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APICS Announces Update To Respected CPIM Certification


CPIM version 6.0 streamlined to just two exam modules, making certification more accessible

CHICAGO – September 7, 2017 – Today APICS, the association for supply chain management, announced the launch of Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) Version 6.0. More than 107,000 professionals have earned the CPIM designation, which shows mastery in production and inventory management concepts, since 1973. Worldwide, top supply chain employers look for applicants with the CPIM designation, which can now be earned in a restructured examination process of two exams. These updates to the CPIM examination process are designed to make this highly regarded supply chain management certification more readily accessible.

“The CPIM designation demonstrates that an individual has the knowledge and skills to strategically streamline operations and maximize ROI on systems and technologies, which is why thousands of employers worldwide look for the CPIM designation when making critical hiring decisions,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. “The new CPIM Learning System is designed to better serve the needs of the supply chain workforce while maintaining the body of knowledge and integrity that has kept CPIM at the forefront of supply chain education.”

Participants will have access to the updated CPIM Learning System. Featuring innovative instructional design, the learning system contains online content, and offers extensive educational resources such as exam preparation strategies and practice exams in a digital format that can be easily accessed and read on any device. All of these tools are designed to make it easier for candidates to master the concepts necessary to obtain certification. 

The reconfigured CPIM program will, for the first time, allow ASCM PLUS Members to purchase a certification bundle that includes the courseware and exam credits for both CPIM exams. This provides a significant discount over purchasing each component separately and further streamlines the process for CPIM candidates. Additionally, attendees of the APICS 2017 Conference will receive a $25 off coupon for use on CPIM Part 1 or Part 2 courseware, or $100 off the certification bundle.

The career benefits of a CPIM certification are substantial. Holders of this designation earn on average 10% more than their uncredentialled peers. Additionally, CPIM designees directly contribute to reducing their organization's costs and increasing customer satisfaction, making them more valued by employers. 

“The CPIM designation was created with the goal of elevating the supply chain profession, and it has done that with great success,“ said Senior Director of Professional Development Bob Collins, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CPLP. “We hear stories regularly from members whose careers were boosted by earning the CPIM, and we continue to hear from companies whose CPIM-certified employees are contributing to their bottom line.”

In conjunction with the CPIM launch, APICS has updated the APICS Learn It app. The app, now called the “APICS Dictionary app,” has undergone updates to the flashcard database for the new two-module CPIM exam. While APICS transitions its CPIM program from the legacy five-module system to the new two-module system, flashcards for both will be available for study in the APICS Dictionary app. 

The new CPIM Learning System is now available for purchase, and the CPIM Part 1 exam will be administered beginning September 30, 2017. The Part 2 exam will be administered beginning Nov 4, 2017. The updated APICS Dictionary app, version 2.1, is available for free through iTunes and Google Play.

Visit the APICS website to learn more.



APICS is the association for supply chain management and the leading provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. The 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 more than 45,000 members and approximately 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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  1. Omar Viveros September 08, 2017, 08:40 AM
    Great to make the test 
  2. Ceyhun Ozgur September 08, 2017, 12:05 PM
    Under the new system of CPIM, how can I update my certification of CPIM. It is good through 2018. 
  3. Ceyhun Ozgur September 08, 2017, 12:12 PM
    I  am certified under the old system as a CPIM where my recertification is good through  2018. How does recertification work for already certified and recertified twice under the current system? 
  4. Tam Philip Enrico September 08, 2017, 12:48 PM
    If i live in indonesia, how can i study in order to get certificate? I have the book of chain supply from SAP programming, it is interesting programming but i do not have the software SAP.
  5. Younes belhabboub September 09, 2017, 04:14 PM

    I had already failed to pass the exam of bascm on 2011. No I need to pass the exam again, is it possible? What should I do?

  6. Bob Collins September 11, 2017, 08:58 AM
    Ceyhun Ozgur,

    Certification Maintenance for CPIM has not changed. If you've maintained your certification twice now, you'll do basically the same thing again next year, although I believe the Certification Maintenance application may be easier than the ones you used before.
    You can go to to get updated information about how to maintain your CPIM.
    Also, I would emphasize that, although the structure is changing (from 5 exams to 2), the body of knowledge being tested is not.

