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Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)

Since 1973 the CPIM program has educated more than 90,000 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. Click to try the CPIM demo 

Benefits for companies with CPIM designated employees:

  • Cost savings 
  • Better productivity 
  • Skilled and knowledgeable staff
  • Advantage over competition 

APICS CPIM designees help to streamline operations by utilising the knowledge and skills that they receive in the CPIM program to reduce inventory levels, improve planning and scheduling of forecasts and orders, and better align the supply chain. 

Encourage your employees to take part in APICS certification programmes; not only will it increase employee loyalty but it will build on the skill, ability and confidence that they bring to the business. You will soon see improvements in productivity, cost savings and will be able to leap forward in achieving an advantage in this competitive marketplace. 

Benefits of APICS CPIM for individuals:

  • Boost career potential
  • Earn more
  • Gain confidence and recognition 

A great way to boost you career potential is to separate yourself from your co-workers and get certified! Earning APICS CPIM demonstrates your skills and knowledge to employers and colleagues, not only this but studies show that APICS CPIM designees enjoy higher salaries. 

Who should earn the CPIM designation? 

A CPIM education is essential for professionals involved in: 

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

CPIM modules 

Candidates must pass all exams for each of the following modules in order to use the CPIM designation: 

Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM)
The basic concepts in managing the complete flow of materials in a supply chain from suppliers to customers are covered in the Basics module. Supply chain concepts are introduced and basic terminology emphasised, as are relationships among activities in the supply chain. Topics include: Introduction to Supply Chain Management, Demand Management and Forecasting Techniques, Priority and Capacity Planning at the Master Planning, MRP and PAC levels, Aggregate and Item Inventory Management, Purchasing and Physical Distribution and Lean/JIT, Quality Systems and Theory of Constraints. 

Master Planning of Resources (MRP)
Explore 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 and Measuring Business Performance. 

Detailed Scheduling and Planning (DSP)
Focus on the various techniques for material and capacity scheduling. Study detailed descriptions of material requirement planning (MRP), capacity requirements planning (CRP), inventory management practices, and procurement and supplier planning. Topics include: Recognising Techniques and Practices of Inventory Management, Mechanics of the Detailed Material Planning Process, Planning Operations to Support the Priority Plan and Planning Procurement and External Sources of Supply. 

Execution and Control of Operations (ECO)
Focus on the areas of prioritising 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: Prioritising and Sequencing Work, Executing Plans and Implementing Controls, Authorising and Reporting Activities for Push and Pull Systems and Evaluating Performance and Providing Feedback. 

Strategic Management of Resources (SMR)
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. Topics include: Competitive Market Issues, Choices Affecting Facilities, Supply Chain, Information Technology, and Organisational Design, Configuring and Integrating Internal Processes and Evaluating and Managing Projects. 

To purchase materials to prepare for the CPIM examinations, please contact the Professional Development Department:

Tel: +44 (0)1536 740166, Email:

For more information on CPIM certification, please contact the Professional Development Department: 

Tel: +44 (0)1536 740166. Email:  

CPIM study options
Instructor-led training 
IOM are offering a number of open courses throughout the year and are also able to deliver these courses in-house.  

Self-study correspondence courses
Home-study correspondence courses from the MGI Management Institute provide you with a solid, professional-level understanding of the manufacturing field. The courses are designed to help you develop your knowledge and skills in the essential areas of materials management and integrated resource management. This option is available from APICS directly, not via IOM. Use the links below for more information. 

Online review courses
Online review courses make preparing for APICS CPIM exams more convenient. If a demanding schedule makes moving forward with your CPIM a challenge, online APICS CPIM review courses may be a perfect solution. 
Instructor-facilitated online courses are APICS-endorsed, and will give you the opportunity to interact with an instructor and your industry peers. Instructors are experts in the field of operations and supply chain management, with years of teaching the APICS CPIM curriculum. See online course offerings.
APICS CPIM independent online review courses are easy-to-access any time of the day or night to accommodate your demanding schedule. This flexible alternative to classroom-based exam preparation will help move you closer to your goal of earning your APICS CPIM designation.

