How has APICS certification helped you

Stefan Hoogervorst


Please tell us briefly in which company and in which position you were when you started your training / certification. Which programs have you completed (APICS, DDI, Factory Physics, TFC) and what were your motives for completing further training / certification?
"My first APICS certification was the CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional). That was in 2008 when I was teaching as a lecturer in Logistics & Supply Chain Management at the University of Amsterdam. My main motivation for obtaining this certification was the fact that we were doing it Time to redesign the curriculum. As I was a core member of the project team, I wanted to make sure that our redesign would cover all elements of the end-to-end supply chain and that all theoretical frameworks would have strong practical relevance. The best way to ensure this was an international standard as a reference, which I found in the APICS teaching material and the APICS CSCP certification. I saw the great added value that an international supply chain standard framework together with a common wording offer, so that I immediately followed up with APICS CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) certification s) I successfully completed 5 modules one year later, in 2009. In 2016 I acquired the then new APICS CLTD (Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution) certification. "

To what extent has the further training / acquired certification contributed to achieving your current position?
"My APICS certifications in combination with my work on the global rollout of the supply chain simulation“ The Fresh Connection ”brought me in contact with PMI and today form the basis for my current position as Director of Education and Research at PMI As I hold all 3 APICS certifications, I teach all courses from our APICS Supply Chain training and certification portfolio. In my opinion, this is also the key to two other important areas of responsibility in my position at PMI:
1. Advising customers on the development of supply chain processes and competencies within their organizations and
2. Management of our trainer network of supply chain professionals.
Here, too, the globally recognized standard and common wording play an important role in maintaining a consistent, high-quality and structured sustainable approach in cooperation with our customers and trainers. "

Do you have a specific example in which the theoretical content helped you further in practice?
"The processes and definitions of the APICS framework help me a lot in discussions with our customers about the maturity level and vision of their supply chain, as they enable me to classify the respective challenges and future steps very quickly and in a structured manner. As soon as the respective counterpart is also APICS certified , we can discuss on the basis of the same frameworks and definitions, so that we can set up a structured roadmap for the development of supply chain competencies in a relatively short time. "