APICS is the premier professional association for supply chain management.

APICS Certification Maintenance Program

You have worked hard to achieve certification. Keeping your certification up-to-date and active shows your dedication to your career in operations and supply chain management and helps boost your standing within your organization and the industry.

Below you will find maintenance requirements and procedures to help guide you through the process. View the APICS certification maintenance bulletins for full maintenance program policies and procedures, including activity categories and point allowances. 

  • Certification maintenance requirements

CPIM

  • Must earn a total of 75 professional development points every five years.
  • If you do not maintain your certification within five years, your certification will be placed in suspended status. You will be unable to refer to yourself as a CPIM until your certification is placed back in good standing.
  • With each additional year your certification is suspended, you are required to submit 15 additional professional development points to reinstate your certification.
  • If you do not maintain certification within five years of suspension, your certification will expire, and you will be required to retake your exams. You will be unable to refer to yourself as a CPIM until your certification is placed back in good standing

CFPIM

  • Must earn a total of 100 professional development points every five years.
  • If you do not maintain your certification within five years, your certification will be placed in suspended status. You will be unable to refer to yourself as a CFPIM until your certification is placed back in good standing.
  • If you do not maintain certification within five years of suspension, your certification will expire, and you will be required to reapply. You will be unable to refer to yourself as a CFPIM until your certification is placed back in good standing.

CSCP

  • Must earn a total of 75 professional development points every five years.
  • If you do not maintain your certification within five years, your certification will be placed in suspended status. You will be unable to refer to yourself as a CSCP until your certification is placed back in good standing.
  • With each additional year your certification is suspended, you are required to submit 15 additional professional development points to reinstate your certification.
  • If you do not maintain certification within five years of suspension, your certification will expire, and you will be required to retake your exam. You will be unable to refer to yourself as a CSCP until your certification is placed back in good standing.
A publicly available online certification verification tool is offered on the APICS website to provide prospective employers and other stakeholders with a simple, easy way to verify an individual’s certification status.  Candidates who require verification of their own credentials for personal use can view a detailed report through My APICS Certifications.
  • Maintain your certification in 5 easy steps

Maintaining your certification is easy, and you can submit your maintenance application at any point during your maintenance cycle.

  1. Log in to your APICS account
  2. Access the online maintenance application (the application is accessible beginning 30 days after you initially obtain certification)
  3. Choose the designation you need to maintain
  4. Fill in the number of points you have earned in each category
  5. Pay the fee and submit the application

APICS performs random audits of certification maintenance applications. The Maintenance Audit Guidelines document will assist you with understanding audit documentation requirements.

  • Activities that qualify and do not qualify for maintenance points

Points are obtained from activities that relate to the core areas of the APICS Body of Knowledge. Click the links below to view eligible and ineligible activities and topics.

  • Earn maintenance points with APICS

The APICS Certification Maintenance program allows requirements to be met through multiple sources, including employer-sponsored events and events of related organizations. Here are a few ways you can earn points directly with APICS.

CPIM Exam Simulator

The new easy to use and affordable CPIM Exam Simulator offers current CPIM and CSCP designees a new way to earn maintenance points. Purchase the exam simulator through Shop APICS and pass the final exam with a 75% or higher and you will receive 5 maintenance points.

APICS members are eligible for a discount! Visit apics.org/CPIM-Exam-Simulator for additional information on this new product and start earning your points today!

APICS Conferences, Seminars and Workshops

Earn professional development points for attending APICS supply chain/operations management events and conferences.

Online APICS Events

Access online webinars and webcasts on supply chain/operations management topics and earn 1 point per educational hour.

APICS Membership

Earn 6 points per year of APICS membership. APICS members also receive discounted pricing on conferences, workshops, products, services and have access to member-only webinars.

  • Credential Verification
  • Maintenance Application
  • Questions?

View the certification maintenance bulletins and FAQ's for more detailed information or contact certification@apics.org.

  • Did you know?

The certification maintenance program was approved by the APICS Board of Directors in 1997 and was implemented to allow certified individuals to demonstrate that they are current in their field, giving them professional credibility in the marketplace and demonstrating their commitment to lifelong learning through continuing education and other professional development activities.