Number of half days7
Preparation8 hours per session
LevelPost- bachelor
Average study time90 | 120 hours


APICS CTSC is for professionals wanting to (co-)lead change in the supply chain. Supply chain transformation requires knowledge and experience in operations, supply chain, or logistics. This is necessary to recognize problems and empathize with colleagues in the relevant supply chain functions. The course is also suitable for employees from other departments involved in the transformation, such as IT, finance, and HRM.

Supply chains are becoming increasingly complex, and new digital possibilities are emerging, requiring adjustments to existing business models. Organizations that desire to prepare for the future and differentiate themselves from competition must learn to transform their supply chain. Therefore, technical and digital transformation skills are among supply chain professionals' top five crucial skills.

Supply Chain Transformation

With our APICS CTSC course, you will learn to thoroughly analyze the current situation and assess whether the required conditions, such as experience with projects or experience with major changes, are met. You will learn what these conditions are and which gaps are addressed for a successful transformation by managing of supply chain transformation.

You will learn to propose alternative solutions for identified deviations between current and desired supply chain performance. Discover how the transformation team identifies and assesses the contribution of alternative solutions to make the required improvements. The strategies that can be used to determine the change management approach that has the best fit with the development phase of the organization are discussed. You will learn to use change management and communication to achieve your transformation goals.

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An APICS certification is the standard for training in operations management & production logistics. All over the world, APICS is regarded as the go-to training for Supply chain professionals working in operations and supply chain management. Association for Supply Chain Management is the full name of ASCM and aims to help supply chain managers by enabling them with information and courses. Members of the association for supply chain management receive special benefits, such as discounts on APICS exams and access to additional information. ASCM connects the world through supply chain management education.

Visie Partners collaborates with ASCM as a Premier Training Partner and authorized ASCM consulting partner. We work together with companies around the world towards supply chain excellence. We do this by using supply chain organizational transformation and innovation.

Why choose CTSC?

An APICS CTSC certificate benefits both the supply chain professional and the employer.

Benefits supply chain professional

  • You can demonstrate that you can contribute to the transformation of the supply chain at the strategic level down to the operational processes
  • You will learn to determine what information is needed to make performance improvement and to analyze broken processes to identify underlying causes of performance gaps
  • APICS CTSC contributes to the careers of ambitious supply chain professionals
  • International career opportunities through the international recognition of APICS CTSC.

Employer benefits

  • Reduction of risks associated with strategic supply chain transformations
  • A thorough approach to the analysis of the current and future performance of the organization by using best practices in the field of change management
  • Effectively and efficiently realize improvements by using best practices, frameworks, and models such as the ASCM SCOR DS and the Digital Capabilities Model
  • The possibility of training employees through an in-company training course.


Target audience

The CTSC course is intended for those who want to contribute to the supply chain transformation of their organization. These people know that change is necessary to meet the demands of the near future. The course is also suitable for professionals who play an important facilitating role, such as financial and IT professionals.

This course is very suitable for people who:

  • Want to contribute to supply chains that can meet future challenges
  • Are involved in supply chain transformation processes as a consultant
  • As a supply chain professional, are ready for the next step in their career
  • Want to contribute to transformation and work in, for example, IT or finance
  • Are a project manager who wants to use data management, process analysis, and best practices in the field of supply chain transformation in supply chain transition
  • Want to set up a supply chain strategy that is aligned with the organization's strategy
  • Want to learn to integrate multiple supply chain goals in a balanced transition
  • Want to make proposals for the optimal design of the organization, processes, and activities in the field of supply chain and operations management.

Contents CTSC

The APICS CTSC training consists of seven sessions or four full course days. There is an exam training during the last session or the last half of a full course day. The training can be completed with a single exam. Below is a description of the four modules covered during the APICS CTSC course.

Module 1. Supply Chain Transformation Overview

  • Supply Chain Transformations
    • Define and Classify the Types of Supply Chains
    • Understand the Supply Chain Maturity Stages
    • Understand Organizational and Business Unit Strategies
    • Understand Supply Chain Strategies
    • Explore Business Cases for Transformation and a Transformation Road Map
    • Supply Chain Transformation Leadership and Culture
  • Value Proposition, Methodologies, and Organizational Design
    • Understand Value Propositions and Value Chains
    • Research Models, Frameworks, and Benchmarking Tools
    • Explore Cost and Service Optimization Road Maps
    • Understand Business Context
  • Drivers of Supply Chain Transformation
    • Customer, Culture, and Capability Drivers of Supply Chain Segmentation
    • Discuss Benchmarking and Business Value


