APICS CPIM

Certification Education

"Investing in your future"

For more than 35 years, the Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program has continued to be recognized as the measurement criterion for individual assessment in the field of production and inventory management.
Initiated by APICS in 1973, CPIM provides a common basis for individuals and organizations to evaluate their knowledge of this evolving field.

The mission of the CPIM program is to educate individuals on the concepts, tools, terminology, and integration of topics across operation functions. The CPIM program is designed to test candidate’s in-depth knowledge of a variety of subjects specific to production and inventory management. APICS works hard to ensure that CPIM exams are reliable and that the highest professional standards are used to develop and administer the program. Continuing its commitment to excellence, APICS has updated its former CPIM program to meet industry needs and better manage the rapid expansion of information, techniques and technology.

The CPIM Programme

The new CPIM program incorporates a business process orientation rather than the individual techniques of the former program. The individual modules are now integrated and follow a progression of understanding:

  1. Entry module: Basics of Supply Chain Management – Terminology and basic concepts related to managing the complete flow of materials from suppliers to customers.
  2. Business process modules: Master Planning of Resources, Detailed Scheduling and Planning, and Execution and Control of Operations – Available methods and techniques to drive processes and the application of these techniques.
  3. Capstone module: Strategic Management of Resources – Choosing the appropriate methods and techniques for specific needs and fostering an appreciation for the integrated nature of operations.

Basics of Supply Chain Management

Basics of Supply Chain Management cover basic concepts in managing the complete flow of materials in a supply chain. In the basics you get a complete overview of materials flow, from internal and external suppliers, to and from your organization.

Master Planning of Resources

Candidates explore 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.

Detailed Scheduling and Planning

Candidates focus on the various techniques for materials and capacity scheduling. The course includes detailed descriptions of materials requirements planning (MPR), capacity requirements planning (CRP), inventory management practices, and procurement and supplier planning.

Execution and Control of Operations

Candidates focus on the areas of prioritizing and sequencing work, executing work plans and implementing controls, reporting activity results, and providing evaluating 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.

Strategic Management of Resources

Strategic Management of Resources explores 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.

Candidates must pass exams for all five modules to earn the CPIM designation.

Basics of Supply Chain Management

"Putting the concepts of Supply Chain Management into Perspective"

This module is part of the APICS CPIM qualification and is designed for people working in Production, Inventory and Distribution Management. Course material is continuously updated with updates and new subject matter. Students are expected to prepare for the sessions, and making use of the additional recommended reading list is advisable.

Target Group

This module is intended for practitioners in the manufacturing and retail industries and offers an in depth insight into the production, inventory and distribution management arena. It is beneficial for production managers, production planners, material/stores managers, engineers, purchasing staff, production supervision, accounting or any functional area of a manufacturing or distribution organisation intending to formalise their knowledge.

Course Objective

To provide key, senior and top management personnel with the knowledge and understanding to run their organisations using world class manufacturing practices.

Duration

10 x 3hr sessions / 5 Days / 30 Hours

Key learning points

Master Planning of Resources

"Setting the Game Plan for your Business"

Learners explore processes used to develop sales and operation plans. Identify and assess internal and external demand and forecasting requirements. They also learn how to develop an achievable master schedule consistent with the business policies 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.

Target Group

This module is intended for practitioners in the industry and offers an in depth insight into the production and inventory management arena. It is beneficial for production managers, production planners, engineers, purchasing staff, production supervision, accounting or any functional area of a manufacturing organisation intending to formalise their knowledge.

Course Objective

To provide key, senior and top management personnel with the knowledge and understanding to run their organisations using world class manufacturing practices.

Duration

10 x 3hr sessions / 5 Days / 30 Hours

Key learning points

Detailed Scheduling and Planning

"Determining what you need, how many and when"

This course focuses on material and capacity scheduling and planning. It includes a detailed explanation of materials requirements planning (MRP). Although MRP is a technique suitable for job shop and batch operations, the course also introduces other techniques applicable to the process industry and other mature production environments.

Target Group

This module is intended for practitioners in the industry and offers an in depth insight into the production and inventory management arena. It is beneficial for production managers, production planners, engineers, purchasing staff, production supervision, accounting or any functional area of a manufacturing organisation intending to formalise their knowledge.

Course Objective

To provide key, senior and top management personnel with the knowledge and understanding to run their organisations using world class manufacturing practices.

Duration

10 x 3hr sessions / 5 Days / 30 Hours

Key learning points

 

Execution and Control of Operations

"Executing the master plans"

This course focuses on three main areas. Firstly, prioritising and sequencing work. Secondly, executing work plans, implementing controls and reporting activity. And lastly, 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 the control and handling of inventory.

Target Group

This module is intended for practitioners in the industry and offers an in depth insight into the production and inventory management arena. It is beneficial for production managers, production planners, engineers, purchasing staff, production supervision, accounting or any functional area of a manufacturing organisation intending to formalise their knowledge.

Course Objective

To provide key, senior and top management personnel with the knowledge and understanding to run their organisations using world class manufacturing practices.

Duration

10 x 3hr sessions / 5 Days / 30 Hours

Key learning points

 

Strategic Management of Resources

"Putting it all together in an effective ERP system"

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.

Target Group

This module is intended for practitioners in the industry and offers an in depth insight into the production and inventory management arena. It is beneficial for production managers, production planners, engineers, purchasing staff, production supervision, accounting or any functional area of a manufacturing organisation intending to formalise their knowledge.

Course Objective

To provide key, senior and top management personnel with the knowledge and understanding to run their organisations using world class manufacturing practices.

Duration

10 x 3 hr sessions / 5 Days / 30 Hours

Key learning points

 

FAQ's

"Answering your queries"

How Do I Prepare for the CPIM Examination?

APICS provides candidates with several effective methods to prepare for examination. All candidates: No matter which method you choose to prepare for an exam, begin your preparation by referring to CPIM Exam Content Manual. This manual is provided free in each participant guide and provides a detailed outline, list of terms, concepts, references, practice questions, and similar information on all the modules. After you review the manual, you can choose from one or more of the following study methods:

Classroom Courses: Authorised Education Providers (AEP) offer review courses that APICS members and Non-members can attend. A list of AEP’s in the various major centres of South Africa can be found on the SAPICS Website at www.sapics.org.za.

On-Site Training Courses: Many companies hold training courses on site, using APICS courseware presented by AEP's.

Most people choose a combination of these methods to prepare for an exam. You can get valuable guidance from you’re the SAPICS Head Office who can put you in touch with experts or from colleagues who have completed the modules. Regardless of your preparation techniques, SAPICS has a process for your exam success.

Why Choose APICS Certification Courses?

Testing and Exam Registration

To receive the CPIM designation, candidates must pass comprehensive examinations for all five modules. Testing is available in South Africa by Computer Based Testing (CBT) through Prometric at various test centres throughout the country.
The APICS Curricula and Certification Council administer the CPIM program, sets policy, and ensure that the program reflects the changing needs of the profession. Committees of the council, made up of volunteer practitioners, consultants, and academicians, provide professional guidance for the administration and future development of the educational program.

The Exams

Students must purchase from SAPICS an Authority to Test (ATT) and pay SAPICS directly for CPIM Exams.
Once the student has an ATT they can then make their appointment to write the exam at any of the Prometric test centre around the country.

CPIM Exam

CBT Exam Windows for 2017

All CPIM exam Authority to Test’s (ATT’s) and payments are handled through the SAPICS Head Office, call 011 023 6707