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Enhancements to APICS Certification Maintenance Programs Coming Soon

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The launch of global exam delivery earlier this month was the first of several enhancements APICS has planned in the coming months. The next set of improvements will be made to the certification maintenance program.

Streamlined Certification Maintenance

In early January 2014, designees will be able to maintain their certifications using a simpler process. While maintenance requirements remain the same, designees will no longer be required to report detailed maintenance activities to APICS in their maintenance application. Instead, designees will only be required to submit documentation if they are audited by APICS. In addition, applicants will be immediately notified if they will be audited or if their application has been accepted. These improvements are designed to simplify the maintenance process and encourage more designees to maintain their hard-earned certifications. 

New APICS CPIM Recertification Exam—Limited Time Only

Also in early January, APICS will launch registration for a new recertification exam available only to APICS CPIM designees with suspended and expired certifications. The exam will be offered February–December, 2014, throughout the globe on an on-demand basis. This is an excellent opportunity for suspended and expired CPIM designees to reinstate their certification by taking one exam instead of the five normally required. The price is the same as one CPIM exam and an Authorization to Test will be needed. Learn more.

Certification Verification 

In order to comply with industry best practices for publicizing certification credentials, APICS will introduce online certification verification beginning summer 2014. Prospective employers and other stakeholders will have a simple, easy way to verify certification status through the APICS website. This new option will elevate the credibility of APICS certification in the marketplace and protect the value of the credential for our designees. Learn more.

If you have questions about these upcoming enhancements to APICS certification maintenance programs, please send an email to certification@apics.org.

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