CS&OP Exam Preparation

To help prepare you for the CS&OP exam, The S&OP Institute has developed options for exam preparation to:

Hear from our customers:

"Going through the study materials for the exam really brought to light some of the problems we were having implementing S&OP at my workplace." - Debasis

1) give you insights into the concepts and knowledge required of a CS&OP designation;
2) tailor your learning options according to your individual learning style and availability; and 
3) increase your overall exam performance.

CS&OP Study Guide

Download the CS&OP Study Guide. The CS&OP Study Guide outlines the exam content and provides information on exam preparation options shown below.  The guide also provides answers to Frequently Asked Questions and a limited number of practice questions. 

Live Classes

Hear from our customers:

"Taking the CS&OP class was eye-opening for me and my company. We used the discussion processes from the course in our company and those helped us immensely on our journey to success. Then, taking the exam was the perfect capstone to verifying that we were finally on the right track. Thanks for a certification process that has been long overdue." Anaya
The S&OP Institute offers a variety of one-day, two-day, or multi-session workshops sponsored and hosted The S&OP Institute and by its partners.   Courses are offered to the public or by individual businesses wishing to equipt employees with a comprehensive knowledge of S&OP principles and to better prepare for the CS&OP exam.  

Check out our Calendar of course offerings and S&OP events.   

Can't find a class in your area?  Ask about bringing a course to your company.

Need alternate study options?  Ask about online and self-study options.

Looking to become a CS&OP partner or instructor?  Submit your interest.

Certification Primary Resources

Whether taking an exam preparation course or self-study, the CS&OP certification review materials comprised of videos and books. These are primary resources necessary to study for the Certification Exam as outlined in the CS&OP Study Guide
 http://www.mcssl.com/store/s-op-institute    http://www.mcssl.com/store/s-op-institute/sales-operations-planning-the-how-to-handbook-3rd-edition-by-tom-wallace-bob-stahl     http://www.mcssl.com/store/s-op-institute/beyond-the-basics-by-tom-wallace
  
Items to purchase: 

Hear from our customers:

"I learned more about the S&OP process going through the study materials than I would have otherwise.  I am now Certified and confident in my ability to contribute to our Company." - Sharon
The price for the Education Kit Certification Package is $495.  The two primary book references can be purchased directly from the Authors.
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Save $$ by purchasing the Certification Package and CS&OP Certification exam together!  
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For companies that have several people at the same location studying for the Certification Exam:  Purchase one (1) Certification Package to share (DVDs, one computer at a time) and multiple books for each individual

For larger organizations:  The Enterprise License, an additional $1,500, authorizes you to put the DVDs on your corporate server thereby being accessible to anyone in your organization, at any time, anywhere in the world.


Online Practice Quizzes & Practice Exam

Need additional practice before taking your CS&OP certification exam? Invest in the Online CS&OP Exam Practice Course.

The online practice quiz course is available through our Bookstore. 
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Coaching

S&OP for most exam takers will be quite different from their past experiences; it represents a new way of managing a business and, moreover, a new way of thinking. Despite the wealth of information in the Certification Package, some students will need help in “wrapping their minds around the process” and hence in understanding its true nature.

Coaching for the S&OP Certification is done primarily by Mel Nelson, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CS&OP and Sue Nelson, CFPIM, CSCP, CS&OP. Coaching is done online and via telephone when necessary; its mission is Q&A, clarification and knowledge enhancement for the student. Coaching is included with the purchase of the Certification Package and Exam Combo, limited to 10 hours of coaching for 90 days from the date of purchase.   

Coaching may be purchased for $100 per month through our Bookstore. 
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Internal Training Programs

Hear from our customers:

"Taking the CS&OP class was eye-opening for me and my company.  We used the discussion processes from it, in our company and those helped us immensely on our journey to success.  Then, taking the exam was the perfect capstone to verifying that we were finally on the right track.  Thanks for a certification process that has been long overdue."    Anaya
The S&OP Institute offers a variety of workshops sponsored and hosted by individual businesses wishing to equip employees with a comprehensive knowledge of S&OP principles and to better prepare the exam.  

The S&OP in-house course instructors include: 
    Mel Nelson, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CS&OP
    Sue Nelson, CFPIM, CSCP, CS&OP
    Tom Wallace, CS&OP. 

All are highly qualified in S&OP and both Mel and Sue are also Master Instructors for APICS IDP Instructor Training Program, indicating qualified as Train the Trainers Instructors. Mel and Sue bring this same expertise to bear when bringing on new instructors for Certified in Sales and Operations Planning company training programs. 

Looking to internally teach CS&OP exam preparation courses using your own instructors? Looking to become a CS&OP instructor or partner?  Submit a CS&OP Inquiry.

Additional Study:  Secondary Reference Books:

For those who want more information on S&OP these books can be purchased at any Bookstore: 

Sales and Operations Planning – Best Practices by John Dougherty and Christopher Gray

World Class Sales and Operations Planning by Donald H. Sheldon

Sales and Operations Planning: The Self-Audit Workbook by Tom Wallace and Bob Stahl

Enterprise Sales and Operations Planning by George E. Palmatier with Colleen Crum

Orchestrating Success by Richard C. Ling and Walter E. Goddard


Looking for additional information on earning your Sales and Operation Planning certification?  Contact us and submit a CS&OP Inquiry.