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APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) References

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References by Module

  • Module 1: Basics of Supply Chain Management

The basic concepts of managing the complete flow of materials in a supply chain from suppliers to customers are covered in the Basics module. Supply chain concepts are introduced and basic terminology emphasized, as are relationships among activities in the supply chain. Knowledge of the material in this module is assumed as a prerequisite for the other APICS CPIM modules, which cover similar topics but in much greater depth.

APICS Dictionary, 14th ed.  
APICS
2013; Stock #01102-2013 $30 APICS member / $50 nonmember
Purchase the printed dictionary or the e-download version. 

Introduction to Materials Management
(Seventh Edition)
J.R. Tony Arnold, CFPIM, CIRM, Stephen N. Chapman, Ph.D., CFPIM, and Lloyd M. Clive, CFPIM
525 pp. / 2011; Stock #03813-V7 $98 APICS member / $122 nonmember
Lean Production Simplified: A Plain Language Guide to the World's Most Powerful Production System (Second Edition)
Pascal Dennis
192 pp. / 2007;
Stock #03990
$31 APICS member /
$34 nonmember
UN Global Compact Brochure
UN Global Compact Office
2014 Free download
UN Global Compact Management Model
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Welcome message by Georg Kell. Foreword by John Connolly
2010 Free download

  • Module 2: Master Planning of Resources 

Completely updated. The topics of demand management, sales and operations planning, and master scheduling are examined in-depth in this module. Both supply and demand planning for mid- to long-term independent demand are discussed. Priority planning and capacity planning issues also are addressed.

APICS Dictionary, 14th ed.  
APICS
2013; Stock #01102-2013 $30 APICS member / $50 nonmember
Purchase the printed dictionary or the e-download version. 
Master Planning of Resources Reprints
APICS
149 pp. / 2010 / Stock #05001 $35 APICS member / $35 nonmember
Manufacturing Planning and Control Systems for Supply Chain Management (Sixth Edition)
Thomas E. Vollmann, CFPIM, William L. Berry, D. Clay Whybark, and F. Robert Jacobs
576 pp. / 2011;
Stock #03406-V6
$68 APICS member / $76 nonmember

Distribution Planning and Control (Second Edition)
David F. Ross, 
Available for purchase through Amazon.com
    • Module 3: Detailed Scheduling and Planning

    This course focuses on inventory management, material and capacity scheduling and planning, supplier relationships, and the influence of lean and Just-in-Time philosophies. The course explains capacity planning in detail, introduces other capacity planning techniques such as processor-dominated scheduling in continuous flow processes, and reviews project management essentials.

    APICS Dictionary, 14th ed.  
    APICS
    2013; Stock #01102-2013 $30 APICS member / $50 nonmember
    Purchase the printed dictionary or the e-download version. 
    Detailed Scheduling and Planning Reprints
    APICS
    192 pp. / 2010; Stock #05003 $35 member / $35 nonmember
    Introduction to Materials Management
    (Seventh Edition)
    J.R. Tony Arnold, CFPIM, CIRM, Stephen N. Chapman, Ph.D., CFPIM, and Lloyd M. Clive, CFPIM
    525 pp. / 2011;
    Stock #03813-V7
    $98 APICS member / $122 nonmember
    The Lean Toolbox (Fourth Edition)
    John Bicheno, Matthias Holweg
    308 pp. / 2008;
    Stock #03002
    $14 APICS member / $16 nonmember
    Making Sustainability Work: Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental and Economic Impacts (Second Edition)
    Marc J Epstein
    308 pp. / 2008;
    Stock #03012-V2
    $32 APICS member / $35 nonmember
    Manufacturing Planning and Control Systems for Supply Chain Management (Sixth Edition)
    Thomas E. Vollmann, CFPIM, William L. Berry, D. Clay Whybark, and F. Robert Jacobs
    576 pp. / 2011;
    Stock #03406-V6
    $68 APICS member / $76 nonmember
    Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning Scheduling and Controlling, (11th Edition)
    Harold Kerzner
    1296 pp. / 2013; Stock #03013-V11 $85 member / $94 nonmember
    Designing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies, and Case Studies
    (Third Edition)
    David Simchi-Levi, Philip Kaminsky, and Edith Simchi-Levi
    498 pp. / 2008; Stock #03819 $136 member / $143 nonmember
    The G3.1 Guidelines 
    Global Reporting
    2011 Free download
    GRI Sustainability Report Guidelines 
    Reference sheet

