Certified in Production and Inventory Management

The Internationally Recognized Standard for Excellence

Certification Review Course Descriptions

Since 1973, 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.

Benefits of CPIM
A CPIM education can help you to:

  • Increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management

  • Improve efficiency across the processes of your organization's supply chain

  • Streamline operations through accurate forecasting

  • Predict outcomes more accurately

  • Maximize customer satisfaction by delivering products and services Just-in-Time

  • Increase profitability by optimizing your organization's inventory investment

  • Enhance your credibility among peers, employers, and customers.

Who should earn the CPIM designation?
A CPIM education is essential for professionals involved in

  • Production and inventory managements

  • Operations

  • Supply chain management

  • Procurement

  • Materials management

  • Purchasing


Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM)

This is an introductory course for production and inventory management personnel and CPIM candidates. This course provides basic definitions and concepts for planning and controlling the flow of materials into, through, and out of an organization. It explains fundamental relationships among the activities that occur in the supply chain from suppliers to customers. In addition, the course addresses types of manufacturing systems, forecasting, master planning, material requirements planning, capacity management, production activity control, purchasing, inventory management, distribution, quality management, Lean/Just-in-Time manufacturing, Theory of Constraints, and Project Management.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management
  • Demand Management
  • Master Planning
  • Material Requirements Planning (MRP)
  • Capacity Management and Production Activity Control
  • Aggregate Inventory Management
  • Item Inventory Management
  • Purchasing and Physical Distribution
  • Lean/JIT and Quality Systems
  • Theory of Constraints

Course Information: 10 weekly sessions, 2.5 hours each session, 25 hours total


Master Planning of Resources (MPR)

In this course, students explore processes used to: develop sales and operations plans; identify and assess internal and external demand and forecasting requirements; and effect an achievable master schedule consistent with business policies, objectives, and resource constraints. The course focuses on developing and validating a plan of supply, relating management of demand to the environment, and developing and validating the master schedule.

In addition, the course encompasses concepts for transforming sales, marketing, and business requirements into a feasible and economic operations plan in various business environments. It also addresses concepts and methodologies for managing projected and actual demands from distribution networks and external customers. Finally, the course presents methods for integrating sales and operations plans, demand forecasts, and customer demand into a specific master schedule.

Topics include:

  • Demand Management
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Master Scheduling
  • Measuring Business Performance

Course Information: 8 weekly sessions, 2.5 hours each session, 20 hours total


Detailed Scheduling and Planning (DSP)

This course focuses on material and capacity scheduling and planning. It includes a detailed explanation of material requirements planning (MRP), a technique suitable for use in job shops. The course also introduces another material planning technique, material-dominated scheduling, which is applicable to process industries and other mature production environments. The course explains capacity requirements planning in detail and introduces other capacity-planning techniques, including processor-dominated scheduling.

Topics include:

  • Recognizing Techniques and Practices of Inventory Management
  • Mechanics of the Detailed Material Planning Process
  • Planning Operations to Support the Priority Plan
  • Planning Procurement and External Sources of Supply


Course Information: 9 weekly sessions, 2.5 hours each session, 22.5 hours total


Execution and Control of Operations (ECO)

This course focuses on three main areas: prioritizing and sequencing work; executing work plans, implementing controls, and reporting activity results; and evaluating and providing feedback on performance. The course explains techniques for scheduling and controlling production and process operations. It also addresses the execution of quality initiatives and continuous improvement plans as well as controlling and handling inventories. Finally, the course presents techniques for evaluating performance and collecting data for effective feedback.

Topics include:

  • Prioritizing and Sequencing Work
  • Executing Plans and Implementing Controls
  • Authorizing and Reporting Activities for Push and Pull Systems
  • Evaluating Performance and Providing Feedback


Course Information: 8 weekly sessions, 2.5 hours each session, 20 hours total


Strategic Management of Resources (SMR)

In this course, students 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 Organizational Design
  • Configuring and Integrating Internal Processes
  • Evaluating and Managing Projects.


For maximum comprehension of course content, students should be familiar with the information and concepts presented in other CPIM modules before taking this course.

Course Information: 9 weekly sessions, 2.5 hours each session, 22.5 hours total


Additional CPIM information on how to prepare for the exams is available from APICS online, or simply click to download the CPIM Computer Based Testing (CBT) brocure, or call Customer Service (1-800-444-2742).


Certification Brochure Available

The benefits of pursuing the APICS CPIM or APICS CIRM designation are outlined in this brochure, APICS stock #09058. This document includes module outlines for both certification programs, details about attaining the CFPIM designation, information regarding the Certification Maintenance program, an overview of certification exam preparation resources, and information on exam registration procedures. Contact APICS Customer Service (1-800-444-2742) to order a copy.