For more information on the CPIM certification and study options available, please contact the Professional Development Department Tel: +44 (0) 1536 740166. Email:  

CPIM case study 
I want to share my experience with you...
“I wanted to share my experience with CPIM certification. I completed my CPIM certification when I was working as an ERP (BaaN) Consultant during the year 2003. The subject knowledge gave me a great advantage with my peers and I started promoting the CPIM body of knowledge whenever possible in my organisation. Our management team slowly started realising the benefits of APICS certification, and gave me an opportunity to work as the Supply Chain Coordinator for a supply chain optimisation project during 2005. I participated with great interest, and the intention of revising and updating my CPIM knowledge. The project was successful and the company started reaping the benefits immediately. I also gained knowledge in Balanced Score Card frame work by attending a few training workshops and self study. During 2006 I was promoted as ERP Project Manager. I lead the organisation’s ERP optimisation project successfully and the management team promoted me to lead the Planning Department in January, 2008. The Planning Department has three sections; Supply Chain Planning (S&OP, MPS, and MRP), Strategy Management, and Business Process Excellence. This is a senior management position directly reporting to the President. 

Believe me, with many initiatives and challenges, the body of knowledge of CPIM has and is really helping me in my day to day job. As part of my job, I am S&OP process owner, BSC coordinator, and custodian for the Business Process Excellence project. I sincerely thank APICS for helping me to build a successful career. I consider becoming CPIM designated as the foundation for my career. In fact, the company I work for now advertise all supply chain positions with CPIM as a highly desirable qualification, and I make sure that our company sponsors CPIM for interested aspirants."

Best Regards, 
Shaik Abdul Khadar 
Head of Planning 
Arasco Feed, Riyadh

CPIM exams and FAQs 

Exam Preparation 

APICS Examination Dates 
The CPIM Exam Content Manual provides an overview of each module, an outline of its body of knowledge, and references. Each outline is divided into major topic areas, and the relative emphasis of each of the topics is indicated by a percentage figure. A list of key terminology for each area is included, along with illustrative questions for each module. The APICS Dictionary is a unique reference defining the terms that resource management professionals use every day. These APICS reference materials are not the only references you need to prepare for CPIM exams, but they are recommended and will enhance your learning and examination experience. 

Contact the Professional Development Department to order APICS materials Tel: +44 (0) 1536 740166, Email: 

To obtain an exam registration form email or you can download them from here.

How do I obtain an APICS customer number? 
If you are already an APICS member, your membership number is your APICS customer number. If you have taken an APICS exam in the past, a customer number has already been assigned to you. If you are unsure, please contact the IOM by email to obtain your correct customer number. 

If you are planning to take an APICS exam for the first time and have never contacted APICS before, please contact APICS directly to obtain this, or call 1-800-444-2742 or +1-773-867-1777. 

How should I prepare for each exam? 
How you study and the amount of time you spend studying will depend on the exam you are taking and your knowledge of the concepts being tested. All candidates should order the Exam Content Manual before beginning the certification process. Contact the Professional Development Department to order APICS materials Tel: +44 (0) 1536 740166, Email: 

What may I bring to the exam? 
Bring a valid primary identification that includes a recent photograph and signature. Valid forms of primary ID include: 

  • Driver's license 
  • Passport 
  • Military identification 
  • Other government-issued identification 
  • Employee identification card 

Bring a valid secondary ID that includes your signature. Valid forms of secondary ID include: 

  • Credit card 
  • Check cashing card 
  • A second ID from the primary identification list 
  • Social Security cards are NOT considered acceptable forms of identification. 

The test centre staff will only verify the first and last name on the IDs provided to ensure they match the first and last name on the exam registration. No temporarily issued IDs are accepted. Please bring these items on exam day and make sure that the name you register with matches your IDs to avoid being denied admission to the examination and forfeiting the full exam fee. 

An online computer calculator is available during each computer-based exam, but you may also bring a simple nonprogrammable calculator into the exam room. 

English-native language translation books are the only written materials you may bring into the exam room. These books should only contain the literal translation of English words, but should not include a description of the meaning of the word. The test centre manager will inspect these books before you are admitted to the testing room. 

If I have an unexcused absence from my exam and have not cancelled, why do I forfeit my fee?
The exam space has been reserved for you and is held until cancellation is received. APICS pays the test vendor for all reserved seats, whether or not a candidate takes the exam. 

How much time is allotted for each test? 
Candidates are allotted three hours to complete each exam. No breaks are given. 

Who can I contact if I have comments about my testing experience?
Candidates who have comments about their testing experience can contact the IOM at You can also submit comments, test centre complaints or feedback on exam content by writing to: 

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