Frequently Asked Questions

We get asked a lot of things over our years as an active APICS chapter, and we try to answer them as soon as we could. To better help you, we have put together some frequently asked questions so that you do not have to wait on our response. If you can't find the answer you are looking for in this page, head on over to our contact us page and ask away!

 

Continuing Education (CE) Credits, what are they?

In order to maintain your CPIM, CSCP, and/or CLTD certifications, you will need to continue to practice or hone your supply chain skills. By participating in APICS-approved seminars, ASCM conferences, Professional Development Meetings, classes, Workshops, or Plant Tours, you will earn varying amounts of Continuing Education (CE) credits. We at the APICS Portland Chapter provide many opportunities for you to achieve the requirement of 75 CE credits every 5 years. Our meetings and plant tours typically award 2 CE credits, while our workshops can range from 2 to 6 CE credits.

There is a random audit that is conducted by our parent organization, ASCM, where they may ask for verification of your CE credits. We recommend you keeping your email receipts to better track your CE credits. If you need to provide information regarding your CE credits, we can assist you by pulling information from our database if you have participated in our events. 

 

I just became a member. I cannot register for any events, meetings, or classes.

Congrats on becoming an APICS/ASCM member! Due to the process in our website system connection with our parent organization, your membership information may not have synced up with our own local system. This process typically takes up to 24 hours to complete. We recommend you try to register for your event, meeting, or class after 24 hours have passed. If you are still having issues registrating on our website after that time-frame, feel free to reach out to us on the contact us page, and we can assist you in getting your account working properly in our system.

 

I can't make it to an event or class. can I get a refund?

We're sorry that you're not able to attend the event, and we understand that there may be last minute circumstances that could change your plan in joining us. If you need us to process a refund, we ask that you take a look at our General Policies page regarding cancellations and refunds for our events. 

 

I forgot to register for an event. Can I still attend?

Don't worry, sometimes we forget things as well. If there's an event that you are interested in and would like to attend, but have forgotten to register, we can still welcome you in at the door. Because this is a last-minute registration in person, we will have to process a $5 walk-in fee on top of the cost of registration. We take cash, major credits cards (chip), Google Pay, and Apple Pay. Do note that due to the nature of some types of events, we are not able to accept last-minute registrations (plant tours and limited-seat meetings).

 

Why did i get a refund for an event/class that I was registered for?

As a full service to our membership, we try our best to make even the worse situations work out for the best. Sometimes there are factors that are outside of our control and we would need to cancel events, classes, plant tours, or other meetings. When this happens, we clearly communicate to our membership the situation surrounding that particular event and will process full refunds. Typical scenarios that force us to cancel events include extreme weather, low registration, and venue closures.

 

I'd like to be a speaker at a future event. Who do I talk to?

We're always on the lookout for new exciting speakers! If you are interested in being our guest of honor for an evening and are wanting to speak to our membership on a topic related to supply chain, we will be more than happy to work with you and try to fit you into our schedule. It would be best to reach out to us via email here. You can also contact any of us on the Board of Directors if you have met us during an event. Please note that our Professional Development Meetings are meant to help network and connect our membership to the ever-changing world of supply chain. This type of meeting is not suited for seminars on products or services.

 

I want to pursue a certification. Which is the best one for me?

Obtaining a certification is a great step in advancing your career. We have 3 different paths to choose from depending on many factors (career path, cost, and time commitment). CPIM is typically recommended for those who are in or are pursuing a career in the tactical portion of the supply chain. This typically encompasses roles in material planning, demand planning, procurement, forecasting, continuous improvement, and quality control. CSCP is geared towards individuals who work on the strategic portions of the supply chain, and focuses on supply chain design, planning and execution, and improvement and best practices. This is best suited for managers in the supply chain. And finally, if you are working in distribution, warehousing, or logistics, our CLTD certification would be the best fit for you. If you are still not sure which one will work for you, send us an email here, and we'll try our best to help you out.