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Take an In-Depth Look at APICS CPIM Designation

The APICS CPIM program prepares your employees with the dynamic ability to understand and evaluate production and inventory activities within your organization’s global operations.

The APICS CPIM provides the following benefits:

  • Creates a common understanding, vocabulary, processes, and frameworks within the organization to address supply chain challenges and opportunities.
  • Provides the proven knowledge and organizational skills required to strategically streamline operations.
  • Promotes interaction with existing resources and your ERP system to increase the efficiency of your workplace environment.
  • Boosts organizational productivity, collaboration, and innovation.
  • Creates consistency and fosters collaboration through
    • best practices
    • common terminology
    • organizationwide communication

Who should earn the APICS CPIM designation?

APICS CPIM education is essential for employees involved in
  • production and inventory management
  • operations
  • supply chain management
  • procurement
  • materials management
  • purchasing
  • scheduling

To earn the APICS CPIM designation, your employees will need to successfully complete five courses and five exams.

APICS Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM)

BSCM is a prerequisite for the other APICS CPIM modules, which cover related topics in greater depth. Topics in this module include:
  • manage the complete flow of materials in the supply chain from suppliers to customers
  • know the “ins and outs” of the manufacturing, distribution, service, and retail industries
  • cover the fundamental relationships in the design, planning, execution, monitoring, and control functions
  • manage demand, including market fluctuations and customer expectations
  • design products, processes, and information systems
  • understand supply issues including inventory costs, functions, and metrics.

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APICS Master Planning of Resources (MPR)

Once your employees master the basic requirements of operations and supply chain management, they will further explore these principles by learning to

  • plan for mid- to long-term independent demand
  • recognize the scope of demand for goods and services in order to support the marketplace
  • bring together a wide range of plans for a more successful enterprise
  • create an actionable roadmap and implementation schedule
  • plan the distribution network and replenishment for the entire organization.

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APICS Detailed Scheduling and Planning (DSP)

This course will help your employees acquire a working knowledge of the tools and techniques they need for
  • planning inventory and tactics including: MRP, CRP, Lean, and TOC
  • translating product- and master-level plans and schedules into requirements that can be procured or produced
  • bridging the master planning area with the execution and control function
  • recognizing the importance of supply chain management and deploying supply chain strategies related to scheduling, planning, and sourcing.

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APICS Execution and Control of Operations (ECO)

Your employees will learn to translate plans into operational activities and apply operations and supply chain techniques:
  • compare actual output to plans and take appropriate corrective actions
  • effectively communicate ideas and instruct others in a group setting
  • create operational solutions in the face of competing resources
  • explain the release of work and report performance through data collection
  • execute quality initiatives and plan for continuous improvement
  • evaluate trade-offs and participate in critical project design decisions.

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APICS Strategic Management of Resources (SMR)

SMR is the capstone module and should be taken last. Advance your employees’ knowledge of resources management to include higher-level thinking, strategic planning and implementation of operations. They will:

  • explore complex concepts within the entire APICS CPIM body of knowledge
  • know the relationships of existing and emerging processes and technologies
  • understand various, interrelated business environments
  • learn how to develop and implement business and operations strategy.

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