Challenge On-Ramp to the CCLP Designation - Frequently Asked Questions
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About the Challenge On-Ramp to the CCLP® Designation
How can I earn the CCLP Designation via the Challenge On-Ramp?
If you are confident you have mastered 8 critical competency areas and skills in supply chain logistics management – and you have at least 3 years of relevant SCL work experience – you can take CITT's new, two-step Challenge On-Ramp competency assessment process to earn the CCLP designation. The first step is to complete a Challenge Exam. This is followed by a Practical Interview. CCLP designation seekers who successfully complete both can apply to become CCLP designation holders and full, voting members of CITT.
How much does the Challenge On-Ramp cost?
A full schedule of fees is available here, but the rate to take the Challenge On-Ramp is $1575 (about the cost to take two courses in the CCLP program of study). Special pro-rated pricing is available for those who have already invested in earning the CCLP designation by taking courses in CITT's CCLP program of study. If you have taken courses towards the CCLP designation, please contact Maria Murjani at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-363-5696 ext. 24 for more information.
Is Canadian experience required?
Not necessarily. In order to take the Challenge On-Ramp, you must have a minimum of three years' relevant supply chain logistics experience - that experience can be in Canada or another country, or a combination of both. However, there is significant coverage of topics specific to Canada in the Challenge On-Ramp, and if you don't have practical or educational understanding of supply chain logistics in Canada, you may be unable to successfully complete it. If you need to build your expertise in Canada-specific topics - such as legislation and geographic considerations - CITT's Program of Study may be your better option to earning the CCLP designation.
How do I know if the Challenge On-Ramp is right for me?
CITT developed the Challenge On-Ramp for mid-to-senior level people who’ve worked in the business for some time. The minimum experience level to qualify to hold the CCLP designation is three years, but people who want to challenge in will likely need to have more than that to accumulate the competencies we assess. Most mid-level people and up—especially if they have varied experience across the sector—will be good candidates to consider this path.
That said, people shouldn’t opt for this route just to save money, or time. This is a rigorous exam, and real experience and practical insights are required in order to pass. Those that don't yet have the wide base of knowledge would be best to invest in the coursework to build that knowledge.
Similar to CITT's CCLP program of study, the Challenge On-Ramp does touch on content that is unique to the business of supply chain logistics in Canada, including our geography and modal options, laws and regulations, and considerations when doing trade across borders and internationally, from the Canadian perspective. So people who come from beyond Canada but do business with Canadian companies or across our borders may still have the relevant knowledge and experience, or this may be an area where additional learning is required.
CITT does offer a shorter, optional test that people can take to help predict their readiness to succeed on the full exam. After the test you’ll learn how far from the standard you scored, to give you an idea if you’re ready. Learn more about the Practice Test / Readiness Check here.
What does the Challenge Exam cover?
The challenge exam is a multiple choice exam that tests your knowledge, critical thinking & application of concepts related to 8 competency areas and skills. It includes both standalone questions, and question sets based on business case scenarios. Candidates need to have both knowledge in the subject matter area, but also practical experience and the ability to apply that knowledge.
Note: The Challenge Exam does touch on content that is unique to the business of supply chain logistics in Canada, including our geography and modal options, laws and regulations, and considerations when doing trade across borders and internationally, from the Canadian perspective.
How do I prepare for the Challenge Exam?
There is no, one resource for preparing for this wide-ranging exam, since it was developed specifically as a competency based by-pass to traditional course work, for working professionals in the sector who’ve already built up a breadth and depth of experience. The hundreds of professionals validated the competency exam were specifically asked not to study for it. We suggest you start by reviewing the 8 competency areas and skills. You might decide to do some review of areas that you don't touch on every day in your job. Taking the optional Practice Test can help you identify areas where you might need a refresher. But if you have signifcant gaps, you might consider instead pursuing the course based program of study to earn the CCLP designation.
When can I write the Challenge Exam?
Challenge Exams run monthly. The next Challenge Exam is coming up on October 31, 2019 (click to sign up now). You can see the full schedule for 2019 here. CITT is also happy to make special arrangements for candidates with conflicts or who wish to begin the process sooner. Once you have registered for the Challenge Exam, CITT staff will be in touch to confirm your proctor arrangements and the exact date and time for your exam.
