Certified in Production and Inventory Management
APICS The Association for Operations Management
Advancing Productivity, Innovation, and Competitive Success

The APICS CPIM or Certified in Production and Inventory Management designation is a professional certification offered by APICS The Association for Operations Management. The program was founded in 1973.

APICS CPIM designees learn essential terminology, concepts, and strategies related to demand management, procurement and supplier planning, material requirements planning, capacity requirements planning, sales and operations planning, master scheduling, performance measurements, supplier relationships, quality control, and continuous improvement.

To earn the APICS CPIM designation, operations management professionals must successfully complete five exams: Basics of Supply Chain Management, Master Planning of Resources, Detailed Scheduling and Planning, Execution and Control of Operations, Strategic Management of Resources

The APICS CPIM designation must be maintained every five years through the APICS Certification Maintenance program.

CPIM Exam Modules
The CPIM designation is awarded upon successful completion of exams covering the following five modules.

Basics of Supply Chain Management
Completely updated for 2009. The basic concepts in managing the complete flow of materials in a supply chain from suppliers to customers are covered in the Basics module. Supply chain concepts are introduced and basic terminology emphasized, as are relationships among activities in the supply chain.
Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Demand Management and Forecasting Techniques
Priority and capacity planning at the Master Planning, MRP and PAC levels
Aggregate and Item Inventory Management
Purchasing and Physical Distribution
Lean/JIT, Quality Systems and Theory of Constraints

Master Planning of Resources
Explore the processes used to develop sales and operations plans and identify and assess internal and external demand and forecasting requirements. The course focuses on the importance of producing achievable master schedules that are consistent with business policies, objectives, and resource constraints. Topics include:

Demand Management
Sales and Operations Planning
Master Scheduling
Measuring Business Performance.

Detailed Scheduling and Planning
Focus on the various techniques for material and capacity scheduling. Study detailed descriptions of material requirements planning (MRP), capacity requirements planning (CRP), inventory management practices, and procurement and supplier planning. Topics include:

Recognizing Techniques and Practices of Inventory Management
Mechanics of the Detailed Material Planning Process
Planning Operations to Support the Priority Plan
Planning Procurement and External Sources of Supply.

Execution and Control of Operations
Focus on the areas of prioritizing and sequencing work, executing work plans and implementing controls, reporting activity results, and providing feedback on performance. The course explains techniques for scheduling and controlling production processes, the execution of quality initiatives and continuous improvement plans, and the control and handling of inventories. Topics include:

Prioritizing and Sequencing Work
Executing Plans and Implementing Controls
Authorizing and Reporting Activities for Push and Pull Systems
Evaluating Performance and Providing Feedback.

Strategic Management of Resources
Explore the relationship of existing and emerging processes and technologies to manufacturing strategy and supply chain-related functions. The course addresses three main topics: aligning resources with the strategic plan, configuring and integrating operating processes to support the strategic plan, and implementing change. Topics include:

Competitive Market Issues
Choices Affecting Facilities, Supply Chain, Information Technology, and Organizational Design
Configuring and Integrating Internal Processes
Evaluating and Managing Projects.

CPIM exam manual
APICS Dictionary 12th Edition
Introduction to Materials Management
(By  J. R. Tony Arnold & Stephen N. Chapman)

Participant Guide
Study Notes

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