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APICS Principles of Operations Management Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use my notes and written preparation from the Fundamentals of Operations Management for the new APICS Principles program?
No, the APICS Principles course is a complete rewrite and you will have to prepare for an entirely new course.

Q: What does the new format look like?
It uses the current APICS CPIM courseware instructional design.

Q: Does the new APICS Principles program still have five courses and what are the module names?
There are still five courses in the new APICS Principles program. The reference to the Fundamentals is as follows:

  1. Fundamentals of Inventory Control is now Principles of Inventory Management
  2. Fundamentals of Manufacturing Control becomes Principles of Manufacturing Management
  3. Fundamentals of Planning becomes Principles of Operations Planning
  4. Fundamentals of Operations Management becomes Principles of Managing Operations
  5. Fundamentals of Materials Handling and Warehousing becomes Principles of Distribution and Logistics.

Q: How long is each course?
Each course is approximately 30 to 33 hours. The instructor has the option of expanding the number of hours per course with the use of advanced materials and Excel spreadsheets.

Q: Does this series of courses constitute a certification?
No, participants will receive a certificate of course completion, but not a certification.

Q: Do participants have to take all the tests in the course?
No, testing is up to the instructor.

Q: What is the intended level of audience?
The core content of each course is written for new professionals entering manufacturing and distribution careers. However, the instructor has the ability to raise the level of the course to a college undergraduate level by using the advanced materials and Excel spreadsheets that are part of the instructor kit.

Q: Can this course assist me in preparing for the APICS CPIM and CSCP programs?
Yes, these courses do not cover all of the materials from the APICS CPIM or CSCP curriculum, but are designed to provide the participants with a foundation of the principles and applications of modern manufacturing, materials management, operations management, and supply chain management. Successfully completing the Principles series of courses significantly enhances the APICS CPIM and CSCP certification preparation experience.

If you need more information, please contact pdadmin@apics.org or 1-800-444-2742 or +1-773-867-1777.