with the guidelines set out on the website.

What’s the difference between an APICS Certification and being registered as an ASCI Practitioner?

The APICS Certifications are Certifications and are based on a set body of knowledge set in a set of study materials, against which you will take an exam, upon which, when successful, you become certified. The ASCI Practitioner Registrations do not prescribe any text books or specific study materials, but assesses evidence of work experience, professional certifications and tertiary qualifications within a broader context of industry standards.

Who (organisation, industry, academia) recognises my RegPrac or PrSCM?

The ASCI Professional and Practitioner Program has only recently been launched and as such, there is no formal recognition buy any organisation, industry or academia as yet. ASCI has a well-structured marketing strategy in place to promote these registrations, the benefits of each and in particular the fact that these registrations are setting a globally aligned standard for the Australasian supply chain industry. As such, formal recognition of the ASCI Registration should follow in the not too distant future. ASCI is also pursuing formal legislation for Supply Chain Management as a legislated profession, in which case, when the application for legislation is successful and published, recognition will follow automatically.

What does it mean for ASCI to be the accreditation body for the Supply Chain Industry Accreditation Body?

ASCI has put the framework together that is required for Professional Accreditation. By utilising these components of the framework against the necessary standards, ASCI is positioning itself as the official accreditation body for the Supply Chain Industry.

What does Professional Accreditation mean?

Professional accreditation is the process of developing a professional framework against which an industry association can set up the required components that would constitute the nature and definition of a profession.

What is Professional Registration Legislation?

Professional Registration Legislation defines Professional Standards Schemes, which are legal instruments that bind associations to monitor, enforce and improve the professional standards of their members, and protect consumers of professional services.

What does accreditation in the ASCI context mean?

The accreditation process is the process whereby an industry body sets up a framework for the accreditation process. The accreditation process typically consists of a set of components that are structured in a way that collectively, these components support a structure that defines the underlying professional base for the industry.

Who is the Professional Standards Authority?

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) provides regulatory and general support services for the Professional Standards Councils. It is formally an agency of the NSW government (within the Better Regulation Division of the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation) with obligations to provide services to all Australian governments and their relevant Councils. 

The PSA supports the work of the Councils by:

  • Working with professional associations to help them develop self-regulation initiatives, improve their professional standards, meet their self-regulatory commitments, comply with their legislative obligations, and protect Australian consumers of professional services
  • Providing information to help associations apply for a Professional Standards Scheme
  • Providing expert advice and administrative support to the Councils
  •  Conducting and promoting research, education and thought leadership in professional standards and regulation
  • Developing policies and guidelines
  • Participating in events to promote debate and change in the areas of professional standards, codes of ethics and conduct, and risk management to improve the standard of services consumers receive.

Where does ASCI get the authority to be an accreditation body for the Supply Chain Industry?

ASCI is pursuing self-accreditation. That mean that ASCI has developed the required components of a professional accreditation processes/framework, that defines the nature of the supply chain profession. In this context, ASCI mirrors its components against the professional requirements set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) as it is also working towards seeking legislation for Supply Chain management as a formal legislated profession.

Practitioner Registration

Practitioner Registration is the first step towards becoming a professionally registered Supply Chain Manager. This section contains questions and answers in this regard.

What is Practitioner Registration?

Practitioner Registration is the process that will, upon successful submission of the required evidence, will eventuate in becoming an ASCI Registered Practitioner.

Is the ASCI Registered Practitioner only recognised in Australia?

Technically, yes, but there is no reason that it can’t be recognised elsewhere as none of the requirements to become registered are Australia specific.

What are the options for ASCI Practitioner Registration?

ASCI has three categories of Practitioner Registrations:

  • Logistics Management: This registration is open to practitioners that work in the Third-Party Logistics, Transport, Distribution, Warehousing and related sectors. Successful registration will allow the registrant to use the RegPrac(Log) nominals after his/her name.
  • Operations Management: This registration is open to practitioners that work in the Operations Management, Sales & Operations Planning and related sectors. Successful registration will allow the registrant to use the RegPrac(Ops) nominals after his/her name.
  • Procurement Management: This registration is open to practitioners that work in the Supply Management, Procurement, Purchasing and related sectors. Successful registration will allow the registrant to use the RegPrac(Proc) nominals after his/her name.

How does one become an ASCI Registered Practitioner?

The process to become an ASCI Registered Practitioner is fully set out here.

