CPIM Program


Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) Certification

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) Benefits

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 principle ERP software is based upon, including lessons covering various functions within a company (for example, purchasing, planning, financing, and 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 

CPIM Course Description:

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 organizaiton. 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-in0time manufacturing. 

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 and achievable master schedule consistent with business policies, objecties, 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. 

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.