Supply Chain Management Professional/Purchasing Agent



Who is the licensing body responsible for Supply Chain Management Professionals in Alberta?

In Alberta, you must be a registered member of the Supply Chain Management Association of Alberta (SCMA) to call yourself a Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP). You do not have to be registered if you do not call yourself a Supply Chain Management Profession nor use the initials SCMP after your name. 

NOTE: The Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation replaces the Certified Professional Purchaser (C.P.P.) designation.

What are the requirements to become a Supply Chain Management Professional?

Internationally educated applicants will need to apply to the Supply Chain Management Professional Designation Program. The SCMP Designation Program provides the requisite education to become recognized as an SCMP.

NOTE: The SCMA recognizes work experience in place of the prerequisite business courses for entry to the SCMP Designation Program. 

NOTE: The SCMA recognizes  in the SCMP Designation Program and will evaluate each student individually. 

NOTE: The SCMA recognizes the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM) designation through 

     • the Member Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (MCIPS) designation through the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) in the United Kingdom 

What are the educational requirements for Supply Chain Management Professionals in Alberta?

Note: Licensing bodies compare international education and experience to Canadian standards. 

SCMPs in Alberta are required to hold a degree or diploma in a business related program from a university, college or technical institute. Anyone who holds a degree or diploma in another area will be required to pass courses in the areas specified in the Pre-Requisites & Admission page of the SCMA website. 

Alberta post-secondary institutions that offer training in supply chain management include 

Keyano College in Fort McMurray

MacEwan University in Edmonton 

Medicine Hat College in Medicine Hat 

Red Deer College in Red Deer 

SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary 

University of Alberta in Edmonton 

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

There are no formal English requirements for Supply Chain Managers; however, a level of understanding and communicating at grade 11 minimum is recommended. Supply Chain Managers must be able to communicate effectively in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in order to be successful in the profession. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What supports are available to support internationally educated professionals to integrate into the Canadian labour force?

Directions for Immigrants offers Clear Communications for Business to help you integrate into the Canadian work force. Topics include Active Listening, Assertiveness, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving and Teamwork. Visit the Job Success Groups on the Study Groups page for more information on this service and eligibility criteria.

What information resources are available for Supply Chain Managers in Alberta?

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