What are the eligibility criteria for Practitioner Registration?

The eligibility is evidence-based against a number of parameters i.e. relevant work experience on three level (Operational, Management and C-level), relevant Professional Certifications (APICS, CPIS, CILTA, etc) and relevant Tertiary Qualifications (Diplomas, Degrees, etc). It is not as simple as just listing a set of eligibility requirements. There are huge differences in types and relevancy of certifications, qualifications, etc and these all have to be assessed individually. 

To request an eligibility assessment, you need to do that through the ASCI shop. The fee for an eligibility assessment is standard at $150.

How long does it take for ASCI to complete the Eligibility Assessment?

You should receive a response back from ASCI within 10 working days from the date of receipt by ASCI, of your request for the eligibility assessment.

How long does it take to complete the Eligibility Assessment task and submit to ASCI?

Assuming that you have the original documentation ready, it should not take longer than a couple of hours, but you need to ensure that all documents that you submit i.e. copies of degree certificates, etc. are certified by a Justice of Peace, as true copies of the original document.

If I request a RegPrac eligibly assessment, is there a fee and if so, how much does it cost me?

Yes, there is a fee for ASCI to undertake the Practitioner Eligibility Assessment. The assessment carries a standard fee of $150. This is the same for both ASCI members and non-members.

Is there a case study requirement list or standards that I need to follow?

The case study has to address a real industry problem that you were, or are personally involved in, to solve. It should clearly show your contribution to the solution, as that will serve as evidence of your ability to apply your expertise and knowledge in the area in which you are seeking practitioner registration. Full guidelines are on the ASCI Website

How long would a case study take to put together?

You should be able to do this in 2-3 months. You will however need to obtain signoff from the company where you undertake the case study, that it is valid and endorsed by the workplace.

How long do I have to complete a Case Study?

You have 6 months to complete the case study.

How long does it take ASCI to mark the Case Study?

There is no set time for this. It will depend on whether your case study will require revision which may be suggested by your supervisor.

Once I pass the case study, am I then a registered practitioner?

No, you will have to apply for ASCI Practitioner Membership. Once your application for ASCI Practitioner Membership has been accepted, you will become an ASCI Registered Practitioner and will be issued an ASCI Partitioner Registration Certificate. The cost of ASCI Practitioner Membership is reflected on the ASCI Membership section of the website.

Once I become an ASCI Registered Practitioner, what happens?

Your name will be listed on the ASCI Registered Practitioner Public Register. This register confirms publicly that you are registered, have met the ASCI requirements for registration and complies with the ASCI Registration Standards. It serves as public record of your achievement and as recognition as a registered practitioner.

When I am registered as an ASCI Practitioner, will I get a seal to use?

Yes, each ASCI Practitioner Registration has an associated ASCI Practitioner Seal, which you can use in accordance with the guidelines set out on the ASCI website. The seal can be used on business cards, websites and relevant professioanl stationary.

What recognition will I be able to get with a RegPrac?

On the shorter term, this registration still needs to become widely accepted in industry, but in the longer term, it should certainly set a sufficiently strong standard so that it could lead to higher salaries and potentially a better job or a promotion. It should also become a distinguishing parameter for those who has the registration vs those who are not registered.

Professional Registration

Professional Registration follows registration as a Practitioner in any of the three sectors Logistics, Operations or Procurement. Practitioner registration is a prerequisite for Professional Registration.

What are the requirements to get a PrSCM?

A prerequisite is that you need to be registered as an ASCI Practitioner. You will then have to practice in the area of registration for at least six (6) months after which you will have to sit a Professional Registration Examination. 

How do I progress from a Professional Registration to become a PrSCM (Professional Supply Chain Manager)?

You will have to take the Professional Registration Examination after you have been registered and practiced as practitioner for six months. However, you can commence preparation for the examination immediately after you have registered as practitioner.

For how long is PrSCM valid?

Professional Registration is valid for three (3) years during which you are to maintain the registrations with 75 CPD Points over the three years.

What does it mean to be a registered Professional Supply Chain Manager?

Being registered as a Professional Supply Chain Manager, provides formal recognition of the individual  and evidence to the industry of the professionalism of a Professional Supply Chain Manager. This “standing” is verified against a set or requirements, a professional registration exam, which upon successful completion, provides evidence of the PrSCM's knowledge of Supply Chain Management. Formal professional indemnity (to a limit) which will fundamentally support the career and professionalism of the person in his/her roles in industry.

