Certified in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM)

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program is one of the most recommended certification by employers world-wide.  The CPIM program offers in-depth education for individuals in the operations and supply chain management profession covering topics from demand management, material planning, capacity planning, supplier and customer relationship management, quality control, and continuous improvement.

Recommended Participants in the CPIM Program

It is recommended that students from the materials, procurement, planning, operations management (shop floor to supervision) and even executive management participate in the CPIM learning program.

Course Enrollment Requirements/Recommendations

The student must be at least 18 years of age with a minimum of a high school diploma.  There are no prerequisites are listed for these courses.  The certification exams are not administered by the APICS Gold Rush Chapter, they are managed by APICS Corporate through authorized PearsonVue testing centers.

Legacy Program (Effective through December 31, 2017)

APICS has reviewed the course requirements for the CPIM program and in late 2016 announced a change the configuration.  This change impacts the number of courses and exams required for the CPIM program from five exams to two exams.

 APICS realizes that there are many students that have started the CPIM program and have not finished testing for their certifications.  In order to continue the support of these students the exam period for the “legacy “ CPIM program (the five exam configuration) will continue through 2017.  The new “reconfigured” program will be launched in July 2017.

The CPIM Legacy program consists of the five modules; 

Basics of Supply Chain Management

Master Planning of Resources

Detailed Scheduling and Planning

Execution and Control of Operations

Strategic Management of Resources

Note to Current Legacy CPIM Candidates

Students who have passed the CPIM Basics of Supply Chain Management exam will have their exam be “eligible” for the CPIM certification for 10 years if taken by December 31, 2017.  This means, for students that do not complete the

Legacy Program Certification Preparation Options

The APICS Gold Rush Chapter is prepared to assist students through this certification requirement deadline in two ways:

Current Courses

The APICS Gold Rush Chapter will continue to offer the APICS CPIM Legacy courses through the end of December 2017.  Join a class and refresh your understanding prior to taking the exam.  The Legacy CPIM course are eight sessions in length with one session a week for three hours a session.

Study Groups

In preparation for the exam deadline the APICS Gold Rush Chapter is offering exam specific study groups at a low rate.  Check out the chapter calendar to review the schedule, sign up and get studying.

Reconfigured Program (Effective starting July 1, 2017)

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential is being updated in format, not content.  The same high quality content from the legacy CPIM program is going through a course reconfiguration to two courses and exams. 

CPIM – Part 1

Formerly known as the Basics of Supply Chain Management, this course covers the basic concepts to complete the flow of materials in a supply chain from suppliers to customers in manufacturing, distribution, service, and retail industries.  This includes the fundamental relationships in the design, planning, execution, monitoring, and control that occur. 

CPIM – Part 2

With the reconfiguration APICS has taken the four detailed and strategy modules and streamlined them into a single course and exam that examines the planning and execution hierarchy from high level planning to detailed shop-floor management.  Examining in greater detail the concepts presented in Part 1 of the CPIM series, this module provides a framework for planning and decision making that examines the strategies and their implications on the operations functions throughout the supply chain.

The Reconfigured CPIM Course

‚ÄčThe APICS Gold Rush Chapter offers CPIM exam preparation courses to provide a structured and collaborative learning environment for candidates to successfully learn the material presented in the CPIM courseware and prepare for the exam.  Each of the two CPIM (Part 1 & 2) courses consists of 14 weeks of class time – one session a week for three hours.  The first day is an overview of the CPIM learning system, including the online tools, distribution of materials and course syllabus review and the remainder of the thirteen sessions are instruction and exam preparation.

Check the calendar for the current class schedule.  Classes for the Reconfigured CPIM will not start until August 2017.