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Why should I become a member of SAPICS?

To enhance your professional network, take charge of your career, broaden your professional knowledge and be an active part of a vibrant community of supply chain professionals.

SAPICS membership opens doors and creates opportunities for Supply Chain Professionals to achieve professional goals and become a significant part of a vibrant and ever growing network. SAPICS member benefits include outstanding opportunities for knowledge sharing, exclusive savings to attend world-class professional development events and conferences throughout the year, access to supply chain experts from around the world, industry publications and networking opportunities with industry peers from home and abroad.

  • Attend professional development events and share ideas with like-minded people
  • Maintain relationships with current customers and meet new prospects
  • Word of mouth publicity to promote your personal as well as corporate brand

How do I become a member?

Anyone who is involved with the supply chain profession is welcome to join SAPICS. For those individuals who will look to wanting to be designated, the development of the professional body will create this opportunity.  Full details will be launched in 2018.

Select the category of membership you prefer and then either complete the membership form online or request a form from the Membership Manager –

What are the benefits of membership?

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 networking personal contact, professional development events, site visits, workshops group meetings and regular correspondence including literature, as well as an interactive membership management system and informative website.


  • Take advantage of the wealth of information and current learning tools available via our various education partners both locally and overseas.
  • Access to the APICS Body of Knowledge to enhance your professional network, take charge of your career and broaden your professional knowledge.
  • Continuous learning is about expanding your ability to learn by regularly upgrading your skills and increasing your knowledge. Strong continuous learning skills are required to successfully adapt to changing work and life demands. 

Social & Learning:

  • Attend professional development events and share ideas with like-minded people
  • Maintain relationships with current customers and meet new prospects
  • Word of mouth publicity to promote your personal as well as corporate brand

Cost Savings:

Discounted rates apply throughout the year for a variety of activities:

  • The leading Supply Chain Conference in Africa SAPICS
  • Association partner events where applicable
  • Educational workshops covering a wide range of relevant topics

Networking opportunities:

  • If you have a bright idea you’d like to share with the Supply Chain Community then let us know – we might be able to put you in touch with people who can help turn the idea into reality.
  • Do you need contacts in other countries around the world?  We might know who to put you in touch with.

What is the Relationship between SAPICS and APICS?

SAPICS is the exclusive premier channel partner of APICS and represents APICS in Sub-Saharan Africa promoting the varied and valuable APICS products and services.  The APICS Body of Knowledge is highly respected throughout the world and the certifications ensure global recognition for supply chain professionals.

What is the difference between SAPICS Individual Membership and Joint SAPICS/APICS Membership?

Joint SAPICS/APICS Membership automatically enables you as a joint international member with APICS, the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. SAPICS is an exclusive Premier Channel Partner of APICS in Sub-Saharan Africa. SAPICS Membership is membership at a national (Southern Africa) level.

Which membership would be best suited to me?

Joint SAPICS/APICS Membership is suited to those pursuing the CSCP, CPIM & CLTD certifications and people in middle to senior management. SAPICS Member is the more general membership making use of the discounted membership rates, monthly publications, current events and newsletters.

Why should we take up Corporate Partnership as opposed to individual memberships?

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 / Joint SAPICS/APICS Membership is for one individual.

Do I need to become a SAPICS member in order to study through APICS and vice versa?

This is not currently a requirement of SAPICS. You may become a member of SAPICS without studying and you may study through APICS 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.  If you plan to write an APICS exam however you must then at least be a member of APICS.  However, it is more beneficial to be a Joint SAPICS/APICS member.

Is SAPICS membership recognised by the larger companies in South Africa?

SAPICS membership is most definitely recognised in the corporate environment.  Individuals who are APICS certified are highly sought after.  SAPICS also provided companies with an ideal programme of educational events and training opportunities.  The Annual Conference is an ideal platform for corporate branding and the discounts afforded to corporate partners to send groups of individuals to the event is appealing.

What is a Professional Development Event and how regularly is one held?

Professional Development Events include regular and varied site visits to a wide variety of client premises. Over the years site visits have included visits to (but not limited to): Consol Glass, Toyota, Denel, Ellerines, Bidvest Panalpina Logistics, Permoseal, Distell, CHEP, Imperial Logistics, Indigo Brands, Appletiser, SABMiller and many others.

Breakfast sessions or afternoon presentations by international and local supply chain experts. Visiting speakers have included Kevin O’Marah of Supply Chain World and Douglas Kent who spoke on “Your Supply Chain is Vulnerable – De-Risk or Go Home”.  Carol Ptak from the Demand Driven Institute and others.   Other presentations and experiential learning opportunities included interactive learning games from Inchainge (the Fresh Connection), ABSA, Oliver Wight, Venn Cubed, Accenture and a wide variety of Education and subject matter specialists.

These events are generally held once a month in each region.

If you have any questions or suggestions pertaining to membership please let us know –

For Individual Memberships please click here

For Corporate Partner packages please click here