Supply Chain Education Alliance
Course Descriptions

CSCM (Certified Supply Chain Manager)

ISCEA CSCM is steadily increasing in acceptance by Supply Chain Industry as the certification that covers the Total Supply Chain Operation. In addition to standard supply chain methodology, CSCM will also cover topics such as Leadership, Lean Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints, and Operational Accounting. ISCEA CSCM certify that the holder is both expert in Supply Chain theory and a practitioner, who can manage and lead a modern Supply Chain Organization with P&L Responsibilities.

Subject Matter Covered in the ISCEA CSCM Exam:
Supply Chain Body of Knowledge (80%)
Theory of Constraints (10%)
Operational Accounting (4%)
Lean Six Sigma (4%)
Leadership & Team Building (2%)

Supply Chain Areas Covered in the
CSCM Workshop:
  • Understanding the Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Performance: Achieving Strategic Fit and Scope
  • Supply Chain Drivers and Obstacles
  • Designing the Distribution Network in a Supply Chain
  • Network Design in the Supply Chain
  • Network Design in an Uncertain Environment
  • Demand Forecasting in a Supply Chain
  • Aggregate Planning in the Supply Chain
  • Planning Supply and Demand-Managing Predictable Variability
  • Managing Economies of Scale in the Supply Chain- Cycle Inventory
  • Managing Uncertainty in the Supply Chain- Safety Inventory
  • Determining Optimal Level of Product Availability
  • Sourcing Decisions in a Supply Chain
  • Transportation in the Supply Chain
  • Pricing and Revenue Management in the Supply Chain
  • Coordination in the Supply Chain
  • Information Technology and Supply Chain
  • E-Business and the Supply Chain
You must have an in depth understanding of these Topics to pass the CSCM Exam:
  • Elements of the Supply Chain
  • Just-in-Time (JIT)
  • Total Quality Management (TQM)
  • Manufacturing Resources Planning (MRP II)
  • Demand Planning
  • Capacity Management.
  • Demand Management
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Master Scheduling
  • Measuring Business Performance.
  • Recognizing Techniques and Practices of Inventory Management
  • Mechanics of the Detailed Material Planning Process
  • Planning Operations to Support the Priority Plan
  • Planning Procurement and External Sources of Supply
  • Prioritizing and Sequencing Work
  • Executing Plans and Implementing Controls
  • Authorizing and Reporting Activities for Push and Pull Systems
  • Evaluating Performance and Providing Feedback
  • Competitive Market Issues
  • Choices Affecting Facilities, Supply Chain, Information Technology, and
    Organizational Design
  • Configuring and Integrating Internal Processes
  • Evaluating and Managing Projects.
Our certification preparation course includes:
35 hours of classroom instruction led by an experienced supply chain management expert.
A study guide with all the slides and exercises.
Reprints of selected articles on the most relevant topics.
1 hour of classroom review followed by 4 hours for the certification exam.
The price for the complete package is $1,195 per person.
Certified Supply Chain Analyst (CSCA)

This program is ideal for those just getting started in the field of supply chain management, individuals that come into contact with customers or suppliers, and those that will be part of an improvement initiative such as creating a lean supply chain or implementing an ERP system.

Our certification preparation course includes:
18 hours of classroom instruction led by an experienced supply chain management expert.
A study guide with all the slides and exercises.
Reprints of selected articles on the most relevant topics.
1 hour of classroom review followed by 2 hours for the certification exam.

The price for the complete package is $645 per person.
Executive Overview on Lean Enterprises
"Maximizing Value Through Flow and Pull"

This One day Seminar will teach you how to:

1. Apply the five principles of lean to manufacturing, logistics, administration, and new product development.

2. Generate support for a lean initiative and get started with a significant success that creates enthusiasm for an enterprise-wide program.

3. Leverage the key tools required for identifying opportunities and making the changes required to decrease cycle time and increase performance.

"The instructors were exceptional and clearly demonstrated best practices by weaving in their personal experiences."

Flow and Pull:
* Five S System
* Creating Flow
* Cellular Value Creation
* Kanban
* Visual Controls
* Lean Supply Chains

Each seminar module:

1. Provides you the opportunity to learn about the best practices in place at leading companies.

2. Provides you the chance to debate the applicability of these best practices for your organization


Going Physical Free

This intense 1-day seminar will teach you how to:
  • Define inventory record accuracy in terms of benefits and costs that are important for your organization.
  • Establish an effective cycle counting process that will improve inventory record accuracy.
  • Conduct effective root-cause analysis so you can find and fix the issues that lead to poor performance.
  • Build a business case and implementation plan to eliminate the need for physical inventories.