Where can I write the Challenge Exam?
The exam is hosted online but must be written under closed-book, proctored conditions. Your proctor can be a current CCLP designation holder, or a senior executive or HR professional at your company. In this case, you can write your exam at your office (or your proctor's office). If you need help finding an appropriate proctor, CITT can help you arrange to write your exam at the office or a local CCLP designation holder or at a local exam centre. Any fees to write at an exam centre are the responsibility of the candidate.
How long is the Challenge Exam?
The Challenge Exam consists of 125 multiple-choice questions. Exams start at a pre-arranged date and time, and candidates can have up to four hours from the start time to complete the exam.
When will I get my Challenge Exam results?
Results will be released confidentially to the candidate within two weeks of the exam date.
What happens if I don't pass the Challenge Exam?
If you don't achieve the pass mark, you'll receive a report to help you target the competency areas where you need attention. If you want to rewrite the exam, you can do so at the rewrite fee ($630) when you feel ready, within one calendar year from your initial attempt. For those who miss the standard by a wide margin, taking select courses may be an option. Completing the course-based program of study also remains an option to earn the CCLP designation.
What does the Practical Interview cover?
The Practical Interview assesses your knowledge, skills and abilities in the same competency areas as the exam. Similar to a job interview, the Practical Interview includes both behavioural questions which ask about your actual on-the-job experiences, as well as situational questions that ask you to apply your knoweldge to theoretical business scenarios. Candidates are assessed using a standardized scoring sheet designed with input from subject matter experts, overseen by a testing expert to be as fair and objective as possible.
How do I prepare for the Practical Interview?
As soon as your Practical Interview is scheduled, you'll receive a copy of the Practical Interview Candidate Guide with general information to help you prepare for your interview, including a high-level overview of the competency sub-skills that will be covered in the interview. You can prepare much like you would for a job interview, thinking about times in your career when you've experienced situations or made decisions related to the sub-skills that will be covered.
Who will conduct my Practical Interview?
You will be assigned two trained assessors who are senior-level SCL professionals and CCLP designation holders. The lead assessor will conduct the interview, and both assessors will complete a scoring sheet, to ensure your interview is thoroughly documented.
When can I do my Practical Interview?
Once you've successfully passed the Challenge Exam, CITT staff will be in touch to schedule your Practical Interview between you and your two assessors. Interviews be scheduled to happen during work hours, evenings or even on weekends – whatever works best for your schedule.
Where do I do my Practical Interview?
The interview is conducted over the phone. Pick a location where you will be comfortable, and also free from distractions.
When will I get my Practical Interview results?
You'll be informed of your results within 5 business days of your interview date.
What is the Practice Test?
CITT offers a shorter, optional test that people can take to help assess their readiness for the Challenge On-Ramp. Taking it will give you a sense of what the Challenge Exam will be like. Based on your results you may opt to proceed to the Challenge On-Ramp, or you may decide there are some specific areas you need to brush up on before challenging in. Or you might choose to pursue CITT's course-based program of study to earn the CCLP designation. Click here to sign up to take the Practice Test.
How much does the Practice Test cost?
The rate to take the Practice Test is $299. Special pro-rated pricing is available for those who have already invested in earning the CCLP designation by taking courses in CITT's CCLP program of study. If you have taken courses towards the CCLP designation, please contact Maria Murjani at email@example.com or 416-363-5696 ext. 24 for more information.
When can I take the Practice Test?
You can sign up for the Practice Test any time – it's available year round. Once you sign up, you'll receive instructions and login information within 3 business days of registering.
When will I get the results for my Practice Test?
Once you've completed the Practice Test, you'll receive your results and recommendation within 5 business days.
What information will I get after I complete the Practice Test?
After you take this test, you'll receive a report showing how you scored relative to the pass standard, overall and within each competency area. And we'll give you an assessment of your readiness to qualify for the CCLP designation via the Challenge On-Ramp. You'll also receive personalized suggestions for additional preparatory learning, if needed, to develop competency area knowledge where you scored far from the standard.
Please note, CITT does not provide copies of the correct questions & answers for this test or the formal competency assessments. The Practice Test is for diagnostic purposes only and is not intended as a study aid.