APICS Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM)

What is APICS Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM) Certification?

( Previously known as APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management ( CPIM )

Certification )

The APICS Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification program is recognized worldwide as the standard in production and inventory control.

APICS CPIM certification may be right for you if you want to demonstrate professional knowledge in increasing an organization’s profitability by optimizing its production and inventory management within the “four walls” of the organization.

Supply Chain Operations Areas Most Suited for CPIM Designation

  • Planning

  • Production and inventory management

  • Operations

  • Supply chain management

  • Procurement

  • Materials management

  • Purchasing

What does APICS CPIM ( Certified in Planning and Inventory Management ) Designation/ Program meant to you and your employer?

The APICS Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM) provides a comprehensive body of knowledge, best practices and standards to allow candidates to better respond to supply disruptions, respond to demand variations and manage supply chain risk. CPIM serves the needs of both professionals and employers around the world by making you a more valuable asset to your organization and keeping you and your organization more competitive in today’s global economy.

The APICS CPIM designation provides the candidate with the knowledge to improve productivity within the organization's supply chain and increase profitability by optimizing the organization's inventory management.


  • Demonstrate your knowledge and your competency in the field of Operation Management

  • Create opportunity for career advancement and increased earnings

  • Professional Development

  • Ability to handle work related issues confidently

To YOUR Employer

  • Demonstrate skillful, knowledgeable and competent employees

  • Increase employee confidence

  • Increase teamwork among employees

  • Increase higher Operation Efficiency

  • Increase customer confidence

  • Grow company's financial performance

Educational / Professional Prerequisites

None (no bachelor’s degree or international equivalent is required)


  • You need to sit for for 2 exams, i.e 1 exam on CPIM Part 1 and and 1 exam on CPIM Part 2

  • To earn the CPIM designation, You need to pass both CPIM Part 1 and and CPIM Part 2 exams within three years of each other

  • CPIM exam part consists of 150 questions answered in 3.5 hours

  • You will receive your results immediately after completing the exams. With a passing score on both exams, you can start using your new CPIM credential immediately!


After earning the CPIM you will be able to:

  • Increase inventory accuracy and reduce inventory

  • Improve forecasting

  • Improve the S&OP process

  • Manage and apply capacity resource planning

  • Work more productively with your company’s ERP system



Module 1: Supply Chain Overview

Module 2: Fundamentals of Demand Management

Module 3: Plan Supply

Module 4: Executing the Supply Plan

Module 5: Inventory Management

Module 6: Continuous Improvement and Quality Management and Technologies


Module 1: Strategy

Section A: The Environment and Strategy

Section B: Strategic Scope

Section C: Strategic Objectives

Section D: Developing Organizational Strategy

Section E: Executing and Monitoring Strategy

Section F: Analysis for Functional and Operational Strategies

Section G: Functional and Operational Strategies

Section H: Processes and Layouts

Section I: Performance Monitoring and KPIs

Section J: Risk Management

Section K: Capital Equipment and Facilities

Section L: Sustainability Strategies

Module 2: Sales and Operations Planning

Section A: Purpose of S&OP

Section B: S&OP Roles and Process

Section C: Aggregate Demand and Supply Plans

Section D: Reconciling S&OP Plans

Module 3: Demand

Section A: Demand Management

Section B: Customers

Section C: Marketing and Product Management

Section D: Sources of Demand

Section E: Forecasting

Section F: Forecast Performance

Module 4: Supply

Section A: Creating the Master Schedule

Section B: Using and Maintaining the Master Schedule

Section C: Rough-Cut Capacity Planning

Section D: MRP Design

Section E: Using and Managing MRP

Section F: CRP and MRP-Based Scheduling

Section G: Final Assembly Schedule

Section H: Suppliers

Section I: Purchasing

Section J: Product Costing

Section K: Changes and Supply Disruptions

Section L: Product Life Cycle Management

Module 5: Inventory

Section A: Inventory Planning

Section B: Inventory Management

Section C: Inventory Costs, Value, and Metrics

Section D: Inventory Control

Section E: Waste Hierarchy and Reverse Logistics

Module 6: Detailed Schedules

Section A: Planning Detailed Schedules

Section B: Scheduling and PAC Methods

Section C: Production Schedules

Section D: Using Detailed Schedules

Module 7: Distribution

Section A: Planning Distribution

Section B: Replenishment and Order Management

Section C: Reverse Logistics in Distribution Network

Module 8: Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Technology

Section A: Quality

Section B: Continuous Improvement

Section C: Technology

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