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What activities are ineligible for maintenance points?

Below are activities that are ineligible for earning professional development points to maintain your APICS certification.

  • Any class on presentation skills, public speaking, best teaching practices, or prerequisites and basic requirements for business classes
  • Non-APICS exams (for example, the Certified Purchasing Manager)
  • Managing a booth at a conference
  • Reading websites
  • Content added to a web site is not considered published work
  • Basic computer courses
  • MS Suite courses (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook and Publisher)
Read the APICS Maintenance Handbook to ensure you are familiar with maintenance program policies and procedures prior to submitting your maintenance application.  The handbook will help you determine which category your activities fall under and the number of points you can claim.


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