APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management.

Professional Development Activities

The following is a list of topics/activities considered resource management related.

Continuing education

Continuing education, including college/university courses, seminars and conferences, workshops, in-house educational offerings sponsored by your employer, and home-study courses on the following topics are eligible for 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

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Seminars and conferences

Attendance at the APICS International Conference & Expo as well as resource management-related seminars/sessions offered by the following organizations are approved. This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a sample of the variety of sponsoring organizations recognized by the Certification Maintenance program.

  • American Management Association (AMA)
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ)
  • Association of Manufacturing Engineers (AME)
  • American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
  • American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL)
  • Australasian Production and Inventory Control Society
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)
  • Council of Logistics Management (CLM)
  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
  • CPIM de France
  • European Operations Management Association (EurOMA)
  • Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF)
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
  • International Society of Logistics (SOLE)
  • Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
  • Institute of Operations Management (IOM)
  • Institute for Supply Management (ISM)
  • Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Canada (SCL)
  • Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC)

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Presentations, publications, and educational development

Professional Development points are awarded for conducting the following programs related to resource management:

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

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

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Professional membership and service to the supply chain and operations management professions

Professional Development points are awarded for professional membership in or participation on the governing board of the following organizations:

  • American Management Association (AMA)
  • American Society for Quality (ASQ)
  • Association of Manufacturing Engineers (AME)
  • American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)
  • American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL)
  • Australasian Production and Inventory Control Society
  • Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)
  • Council of Logistics Management (CLM)
  • Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
  • CPIM de France
  • European Operations Management Association (EurOMA)
  • Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF)
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
  • International Society of Logistics (SOLE)
  • Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
  • Institute of Operations Management (IOM)
  • Institute for Supply Management (ISM)
  • Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
  • Supply Chain and Logistics Canada (SCL)
  • Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC)

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Did you know? You can earn 6 points per year for being an APICS member.

Don't forget. You can earn 2 points per published article in industry publications such as APICS magazine.

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