CPIM – Program Information

CPIM – Certified in Production and Inventory Management

The APICS CPIM program educates manufacturing professionals on 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.

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Questions about APICS Education programs?

Contact Sheryl Holbrook at Education@apicstoledo.org or by phone at 419 320 8021.

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There are 5 modules in the CPIM Program

  • Basics of Supply Chain Management
  • Master Planning of Resources
  • Detailed Scheduling and Planning
  • Execution and Control of Operations
  • Strategic Management of Resources

Benefits of CPIM – A CPIM education can help you to:

  • Increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management
  • Improve efficiency across the processes of your organization’s supply chain
  • Streamline operations through accurate forecasting
  • Predict outcomes more accurately
  • Maximize customer satisfaction by delivering products and services Just-in-Time
  • Increase profitability by optimizing your organization’s inventory investment
  • Enhance your credibility among peers, employers, and customers.

Interested in setting up a group certification class for your business, group, or school? Or looking to get certified for college credit? Contact us to find out more!

CPIM Modules

BSCM is the foundation of the program, MPR, DSP and ECO build on the concepts established in the Basics class while SMR is the capstone and ties everything together.

Basics of Supply Chain Management: This starter module examines the basic concepts in managing the flow of materials in a supply chain. In the basics, you get a complete overview of material flow, from internal and external suppliers to and from your organization. Topics include:

  • Elements of the Supply Chain
  • Just-in-Time (JIT)
  • Total Quality Management (TQM)
  • Manufacturing Resources Planning (MRP II)
  • Demand Planning
  • Capacity Management

Master Planning of Resources: This module explores 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: DSP focuses 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: The final module in the series covers 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 Class Details

The Toledo Chapter offers classes for each module led by an APICS instructor certified to teach the classes.

Classes are usually held in the Toledo area, location is dependent on a number of factors and will be advised when classes are advertised.

The chapter can also provide in-house instruction if requested.

Classes are typically held on weekday evenings, one class per week, duration is approximately 3 hours and there are 8 or 9 sessions per module. These classes and the material provided by APICS are aimed at those who already have some understanding of the production and inventory management field and are refreshing or upgrading their knowledge.

The Education Calendar with class schedules is in the Education section of the website.

Class Materials: Each module has an associated Participant Guide, material is grouped in chapters with one chapter per 3 hour class. The Guide includes a CD with questions about the material being studied, the questions and answers are in the format used in the APICS exam, class members also receive access to the APICS On-line Study Tools.

It is also suggested that class participants obtain the APICS Dictionary (free to members) the dictionary provides definitions for terms used in the CPIM program and is based on the APICS Body of Knowledge. Those wishing to take the certification exams should also purchase the Exam Content Manual (approximately $25), this provides an outline of the curriculum for each module, key terminology and a few sample questions.There is other recommended reading but all necessary material is contained in the three books described above.

Class Fees: Current fees will be listed on the class registration form.

Certification: Individuals wishing to achieve the APICS CPIM Certification must complete the Authorization to Test (ATT), take a test for each module and must pass all 5 modules to become certified.

Computer Based Testing: Testing is provided by an external organization, PearsonVUE, at sites around the country and is generally available, virtually on demand, testing is arranged directly with PearsonVUE. The nearest PearsonVUE sites to Toledo are Maumee, Ann Arbor (MI), Southfield (MI) and Fort Wayne (IN),

Information about the Authorization to Test and Computer Based Testing exams is available here