There are no specific requirements to become a member of SAPICS. All you need to do is complete the membership application form [on the membership section of the website] and pay the relevant annual subscription.
Membership of SAPICS enables individuals countrywide to benefit from the variety of business learning opportunities, event attendance and professional development tools in a structured and cost effective manner. SAPICS aims to assist individuals in their pursuit of ongoing professional development.
SAPICS members are kept up-to-date on new ideas and developments in the field of supply chain and operations management through personal contact, group meetings, regular correspondence and literature, as well as an interactive and informative website.
Professional membership automatically enables you as a joint international member with APICS, the Association for Operations Management in the USA which incorporates the added benefits that they offer, together with the benefits offered as an individual member. individual membership is a national membership only.
Professional membership is suited to those pursuing the CSCP & CPIM qualifications and persons in higher management. individual is the more general membership making use of the discounted membership rates, monthly publications, current events and newsletters.
With corporate partnership the company is listed on the SAPICS website. It benefits from discounted rates for the SAPICS Annual Conference, and complimentary individual & Professional memberships form part of the packages offered. An employer as an organisation is also in turn giving every opportunity to its employees to strengthen their supply chain and operations management skills.
Corporate partnership enables the company to broaden the supply chain community within the company as a whole. Employees will also be able to take advantage of a discounted membership rate together with discounted education material and exam rates thereby saving money from both an efficient supply chain and from the attractive discounts available to members. Corporate partnership is for an organisation as a whole whilst the individual / Professional membership is for one individual.
This is not currently a requirement of SAPICS. You may become a member of SAPICS without studying and you may study through SAPICS without becoming a member. However since the benefit of the membership offers opportunities for practical aspects of learning it makes sense to be a member.
SAPICS membership is most definitely recognised in the corporate environment due to its cost saving educational offerings in the form of workshops and professional development events together with the discounted rates on education material and exams, and the effective networking and knowledge gaining abilities throughout the supply chain community.