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Build Foundational Knowledge with the APICS Principles of Operations Management


APICS Principles of Operations Management is an education-based program made up of five courses designed to help new entrants to the field of operations management establish the foundational knowledge necessary to excel in the fields of production and distribution management. Principles offers organizations an efficient and effective approach to educate and develop professionals on the basics of operations management.

When facing a specific educational need within your organization, customers can fully customize their Principles program to build courses to meet these needs. Organizations can select Principles course sessions, suitable as stand-alone minicourses or to be combined with other sessions, to create a customized learning experience.

Principles Courses

The APICS Principles of Operations Management consists of five classroom-based, instructor-led courses.

  • The Principles of Inventory Management 
  • The Principles of Operations Planning 
  • The Principles of Manufacturing Management 
  • The Principles of Distribution and Logistics 
  • The Principles of Managing Operations 
Find more detail on the topics covered within each course. Also reference the Principles of Operations Management Topic Outline to see the concepts and applications covered in the five courses.

Arm your team with the foundational operations management knowledge necessary to optimize your organizational performance. For more information and help in building your customized Principles education program, contact APICS Corporate Services or find an APICS Channel Partner in your area.

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Visit our FAQs page for answers to APICS Principles of Operations Management questions.

Instructors, contact APICS Customer Service at 1-800-444-2742 or +1-773-867-1777 or service@apics.org to order your APICS Principles of Operations Management Instructor Kit or Participant Workbook.