SCMP Maintenance requirements

The right to continue to hold the SCMP Designation is contingent upon the SCMP Designation holder adhering to certain maintenance requirements.

Maintenance requirements are an essential component of Supply Chain Canada’s SCMP Designation framework and continuing professional development (CPD) is an important part of the requirements. By staying up-to-date with the latest knowledge and skills, SCMP Designation holders remain at the leading edge of the profession, demonstrate a commitment to continued learning, and are constantly adding value within their organizations.


SCMP Designation holders must meet the following requirements:

Continuously hold a valid membership with Supply Chain Canada

Adhere to Supply Chain Canada’s Code of Ethics at all times

Earn 30 continuing professional development (CPD) maintenance credits over successive 3-year maintenance periods (Retired, non-practicing SCMP Designation holders shall be exempt from the maintenance credits requirements).

SCMP Designation holders are strongly encouraged to design an annual personal professional development plan to ensure that CPD is a manageable and a professionally enriching experience.

Achieving Maintenance credits

Maintenance credits can be achieved in the following ways:

Pursuing continuous learning in supply chain management or in general business management (Continuing Education)

Advancing the competencies, field of practice or body of knowledge in supply chain by disseminating knowledge and best practice learning (Educational Leadership)

Promoting the value of the supply chain profession or contributing to leadership within the profession (Professional Service)

Special projects (Special Projects)

SCMP Designation holders do not need to accrue maintenance credits in all categories and there are no credit maximums for any category. Social activities and personal development (i.e. stress management, time management, networking activities, and dine-around events) are not accepted towards CPD unless they contain a very specific professional development component. If this is the case, only the specific time dedicated to professional development may be considered for credits. Excess credits earned beyond the minimum required thirty (30) may not be carried forward or applied towards any subsequent maintenance period. More policy information can be found here.

SCMP Designation holders must report all maintenance credits through their member portal.


Examples Of eligible activities

The following information provides examples of eligible activities and credits available under each category.

CodeActivityCredit rubric
CE-1Completing a course, including web-based learning20-30 hours = 10 credits
>30 hours = 15 credits
CE-2Attending a seminar, workshop or course sanctioned by a professional or educational organization3 credits for ½ session
5 credits for each full day
CE-3Attending a Supply Chain Canada or other professional conference or symposium2 credits per session/10 credit max
CE-4Participating in an online webinar, telephone townhall, etc.2 credits – participant
5 credits – contributor/speaker
CE-5Attending a Supply Chain Canada networking event (breakfast/lunch/dinner) or plant tour that includes professional educational content2 credits
CE-6 Reading a supply chain related business book2 credits per book
CE-8Completing a Leading Practices Certificate offered by Supply Chain Canada (example: BDO Fraud digital badge)Up to 10 credits and a digital badge for completing all components (specific credit allocation will be posted with Certificate announcement)
CE-9Listening to a session or webinar recording1 credit per recording
CodeActivityCredit rubric
IP-1Writing a business-related book (first edition only) published by an established publisher30 credits
IP-2Authoring an original business-related research paper published by an established periodical20 credits
IP-3Developing a Supply Chain Canada seminar, workshop or course of at least 5 hours’ duration20 credits
IP-3Editing a Supply Chain Canada seminar or course where at least 40% of material is revised15 credits
IP-4Authoring an original business-related article published by an established periodical10 credits
IP-5Writing and/or maintaining a business-related blog or being an official contributor to a recognized blog or newsletter over a one-year period (subject matter must be related to the SCMP competency map)5 credits
IP-8Speaking or moderating at a publicized gathering exceeding 60 minutes for a professional organization or employer5 credits
CodeActivityCredit rubric
PS-1Serving on a Supply Chain Canada Board of Directors (National, provincial, territorial) for at least 1 full year10 credits
PS-2Serving at least 1 full year as a member of a National/Institute CommitteeChair – 10 credits
Member - 5 credits
PS-3Formal mentorship program5 credits per year
PS-4Volunteer work (i.e. representation at a career fair or class visit)2 credits

Professional development gained through on the-job secondments, projects, implementations or special assignments will be given independent consideration by the member’s Institute.

Provincial and territorial Institutes are responsible for all administration and audit activities related to the maintenance of the designation.

If you would like more information, please contact your local institute.