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CPIM and CDDP certification programs are both internationally recognized industry certificates. Both programs improve processes and skills for supply chain managers and planning practitioners.
There is some distinction in scope, duration and emphasis of the two programs. The two programs should be seen as complementary.
In terms of scope and duration, the CPIM is delivered in five separate modules with an exam at the end of each module. Obtaining the CPIM typically requires a time investment of around a year and a half.
The program is comprehensive and provides extensive coverage of a range of technical and functional skills including: Inventory Planning, Capacity Planning, Master Scheduling and S&OP. It also covers Demand Planning and Forecasting, Performance Management and Quality Control.
Because of its comprehensive nature, and long standing international recognition, the CPIM is a good benchmark for supply chain managers/practitioners wishing to ensure they have mastered the full range of operational competencies, for those wanting to fill an operational knowledge gap, or for practitioners wanting to demonstrate competencies against a global standard. More than 100,000 professionals since 1973 have earned the APICS CPIM designation
The CDDP was developed more recently (2011) by Carol Ptak and Chad Smith of the Demand Driven Institute for the purposes of teaching and clarifying the demand driven planning methodologies that are expounded in the third edition of Orlicky’s Material Requirements Planning .
Specifically, the certification provides extensive learning around demand driven material requirements planning and inventory management, with some less extensive coverage of Capacity Planning, Master Scheduling and S&OP.
Given the narrower content and focus of the CDDP program, it is substantially shorter in duration than the CPIM. A two day instruction program, together with reading and self-study study will prepare students to sit the single online examination. Preparation time is obviously dependent on hours committed and experience levels of students.
Although a fairly new entrant to the certification market, the CDDP program has the support of the International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA) and is internationally accredited by the IISB. Its growing recognition (listed amongst just 10 planning certificates assessed by Gartner in their Market Guide for Supply Chain Planning Certification Programs - December 2014) attests to the value of the demand-driven methodology taught in the program.
The CDDP is an ideal certificate for supply chain managers/practitioners wanting to revisit material and inventory planning methodologies to better address market requirements and improve execution response.
The CDDP is complementary to the CPIM as it is less about how conventional MRP works today and more about how it needs to work given the current global circumstances. The CDDP is an excellent follow-on for students having completed the CPIM, although he CPIM is not a pre-requisite for the CDDP.
Program attendees should review Demand Driven MRP (Ptak and Smith, Industrial Press 2016)
Program attendees should also review Chapters 1-4, 11 and Appendix A of Demand Driven Performance – Using Smart Metrics (Smith and Smith, McGraw-Hill, 2013)
Program attendees should review the following white papers available at the DDI On Demand site:
Program attendees should also review the following terms and translations:
DDMRP Terms and Translations (English)
Participants preparing for the course should watch the video "What is DDMRP?" In this short animated video the basic principles of Demand Driven Material Requirements Planning is described.
Module 2: The Importance of Flow
Module 3: Unlocking a Solution - Decoupling
Module 5: Strategic Inventory Positioning
Module 6: Distribution Network Positioning
Module 7: Buffer Profiles and Levels
Module 8: Dynamic Buffer Adjustments
Module 9: Demand Driven Planning
Module 10: Highly Visible and Collaborative Execution
Module 11: DDMRP and the Operational Environment
Module 12: Demand Driven Sales and Operations Planning
Module 13: Program Summary
Certified Demand Driven Planner (CDDP) is a trademark of the International Supply Chain Education Alliance
Your credentials with the International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA) make you an industry expert. Therefore, the ISCEA requires that all its certification holders participate in continuing education to keep up with the ever changing global supply chain body of knowledge and practice. The Certified Demand Driven Planner Program requires 25 PDU (Professional Development Units) every three years.
Application and Renewal fees:
The Renewal process:
Via Fax: 440-708-2641 (Only if you have paid the fees on-line)
Here are some of the activities that qualify for ISCEA PDU:
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The CDDP Program is comprised of 10 modules delivered in 16 CONTACT hours over a 2 day time range. Testing is then completed through the ISCEA's iProctor system after course completion and through scheduled testing sessions. Upon successful completion of the exam participants receive a CDDP certificate and may place "CDDP" in their professional title.
Gartner has included the Certified Demand Driven Planner (CDDP) Program in its Market Guide for Supply Chain Certification Programs. It is one of ten programs in the guide.
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