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Why You Need to Earn the APICS CPIM Designation

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
program provides you with the ability to understand and evaluate
production and inventory activities within a company's global operations.


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The APICS CPIM program benefits designees worldwide

  • APICS CPIM is preferred by thousands of employers worldwide.

  • More than 100,000 professionals since 1973 have earned the APICS CPIM designation.

  • APICS CPIM helps you master essential terminology, concepts, and strategies related to

    • demand management

    • procurement management

    • supplier planning

    • material requirements planning

    • capacity planning

    • sales and operations planning

    • master scheduling

    • performance measurements

    • supplier relationships

    • quality control

    • continuous improvement

Arrow Down Upcomimg CPIM Course Schedule - new courses coming soon.

Food: Plated lunch or dinner as appropriate is included in tuition.
* Registrations received less than 10 days prior to the class start date may not have materials at the initial session(s).
Instructors/location subject to change
Week night classes are all designed to run for 3 hours and should conclude at 9:30 inclusive of a 30 minute break. Dinners will be served at 6:00.
Saturday classes will run 6.5 hours, inclusive of two 15 minute breaks (morning and afternoon), plus a half hour to hour for the provided lunch.

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Arrow Down CPIM Part 1 - Formally Basics of Supply Chain Management / BSCM

Get the foundational overview of supply chain from the operating business perspective and prepare for the CPIM Part 1 examination.

This course covers the basic concepts in managing the flow of materials through the entire chain from the initial supplier to the end user. It introduces the basic concepts, terminology, and techniques involved in the operations management processes. Knowledge of the material in the Basics module is assumed as a prerequisite to the other CPIM modules. This course is also appropriate for individuals seeking an overview of the operations management process. 

The examination committee has organized the tested body of knowledge into four domains:

Businesswide Concepts

Organization Fundamentals- elements of the supply chain & organization dynamics
Operating Environments- definitions, choices, and impacts
Financial Fundamentals- statements, cost categories and analysis
Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP)
Quality Management Systems
Theory of Constraints
Impact of Environment on System Design

Demand Management

Market Driven- customers, competition and economic and regulatory policy
Customer Expectations & Definition of Value
Customer Relationship Management
Demand Planning – sources of independent demand and forecast management

Transformation of Demand into Supply

Capacity Management
Planning - purposes, inputs and outputs
Execution and control
Performance measurements – strategic, tactical, and operational


Physical Distribution Systems



Arrow Down CPIM Part 2 - Formally SMR, DSP, ECO and MPR

Get the details that support the Supply Chain throughout the enterprise.  After completing the CPIM Part1 certification examination prepare for the CPIM Part 2 Examination.  Both parts must be satisfactorily completed to earn the Certification.

The reorganization of the APICS CPIM examinations has resulted in new opportunities to complete your CPIM studies. The CPIM Part 2 class is a combination of the previous individual SMR, DSP, ECO and MPR classes.

Strategic Management of Resources / SMR -

The operations functions typically control a large portion of the resources of an enterprise and must manage those resources in a way that supports the implementation of the enterprise and/or business unit strategy.  Managing resources to support strategy requires an understanding of the environment(s) in which the organization operates, strategy development and implementation, operations choices and systems, and risk and change management. 

Understanding the Business Environment

Globalization/Location Issues
Information Requirements

Developing the Operations Strategy

Performance Objectives and Goals
Product and Service Design
Structure and Infrastructure Choices
Coordination Strategy
Organizational Commitment Process

Implementing the Operations Strategy

Risk and Risk Mitigation
Change Management
Infrastructure Systems
Structural Deployment

Detailed Scheduling & Planning / DSP

The detailed scheduling and planning processes translate the product level plans and schedules into detailed priority and capacity plans. The section of the course covers processes and techniques for managing inventories, planning material, capacity planning, maintaining relationships with suppliers and communicating requirements and schedules to suppliers. 

Planning the Management of Inventory

Types and Classifications of Inventory
Inventory Policies
Inventory Planning
Accuracy, Handling, Storage, and Traceability

Planning Material Requirements to Support the Master Schedule

Identifying Information Used in the Material Planning Process
Identifying the Desirable Characteristics of the Detailed Material Planning Process
Mechanics of the Detailed Material Planning Process
Maintaining the Validity of the Material Plan
Managing the Project Plan

Planning Operations to Support the Priority Plan

Identifying Information Used in the Detailed Capacity Planning Process
Recognizing the Characteristics and Techniques of the Detailed Capacity Planning Process
Using the Detailed Capacity Planning Process
Measuring the Performance of the Detailed Capacity Planning Process

Planning Procurement and External Sources of Supply

Establishing relationships with suppliers
Techniques and Concepts for Supplier Partnerships

Execution & Control of Operations / ECO

This section of the course addresses the principles and practices needed to execute, control and manage operations and those needed to participate in design decisions. 

Execution of Operations

Principles – flow, batch, and scheduling
Techniques – push production, pull production, waste management, 5S methodology, and management of inventory

Control of Operations

Principles – management control process, control goals, and feedback and the control process
Techniques – costing and process activity measures

Management and Communication

Principles –individual and group
Techniques – basic seven tools of quality management, DMAIC, Shewhart/Deming cycle, and A3 problem solving

Design Trade-Offs


Master Planning of Resources / MPR

This section of the course addresses supply and demand planning for mid- to long-term independent demand and distribution planning. 

Demand Management

General Concepts and Purposes – relating the processes to the environment and linkages
Forecasting demand
Managing the Customer Interface

Sales and Operations Planning

General Concepts and Purposes – relating the processes to the environment and linkages
Management considerations
Sales and Operation Planning Process
Developing and Validating the Production Plan

Master Scheduling

General Concepts and Purpose
Linking the Master Scheduling Process to the Business Environment
Management Considerations
Master Scheduling Process
Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS)
Measuring Master Scheduling Performance

Distribution Planning

Distribution Network Planning
Distribution Replenishment Planning
Measuring the Performance of the Distribution Network and Planning Process


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Orange County APICS offers all CPIM certification preparation courses, taught by highly experienced and knowledgeable instructors.



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