Professionalising Supply Chain Management

The Australasian Supply Chain Institute has positioned itself as the official professional accreditation body for the Supply Chain Industry. In this context, it has developed a formal Professional Accreditation Scheme for Supply Chain Management. This scheme is based on a professional framework for standards and consistency in the profession.



Benefits of Registration as Professional Supply Chain Managers or Registered Practitioners

Benefits to the Organisation

Organisations will specifically benefit from employees that are registered as Professional Supply Chain Managers and Registered Practitioners in Logistics, Operations and Procurement:

  • Best-practice knowledge, skills, tools and techniques
    • Acquired through the requirements necessary to achieve professional and practitioner registration, are deployed back in the workplace
  • Improved capability and competence by the individual
    • Resulting in increasing customer satisfaction and reputation, saving costs, utilising resources more effectively and positively impacting morale
  • It improves an organisation’s own supply chain management
    • Improve methods and processes through gaining an understanding of best practices.
  • Enhances the credibility of the organisation to its clients and customers
    • Having professionally registered staff that have achieved externally, industry-wide recognised professional registration
  • Acquiring a core level of embedded understanding
    • External recognition of an individual’s supply chain management knowledge and capabilities which is then likely to be applied back into the workplace

Benefits to the Individual

For the individual it offers Supply Chain Professionals and Practitioners: Professional Indemnity, Continuing Professional Development, Ethics Management Process, Authorised Register of Professionals, Reputation and Recognition that comes with practising as a Professional within the Supply Chain Community.

In particular, individuals will be able to:

  • Demonstrate Professional Recognition of Competence
    • Evidence of Expertise, Qualifications and Knowledge
  • Demonstrate Professional Commitment
    • Gain a Common Language for Supply Chain Management
    • Evidence that an individual has the desire and commitment to learn and improve themselves professionally
  • Demonstrate Ethical Credentials
    • Evidence a commitment to avoid conflicts of interest, protect confidential or sensitive information, sound business relationships and environmental and social responsibilities
  • Provide Enhanced Professional Status
    • Be Publicly Recognised for Professional Excellence
    • Become a Leader within your field
  • Provides improved Career Prospects and Employability
    • Higher Earning Potential
    • Additional portable knowledge, skills, techniques, and tools
    • Enhances career development prospects through having achieved an externally recognised professional registration
    • It improves your chances of Promotion
    • Greater influence within own Organisation and Industry
  • Provides Membership of an Exclusive Community of Professional Supply Chain Managers and Practitioners

The Professionalisation Framework

The components of such a framework include:

  • Professional Standards for the Supply Chain Industry
  • A Formal Ethics Management Program in the Industry
  • Consistent Terminology
  • Consistent Delivery of Education
  • An Authorised Public Register of Professionals/Practitioners
  • Structured Continued Professional Development Programs
  • Indemnity protection for Professional Supply Chain Managers
  • Recognition of Supply Chain Management as a Profession

Progress to date

Several steps have already been taken, amongst which:

  • The ASCI Constitution is now fully aligned with PSA Requirements and approved by Members at an SGM September 2017
  • A Supply Chain Management Body of Knowledge, fully aligned with global standards, has been developed and released in December 2017
  • An Ethics Management Program has been set in place, fully compliant with current legislation
  • A Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program is available through ASCI Offerings, including the endorsement of third-party offerings
  • The Professional/Practitioner Registration Processes have been launched:
    • The ASCI Registered Practitioner Program active
    • A Professional Registration Program for Supply Chain Managers is planned for 2019
  • ASCI is in discussions with tertiary educational institutions to set up a Supply Chain Research Hub
  • ASCI has commenced with an application to the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) with the objective is to obtain legislation for Supply Chain Management as a profession.


The ASCI Vision

It is the Australasian Supply Chain Institute's vision to “Professionalise Supply Chain Management."

The Australasian Supply Chain Institute is a not-for-profit organisation passionate about helping organisations re-position themselves for sustainability in light of major disruptions. In essence, we’re about professionalising supply chain management so that a standard level of qualification is recognised, accepted and tested by industry. 

Professional Legislation

In pursuing professional standards legislation, the aim is to have such exist in every Australian jurisdiction which will be governed against the procedures set by the Professional Standards Scheme. This scheme will be the scheme underlying the legislation and which will form the base for the requirements of the professional registrations under such legislation.