CPIM – Certified Production Inventory Management Certification

To earn your CPIM certification you will need to take and pass the five APICS CPIM exams:

Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM)

This exam addresses basic definitions and concepts for planning and controlling the flow of materials into, through, and out of, an organization. It identifies fundamental relationships among the activities that occur in the supply chain from suppliers to customers. It also provides an overview of manufacturing systems, forecasting, master planning, material requirements planning, capacity management, production activity control, purchasing, inventory management, distribution, quality management and just-in-time manufacturing. The four main topics covered in this exam are:

  • Business Wide Concepts
  • Demand Planning
  • Transformation of Demand into Supply
  • Supply

Master Planning of Resources (MRP)

This exam addresses the relationship of strategic and business planning with operations planning. It covers the four primary areas of demand management; (forecasting, customer order servicing, distribution planning and customer relationship management). Forecasting tools and techniques and concepts are presented along with best practices in customer order servicing. It also breaks down the formal processes and controls related to sales and operations planning (S&OP) and master production scheduling (MPS). And, it shows how to develop realistic, achievable production plans and master schedules consistent with business objectives and resource constraints in both MTS and MTO environments. The three main topics of this exam are:

  • Demand Management
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Master Scheduling

Detailed Scheduling and Planning (DSP)

This exam focuses on concepts and techniques for material and capacity planning at the detailed level of planning and scheduling. It covers various inventory planning factors such as lot-sizing, order review techniques, safety stock, and inventory accuracy as they relate to order planning and scheduling. It also defines critical inputs and outputs of manufacturing planning and control systems, and it provides a detailed explanation of
Material Requirements Planning (MRP) and Capacity Requirements Planning (CRP) processes. Also included in this course is a discussion of the strategic importance of procurement planning and supplier relationship development. The three main topics of this exam are:

  • Planning material requirements to support the master schedule
  • Planning operations to support the priority plan
  • Planning procurement and external sources of supply

Execution and Control of Operations (ECO)

This exam addresses the principles and practices of scheduling, controlling, and measuring operations in all types of manufacturing environments (job shop, batch, flow, and process production). It explains techniques for scheduling and controlling intermittent production and process operations. It also addresses the execution of quality initiatives, elimination of waste, continuous improvement. The three main topics of this exam are:

  • Prioritization and sequencing of work to be performed
  • Executing work plans and implementing physical controls
  • Performance reporting and feedback

Strategic Management of Resources (SMR)

This exam/course explores the relationship of existing and emerging processes and technologies as related to manufacturing strategy and supply chain functions. Key topics include: competitive market issues, choices affecting structure and infrastructure, supply chain, information technology, organizational design, configuring and integrating internal processes, and change management. Three major areas of strategic planning are addressed:

  • Aligning resources with the strategic plan
  • Configuring and integrating operating processes to support the strategic plan
  • Implementing change

SMR is highly recommended for middle managers and executives who want to learn more about how to align operational plans with their business strategy. Also recommended for students who plan on taking the APICS CPIM certification exam Strategic Management of Resources exam (Module Five), which was heavily revised in 2009 to emphasis the strategic planning process for operations, in manufacturing, distribution and service organizations.

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