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

Earning the APICS CPIM demonstrates mastery of an organization’s internal operations and an in-depth understanding of materials management, master scheduling, forecasting,

production planning and how it applies across the extended supply chain. After earning the CPIM you will be able to:

  • Increase inventory accuracy and reduce inventory
  • Improve forecasting Improve the S&OP process
  • Manage and apply capacity resource planning
  • Work more productively with your company’s ERP system

CPIM progam is designed for:

  • Buyer/Planner
  • Product Planner
  • Material Manager
  • Supply Planner
  • Manager
  • Consultant
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Inventory Analyst
  • Demand Analyst
  • Supply Chain Manager

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.

The CPIM Learning System content is divided in to 14 modules across two parts. The concepts and best practices
you learn will help you elevate your job performance, drive improvement in the efficiency of planning and operations,
and make a positive impact on your organization’s overall bottom line.

CPIM Part 1 Course Content

Module 1: Supply Chain Overview

  •      Section A: Operational Objectives to Meet Competitive Priorities
  •      Section B: Marketing Strategies
  •      Section C: Fundamentals of Sales and Operations Planning
  •      Section D: Manufacturing Strategies
  •      Section E: KPIs and Metrics
  •      Section F: Sustainable and Socially Responsible Supply Chains

Module 2: Fundamentals of Demand Management

  •      Section A: Creating a Product Road Map
  •      Section B: Product Development
  •      Section C: Characteristics of Demand
  •      Section D: Forecasting

Module 3: Plan Supply

  •      Section A: Master Production Schedule
  •      Section B: Material Requirements Planning
  •      Section C: Capacity Requirements Planning
  •      Section D: Final Assembly Scheduling
  •      Section E: Closing the Loop

Module 4: Executing the Supply Plan

  •      Section A: Buy
  •      Section B: Make

Module 5: Inventory Management

  •      Section A: Inventory Investment and Days of Supply
  •      Section B: Safety Stock
  •      Section C: Item Segmentation Section
  •      Section D: Order Quantity and Item Replenishment
  •      Section E: Tracking Inventory Through Supply Chain
  •      Section F: Basics of Reverse Logistics
  •      Section G: Inventory Accuracy Audits
  •      Section H: Addressing Inventory Loss
  •      Section I: Planning and Managing Distribution Inventory

Module 6: Continuous Improvement and Quality Management and Technologies

  •      Section A: Continuous Improvement
  •      Section B: Information, Process, and Emerging Technologies

CPIM Part 2 Course Content

Module 1: Strategy

  • Section A: The Environment and Strategy
  • Section B: Strategic Scope
  • Section C: Strategic Objectives
  • Section D: Developing Organizational Strategy
  • Section E: Executing and Monitoring Strategy
  • Section F: Analysis for Functional and Operational Strategies
  • Section G: Functional and Operational Strategies
  • Section H: Processes and Layouts
  • Section I: Performance Monitoring and KPIs
  • Section J: Risk Management
  • Section K: Capital Equipment and Facilities
  • Section L: Sustainability Strategies

Module 2: Sales and Operations Planning

  • Section A: Purpose of S&OP
  • Section B: S&OP Roles and Process
  • Section C: Aggregate Demand and Supply Plans
  • Section D: Reconciling S&OP Plans

Module 3: Demand

  • Section A: Demand Management
  • Section B: Customers
  • Section C: Marketing and Product Management
  • Section D: Sources of Demand
  • Section E: Forecasting
  • Section F: Forecast Performance

Module 4: Supply

  • Section A: Creating the Master Schedule
  • Section B: Using and Maintaining the Master Schedule
  • Section C: Rough-Cut Capacity PlaSection D: MRP Design
  • Section E: Using and Managing MRP
  • Section F: CRP and MRP-Based Scheduling
  • Section G: Final Assembly Schedule
  • Section H: Suppliers
  • Section I: Purchasing
  • Section J: Product Costing
  • Section K: Changes and Supply Disruptions
  • Section L: Product Life Cycle Management

Module 5: Inventory

  • Section A: Inventory Planning
  • Section B: Inventory Management
  • Section C: Inventory Costs, Value, and Metrics
  • Section D: Inventory Control
  • Section E: Waste Hierarchy and Reverse Logistics

Module 6: Detailed Schedules

  • Section A: Planning Detailed Schedules
  • Section B: Scheduling and PAC Methods
  • Section C: Production Schedules
  • Section D: Using Detailed Schedules

Module 7: Distribution

  • Section A: Planning Distribution
  • Section B: Replenishment and Order Management
  • Section C: Reverse Logistics in Distribution Network

Module 8: Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Technology

  • Section A: Quality
  • Section B: Continuous Improvement
  • Section C: Technology



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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