This is a certificate course covering planning at all levels of the organization. Synchronization is critical to fast, accurate production, and delivery. By engaging all parts of the business, professionals can align planning processes and enable their supply chain organizations to experience significantly fewer disruptions. ASCM’s Supply Chain Planning Certificate program introduces these essential planning fundamentals and clearly explains how to integrate all planning functions within a company.


This course will be of interest to those who wish to further their careers by obtaining a signed certificate and digital badge from the Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM), including those that are considering Planning careers or have a few years of experience and are looking to expand their career options in Supply Chain Management or wish to stand out in a competitive job market. It will also be of interest to those that wish to gain education from ASCM, which is generally accepted as the gold standard in Supply Chain education, training, and development, or as a first step by those who wish to achieve ASCM certifications such as a CPIM or a CSCP.

Professional development is highly valued by employers. Employees with just one  certification, certificate or credential earn 17% more than those without. [2022 ASCM Supply Chain Salary  and Career Report]


There are no formal prerequisites to this course, but some experience with planning at any level in the organization will be beneficial.

Topics and Course Content

This course will cover topics such as: 

  • Synchronized Planning 
  • Strategic Planning–Business Planning 
  • Strategic Planning–Demand Planning and S&OP 
  • Tactical Planning–Master Scheduling/MR
  • Operations Execution–Purchasing and Production Activity Control, APS
  • Distribution and Logistics Planning

Learning Goals and Results

At the conclusion of the course, the participants will have the knowledge to:

  • Trace the flow of planning from business plan to execution
  • Link business strategy to company plans
  • Interpret and manage the master production schedule
  • Interpret and manage the material requirements plan
  • Help advance sales and operations planning meetings
  • Identify technologies to support synchronous planning
  • Create a channel tree design for a distribution system
  • Determine order and reorder points
  • Contribute to production and control activities

Time Investment

This class is 20 hours of classroom time taken in 2-hour sessions (twice weekly), over a period of 5 weeks.

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