About ASCM Los Angeles Chapter
ASCM is a not-for-profit international educational organization respected throughout the world for its education and professional certification programs. With more than 70,000 individual and corporate members in 20,000 companies worldwide, ASCM is dedicated to using education to improve the business bottom line.

ASCM is recognized globally as:
  • the source of knowledge and expertise for manufacturing and service industries across the entire supply chain in such areas as materials management, information services, purchasing and quality.
  • the leading provider of high-quality, cutting-edge educational programs that advance organizational success in a changing, competitive marketplace
  • a successful developer of two internationally recognized certification programs, Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
  • a distribution center for hundreds of business management publications and educational materials
  • a source of solutions, support, and networking local chapters, workshops, symposia, and the annual ASCM Conference.

Founded in 1957 as the American Production and Inventory Control Society, APICS has since expanded its focus to include a full range of programs and materials on individual and organizational education, standards of excellence, and integrated resource management. To reflect this new direction, we are now known as ASCM. 

ASCM Los Angeles, founded on December 11, 1957, serves the Los Angeles County area with quality education and consulting services in supply chain management and business operations. ASCM Los Angeles serves approximately 400 members and is active in local educational institutions supporting supply chain programs. 

Chapter Vision
To have the local business community and ASCM members recognize the value of ASCM educational services in the field of supply chain and operations management.
Chapter Mission
The ASCM Los Angeles Chapter #46 will strive to provide educational programs, services, and assistance that will enable members and local businesses to stay current in knowledge and thinking in the fields of supply chain and operations management.

Chapter Core Values

1)    To uphold the high standards of ASCM.

2)    To maintain and improve sound business practices and to foster high standards of professional conduct.

3)    To educate members and member companies in supply chain and operations management and to encourage the pursuit of certification for Certified as Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and/or Certified in Production and Inventory Control, (CPIM).

4)    To encourage and cooperate in the exchange of knowledge and techniques of supply chain and operations management for the mutual benefit of the profession.

5)    To maintain high personal standards of moral responsibility, character, and business integrity.

APICS Certification

APICS certifications help improve company performance, your performance, and are an important differentiator on your resume. There are three internationally recognized certification programs offered by ASCM. All are comprehensive, affordable programs for the busy professional. The first is Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), the original certification program offered. The second certification program is Certified in Integrated Resource management (CIRM). This program is focused more on the interrelationships between the different areas of the entire company, and is no longer supported by ASCM.  The newest certification is Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP). The CSCP program is a new industry educational and certification program created to meet the rapidly changing needs of the supply chain management field.
APICS CPIM exams are administered through Pearson VUE – as experts in providing knowledge measurement services, ASCM has chosen them to administer the APICS CPIM exams in the most effective, ethical way possible. To learn about the process of registering for your next APICS CPIM exam, visit the Pearson VUE Web site or call Pearson VUE Customer Care number: 866-583-8949. To keep certification meaningful, ASCM has a Certification Maintenance program.

ASCM Membership

Valuable member discounts are offered on educational programs, certification exams and reference materials. ASCM Los Angeles also extends membership benefits for Chapter-sponsored events to Institute for Supply Management, and  Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) members if the membership affiliation is noted upon initial registration.

As a member, you can attend quality educational programs, including symposia, workshops, and an annual International Conference and Exhibition. Members can stay on the cutting edge with monthly issues of the  ASCM 's official magazine, ASCM—SCM Now, and quarterly issues of ASCM' Production and Inventory Management Journal.

As an ASCM member, there are additional "special member services" that are available through ASCM . Unemployed members can apply for the Benefit Extension for Unemployed Members. Offerings include discounted member rates on group insurance, credit cards, car rental, retirement plans, and more.

ASCM Student Members

Students, the future caretakers of our industry, can gain direct exposure to professional opportunities within manufacturing by joining one of ASCM' nearly 170 student chapters. The Los Angeles Chapter is proud to have participation from students at University of Southern California. These students go above and beyond their regular studies to participate in chapter management, student paper competitions as well as networking with professionals in the industry. Their energy is unlimited! 

ASCM Employment Referrals

Employment referral services are also available at the national level and at the chapter level. A valuable resource available at the national level is the ASCM Career Center, which contains information for members and non-members. More information can be obtained by dialing 1 (800) 444-APIC (2742). Also, the Los Angeles Chapter both accepts resumes from members and distributes resumes to interested employers looking to fill positions. For more information regarding this service, please contact the ASCM Los Angeles office at Membership@LAPICS.org 

ASCM Foundation

The ASCM Foundation, (formerly known as the APICS Education & Research Foundation) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1965, and is dedicated to identifying and pursuing the latest technology associated with resource management industries, and improving the ASCM body of knowledge. Foundation activities include establishing resources for Corporate Partnerships, hosting Annual Summer Academic/Practitioner Workshops, offering various presentations with Eli Goldratt, maintaining an Academic Research Database, competitions such as The Donald W. Fogarty International Student Paper Competition and The Plossl Doctoral Dissertation Competition, Spanish translations of ASCM materials, research grant opportunities and other individual, corporate, or chapter related support for applied research. A small part of the proceeds from ASCM Los Angeles certification courses and seminars are donated to the ASCM Foundation in support of its activities.

Contact Us

For questions, comments or more information about ASCM history and/or opportunities and offerings, please contact any member of your Los Angeles Board of Directors or contact President@LAPICS.org.

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