Demand Driven Planner Certification


Imagine a future where supply chain planning is much, much easier and the results are better. ASCM has a new set of education. It is time for Demand Driven!

Most companies, and especially large ones, have implemented ERP systems based on the MRP model invented in the 1960s. The world has changed a lot in the past 50+ years.  Today our world is VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous). 

You know you are suffering from an MRP based system, like an ERP or Advanced Planning System, when you either make too much of the wrong inventory attempting to reach high customer service levels or run with lower inventory to save money but fail to achieve customer satisfaction.


What is it?

Invented in 2011, and supported by APICS, Demand Driven MRP is the paradigm shift.  Built upon Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints, a Demand Driven Adaptive Enterprise no longer relies upon a forecast (always wrong!) to push inventory and cost into your supply chain anticipating demand.  Instead it aligns your actions to pull product through your supply chain driven by actual orders from customers.           

Deploying a Demand Driven methodology allows you to simultaneously achieve virtually 100% service levels  with inventory reductions of 15 to 65%. 

Even more important than the numbers are the stress-relief Demand Driven supply chains enjoy.  Less stress leads to even better results as you finally get to focus on the things you do best.

Demand Driven the new engine for Supply Chain

To explore Demand Driven you first need to learn it’s fundamentals; just like driving a car.  First you learn the rules of the road. APICS Milwaukee is excited to be partnering with b2wise, a leading Demand Driven training company with a certified training course, validated by the Demand Driven Institute. 

The Demand Driven Planner (DDP)™ Program is designed for planning, purchasing and supply chain personnel responsible for service levels, inventory levels and overall supply chain performance.  Designed by the leading authorities on DDMRP at the Demand Driven Institute, the Demand Driven Planner program is comprised of 13 modules of in-depth DDMRP education. The DDP Program is THE official preparatory course for the Demand Driven Planner Professional (DDPP)™ certification exam.  

Taught by instructor Steve Christensen, Demand Driven Planner Professional and endorsed instructor

Watch the video below for more information!

What is DDMRP ? from b2wise on Vimeo.

Demand Driven Planner Course Details:

  • WHAT: 2 Day Workshop

  • DATES: Saturdays - January 16th and January 23rd

  • TIME: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT both days

  • LOCATION: VIRTUAL or In-Person at APICS Milwaukee Chapter Office, 11801 W. Silver Spring Drive, Suite 200, Milwaukee, WI

  • COST: $1,195 Member/$1,240 Non Member (Exam not included)

Audience Prerequisite: Be a Supply Chain and/or related professional (Supply Chain Directors/Managers, Buyers, Site Managers, Procurement Managers, Schedulers, Schedulers, Planners, Controller, Quality Manager, or related role)


For the company:

  • Lead-Time Reduction
  • Reduced response times
  • Improving customer service
  • A reduction in stocks

For the employee:

  • Increasing recognition of qualifications and skills
  • Increased career opportunities
  • Improved working conditions (less stress)



  • Understanding what Demand Driven is

  • Identify the contributions of Demand Driven in a given environment

  • Prepare for DDPP (Demand Driven Planner Professional) certification

  • Experience working with Demand Driven through the "serious game" DDBrix factory

  • Be able to implement a Demand Driven project in an industrial and/or trading environment.

13 ModULEs of Demand Driven Planning Course