What is Professional Registration?

Professional Registration is the process that follows Practitioner Registration, which, subject to an ASCI Registered Practitioner practicing for a period of time in the area of registration,  after registration as practitioner, will require the practitioner to undertake a professional registration examination which, upon successful completion and subject to the further requirements of a Professional Member, will eventuate in becoming an ASCI Registered Professional Supply Chain Manager. Professional Supply Chain Managers  will entitle the registrant to us the nominals PrSCM after his/her name.

What is a Professional Supply Chain Manager?

A Professional Supply Chain Manager, in the context of the ASCI accreditation framework, is someone that has been assessed against not only evidence of relevant work experience, professional and tertiary qualifications, the successful registration as a practitioner, but have also successfully passed a professional registration examination.

The Professional Registration Examination

A Professional Registration Examination is a requirement for professional registration. Details of the exam are given below.

Is there a fee for the Professional Registration Examination?

Yes, there will be an examination registration fee. The fee is not set yet, but will be set when the examination has been finalised.

Registration Maintenance

Both the Professional and Practitioner Registrations need to be maintained, over a period of three years. This section addresses those requirements.

What are the requirements to maintain registration?

Both Professional and Practitioner registrants need to maintain their registration by earning 75 CPD points over three years. This is an average of 25 points per year, although ASCI does not assess the points on an annual base, rather a three-year term.

What sort of activities classify as CPD points to ensure I meet the 75 points over 3 years?

All ASCI events will carry CPD points. The number of CPD points per event depend on the nature and length of the event. There are also several non-ASCI events that carry ASCI CPD points; these are events that are endorsed by ASCI and are featured on the ASCI Events Calendar on the website.

Is there another set of CPD points to meet for PrSCM compared to been just a RegPrac?

No, maintaining PrSCM will automatically maintain your RegPrac over the same three-year term.

ASCI Membership

Logging onto the ASCI website and member portal for the first time?

If you are logging onto the ASCI website for the first time there are different instructions depending on whether you are already part of our supply chain community. Please refer to one of the following options below to receive simple instructions for logging onto the ASCI website for the first time. 

  • I am already a member
  • I can't remember if I am still a member or if my membership has expired
  • I was a member but now just receive ASCI emails
  • I have always received ASCI emails
  • I am new to ASCI
  • I'm not sure if the supply chain community is for me

Is the link provided taking you to a blank page?

Then you may already be logged in. Another reason could be an IE issue with the version you are running. Please get in touch with us and we'll help you sort it out.

If none of these options suits your particular situation, please refer to our enquiry form and we will be in touch to help you out.

I am already a member

If you are already a member, simply follow these five easy steps to log in for the first time:

1. Go to www.apicsau.org.au/user/password

2. Enter the email address to which you always receive ASCI emails. You will then receive a system-generated email allowing you to change your password (this may take a few minutes)

3. Open the new email and click on the link provided

4. Log in by entering your new password

5. Congratulations. You now have access to your own ASCI member profile. If the details need updating, please enter the correct details to ensure that you maximise your experiences with ASCI

I can't remember if I am still a member or if my membership has expired

Don't worry - you need to log in any way to get your current status. Follow the same five easy steps as if you were a member.

I was a member but now just receive ASCI emails

This means you are already in our system and just need to login to change your password to something you can remember. Follow the same five easy steps as if you were a member.

I have always received ASCI emails

This means you are already in our system and just need to login to change your password to something you can remember. Follow the same five easy steps as if you were a member.

I am new to ASCI

Welcome! Then your job is easy. Simply follow these five steps and you'll be a part of our supply chain community in no time:

1. Go to www.apicsau.org.au/user/register

2. Fill in your personal details and submit. You will then receive a system-generated email providing you with a user name and password you can use to login. Alternatively, you can click the unique link provided in the email. 

3. Open the new email and click on the link provided

4. Login by entering your new password

5. Congratulations. You now have access to your own ASCI member profile. You can now update your details anytime via your login, register as a member, and register for events and products. 

 

Do I need to be an ASCI member in order to study a certificate or course through apicsAU?

ASCI is a membership society and those wishing to enjoy ASCI products and services need to be members.  Prices advertised are for ASCI members. 

A number of membership options are available and are renewed annually on the anniversary of the joining date.

How do I post my CV on the ASCI Career Portal?

