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ASCM Supply Chain PLANNING CERTIFICATE: The program teaches you the fundamentals of supply chain planning with a focus on synchronized planning.

Synchronized planning is a cross-functional approach to planning that engages multiple functional stakeholders working together to align their plans and strategies to create a cohesive and integrated plan that supports your organization goals and objectives. The Supply Chain Planning Certificate enables you to:

  • Understand the flow of planning from business plan to execution
  • Link business strategy to company plans
  • Contribute to production and control activities
  • Interpret and manage the master production schedule
  • Interpret and manage the material requirements plan
  • Determine order and reorder points
  • Create a channel tree design for a distribution system
  • Identify technologies to support synchronous planning

Train your team in Supply Chain Planning

The first step toward achieving supply chain excellence is a rock-solid plan. 20 hours of training gets your team on the path to success. Training new hires and upskilling employees is key to improving performance and streamlining operations. The Supply Chain Planning Certificate program introduces essential planning fundamentals and clearly explains how to integrate all planning functions within a company to help reduce disruptions and streamline operations.

Who should attend?

The ASCM Supply Chain Planning Certificate program is suitable for a wide range of individuals involved in or interested in supply chain planning. This includes newcomers to the field, experienced professionals seeking to update their knowledge, those transitioning from other industries, managers overseeing planning activities, and anyone directly involved in planning tasks across various supply chain functions. Regardless of industry or specific role, this certificate can enhance your understanding of planning processes and equip you with valuable skills to contribute to your organization's success.

Each ASCM Supply Chain CERTIFICATE PROGRAM is available as Instructor-led Public Training, In-house class, and/or Online Self-Paced Training. Choose your preferred method of learning and contact Symix Premier APICS Training Partner to start your learning journey.


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Benefits for organizations

Organizations benefit from the ASCM Supply Chain Planning Certificate by having a more efficient, collaborative, and responsive supply chain. Employees with this certification optimize processes, enhance cross-functional communication, and make data-driven decisions that improve demand forecasting and overall operational efficiency. This results in cost savings, better customer service, and greater agility in adapting to market fluctuations and unforeseen disruptions.

Benefits for individuals

Earning the ASCM Supply Chain Planning Certificate offers significant advantages to individuals seeking career advancement in the field. Individuals acquire valuable skills in areas such as demand forecasting, inventory management, and production planning, enhancing their overall job performance and value to employers. Additionally, the certificate provides networking opportunities and professional recognition, contributing to long-term career growth and success.The Supply Chain Planning Certificate provides individuals with the technical knowledge and strategies to use synchronized planning for effective end-product production. A brief overview of the key items you will learn in the course include:

  • What is Synchronized Planning?
  • Strategic Planning – Business Planning
  • Strategic Planning – Demand Planning and S&OP
  • Tactical Planning- Master Scheduling/MRP
  • Operations Execution-Purchasing and Production Activity Control, APS
  • Distribution and Logistics Planning

Supply Chain Planning Certificate Overview

Synchronization is critical to fast, accurate production and delivery. By engaging all parts of the business, professionals can align planning processes and enable their supply chain organizations to experience significantly fewer disruptions. ASCM’s Supply Chain Planning Certificate program introduces these essential planning fundamentals and clearly explains how to integrate all planning functions within a company. The self-paced, online program includes 20 hours of education and a comprehensive final exam. After passing the exam, learners will receive a certificate and digital badge.

  1.  Explain why companies plan.
  2. Describe how the various levels of business planning work with each other.
  3. Identify the components of the manufacturing planning and control (MPC) model.
  4. Define synchronized planning and identify synchronized planning level-two capabilities.
  5. Define the digital competency model (DCM).
  6. Identify technologies that support synchronized planning.
  7. Explain why it is important to understand the principles and processes underlying, manufacturing and distribution technology.


  • Why Do Companies Plan?
  • How Do Companies Plan?

Manufacturing Planning and Control (MPC) System

  • MPC Overview
  • Strategic Planning
  • Operations Management Planning
  • Operations Execution
  • Distribution Planning
  • Technologies within Strategic Planning

What Is Synchronized Planning?

  • Synchronized Planning Definition
  • Digital Capabilities Model (DCM)
  • Why Synchronized Planning?
  • Level 1 Capabilities
  • Level 2 Capabilities

Additional Digital Information Technology for Supply Chains

  • Technologies within the Digital Supply Chain
  1. Explain why business planning is important in well-managed businesses.
  2. Discuss types of market variables planners should consider when developing strategy.
  3. Describe technology’s impact on business planning.
  4. Describe the importance of synchronized process linkages from business planning to execution of plans.
  5. Explain planning horizons and their importance.
  6. Discuss activities performed at different levels of the synchronized business planning hierarchy.
  7. Explain the importance of different types of financial statements in business planning.
  8. Discuss tools and techniques used to support synchronized business planning. Q Discuss the concept of operations strategy.

