How to Prepare for the CPIM Version 5.0 Exams - APICS
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How to prepare for the CPIM Legacy Exams

The information provided below is for candidates who are continuing with the CPIM legacy 5-module program. If you are new to CPIM, check out the new streamlined CPIM program.

APICS provides a number of tools and resources to support candidates in their journey toward certification. Find the learning option that works best for you, self-study, online courses or classroom instruction.

APICS Online Powered by Accenture - These online courses cover the CPIM body of knowledge in a convenient and flexible format. Each module contains body of knowledge courses to provide in-depth knowledge of the material, and self-assessment courses to help evaluate the student’s level of understanding and build a custom study plan based on the assessment results. It also includes the APICS CPIM ECM and the Exam Simulator for each module, and a reference sheet to direct the student on how to use the courseware and materials.

APICS CPIM Exam Simulator - The exam simulator is designed to prepare and familiarize candidates with the web-based exams for each of the five CPIM modules. With over 300 practice questions per module, the questions are aligned with the current CPIM Exam Content Manual.


Learn on your own, but with guidance and feedback from an instructor.

Register to learn online with college support - Instructor-supported online courses are offered through Fox Valley Technical College, which provides online APICS CPIM review courses that are interactive and easily navigated. All workshops are taught by instructors who have earned APICS certification and have years of supply chain management experience. Visit Fox Valley Technical College for more information on the APICS CPIM Online Classes.


Attend one of our partner's classroom courses offered across the globe.

APICS chapters in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and APICS international partners outside North America offer APICS CPIM preparation courses. The popular APICS CPIM Participant Workbooks may be supplied by instructors as they are required for instructor-led courses. Please check with partners for purchasing options.

APICS Dictionary & App

Master terms and definitions that you’ll find on APICS exams with the current edition of the APICS Dictionary. This is the most comprehensive reference for supply chain and operations terminology—one you’ll find yourself turning to time and time again throughout your career. APICS PLUS members receive a free edition.

Exam Content Manual

Free to APICS PLUS and CORE members, the CPIM Exam Content Manual provides guidance for individuals preparing for the APICS CPIM exam. The content outline is divided into major topic areas, and the relative emphasis of each of the topics is indicated by a percentage figure. Use this to guide your exam preparation—whether you study on your own, attend a class taught by an APICS partner, or are a part of a corporate learning group.

Exam References

APICS has the best educational exam references available to help you build your knowledge of industry practices and to support your certification exam preparation.

Supply Chain Channel Online Community

Find a study group. Start a discussion. There are many ways to connect with other professionals through the Supply Chain Channel. The APICS community is here to support your efforts to increase your knowledge and enhance your skills.