CPIM Certification

APICS Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM) program is recognized worldwide as the standard in production and inventory control, a critical function within an organization for reducing costs and achieving a competitive edge. The CPIM designation is earned by successfully completing two exams demonstrating competency in production and inventory management.

Through the CPIM preparation and exam process, you will gain knowledge, learn skills and best practices required to execute, control and improve internal operations within the four walls of your company.

  • Increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management
  • Maximize ROI on the systems and technologies within your organization̥
  • Master the tools you need to effectively improve internal operations̥
  • Gain knowledge to apply principles of ERP software to cover various critical functions within your organization̥
  • Increase customer satisfaction by delivering Lean/Just in Time products and services

Who can benefit from the CPIM program?  

  • People seeking in-depth knowledge of their company’s internal operations, production and inventory      management.
  • Employees hoping to boost productivity and collaboration.
  • Managers working to improve operations, increase customer satisfaction and company profits.
  • Operations professionals looking to secure their career.

Top titles of Certified Individuals include:

  • Production Planner,
  • Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain Manager,
  • Buyer
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Materials Manager
  • Purchaser and Supply Chain Analyst

Topics covered in this designation includes:

The APICS Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM) Learning System is a comprehensive professional development and certification preparation training program.  The program combines reading material and interactive web-based study tools and tests plus an optional instructor-led option to enhance your learning effectiveness.

CPIM Part 1

Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM)

  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management
  • Master Planning
  • Material Requirements Planning
  • Capacity Management
  • Purchasing
  • Inventory Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Execution and Control
  • Physical Distribution
  • Continuous Improvement

CPIM Part 2:

Strategic Management of Resources

  • Developing a Business Strategy
  • Gathering and Analyzing
  • Internal/External Information
  • Where Will We Compete?
  • How Will We Compete?
  • Sustainability and Strategy
  • Business Planning
  • Aligning the Operations Strategy
  • Infrastructure

Master Planning of Resources

  • Demand Management
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Master Scheduling
  • Distribution Planning

Detailed Scheduling and Planning

  • Inventory Management
  • Materials Requirement Planning
  • Managing Projects
  • Detailed Capacity Planning
  • Planning Procurement and External
  • Sources of Supply

Execution and Control of Operations  

  • Execution of Operations
  • Scheduling and Authorization
  • Quality, Communication and Continuous Improvement
  • Design Concepts and Trade-Offs


Earning the CPIM credential makes you a recognized expert in internal operations for your organization. Your commitment and effort demonstrate your high level of knowledge and skills to your employer and colleagues. Certification makes you a more valuable asset to your organization, boosting your career and keeping your organization more competitive in today’s economy. Wherever your career takes you, your CPIM certification defines you as an internal operation expert and leader.

Earning your credential will help you:̥

Earning the designation demonstrates a solid understanding of the CPIM body of knowledge which covers:

  • Master the knowledge most important to expert supply chain professionals as defined by the APICS Global Job Task Analysis
  • Expand your outlook on the supply chain field and bring new ideas to your workplace
  • Remain current with supply chain trends and developments.
  • Stand out from other candidates in a job search
  • Boost your confidence with recognition as a supply chain expert
  • Demonstrate your long-term commitment to the supply chain profession

CPIM Exam is 150 questions – 3.5 hours to complete. Must pass both CPIM Part 1 and CPIM Part 2 exam to be certified