Are you searching for the next step in your career? Have you recently graduated from University? Looking for a new challenge? If yes, then you can take advantage of our Career Portal's unique "Position Wanted" feature.

Before you post your CV, it is highly recommended that you access the expert advice of one of our specialist recruitment partners.

To post your CV on the Career Portal you must follow these steps:

Instructions for members

  1. You must log in to be able to post a Job Vacant or Job Wanted

  2. Go to the Career Portal and click Post a Position Wanted

  3. Type your position title

  4. Type your Position type

  5. Type your Status

  6. Type your name

  7. Upload your photo

  8. Drag and drop a small rectangle over your head and shoulders in photo

  9. Type your qualifications

  10. Upload your CV or resume

  11. Add your contact details

  12. SAVE

  13. ASCI will now review your post and approve to publish it, allow two working days

  14. Go to your member portal and in My Content, you will be able to view your Job Wanted Post. Employers will be able to view it in the Jobs Wanted section of the Portal.

  15. You can close the post at any time. You can edit to update your resume and qualifications and open the post at any time.

 

Can I become an ASCI member and register for a course or event at the same time?

Yes.  You can become a member and purchase a course/event at the same time.

APICS Certification

How is the APICS CSCP course delivered?

The APICS CSCP Learning System combines prints materials with interactive online components. It is offered in three learning options - self-directed, instructor-led, or in-house. 

Visit the CSCP Schedule to understand when and where instructor-led classes are scheduled.  Companies seeking in-house options should enquire today.

What is the scoring process for APICS CPIM and APICS CSCP exams?

The Understand a Scaled Score document explains the use of a scaled-score system for reporting test performance in the APICS CPIM and CSCP certification exams.

Are APICS CPIM maintenance requirements affected by the 10 year policy?

No. All policies outlined in the certification maintenance bulletins in the APICS certification maintenance section of the APICS website are unchanged.

 

What may I bring to the exam?

An online computer calculator is available during each computer-based exam, but bringing a simple nonprogrammable calculator into the exam room is also permitted.

English-native language translation books are the only written materials candidates may bring into the exam room. These books should contain only the literal translation of English words, and should not include a description of the meaning of the word. The test centre manager will inspect these books before candidates are admitted to the testing room.

Please refer to the CPIM or CSCP Examination Procedures Bulletin for outside North America for the most up to date policies and procedures relating to the exam.

What is the score range for an APICS CPIM exam?

The APICS CPIM score range is from 265 - 330. A score of 300 or higher is required to pass the exam.

Fail = 265 - 299
Pass = 300 - 330

How long are APICS certification exam scores valid toward the APICS CPIM designation?

APICS certification exam scores are valid for 10 years from the date the exam is taken. For example, the exam score from a Basics of Supply Chain Management exam taken on 18 March 2011, will expire on 18 March 2021.

APICS certifications are recognised globally as the standard of professional excellence in supply chain and operations management. To ensure the validity of those certifications, APICS limits the length of time certification exams are valid. Beginning 1 January 2013, exam scores will have a life span of 10 years from the date the exam is taken.
This policy ensures that candidates who earn APICS certifications have current and relevant knowledge in their field.

With this change in policy, candidates pursuing the APICS CPIM designation will have 10 years from the date of their first successful exam to complete all five modules. If candidates do not earn the certification in this time frame, they will have to retake and pass any exam that has expired.

This policy was determined by the APICS Certification Committee with the approval of the APICS Board of Directors, and was enacted to ensure that candidates who achieve a certification have current and relevant knowledge in their field. No special requests or grandfathering will be accepted in relation to this rule.

 

How can I dispute my exam results?

Candidates will need to submit a formal appeal. In order to do so, you must submit an email to certification@apics.org for further information.

How many questions are on an APICS CPIM exam?

Most APICS CPIM exams consist of 75 multiple-choice questions (60 operational and 15 pretest). The Basics of Supply Chain Management exam has 105 questions (80 operational and 25 pretest). The pretest questions do not contribute to your total score but are necessary for research purposes. These pretest questions are randomly distributed among the test items that will be scored and will be used for statistical purposes only. The pretest items are similar to the scorable items on the test, and candidates will not know which items will be scored and which will not. Candidates should answer all exam questions.

What is the score range for the APICS CSCP exam?

The APICS CSCP score range is from 200-350. A score of 300 or higher is required to pass the exam.

Fail = 200 - 299
Pass = 300 - 350