SAPICS Education

"First make your people, then make your product"

SAPICS is the leading provider of high quality, cutting-edge education programmes aimed at advancing Supply Chain and Operations Management Professionals' ability to succeed in a changing and increasingly competitive market-place. SAPICS offers a range of courses in various fields including those of manufacturing, logistics and distribution, as well as materials management.

Principles of Production and Inventory Management

"A hands on course for those in operations management"

Duration: 57 hours

This course covers the basic principles and techniques applicable in the practice of Production and Inventory Management. It is suitable for those working in the field, and wants to obtain or update their professional knowledge, those entering this field or working in a related field such as Purchasing, Accounting, Marketing, Engineering, Data Processing etc.

It aims to provide the students with an-depth understanding of Production & Inventory management as well as assistance in interdepartmental understanding and to instil accountability and responsibility.

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that a learner should have a minimum of a Grade 12.


One - Resource Planning

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, Long-Range Planning, Medium-Range Planning, Short-Range Planning, Product and Process Strategies, Alternate Plant Layouts, Summary

Two - Product Development and Process Design

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, The Product, Production Decisions, Product Management, Product Design, Product Life Cycle, Computers in Product Development, Process Design, Choice of Production Method, Ergonomics and Work Study, Summary

Three - Forecasting and Demand Management

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, What Is a Forecast?, Data Collection and Accuracy, Forecasting Techniques, Quantitative Forecasting Methods, Mean, Median and Mode, Time-Series Forecasting Models, Forecast Error, Safety Stock and Forecast Uncertainty, Summary.

Four - Master Planning of Resources

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, The Production Plan, Developing the Production Plan, Master Production Schedule [MPS], Developing the MPS, Rough-Cut Capacity Planning [RCCP], Performance Measurement, Rules for Successful Master Scheduling, Summary

Five - Materials Planning

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, Objectives of Materials Planning, Dependent vs Independent Demand, Inputs to Materials Planning, The MRP Grid, Materials Planning Outputs, Users and Uses of the Bills Of Material, Performance Measures, Summary

Six - Capacity Planning

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, The Capacity Planning Process, Key Definitions, Measures of Capacity, Inputs to Capacity Planning, The Capacity Processing Logic, Outputs From Capacity Planning, Input/Output Control, Performance Measures, Summary

Seven - Executing Push Systems

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, Loading the Factory, Controlling Movement Through the Factory, Managing Push Systems, Authorizing Push Activities, Documentation, Executing Push Activities, Priority Rules, Bottleneck Management, Input/Output Control, Data Collection Techniques, Summary

Eight - Executing Pull Systems

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, Production Pull Systems, Pull System Characteristics, Kanbans, Line Balancing, Executing Pull Activities, Reporting Pull Activities, Synchronous Manufacturing, Agile Manufacturing, Summary

Nine - Mid Term Exam
Ten - Lean Manufacturing

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, Lean Manufacturing, 5S Methodology, Theory of Constraints [TOC], TOC and Distribution Management, TOC and Suppliers, TOC and the Team, Advance Planning Systems [APS], Summary

Eleven - Purchasing and Procurement

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, Objectives of Purchasing, Market Research in Procurement, Selecting Suppliers, The Purchasing Specification, Value Engineering and Value Analysis, The Purchasing Cycle, BEE in Procurement, Stock Pricing and Valuation, Summary

Twelve - Inventory Fundamentals

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, What is Inventory? Types and Functions of Inventory, Inventory Sub Categories, Inventory Costs, Inventory and Customer Service, Safety Stock Inventory, ABC Classification of Inventory, Control of Inventory, Inventory Performance Measures, Summary

Thirteen - Inventory Methodologies and Techniques

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, When to Order, “How Often” to Order, Order Review Methodologies, Order Quantity Constraints and Modifiers, Lot Sizing Techniques, Quantity Discounts, Summary

Fourteen - Total Quality Management

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, Defining Quality, Design and Conformance, The Quality Gurus, Four Absolutes of Quality, Total Quality Management, Responsibility for Quality, Quality Costs, Inspection, Quality Training, Quality and Customer Satisfaction, Summary

Fifteen - Statistical Quality Control

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, Quality Tools, The “Normal” Distribution, Control Charts, Interpretation of Control Charts, Process Capability, Acceptance Sampling, Sampling Plans, Summary

Sixteen - Warehousing and Materials Handling

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, Space Requirements, Warehouse Productivity, Storage Methods, Storage Equipment, Order Picking Systems, Materials Handling, Classification of Equipment, Docking Aids, Summary

Seventeen - Distribution Management

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, Distribution Networks, Activities of Physical Distribution, Distribution Centre Management, Distribution Requirements Planning, DRP], Ordering Models, Managing Day-to-Day Variations, Summary

Eighteen - Facilities Location and Transportation

Contents: Outcomes, Introduction, Facility Location, Site Selection, Transportation, Designing the Transportation System, Freight Management, Modes of Transport, Containerization, Packaging and Labelling, Summary

Nineteen - Final Exam

Basics of Manufacturing Operations Management

"A Basic Course for those working in Manufacturing Operations"

Duration: 30 hours

The Basics of Manufacturing and Operations Management is an entry level course for those wishing to make a career in one of the many disciplines of supply chain and operations management.

This program assumes no prior knowledge of supply chain and operations management techniques and serve as the first stepping stone to a certification in supply chain and operations management.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualifications for entry onto this course, although a candidate must have basic literacy and numeracy.

Key Learning Points

  1. Business Formation and Strategy.
  2. Management, Supply Chain, and Customer Service.
  3. Manufacturing and Manufacturing Strategies.
  4. Planning, Forecasting, and Scheduling.
  5. Material and Capacity Planning.
  6. Types of Production and Production Materials.
  7. Industrial Engineering Support.
  8. Materials Management.
  9. Lean, Waste, and Continuous Improvement.
  10. Final Examination.

Stores and Stock Control

"Ensuring the people in your store can tell you what you have and where it is"

Duration: 36 hours

The importance of the storekeeping function is often overlooked. This seems incomprehensible when you consider the value of stock this function is responsible for. This course is targeted at all stores personnel, including the store man and all first-line supervisors. Other major users of the stores function also gain specific benefit from attending this course.

The aim is to introduce candidates to the concepts of stock control and to develop stores control personnel who are able to accept responsibility through the understanding of the requirements of their function.

Entry Requirements

Basic literacy in English, and a basic understanding of numeracy.

Key Learning Points

  • Warehousing and Supply Chain Management
  • Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships
  • Supplier Selection and Order Processing
  • Classification and Coding of Stock
  • Stock Taking and Audits
  • Stock Taking Process
  • Inbound Logistics
  • Storage Facilities
  • Materials Handling and Storage Equipment
  • Warehouse Safety
  • Stores Issues and Returns
  • Outbound Logistic
  • Transportation and Reverse Logistics
  • Risk Management
  • Emergency Procedures