    Bob Collins, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CPLP
    Sr. Director of Professional Development
  7. Bob Collins September 11, 2017, 09:48 AM
    Younes Belhabboub,

    If you have tried and failed to pass the Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM) exam, then you have two choices:

    1. Between now and the end of the year, you can retake the BSCM exam. Contact to get a retake Authorization To Test  The difficulty is that the BSCM Participant Workbooks and Self-Study Guides are no longer available from APICS, so choice 2 (below) gives you your best chance at success.

    2. You can decide to prepare for and take the new CPIM Part 1 exam. The new CPIM Learning Systems have a completely different instructional design than the legacy CPIM certification prep materials and include a lot of online quizzes and a mock exam. If you're serious about earning the CPIM, this is your best route.

    Best of luck!

    Bob Collins, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CPLP
    Sr. Director of Professional Development
  8. Bob Collins September 11, 2017, 09:51 AM
    Tam Philip Enrico,

    In order to be successful in the new CPIM exams, I strongly encourage you to purchase the new CPIM Learning Systems. They are designed to help you prepare for the exams whether you are self-studying or plan to take a class.  There is reading material and online quizzes, flashcards, a mock exam (using retired CPIM questions) and other tools to help you prepare.

    Best of luck!
    Bob Collins, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CPLP
    Sr. Director of Professional Development
  9. Walter Ware September 11, 2017, 10:49 AM
    If I am currently enrolled in the CPIM five-module certification, do I have the option to complete the 2 part exam, instead of the 5?  I saw that the current BSCM exam would count towards the CPIM Part 1 exam, but what should I do about Part 2?  I'd like to just pivot to the two exam model if possible.
  10. Bob Collins September 12, 2017, 09:55 AM
    Walter - since BSCM will count for Part 1, you can certainly finish by passing the Part 2 to complete your CPIM.  
    Bob Collins, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, CPLP
    Senior Director of Professional Development
  11. Melanie Butler September 14, 2017, 03:55 PM
    If you have taken the BSCM and passed, but the exam is expired, is there a way to have it unexpired? 
  12. AT September 15, 2017, 01:05 PM
    I just passed the BSCM today.  Do I just take Part 2 of the CPIM in order to be certified
  13. Bob Collins September 18, 2017, 10:55 AM
    Melanie - What do you mean by "expired?" Did you take the BSCM over 10 years ago?  The legacy exams had a 10 year "expiration date," that is, the candidate needed to complete the other exams and get certified, or the exam that was taken 10 years before, will "expire" and have to be taken again.
    If this is what you are referring to, you will need to take the new CPIM Part 1.  However, if you are unsure, contact the ASCM Customer Relations, they will be able to help you determine what you need to do.
  14. Bob Collins September 18, 2017, 10:56 AM
    AT - congratulations on passing the CPIM.  Yes, you  only need to pass the new CPIM Part 2 to earn your CPIM.  Best of luck!
  15. Emilia September 20, 2017, 09:13 AM
    Hi, currently I have just completed the course for all five modules , but only took the exam for SRM. For the courses I took : BSCM  - in 2015 and remaining 4 modules from 2016 to 2017 .. 
    Now I want to take the exam for BSCM , is that possible ? What version should I take ? 
  16. Bob Collins September 20, 2017, 03:55 PM
    Emilla ,

    Unfortunately, the opportunity to purchase a BSCM exam credit or Authorization to Test (ATT)  ended on August 31, this year.
    At this point, you will have to take the CPIM Part 1 exam.  The Exam Content Manual (ECM)  has not changed, so I strongly recommend reviewing the ECM and your Basics study materials in preparation first.
    You have until June 30, 2018 to purchase the other exam credits. or ATT  Once you h ave the exam credit or ATT, you will still have until the end of the year (12/31/2018) to actually take the exam.

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