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Introduction to Theory of Constraints (TOC) Production
Two-Day Workshop

The two-day seminar, Introduction to TOC Production, takes the participant through a more systematic approach to solving the problems of operations – no matter what type of environment.

During this interactive two days, participants will:
Learn what lies at the roots of the problems of all production environments.
* Understand the systematic process for quickly gaining incredible results from their current operation through the application of the Five Focusing Steps.
* Understand why the words “Drum Buffer Rope” have been coined as another name for this solution.
* Understand the need for aligning the organization to work in concert with the solution.

The Process of Ongoing Improvement
What to Change
The problems
Analyzing the time and cost to address these problems
An experiment to validate that these are the problems we need to invest in
Understanding the underlying roots of the problems – a conflict!
Validating the roots – experiments to show the effects of measurements
What to Change To
The Five Focusing Steps
Applying the Five Focusing Steps to our Experiments
Aligning the release of material to the solution
Aligning the operational rules to support the solution
Aligning our control process with the solution
How to Cause the Change
Putting the logistical and organizational change into place.
RFID Supply Chain Manager (RFIDSCM)
The RFIDSCM certification Workshop helps you gain both the theory and hands on understanding for implementing a successful RFID deployment with an emphasis on the supply chain use cases.
If you need to integrate both the technical and business disciplines paramount to making an intelligent RFID decision, then their certification is right for you.

Three ways to prepare for the exam:
1. instructor lead training;
2. web based training;
3. self paced via a textbook.

ISCEA's Instructor Lead Training comprises three key modules in a five-day program. Two days focus on the fundamentals of RFID, followed by a day for UHF tagging expertise and two days of advanced RFID training.
The fundamental class is valuable for anyone trying to develop a line item budget for RFID, project manage adoption of RFID, maintain an existing RFID system or lead/act as a member of a cross functional team responsible for making it work.
The UHF tagging expert class (module two) covers everything you need to know about tags and the process of reading under RF friendly and unfriendly circumstances. You will also learn how to embed tags within packaging, machinery or products.
The third module, RFID Master, is valuable for anyone performing RFID consulting, installing or engineering RFID systems, developing products or a member of the technical staff responsible for RFID.

The following list shows the domains tested by the exam and the approximate extent to which they are represented:

  • Read Zone Basics = 9%
  • Testing and Troubleshooting = 9%
  • Standards and Regulations = 6%
  • Tag Knowledge = 8%
  • Design Selection = 8%
  • Installation and Commissioning = 9%
  • Site Analysis (before, during and after installation) = 8%
  • RF Physics = 12%
  • RFID Peripherals = 6%
  • Supply Chain Best Practices = 9%
  • ROI for RFID = 9%
  • Supply Chain Management = 8%.
    RFIDSCM covers similar content to RFID+ and supplements it with the following:
  • Supply Chain Best Practices
  • ROI for RFID
  • Supply Chain Management.
    The RFIDSCM training covers the following topics:
  • Adjacent channel interference
  • Anti collision algorithms
  • Antennas
  • Auto ID centre
  • Beam power
  • Benefits of RFID
  • Block diagrams of RFID Tags and Readers
  • Circular polarization
  • Collaborating technologies (such as WiFi-Bluetooth-GPS, dBM, Edgeware)
  • EPC tag data schemas
  • EPC global network
  • EMI
  • ERP
  • Far field propagation
  • Frequency allocation
  • Future RFID trends
  • Handshaking between reader and the tag
  • HAL's law
  • History of RFID
  • Horizontal polarization
  • Infrastructure dimensioning
  • Interrogators
  • Faradays law
  • ISO Standards: 11784, ISO 14443, ISO 15693, ISO18000
  • Macro system topology
  • Method of operation
  • Micro system topology
  • Modulated backscatter
  • Multi-protocol readers
  • Near field propagation
  • Near side read
  • Path loss
  • Portal set-up & operation
  • Propagation patterns
  • Radio physics
  • Readers
  • RFID vs. bar code
  • Smart shelf
  • Spectrum assignment
  • System troubleshooting
  • Tag knowledge
  • Transponder
  • Tuning the performance of an RFID system
  • Vertical polarization
  • Voltage standing wave ratio
  • Wal-Mart compliance
  • War-fighters and EPC
  • Wavelength
  • Write operation and X-ray read.
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