Q. I'm not sure I can afford to take CITT courses.
CITT courses are only $800-900 each (plus applicable taxes). And for many courses, this fee includes any required textbooks (click here to see the current course & texbook fee list). What's more, there are no exam fees, and you won't pay any membership fees until you're certified.
Plus, if you're currently employed:
- There's an excellent chance that your employer will support you in taking CITT courses. Independent research indicates that 81% of employers in our sector will pay for professional education.1 It makes sense: supporting professional development for current staff is far more time and cost effective than hiring and onboarding new staff.
- Studies show that uninterrupted supply chain operations are more closely linked to financial performance than any other operational factor.2 What's more, a recent study conducted by MIT and PcW reported that supply chain operations were more sensitive to employee skill set and expertise than any of the other big factors, including commodity pricing or the cost of energy and oil.3 So investing in professional development for staff in supply chain roles is a critical way for companies to protect their supply chain stability and, by extension, their overall profitability.
But if your employer needs convincing, you can show them the Employer's Guide to the CCLP course of study and designation, which is full of information about why your CCLP designation is an excellent investment for corporate profitability and HR outcomes. There's also the CITT course and CCLP designation guide (PDF), which will show your employer the course outcomes. The brochure demonstrates how CITT courses help companies have more controllable, sustainable and profitable supply chains and logistics operations. And it outlines the many areas of CITT learning that are aimed at helping you learn how to save your company money, as well as minimize the common errors that result in lost profits.
And if you’re paying for yourself:
- CITT has long believed that a designation and the advantages that come with it should be attainable for all professionals willing to work for it. That’s why CCLP isn't just industry’s most respected professional designation, it's also industry's most affordable.
- There's great ROI in taking CITT courses and earning the CCLP designation. HR experts report that "no matter how many jobs have been lost to the weak economy over the past few years, supply chain professionals who hold designations earn more than those without qualifications and probably stand a better chance of keeping those jobs."4 And this is supported by the most objective study in the Supply Chain sector, which concluded that there are better career outcomes for certified professionals who belong to their certifying organizations, such as CITT—including earning a higher salary than their uncertified peers.
- So offsetting the expense of working towards earning your designation from CITT, you'll gain by becoming more likely to keep or find a job, earn more money, and be considered for advancement. Click here to learn more about how taking CITT courses and earning the CCLP designation can help your career.
- Financial support and scholarships are available for those who are paying for their own courses. Learn more about how to apply for financial support and scholarships here.
- You'll also receive a tax receipt and may qualify for a tax deduction for the amount of your course fees.5
® CCLP is a registered trademark of CITT
1 “2010 Salary Survey Results”, Canadian Manufacturing, Materials Management & Distribution, September-October 2010
2 Henricks, K, Richard Ivy School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Singhal VR, DuPress College of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology. Supply Chain Disruptions and Shareholder Value, 2005.
3 Simchi-Levi, D., Kyratzoglou IM., Vassiliadis CG., Supply Chain and Risk Management: Making the Right Decisions to Strengthen Operations Performance, Study by MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation and PwC, 2013
4 Clayson, Tracy. "Learning Curve: What are you worth?" Canadian Manufacturing, Distribution and Transportation News, October 31, 2011
5 Canadian residents may qualify for a deduction for the amount of the course fee under the Income Tax Act, in accordance with paragraph 118.5(1)(a). In Quebec, students may apply to Revenue Quebec for a tax credit for tuition fees under subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (a) of section 7184.108.40.206 of the Taxation Act. Speak to your accountant for more information.