Module 2. Preparing for Supply Chain Transformation

  • Select Supply Chain Transformation Drivers
    • Create a Portfolio Charter and Select Supply Chain Transformation Tools
    • Supply Chain Transformation Drivers
    • Strategic Imperatives
    • Digitalization and Data Management Technology
    • Product and Service Technologies
    • Maturity Assessments
    • Identify Common Misalignments
  • Assess the Supply Chain Current State
    • Define To-Be Metrics and Use Them to Analyze As-Is Performance
    • Prioritize the Supply Chain to be Designed, Set Attribute Targets, Map, and Benchmark
    • Create Detailed As-Is Maps, Models, and Diagrams
    • Perform Gap Assessments
  • Conceptualize the Future-State Supply Chain Operating Model
    • Prioritize Defects, Identify Projects, and Analyze Alternatives
    • Create To-Be Models, Simulations, and Capability Sets
  • Identify Initiatives to Address Gaps
    • Identify and Scope Transformation Initiatives
    • Sequence and Prioritize Initiatives
  • Initiate Transformation Work Streams and Projects
    • Create Project Charters and Hold a Transformation Program Kickoff
    • Develop a Resource Management Plan
    • Document Stakeholder and Communication Management Plans
    • Document Change Management Plan(s)
  • Develop and Iterate Preliminary Transformation Business Cases
    • Use a Business Case Development Process and Set Targeted Value Drivers
    • Quantify the Financial Value of Supply Chain Improvements
    • Determine Resources Needed and Estimate Costs and Schedule
    • Select Transformation Program KPIs
    • Craft Messaging Content
  • Perform Post-Approval Tasks
    • Assemble Project Portfolio
    • Validate Costs, Schedules, Resources, and KPIs
    • Refine Supply Chain Transformation Business Case
    • Establish and Align Portfolio Governance and Draft Execution Plans

Module 3. Executing Supply Chain Transformation

  • Adopt a Change Management Plan
    • Select and Tailor Change Management Method
    • Assing Change Management Roles and Responsibilities
    • Provide Planned Communications and Training
    • Identify and Implement Incentives
  • Design and Implement Supply Chain Transformation Work Streams and Projects
    • Collaborate with Internal and External Stakeholders
    • Design and Test Solutions
    • Implement Project Policies and Individual Projects
    • Scale Up to Enterprise-wide Solutions.
  • Implement Governance and a Risk Management Framework
    • Set Portfolio and Project Management Governance
    • Establish Secure, Resilient, and Sustainable Supply Chains


Module 4. Review of Supply Chain Transformation

  • Assess the Transformation
    • Review and Provide Feedback on Project Portfolio Performance
    • Reassess Supply Chain Transformation Maturity
  • Communicate Results and Reflect on the Transformation
    • Measure, Document, and Report Results
    • Implement Continual Improvement and Identify Future Initiatives

Study options

Besides the classroom courses, it is also possible to follow the course as E-learning, self-study or in-company.

Here you will find a short explanation of each study variant.


APICS CTSC is offered as a day or evening course. The course always takes place at the same location and on the same day of the week. During the course an APICS authorized instructor discusses the material on the basis of practical experiences (both instructor and student). The instructors receive regular refresher courses to ensure the best possible transfer of knowledge.

We use an interactive approach, this means that during the lesson you learn many examples and experiences from the teacher and fellow students. We adhere to the APICS recommended number of course hours, so there is enough time for instructive course meetings. All this we do for the highest possible success rate.

Online - classroom

We offer part of our APICS CTSC courses in an online variant. The same quality as the classroom, but participating from the office, home or business travel. More information about "online classrooms".


E-learning (blended learning)

Instead go through the APICS CTSC training at your own pace? Follow your schedule and get support from an experienced teacher when needed. The contact takes place with the help of web conference software. The sessions are not lectures, but the instructor deals with what the student himself runs into or has questions about. You can start at any time.


In self-study, you will receive all course materials at your disposal. There is no contact with the teacher. You can start at any time.


From 4 participants upwards, it is possible to take this course as in-company training. This training can be tailored to the specific needs of your company. We can offer an in-company course at a reduced price per participant. You can contact us for a custom quote.

Course approach

The participant studies the subject prior to the session and can make questions in the online learning environment. Through the learning environment, the teacher can monitor the progress of the participants. Insights from practice are used in the preparation of the course, in addition to the course material. There is plenty of room for personal input and discussion. The course is given in English and ends with an exam training.

