Sales & Operations Planning

Certified Sales & Operations Planning (CS&OP)

The Certified Sales & Operations Planning (CS&OP) Exam will be available in September 2012.  The examinations will be administered by ExamSoft at 230+ testing sites in the U.S.


Some certifications require the test taker to have reached a given level of formal education and/or to have a certain amount of on-the-job experience before becoming certified. We do not do that for one very important reason, based on the nature of Sales & Operations Planning:

S&OP is a highly people-intensive and cross-functional process, requiring virtually all involved people to change significant parts of how they do their jobs. Some of these people, the most important ones, are the Executive Team, up to and including the leader of the business. They must be involved, hands-on, to achieve success with S&OP.

Therefore, the key attributes of a person to lead the implementation are (1) people skills up, down and sideways; (2) the ability to communicate effectively with top management and to earn – or keep – their trust; knowledge of the company’s customers, products, and processes. Effective testing for the first two attributes is, to the best of our knowledge, beyond the state of the art of today’s certification exams.

So what does S&OP Certification mean? It means that the holder of the CS&OP certification has substantial knowledge of Sales & Operations Planning and its components and enhancements: Demand Planning, Supply Planning, Decision-Making Processes, Global S&OP, S&OP in heavily matrix organizations, and so forth.     

See for more details about the CS&OP Exam.

S&OP Introductory and Exam Review Courses

Introductory and exam review courses are being co-developed by the APICS Fox River Chapter and will be available in the near future.

May 31

CPIM Part 1 - Basics of Supply Chain Management

Do you want to prepare for the CPIM exam from the comfort of your own home? Our blended learning classes let you do just that. Only the first and last class will be face-to-face. The balance of the classes will be facilitated online live by an instruct
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Jun 6

June Board Meeting

Typically takes place the first Wednesday of the month.
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Jun 13

June Networking Event

Join us for a night of Networking with local area Supply Chain and Operations Management professionals.
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Jul 11

Supply Chain Business Analytics Certificate Course

Three, 3-hour web interactive sessions from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 11, 18, and 25, 2018
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