    Free download

    • Module 4: Execution and Control of Operations

    Completely updated! The principles, approaches, and techniques needed to schedule, control, measure, and evaluate the effectiveness of production operations are covered in this module. A broad range of production operations are reviewed including project, batch, line, continuous, and remanufacturing environments.

    APICS Dictionary, 14th ed.  
    APICS
    2013; Stock #01102-2013 $30 APICS member / $50 nonmember
    Purchase the printed dictionary or the e-download version. 
    Execution and Control of Operations Reprints
    APICS
    233 pp. / 2011; Stock #05009 $35 member /$35 nonmember
    Introduction to Materials Management
    (Seventh Edition)
    J.R. Tony Arnold, CFPIM, CIRM, Stephen N. Chapman, Ph.D., CFPIM, and Lloyd M. Clive, CFPIM
    525 pp. / 2011;
    Stock #03813-V7
    $98 APICS member / $122 nonmember
    Lean Production Simplified: A Plain Language Guide to the World's Most Powerful Production System (Second Edition)
    Pascal Dennis
    192 pp. / 2007; Stock #03990 $32 APICS member /$36 nonmember
    Juran’s Quality Handbook (Sixth Edition)
    Juran, Joseph M., J. A. DeFeo
    2010; Stock #03642-V6 $135 member /$153 nonmember
    Manufacturing Planning and Control Systems for Supply Chain Management (Sixth Edition)
    Thomas E. Vollmann, CFPIM, William L. Berry, D. Clay Whybark, and F. Robert Jacobs
    576 pp. / 2011;
    Stock #03406-V6
    $68 APICS member / $76 nonmember
    • Module 5: Strategic Management of Resources Module

    In this course, participants explore the relationship between strategic planning and the management and execution of operations. The course fosters higher-level thinking about how market requirements and social and economic sustainability concerns drive the operations, processes, and resource requirements of the firm.

    APICS Dictionary, 14th ed.  
    APICS
    2013; Stock #01102-2013 $30 APICS member / $50 nonmember
    Purchase the printed dictionary or the e-download version. 

    Accounting Handbook
     (Fifth Edition)
    Shim Siegal
    1056 pp. / 2010;
    Stock #03845
    $37 member /$40 nonmember

    Crafting and Executing Strategy: Concepts and Readings
     (Nineteenth Edition)
    Arthur Thompson, A. J. Strickland III, and John Gamble
    600 pp. / 2013; 
    Stock #03473-V19
    $255 APICS member / $268 nonmember

    Leading Change

    John P. Kotter
    208 pp. / 2012; Stock #03847 $25 APICS member / $28 nonmember

    Mainstreaming Corporate Sustainability

    Suzanne Farver Available for purchase through Amazon.com
    Click here to purchase.

    Operations Strategy (Third Edition)
    Nigel Slack and Mike Lewis
    464 pp. / 2011; 
    Stock #03286-V3
    $124 APICS member / $124 nonmember
    Click here to purchase.

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    APICS CPIM Exam Content Manual
    All candidates should review this manual. It provides an overview of the curriculum with test specifications, test-taking advice, key terminology, and Q&A. Purchase your APICS CPIM ECM at Shop APICS.

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    • APICS CPIM modules
    • Basics of Supply Chain Management 
    • Master Planning of Resources 
    • Detailed Scheduling and Planning
    • Execution and Control of Operations 
    • Strategic Management of Resources

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