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New APICS CPIM Structure Reflects Evolving Needs Of The Supply Chain Management Industry


New configuration streamlines exam process, creates a more effective and efficient program for members

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sept. 26, 2016 – Today APICS, the premier professional association for supply chain management, announced that one of its flagship certification programs, the Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program, will be reconfigured to better serve the needs of the supply chain workforce. The APICS CPIM is preferred by thousands of employers worldwide and more than 100,000 professionals since 1973 have earned the designation. The new configuration streamlines the preparation and exam process to help supply chain professionals master the essential production and inventory terminology, concepts, and strategies in an even more effective and efficient manner. 

The new CPIM configuration will move from a 5-module exam configuration to a 2-module exam configuration, bringing the CPIM program more in line with the format and delivery expectations of other APICS certification products while addressing content overlap between modules. This consolidated exam configuration will streamline the preparation process, improve efficiency of the APICS CPIM, and provide members with a more effective program through which to understand and evaluate production and inventory activities within a company's global operations.

“As with the recent updates to our membership program and with everything we do, our main focus at APICS is on supply chain professionals, their goals, and how we can best help them achieve those goals,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. “The planned changes to the CPIM program are based on direct feedback from our members and corporate customers.  We review and update our content and delivery mechanisms so that we remain a leading supply chain management authority and continue to set the industry standard for education and certification programs.”

Earlier this year, APICS engaged a group of professionals to form a task force to determine the future configuration of the CPIM program. The CPIM Task Force of 12 was facilitated by an external psychometrician and included volunteers from the certification and courseware committees, corporate clients, instructors, chapter leaders, and international partners. The task force was charged with reviewing the current CPIM business model, determining the strengths and weaknesses of the program, and making a final recommendation to the APICS Board of Directors.

The timeline for development and launch of this new CPIM reconfiguration structure is still to be determined and will be shared as soon as this information is available. As part of the upcoming changes, APICS will put a process in place to ensure candidates who are at any stage in earning their CPIM have a clear path to becoming certified. Current CPIM classes and educational offerings will continue as scheduled.

APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation, and Distribution (CLTD), and APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P) designations set the industry standard. With over 45,000 members and more than 300 channel partners, APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach global customers. For more information, visit

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Blair Poloskey
INK Public Relations