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What qualifies for maintenance points?

There are four activity categories from which you may earn professional development points to maintain your APICS certification. Review the maintenance bulletin for detailed information regarding activity categories and point allowances.

New! Three point categories

The maintenance application and point structure will be updated January 4, 2018. To make it easier, if you’ve complete activities that fall within the new categories listed below, you can include them in your application submission now.
  • Relevant project management work (requires signed charter with name listed as project leader)
    • Under 100 hours = 2 points
    • 100-499 hours = 5 points
    • 500 plus hours = 10 points
  • Reading relevant books (200-page minimum) or articles
    • 5 points per book
    • .5 point per article
  • Participating in the APICS Mentorship Program
    • 2 points per year per mentee

Continuing education

Earn one point per hour of education received for attending educational programs that directly relate to the supply chain/operations management industry, including APICS courses, college/university courses, seminars and conferences, workshops, in-house educational offerings sponsored by your employer.

Presentations, publications, and educational development

Earn two points per hour of education provided for conducting the following programs related to the supply chain/operations management industry:

  • Conferences
  • Courses (including certification review courses)
  • Meetings (instructional)
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Points can also be earned for an article or contribution on a subject matter relating to resource management in the following:

  • Book
  • Booklet
  • Magazine
  • Monograph
  • Newsletter
  • Proceedings

Service to the supply chain and operations management profession

Earn points for participating at the association, channel partner or district level of APICS or another related national or international organization.

Professional membership

Earn six points per year as an APICS member.  Earn one point per year as a member of a related national or international organization.

Relevent Topics

Presenting, attending activities, or involvement in organizations related to the following topics, awards professional development points.

  • Accounting
  • Accounting management
  • Accounting software training
  • Analysis and decision making
  • Asset management
  • Basics of supply chain management
  • Bottleneck management and production sequencing
  • Business forecasting
  • Business law
  • Business policy
  • Business process modeling and redesign
  • Business process reengineering
  • Business psychology
  • Business statistics
  • Certified public accountants exam preparation
  • Computer communication
  • APICS CPIM certification review courses
  • APICS CPM review courses
  • Critical thinking
  • Database management
  • Demand-flow techniques
  • Distribution resource planning (DRP)
  • Economics
  • Enterprises resource planning (ERP)
  • ERP software training
  • Executive management
  • Finance
  • Financial analysis
  • Financial integration
  • Global dimensions in business
  • Human resource management
  • Industrial engineering
  • Integrative planning and control
  • International purchasing
  • Inventory management
  • Inventory software training
  • Invoicing
  • Location and lot control (warehousing) management
  • Management accounting
  • Management of information systems technology
  • Management of the total enterprise
  • Managerial accounting
  • Managerial ethics
  • Managerial finance
  • Managing business information systems
  • Manufacturing planning
  • Manufacturing system training
  • Marketing
  • Marketing management
  • Master planning
  • Material and capacity requirements planning
  • Material requirements planning (MRP)
  • Multi-site implementation strategies
  • New product development
  • Object-oriented abstraction and design
  • Operating systems
  • Operations analysis
  • Operations management
  • Optimizing financial goals within the supply chain
  • Order processing
  • Organizational behavior
  • Organizational development
  • Philosophy of values and ethics
  • Policy formulation
  • Principles of management
  • Production control
  • Production management
  • Production planning
  • Project management
  • Purchasing
  • Quality management
  • Resource management
  • Sales delivery and invoicing
  • Sales orders
  • Statistical analysis
  • Statistical inventory control
  • Statistical methods
  • Strategic management and policy
  • Team building
  • Theory of constraints
  • Transportation management
  • Warehouse management
  • Warehousing

View the Maintenance Bulletin (CPIM CFPIM CSCP CLTD) for additional information on maintaining your credential.