Australasian Supply Chain Institute takes on accreditation role for supply chain management and launches practitioner registrations

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Australasian Supply Chain Institute takes on accreditation role for supply chain management and launches practitioner registrations

 Sydney, 13 July 2018: Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI), has today announced it is positioning itself as the formal accreditation body for the supply chain industry and, as such, has announced the launch of its first registrations in a three-stage process. The first, Practitioner Registrations for specialists in operations management, logistics management and procurement, is now available

Drawing from its rich 50-year history as a not for profit member-based organisation in supply chain education, ASCI is a neutral entity and well positioned to take on the accreditation representation for the supply chain industry, making available the first evidence-based practitioner registrations for supply chain in Australia. 

According to the ASCI President, Henry Brunekreef, “We currently live in the era of customer experience and supply chains are required to be more agile and flexible in order to provide a more personalised experience. In addition, supply uncertainty and complexity have created a larger risk profile for Australian supply chains. And, last but not least, physical and administrative automation and digitalisation require more knowledge and understanding of supply chain principles by each of the supply chain operators from the warehouse worker, truck driver, demand planner, inventory planner all the way up to the CEO,” he said.

“Other business professionals like accountants, lawyers and engineers have established accreditation bodies governing the standards of education, qualifications and ethics required for their areas of expertise. Supply chain as a domain reflects greater diversity and many levels of stakeholders compared to other industries and yet it exists without governance or professional accreditation. In addition, our surveys to members show that their self-image of their supply chains is relatively low in terms of maturity,” he said.

“It is our advocacy to members to pursue professionalisation of supply chain management. We’re working closely with the Professional Standards Authority that governs other professions to mirror their best practice framework and we’re making progress towards a formal application to legislate our profession,” he said. 

ASCI’s three Practitioner Registrations launching today, are:

1.     ASCI RegisteredOperations Practitioner RegPrac(Ops)

2.     ASCI RegisteredLogistics Practitioner RegPrac(Log) 

3.     ASCI RegisteredProcurement Practitioner RegPrac(Proc)

According to Dr Pieter Nagel, CEO Professionalisation, ASCI, supply chain practitioners’ experience and qualifications will be recognised and measured fairly and equitably against a rigorous evidence-based methodology for registration in their sector of the supply chain. 

“Applicants must purchase a Practitioner Eligibility Assessment upon which, once qualifying for 300 points, will be required to submit a written case study that demonstrates their knowledge in their sector in which registration is sought.

In the next stage of this initiative, a further designation to made available 2019, is ASCI’s Professional Registration for the registration of Professional Supply Chain Managers (PrSCM), which represents knowledge and experience across all three sectors in the supply chain management domain. Unlike the other registrations, this one will require applicants to pass a professional registration examination. At least one of the Practitioner Registrations will be a compulsory requirement for eligibility as well as a further six months experience as a registered practitioner. ASCI is also actively pursuing legislation of Supply Chain Management as a profession.

According to Dr Nagel, ASCI Registrations do not undervalue what’s already available in the tertiary sector for supply chain.

“Universities across the country offer some excellent supply chain management programs and we will see this make an impact on our supply chains in the coming years. However, ASCI’s registrations will ensure that University graduates meet the same one gold standard as existing practitioners and will be required to gain experience in the industry before applying for the registration,” he said.

ASCI also offers global certifications from long term partnerships with APICS, the Demand Driven Institute and the Institute for Supply Management. 

“Our existing long-term partnerships with our global partners have never been stronger,” says Dr Nagel, “Evidently, the knowledge gaps identified through the assessment process will require solutions for further study. ASCI will provide recommendations and guidance based on the offerings which ASCI endorses from industry, including our partners’ certifications.”

Further to endorsement, ASCI will assess programs and conferences in the industry under its Endorsement Program awarding continuous professional development (CPD) points according to how they score against the ASCI Supply Chain Management Body of Knowledge. 

“Supply chain is an ever changing field with the onset of digitisation, automation and robotics and new technologies like blockchain and augmented reality. Registered Practitioners will be required to maintain their registration through a continuous professional development program obtaining 75 points over three years to demonstrate their commitment to the ongoing development of relevant knowledge of supply chain.

“ASCI’s registrations will legitimise the role of supply chain managers, raising the career profile of supply chain management for succession planning for future generations,” Dr Nagel said. “We look forward to creating one gold standard for the industry and creating clarity and unity not only for our members, but also for the supply chain industry as a whole.”

Enquiries for ASCI Registrations can be uploaded via an Expressions of Interest for more information or to apply for the Registration Eligibility Assessment, visit the ASCI Shop (log in for ASCI Member pricing) at https://www.asci.org.au/shop. To enquire about the ASCI Endorsement Program, visit the ASCI website for guidelines.

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*The State of Supply Chain Management 2018 

About Australasian Supply Chain Institute

Established in Australia in 1963 as a not for profit organisation, first as APICS and later as apicsAU, now trading as Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI), is the only supply chain industry positioning itself as an accreditation body in Australasia and it supports its members towards Professional and Practitioner Registration through education, training and continued professional development. 

ASCI provides formal education programs, site visits, research, industry presentations and peer learning to its members with a range of opportunities to enrich and grow professional supply chain performance and competence. ASCI is a Premier Channel Partner of APICS and offers APICS certification programs in Australia, as well as other international supply chain management certifications provided by the Institute for Supply Management; and Demand Driven Institute. ASCI membership is available to individuals and provides access to educational programs, a network of industry professionals, real-world learning opportunities, resources and social media networks.

Please visit www.asci.org.au for more information about our registrations, memberships and programs. For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact Monique Fenech on 0439 320 152.