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7 Online Programs For Supply Chain Management And Manufacturers

The manufacturing and supply-chain industry has been going through a transformation, with concepts like IoT, additive manufacturing, and e-commerce quickly advancing the industry. With these new technologies come new skills that manufacturers and supply chain professionals need to learn.

Fortunately, many manufacturers and supply chain professionals can refresh their skill set from the convenience of their own homes with online courses. Whatever your career goals are, there are online course options to help you along your career path.

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Below are a few manufacturing and supply chain courses to help elevate your career:  

Manufacturing Courses Online

1. Tooling U

In partnership with SME, Tooling U provides more than 500 unique online classes on a variety of subjects, including machining, additive manufacturing and welding. All courses are fully aligned with industry standards and lead to industry standard certifications. Try a free trial with Tooling U today — they even offer an app, so you can learn on-the-go.

2. Association For Manufacturing Excellence

Whether you want to get certified or need some insight on how to start a career in manufacturing, AME is a great resource. Its members range from executives to managers, all looking to better their organization or for personal career growth.

3. Alison

If you don’t have the time to try a long-term program, then the online course network Alison might be the right avenue for you.  Manufacturers can take a variety of courses from lean manufacturing tactics and product development. Most importantly, these courses are free, meaning you don’t have to break the bank to gain new skills.

Supply Chain Online Programs

4. eISM Learning

The Institute of Supply Chain Management (ISM) is the leading organization for supply chain professionals in the United States, so diving into their e-learning programs is a must. eISM is designed to add expert depth to supply chain professionals’ knowledge base. This option is particularly helpful for supply chain professionals with a limited amount of time, with courses that are self-paced so you can learn on your own schedule.

5. MSU’s Online Supply Chain Management Programs

If you are looking for a serious program to elevate your career, consider enrolling in an online program from a top college like Michigan State University. Ranked as one of the best supply chain programs for undergraduate professionals, MSU has online certificate programs that supply chain professionals might be interested in. Professionals can pick specific programs tailored to their experience with programs such as Advanced Procurement Management or Integrated Supply Chain Management.

6. Coursera

If you miss college, you can now go back in time and take college level classes through Coursera. There are a variety of supply chain courses ranging from Operations Analytics to Oil & Gas Industry Operations and Markets for a small price. They even provide package course specializations from established universities like Rutgers University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

7. Procurious

Whether you are looking to enhance your networking skills or need leadership tips, chances are you can find a topic that interests you on Procurious. They offer a blend of classes, webinars and podcasts delivered by industry experts from around the globe. 

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