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APICS Competency Models

The APICS competency models were developed as actionable tools to allow professionals to rank their skills against other professionals and identify areas for improvement. They are also excellent instruments to assist hiring managers as they evaluate and compare candidates.

The APICS competency models follow guidelines set by the Employment and Training Administration of the United States Department of Labor and define the knowledge, skills, abilities, and traits required to perform critical work functions or tasks for specific job roles. The models are visually represented in a diagram for easy reference. Each model is organized into core competencies, and each model includes descriptions of activities and skills by category.

Those considering careers in these job functions within supply chain and operations management, professionals seeking to advance in their positions, and human resource managers should utilize these valuable resources can use these competency models.

Buyer/Planner Competency Model 

Distribution and Logistics Managers Competency Model

Master Scheduling Manager Competency Model

Materials Manager Competency Model

Supply Chain Manager Competency Model


These free resources offer a snap shot of career guidance for professionals and hiring criteria for hiring managers and HR professionals. For in-depth information for these key job titles, access APICS career packs today.


The following APICS competency models are available:

Access APICS career packs for the following job titles:

  • Buyer/planner 
  • Distribution and logistics managers 
  • Master scheduling manager
  • Materials manager
  • Supply chain manager

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