Course material

During the course, we use the most recent version of the official APICS learning system and APICS CTSC student slides. The materials are all in English

APICS online learning system:

  • Online exam questions and module-specific tests
  • Online glossary
  • Concept tests (e-flashcards)
  • Online study guide
  • APICS CTSC practice exams and reports to be able to analyze the results
  • Download course books for e-reader or tablet
  • Study planning tool based on a knowledge test
  • App: online dictionary

Online learning environment Visie Partners. Visie Partners has developed its own online learning environment. This unique learning environment offers Visie Partners online study opportunities with background information and practice questions. These extra exercises provide the participant and teacher insight into the study progress. This online learning environment is available for e-learning participants and participants who attend course sessions.


You can follow an APICS CTSC training at various locations throughout the Netherlands. You can choose from a day or evening course. The day training consists of four course days of approximately 6 hours. The seven online sessions last 3 hours each.

If a company has sufficient participants, it is possible to organize an in-company training. Special emphasis can be placed on elements that are important to the organization, and the content and format of the course can be tailored to the specific business situation. For more information about the costs and options of in-company training, please get in touch with us.

Course schedules and locations

Below, you will find an overview of our courses. Click on the course location for an overview of the start dates and times.

Start date
Course hours
Start date: 12/06/2024
End date: 06/12/2024
The lessons will be from 18:45 until 21:45 CET
There will be 7 lessons in this course.
Register for APICS CTSC Online
Start date: 26/09/2024
End date: 12/12/2024
The lessons will be from 18:45 until 21:45 CET
There will be 7 lessons in this course.
Register for APICS CTSC Online
Start date: 15/10/2024
End date: 14/01/2025
The lessons will be from 09:30 until 16:45 CET
There will be 3.5 lessons in this course.
Register for APICS CTSC Utrecht

Time investment

The total study load of the APICS CTSC course is 90 to 120 hours. The study time depends, among other things, on the experience and previous education of the student. You can assume the following timetable:

  • Day course (6 hours) or evening course (3 hours)
  • Preparation for each course meeting (+/- 5 hours)
  • Exam preparation

The cost of an APICS CTSC course

The training costs for APICS CTSC include course material, APICS online learning environment, the official exam, exam training, lunch (in the day course), coffee, and tea, but exclude VAT.

Below you will find an overview of the study costs and the various study forms: 

Online lessons

excl. VAT incl. exam

APICS CTSC learning system

Highest pass rates
Interactive quizzes
Best for remote workers
7 online sessions


On site lessons

€ 5.150
excl. VAT incl. exam

APICS CTSC learning system

Highest pass rates
Lots of examples
7 evening sessions or 4 working days


€ 2.675
excl. VAT incl. exam

APICS CTSC learning system

upgrade possible to e-learning
upgrade possible to online or traditional classes


Guided E-learning

€ 3.475
excl. VAT incl. exam

APICS CTSC learning system

4 coaching sessions
Questions by e-mail
Upgrade possible to online or traditional classes


All prices mentioned are exclusive of VAT and inclusive of examination fees*, unless otherwise stated. VAT is calculated according to the rules of the country where the purchase is made. For companies outside the Netherlands with a valid VAT number, we can invoice VAT-free.

The following is included in the price of our products:

  • One 1-year ASCM membership including Certification Upgrade (individual price €200,-). The benefits of membership can be found on our ASCM membership page.
  • Current APICS CTSC Learning System with additional online material such as quizzes and flashcards. Access is valid for 1 year.
  • Support from Visie Partners in accessing the course material.

Printed books are not included for CTSC.

Please note that the membership automatically ends after 1 year. If you are already an ASCM member with a Certification Upgrade, you will receive a €200 discount. If you are a Base Member, you will receive a €100 discount. If you wish to renew your membership immediately, please indicate this via our contact form!

*) Only APICS CTSC includes the exam in the price!

Exam and maintenance

After passing the APICS CTSC exam, you receive the official certificate and are officially certified for 5 years. After completion, you can use the course name as a title. The certificate can be extended by 5 years if the student maintains the acquired knowledge. Examples to do this are organizing or attending supply chain related activities or participating in courses.

We offer certified professionals that have obtained their certificate via Visie Partners the opportunity to earn maintenance points for maintaining their title. Customers of Visie Partners have the opportunity to take part in company visits and network meetings related to operations- or supply chain management. No membership is required for this.

Participants can register for the exam via www.apics-exam.eu. On this website, all exam prices and information about the exam registration procedure can be found.

After you've finished the course and choose not to take the exam, we can hand out a participation certificate.

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