Market and Technology Variables in Business Planning

  • Current and Evolving Environments
  • Industry Advances and Technological Evolution
  • Digital Development

Planning Horizons

Synchronized Business Planning Hierarchy

  • Introduction to the Planning Hierarchy
  • Synchronizing the Mission–Getting Everyone on the Same Page
  • Synchronizing the Vision–Keeping Everyone on the Same Page
  • Strategic Plans–Balanced Scorecard
  • Strategic Plans–Channel Network and Scenario Planning
  • Synchronizing Financial Planning and Growth Strategy
  • Financial Planning–Profit and Loss Statements
  • Financial Planning–Sales and General Administrative Expenses
  • Business Imperatives–Synchronizing Resources with Objectives
  • Functional Support–Synchronizing Recourses with Objectives
  • Synchronizing Core Process with Strategic Planning Objectives

Other Tools and Techniques to Support Synchronized Business Planning

  • Hoshin Kanri - Vertical and Cross Functional Alignment of Objectives
  • Portfolio Life Cycle Planning–Synchronizing Plans with Product Life Cycles
  • The ASCM Sustainability Framework
  • Operations Strategy–Manufacturing Environments
  • Operations Strategy–Inventory Planning
  • Supply Chain Strategies
  • Synchronizing Strategy for Multiple Business Units (in Larger Businesses)
  1. Explain why and how demand planning is done in well-managed businesses.
  2. Describe the role of technology in demand planning and S&OP.
  3. Understand how to manage the sales funnel.
  4. Explain how a robust S&OP process can be helpful in risk management.
  5. Identify the roles in the planning process and how they fit within the tired S&OP system.
  6. Interpret the five process steps within the S&OP cycle.

Demand Planning

  • Misguided Assumptions
  • Synchronizing with Business Planning
  • Business Plan Objectives
  • Marketing Investments
  • Sales Management
  • Historical Time-Series Data
  • Digital Contract Management

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

  • S&OP Overview
  • Prerequisite Activities and Data Gathering
  • Key Measurements
  • Scheduling the Monthly S&OP Cycle and Steps
  • Software and Product Line Templates
  • S&OP Cycle and Final Meeting Agenda
  • Roles and Responsibilities in S&OP
  • Tiered S&OP
  • S&OP Handoff to the Organization
  1. Discuss the objectives and uses of master scheduling.
  2. Describe the inputs to the master production schedule.
  3. Outline the steps in the master scheduling process.
  4. Discuss the objectives and uses of material requirements planning (MRP).
  5. Describe the inputs to MRP.
  6. Describe types of bills of material and their uses.
  7. Outline the process of MRP.
  8. Define the levels of capacity planning.
  9. Describe various methods of measuring capacity.

Master Scheduling Overview

  • Objectives of Master Scheduling
  • Relationship of Master Scheduling to Other Plans
  • Differences in Master Scheduling based on Manufacturing Strategy/Business Environments
  • Inputs to the MPS

The Master Scheduling Process

  • The MPS Grid
  • Steps in the Master Scheduling Process
  • Managing Change and the MPS

Material Requirements Planning Overview

  • Objectives of MRP
  • Relationship of MRP to Other Plans
  • Inputs to MRP
  • Bills of Material
  • Types of Bills of Material
  • Other Uses for Bills of Material

The MRP Process

  • The MRP Grid
  • Steps in the MRP Process
  • Managing Change and MRP

Capacity Management

  • Types of Capacity Capacity Planning Levels
  • Methods of Measuring Capacity
  • Capacity Required (Load)
  • Scheduling Techniques
  • Managing Overloads and Underloads

Closed-Loop Planning

  1. Discuss the purchasing cycle and functions.
  2. Explain how suppliers are selected.
  3. Recognize current trends in the procurement process.
  4. Identify methods of environmentally responsible purchasing.
  5. Discuss the various types of manufacturing and how they are controlled.
  6. Explain how to use scheduling techniques.
  7. Describe the theory of constraints.
  8. Explain advanced planning and scheduling.


  • Purchasing versus Procurement
  • Relationship with Synchronized Plans
  • Purchasing Cycle
  • Current Functions and Trends
  • Environmentally Responsible Purchasing
  • Ethical Sourcing
  • Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
  • Purchasing Performance Measurements

Production Activity Control (PAC)

  • PAC Objectives and Functions
  • Types of Manufacturing
  • Data Requirements
  • Manufacturing Lead Time
  • Scheduling Techniques
  • Sequencing and Dispatching Orders
  • Bottleneck Management
  • Reporting and Performance Measurement

Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS)

  • What Is APS?
  1. Explain the role of distribution management in the supply chain.
  2. Discuss the objectives and drivers of the channel network design and structure.
  3. Describe critical decisions required when developing a distribution plan.
  4. Compare and contrast distribution replenishment systems when they would be used.
  5. Identify critical decisions required for a successful warehouse strategy.
  6. Describe critical decisions required for a successful transportation strategy.
  7. Identify common information systems used in the distribution planning function.

The Role of Distribution in Supply Chain Management

  • Distribution Management in the Supply Chain
  • Distribution Planning and the Business Plan

Channel Network Design

  • Importance of Good Channel Network Design
  • Channel Design Tree Structures
  • Insourcing or Outsourcing within the Channel Network
  • Labor and Equipment

Inventory Planning

  • Balancing Supply and Demand
  • Distribution Channel Dependencies
  • Push or Pull?
  • Order (Reorder) Point
  • Basic Order–Point Model and Order–Point Trigger
  • Distribution Requirements Planning
  • Which to Use–Order Point or DRP?


  • Function and Objectives of Warehousing
  • Strategic Decision Components
  • Warehouse Space and Capacity Planning
  • Types of Warehousing
  • Warehouse Automation and Systems


  • The Transportation Function
  • Transportation Strategic Planning
  • Shipping Requirements
  • Track and Trace

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Exams and Exam Dates

APICS (ASCM) exams are delivered via computer-based testing MPR(CBT) at Pearson VUE test centers, which are located around the world.

The exam is computer based in English and the questions are closed (you can choose from several answers).

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