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.

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.

ActivityCredit rubric
Completing a course, including web-based learning (at least 25 hours)15 credits
Attending a seminar, workshop or course sanctioned by a professional or educational organization3 credits for ½ session
5 credits for each full day
Participating in an online webinar, telephone townhall, etc.2 credits – participant
5 credits – contributor/speaker
Attending the Supply Chain Canada conference5 credits per day/3-day max)
Attending another conference that offers a learning experience3 credits per day/3-day max
Attending a Supply Chain Canada networking event2 credits
Attending a Leading Practices workshop offered by Supply Chain Canada5 credits per forum
Completing all components of a Leading Practices series offered by Supply Chain Canada10 credits per digital badge
Reading relevant books (200-page minimum)2 credits per book
ActivityCredit rubric
Authoring an original business-related research paper published by an established periodical20 credits
Authoring an original business-related article published by an established periodical10 credits
Developing a Supply Chain Canada seminar, workshop or course20 credits
Editing a Supply Chain Canada seminar, workshop or course where at least 40% of material is revised15 credits
Speaking or moderating at a conference sponsored by Supply Chain Canada10 credits
Preparing and delivering a speech at a publicized meeting/event hosted by an academic institution or professional organization5 credits
ActivityCredit rubric
Serving on a Board of Directors (National, provincial, territorial) for at least 1 full year10 credits
Serving a least 1 full year as Chair of a National/Institute Committee10 credits
Serving at least 1 full year as a member of a National/Institute Committee5 credits
Volunteer work (i.e. representation at a career fair or class visit)2 credits
Formal mentorship program5 credits per year per mentee

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.