According to APICS,
The Association for Operations Management, the CPIM
program has educated more than 75,000 manufacturing
professionals on essential terminology, concepts and
strategies related to demand management, procurement and
supplier planning, material requirements planning,
capacity requirements planning, sales and operations
planning, master scheduling, performance measurements,
supplier relationships, quality control, and continuous
APICS is the world leader and one of few premier sources for
knowledge in operations management that includes
production, inventory, supply chain, materials management,
purchasing, and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and
companies have depended on APICS for its training,
internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive
resources, and worldwide network of industry professionals.
The Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
is considered a gateway certification for professionals
- Production and inventory
- Supply chain management
- Materials management
CPIM is about
production and inventory management. It is not about
A candidate must pass all five exams for the following
modules in order to earn the CPIM designation :
- Basics of Supply Chain
- Master Planning of Resources
- Detailed Scheduling and
- Execution and Control of
- Strategic Management of
The module 1 exam
covers only the basics. The exam attempts to test the basic
understanding towards supply chain and the various PIM
(production and inventory management) concepts. In
module 2, 3 and 4 you will frequently see topics from module
1 (as these modules tend to overlap heavily). It is
therefore highly recommended that you reread the module 1
material when you are working on the other modules. The SMR
module is sort of like a wrap up exam with a case study
style (although questions are still presented as multiple
The CPIM exams measure
one's performance based on a scaled
score between 265 and 330. 300 is the minimum needed to pass
the exam (which roughly equals 70%). Based on our
experience, a score between 310 and 315 is considered a good
Although not all of the questions count towards your
score (some questions are for beta testing purpose), since
there is no way to tell which ones are real, you should take
all of them seriously.
There are a lot of questions that ask for your "best
decisions" (i.e. how you will tackle a situation in a real
life production environment). In fact, of the questions you
will encounter in the exams, a significant portion of them
requires that you pick the best possible options.
options are often based on experience and best practices not
easily found in the standard exam text books.
There are also plenty of questions on concepts and theories.
These are the questions quite closely related to the
published objectives of the official BOK. They mostly ask
for the correct definitions of terms. For example, you will
be tested heavily on the difference between MRP and MRP II.
You will also be tested on your understanding of the way
Master Scheduling works.
To register in the US, you may call 1-800-274-8399 directly.
If you are outside of the US, the best thing to do is to
contact APICS and determine where and when the
paper-and-pencil based exams are available.
The Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) certification
is essential for professionals involved in the areas of
supplier and customer relations, international trade, the
use of information technology to enable the supply chain,
and physical logistics.
Candidate must pass a 4-hour exam in order to earn the CSCP
designation. The major topics covered included:
- Supply Chain Management Fundamentals
- Building Competitive Operations, Planning, and Logistics
- Managing Customer and Supplier Relationships
- Using Information Technology to Enable Supply Chain
To register in India you
may contact :
Mumbai (head office):
C-1 Avon Plaza-I, Thakur Complex, Kandivli (East),
Mumbai, MH 400 101.
( 9:30am to 6:30 pm- Monday to Saturday )
Phone: (022) 2854-3291/0056, 2870 8017 Fax: (022)