CPIM Certification

CPIM Course Descriptions:

Basics of Supply Chain Management
Master Planning of Resources
Detailed Scheduling and Planning
Execution and Control of Operations
Strategic Management of Resources
2015-2016 Courses

Who should earn the APICS CPIM designation?

APICS CPIM education is essential for professionals involved in:

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


APICS CPIM education can help you to:

  • Increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management
  • Maximize return on investment on systems and technologies
  • Master the tools to effectively manage global supply chain activities where suppliers, plants, distributors and customers are located around the world
  • Gain knowledge to apply principles ERP software is based upon, including lessons covering various functions within a company (for example, purchasing, planning, finance, engineering)
  • Maximize customer satisfaction by delivering products and services Just-in-Time.
  • Enhance your credibility among peers, employers, and customers
  • Learn skills to create consistency and foster collaboration through best practices, common terminology, and corporate-wide communication Learn how to prepare for the APICS CPIM Exam.

Basics of Supply Chain Management:

This is an introductory course for production and inventory management personnel and CPIM candidates.  This course provides basic definitions and concepts for planning and controlling the flow of materials into, through, and out of an organization.  It explains fundamental relationships among the activities that occur in the supply chain from suppliers to customers.  In addition, the course addresses types of manufacturing systems, forecasting, master planning, material requirements planning, capacity management, production activity control, purchasing, inventory management, distribution, quality management, and Just-in -Time manufacturing.Click here for upcoming course.

Master Planning of Resources:

In this course, students explore processes used to : develop sales and operations plans; identify and assess internal and external demand and forecasting requirements; and effect an achievable master schedule consistent with business policies, objectives, and resource constraints.  The course focuses on developing and validating a plan of supply, relating management of demand to the environment, and developing and validating the master schedule.

In addition, the course encompasses concepts for transforming sales, marketing, and business requirements into a feasible and economic operations plan in various business environments.  It also addresses concepts and methodologies for managing projected and actual demands from distribution networks and external customers.   Finally, the course presents methods for integrating sales and operations plans, demand forecasts, and customer demand into a specific master schedule.

Detailed Scheduling and Planning:

This course focuses on material and capacity scheduling and planning.   It includes a detailed explanation of material requirements planning (MRP), a technique suitable for use in job shops.  The course also introduces another material planning technique, material-dominated scheduling, which is applicable to process industries and other mature production environments.  The course explains capacity requirements planning in detail and introduces other capacity-planning techniques, including processor-dominated scheduling.

Execution and Control of Operations:

This course focuses on three main areas: prioritizing and sequencing work; executing work plans, implementing controls, and reporting activity results; and evaluating and providing feedback on performance.  The course explains techniques for scheduling and controlling production and process operations.  It also addresses the execution of quality initiatives and continuous improvement plans as well as controlling and handling inventories.  Finally, the course presents techniques for evaluating performance and collecting data for effective feedback.

Strategic Management of Resources:

In this course, students 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.

For maximum comprehension of course content, students should be familiar with the information and concepts presented in other CPIM modules before taking this course.

2015-2016 Courses:

Supply Chain Management:

APICS CPIM Program Certificate
Upon completion of this Association of Operations
Management (APICS) Certified Production and Inventory
Management (CPIM) program, participants can also
earn a non-credit Certificate in Production Management
from Penn State. This course will be offered in conjunction
with the Northeastern Pennsylvania APICS Chapter.
Basics of Supply Chain:
1st Module- 30 hours
Tues., September 15 – November 17
6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Fee: $700 per module
Includes APICS workbook. Test vouchers and other
materials are not included.
2nd Module Master Planning of Resources will start
in January, 2016. Modules 3-5 will be completed in Summer and Fall 2016

The course is a public offering, and Joe Desmarteau will be the instructor.  Please contact Sue Fitch for registration or further information.
Here are her contact details:
    Sue Fitch-Proctor CE Dept.
Penn State Worthington Scranton
120 Ridge View Drive
Dunmore, Pa.  18512
570-963-2607  Fax-570-963-2606