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CPD Maintenance

The right to continue to hold the CSCL Designation is contingent upon the CSCL Designation holder adhering to certain maintenance requirements.

CSCL Designation holders are required to maintain their designation with an annual membership to NISCL, and by completing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities. This maintenance criteria is an essential component of NISCL's CSCL Designation (in addition to and with the intent to replace the CSCMP Designation) framework to ensure that CSCL Designation holders remain at the leading edge of the profession, demonstrate a commitment to continued learning, and are constantly adding value within their organizations.

Active CSCL Designates must complete 30 credits worth of activity every 3 years, and report the corresponding activities in the NISCL Member portal (retired, non-practicing CSCL Designation holders shall be exempt from the maintenance credits requirements). Credits in excess of the required 30 cannot be transferred. Extensions up to 5 years may be considered in extenuating circumstances. Failure to complete the CPD requirements may lead to the Designation lapsing, or the need for reinstatement of the CSCL.

Examples of Eligible Activities

The following information provides examples of eligible activities and credits available under each category. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

Continuing Education (CE)

CSCL Designation holders are strongly encouraged to design an annual personal professional development plan to ensure that CPD is a manageable and professionally enriching experience. Maintenance credits may be completed through NISCL offerings, learning institutions, other professional organizations (CPA, HRPA, CPHR, CSAE, ICD, etc.), and/or employers.


Completing a course, including web-based learning
20 – 30 hours = 10 credits
>30 hours = 15 credits


Attending a seminar, workshop or course sanctioned by a professional or educational organization
3 credits for ½ session
5 credits for each full day


Attending a NISCL or other professional conference or symposium
2 credits / session
(10 credit max)


Participating in an online webinar, telephone townhall, etc.
2 credits – participant
5 credits – contributor/ speaker


Attending a NISCL networking event (breakfast/lunch/dinner) or plant tour that includes professional educational content
2 credits


Reading a supply chain related business book
2 credits per book


Listening to a session or webinar recording
1 credit per recording

Educational Leadership (EL)

This category involves activities that advance the field of practice or body of knowledge in supply chain by disseminating knowledge and best practice learning.


Writing a business-related book (first edition only) published by an established publisher
30 credits


Authoring an original business-related research paper published by an established periodical
20 credits


Developing an NISCL seminar, workshop or course of at least 5 hours’ duration.

Editing an NISCL seminar or course where at least 40% of material is revised
20 credits


Authoring an original business-related article published by an established periodical
10 credits


Writing and/or maintaining a business-related blog or being an official contributor to a recognized blog or newsletter over a one-year period (subject matter must be related to the SCMP competency map)
5 credits


Speaking or moderating at a publicized gathering exceeding 60 minutes for a professional organization or employer
5 credits

Professional Service (PS)

This category involves promoting and supporting the value of the supply chain profession or contributing to leadership within the profession.


Serving on a NISCL Board of Directors (National, provincial, territorial) for at least 1 full year
10 credits


Serving at least 1 full year as a member of a National/Institute Committee
Chair – 10 credits
Member - 5 credits


Formal mentorship program
5 credits per year per mentee


Volunteer work (i.e. representation at a career fair or class visit)
2 credits

Special Projects (SP)

Professional development gained through on the-job secondments, projects, implementations or special assignments will be given independent consideration by the member’s Institute.

NISCL is responsible for all administration and audit activities related to the maintenance of the designation. Please contact us for more information.