APICS & CPIM Programs

 
 

According to APICS, The Association for Operations Management, the CPIM program has educated more than 75,000 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.

APICS is the world leader and one of few premier sources for knowledge in operations management that  includes production, inventory, supply chain, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have depended on APICS for its training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of industry professionals.

The Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) is considered a gateway certification for professionals involved in:

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

 

CPIM is about production and inventory management. It is not about logistics.

A candidate must pass all five exams for the following modules in order to earn the CPIM designation :

  • Basics of Supply Chain Management BSCM
  • Master Planning of Resources MPR
  • Detailed Scheduling and Planning DSP
  • Execution and Control of Operations ECO
  • Strategic Management of Resources SMR

 

The module 1 exam covers only the basics. The exam attempts to test the basic understanding towards supply chain and the various PIM (production and inventory management) concepts.  In module 2, 3 and 4 you will frequently see topics from module 1 (as these modules tend to overlap heavily). It is therefore highly recommended that you reread the module 1 material when you are working on the other modules. The SMR module is sort of like a wrap up exam with a case study style (although questions are still presented as multiple choices).
 

The CPIM exams measure one's performance based on a scaled score between 265 and 330. 300 is the minimum needed to pass the exam (which roughly equals 70%). Based on our experience, a score between 310 and 315 is considered a good one.

Although not all of the questions count towards your score (some questions are for beta testing purpose), since there is no way to tell which ones are real, you should take all of them seriously.

There are a lot of questions that ask for your "best decisions" (i.e. how you will tackle a situation in a real life production environment). In fact, of the questions you will encounter in the exams, a significant portion of them requires that you pick the best possible options.

These best options are often based on experience and best practices not easily found in the standard exam text books.

There are also plenty of questions on concepts and theories. These are the questions quite closely related to the published objectives of the official BOK. They mostly ask for the correct definitions of terms. For example, you will be tested heavily on the difference between MRP and MRP II. You will also be tested on your understanding of the way Master Scheduling works.

To register in the US, you may call 1-800-274-8399 directly. If you are outside of the US, the best thing to do is to contact APICS and determine where and when the paper-and-pencil based exams are available.

 

The Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) certification is essential for professionals involved in the areas of supplier and customer relations, international trade, the use of information technology to enable the supply chain, and physical logistics.

A Candidate must pass a 4-hour exam in order to earn the CSCP designation. The major topics covered included:
 
  • Supply Chain Management Fundamentals
  • Building Competitive Operations, Planning, and Logistics
  • Managing Customer and Supplier Relationships
  • Using Information Technology to Enable Supply Chain Management

 
 
 


To register in India you may contact :

Mumbai (head office):
C-1 Avon Plaza-I, Thakur Complex, Kandivli (East), Mumbai, MH 400 101.
( 9:30am to 6:30 pm- Monday to Saturday )
Phone: (022) 2854-3291/0056, 2870 8017 Fax: (022) 2854-0056

 

APICS CSCP Program details

APICS CPIM Information

APICS CSCP Exam Eligibility

APICS CPIM Exam Registration

 

 
 

 

 
 

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