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APICS Reconfigures CPIM Program

New two-module configuration streamlines preparation and exam processes
  • APICS staff
November/December 2016
APICS announces a reconfiguration of one of its flagship certification programs, APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), to better serve the needs of the supply chain workforce.

The new CPIM 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. Instead of a five-module exam configuration, the new program includes only two modules, bringing it more in line with the format and delivery expectations of other APICS certification products while addressing the content overlap between modules.

“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,” says 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, a CPIM taskforce of 12 volunteers and a psychometrician reviewed the CPIM business model and the program’s strengths and weaknesses. This group of representatives from the certification and courseware committees, corporate clients, instructors, chapter leaders, and international partners then made a recommendation to the APICS board of directors for the restructuring.

The timeline for the development and launch of this new CPIM reconfiguration structure is still being determined but will be shared as soon as this information is available. APICS also is preparing a process to ensure that candidates who currently are in the process of earning their CPIMs have a clear path to certification.

The APICS CPIM designation is preferred by thousands of employers worldwide, and more than 100,000 professionals have earned the designation since 1973.

Testing Consumer Knowledge

In August, the APICS research department launched a consumer shopping habits survey to gauge the supply chain knowledge and interest of individuals outside of APICS’s normal audience. The 10-question survey included seven questions about different factors that might influence their purchase decisions, including price and other social responsibility issues, and what type of product research, if any, they do before buying. Through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, the survey reached 150 respondents who were ultimately grouped into one of three shopper classifications based on their responses.

At the end of the survey, participants were shown how their shopping habits connect to supply chain and were given additional resources to learn more.

Update Your Vocabulary

APICS Dictionary 15th Edition

The 15th edition of the APICS Dictionary is now available. This updated resource includes an additional 234 supply chain industry terms, many of which are fundamental to the APICS Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) framework; SCOR-Professional (SCOR-P) program; and the APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) program. In an effort to be more consistent with the current industry landscape, the 15th edition of the APICS Dictionary also eliminates outdated terms and revises definitions from the 14th edition, which was released in 2013.

In conjunction with the APICS Dictionary, 15th edition, APICS also released an update to the APICS Learn It mobile application, which enables users to search and study the dictionary’s 4,870 supply chain terms and definitions through their smartphones. New features in the app include updated functionality, an improved user interface, new flashcard categories for APICS SCOR-P and CLTD terminology, answer summaries at the end of each flashcard game, and a save-for-later feature to help users review difficult terms.

Members can download the APICS Dictionary, 15th edition, for free here or purchase a print version for $30 in Shop APICS. The APICS Learn It app is available for free through the App Store and Google Play.

APICS Corporate Awards of Excellence Winners

Johnson & Johnson and Keysight Technologies were honored at APICS 2016 as this year’s Corporate Awards of Excellence winners. Both companies were recognized for their leadership and dedication within the field of supply chain management.

Johnson & Johnson earned the 2016 APICS Corporate Award of Excellence in Education, which recognizes organizations that are committed to advancement based on the applications of educational concepts from the APICS body of knowledge. Judges were specifically impressed by the company’s lean program, which focuses on tailoring educational sessions to the needs of individual teams and employees.

APICS awarded Keysight Technologies the 2016 APICS Corporate Award of Excellence in Innovation, which recognizes organizations that have successfully developed strategies to overcome challenges within the changing supply chain industry. Following its spinoff from Agilent Technologies in 2014, Keysight Technologies leaders developed a lean taskforce to identify the company’s supply chain strengths and weaknesses and improve overall operations. As a result, the organization saved more than $20 million during its 2015 fiscal year.

The APICS Corporate Awards of Excellence winners were chosen by a panel of judges who based their evaluations on applicants’ supply chain strategies, impacts, and business results. Watch for “Corporate Spotlight” articles about each of these winners and many of the runners-up in APICS magazine in 2017.

If you would like to be notified when APICS begins accepting submissions for the 2017 awards, contact Elizabeth Rennie at In the meantime, visit to learn more about the program.

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