Why Should I Pursue APICS Certification?

Obtaining a professional certification increases your knowledge and expertise in areas of the operations and supply chain management field that you may not acquire through your workplace experiences.

Benefits of CPIM

A CPIM education can help you to:

  • Increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management.
  • Improve efficiency across the processes of your organization’s supply chain.
  • Streamline operations through accurate forecasting.
  • Predict outcomes more accurately.
  • Maximize customer satisfaction by delivering products and services Just-in-Time.
  • Increase profitability by optimizing your organization’s inventory investment.
  • Enhance your credibility among peers, employers, and customers. 

Who should earn the CPIM designation?

A CPIM education is essential for professionals involved in:

  • Production and inventory management
  • Operations
  • Supply chain management
  • Procurement
  • Materials management
  • Purchasing

The CPIM module courses are the right place to start!


APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)

The APICS CPIM designation is earned upon successful completion of exams covering the following two courses.

CPIM Part 1 Course Content

Basics of Supply Chain which includes:

I. Business Wide Concepts

  • Supply Chain Fundamentals
  • Operating Environments
  • Financial Fundamentals

II. Demand Management

  • Market Driven
  • Voice of the Customer
  • Demand Management

III. Transformation of Demand into Supply

  • Product and Process Design
  • Capacity Management
  • Planning

IV. Supply

  • Inventory
  • Purchasing Cycle
  • Distribution

CPIM Part 2 Course Content

I. Master Planning of Resources (MPR)

This section includes principles and techniques of demand management, sales and operations

planning, master scheduling, and distribution planning. It includes forecasting, order servicing,

demand shaping, customer relationship management, and distribution network and replenishment. Also included is the integration between the sales and operations plan, production plan, and master production schedule.

II. Detailed Scheduling and Planning(DSP)

This section includes principles and techniques of inventory management, material requirements

planning, capacity requirements planning, and procurement and supplier planning.

Recognizing the importance of supply chain management, this subject area also covers deployment of supply chain strategies related to scheduling, planning, and sourcing.

This supports the strategies and objectives established by the company, as constrained by lead time, cost, equipment, personnel, sustainability considerations, or other constraints.  This encompasses requirements to bridge the master planning with the execution and control subject areas.

III. Execution and Control of Operations (ECO)

This section encompasses the principles and techniques necessary to execute, control, and manage operations, and participate in design decisions. This subject area provides feedback about how good plans are being executed, as well as providing information for customers and suppliers about the status of services and products in process. The importance and emphasis of these approaches are relative to the operation’s environment, the labor environment, the physical organization of the facility, and the effectiveness of management and employees.

IV. Strategic Management of Resources (SMR)

This section includes higher-level thinking on strategic planning and implementation of operations. This requires an understanding of how market requirements and strategic position of the organization drive the resources and processes of an organization.

This includes how operational are developed and implemented, change management and risk implications.


APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) 

 APICS CSCP designation

  • is the most widely recognized educational program for operations and supply chain management professionals around the globe
  • is a designation that is sought by thousands of employers and recruiters
  • provides you with a mastery of supply chain management best practices and distinguishes you as an industry expert with specialized, high-level knowledge and skills

APICS CSCP education is essential if you are

  • interested in increasing your knowledge and expertise in the field of global supply chain management, specifically in the areas of customer relations, international trade, information technology enablement, and physical logistics
  • consulting or facilitating supply chain functions or working with ERP systems
  • creating a common standard of understanding, vocabulary, resources, and frameworks within your company to address your supply chain challenges and opportunities.

An APICS CSCP designation will help you:

  • master the necessary tools to effectively manage global supply chain activities, including suppliers, plans, distributors, and customers around the globe
  • acquire the skills you need to create consistency and foster collaboration through best practices, common terminology, and corporate communication
  • understand how to use enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems and other technologies to improve the entire supply chain process
  • maximize your organization's ERP investments by millions of dollars
  • increase your professional value and secure your future.

To be eligible for the APICS CSCP designation, you must have:

  • 3 years of related business experience or
  • Bachelor’s degree or the international equivalent*, or
  • CPIM, CFPIM, CIRM, SCOR-P, C.P.M., CSM or CPSM designations

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