APICS CPIM

Sessions20
Preparation7 hours per session
LevelPost- bachelor
Average study time220 hour
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APICS CPIM 

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program is a comprehensive course for operations managers to develop their professional skills in the following subjects:

  • Production management
  • Inventory management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Planning
  • Demand management
  • Quality control
  • Strategy development from a business perspective

This course helps prepare for the APICS certification exams to become CPIM certified.

Students to pursue their APICS CPIM designation join a group of highly sought-after Supply chain professionals within the field of production and inventory management. If you follow this course, you become a leader in supply chain management and know-how to collaborate with companies around the world through the supply chain.

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An APICS certification is the standard for training in operations management & production logistics. All over the world, APICS is regarded as the go-to training for Supply chain professionals working in operations and supply chain management. Association for Supply Chain Management is the full name of ASCM and aims to help supply chain managers by enabling them with information and courses. Members of the association for supply chain management receive special benefits, such as discounts on APICS exams and access to additional information. ASCM connects the world through supply chain management education.

Visie Partners collaborates with ASCM as a Premier Training Partner and authorized ASCM consulting partner. We work together with companies around the world towards supply chain excellence. We do this by using supply chain organizational transformation and innovation.

Suitable for

The APICS CPIM course is for professionals wanting to develop their knowledge about production management and inventory management. Most industry experts have their APICS certification.

The course is of great value for:

  • Management team members involved in sales and operations planning
  • Material managers responsible for the planning of available material
  • Sales employees who are partially responsible for forecasting and/or demand management
  • Operations managers who want to manage their organization based on clearly defined rules
  • Master planners responsible for the production planning
  • Project managers responsible for projects to improve information and/or optimization of a production function
  • Application Administrators responsible for the implementation and/or the functional management of ERP systems

Is the APICS CPIM certification difficult?

To follow the APICS CPIM course, we advise students to have sufficient skills in reading English. This level is needed to understand the classes and course materials and the exam, which are all in English. We also advise students to have one of the following to make sure they have the required level.

  • Master or bachelor's degree in any related field.
  • vocational education with several years of experience in operations management

The main focus of the course is production and inventory management, When you have the apics certification exams compared, you'll see that CPIM has an internal focus. The focus is mainly on manufacturing and planning. on our APICS page, you can find a comparison between the different fields in which each course specializes. 

Contents & structure for Certified Production and Inventory Management

The APICS CPIM modules cover 22 evening classes divided into two parts. There are also opportunities to follow this route as a daytime course. During the last course session, a practice exam is discussed. Below is a brief description of the modules.

APICS CPIM Part 1: Basics of Supply Chain Management

What are the basics of supply chain management?

Basics of Supply Chain Management provides an overview of the organization's value streams for internal and external suppliers. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Elements of the supply chain
  • Inventory management strategies
  • Total quality management
  • Manufacturing resource planning
  • Demand management
  • Capacity management
  • Purchasing and physical distribution
  • Theory of constraints
  • Inventory system design
  • Master product schedule (MPS)
  • Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)

APICS CPIM Part 2 consists of the following eight modules

Module 1: Strategy

Strategy covers the inputs, processes, and outputs of organizational strategy development and the alignment with operations strategy. Some of the topics in this module are:

  • Developing the business strategy using analysis models for external and internal evaluation
  • Process of conducting a competitive analysis as input for the competitive strategy
  • Change management
  • Sustainability and risk management
  • Enterprise resource planning and inventory management

Module 2: Sales and Operations Planning

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is about tactical planning to determine what to produce and check the feasibility of the demand and the production plan. Some of the topics covered in this module are:

  • Purpose of S&OP in achieving customer service and efficiency goals
  • S&OP roles and process steps
  • Aggregate demand, supply, and inventory management plans
  • Reconciling S&OP plans across the functions involved

Module 3: Demand planning

Demand is about the processes of influencing and managing demand by using customer relations management (CRM) tools. The module covers the processes to fulfill demand, configure and produce products, and measure customer-focused performance. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Demand management and its components
  • Customer segmentation, customer communication, and customer service
  • Marketing, product management, and product design impacts
  • Sources and types of demand
  • Forecasting techniques and forecasting performance

Module 4: Supply

Supply is about creating and maintaining a valid plan for producing products and components using master scheduling. Materials Requirement Planning (MRP) is the process of planning and maintaining the flow of materials from the production and external suppliers. This module will pay attention to product life cycle management and supply disruption. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Creating and maintaining the master schedule
  • Rough Cut Capacity Planning to plan for an achievable master schedule
  • Creating and maintaining Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
  • Purchasing processes and supplier monitoring and evaluation
  • Changes and supply disruptions in supply chains
  • Product life cycle management
  • Economic order quantity (EOQ) considerations

Module 5: Inventory management

Inventory is about classification as well as functions and cost of inventory. These are dependent methods of ordering and storage inventory. The module covers auditing inventory management accuracy and reverse logistics. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Inventory planning by function
  • Inventory management and use of safety stock
  • Inventory system costs, value, and metrics
  • Waste hierarchy and reverse logistics
  • Warehouse management
  • Inventory control

Module 6: Detailed schedules

Detailed schedules is about planning the flow of goods using MRP, Lean, and TOC-based scheduling focused on managing lead times and work in process. Detailed schedules use defined capacity to make optimal use of resources while achieving targeted customer service levels. The master production schedule is the basis for the detailed schedule Some of the topics in this module are:

  • Planning detailed schedules by managing lead times and priority
  • Scheduling and PAC methods for MRP, Lean, and TOC
  • Production schedules by balancing the need for capacity and available capacity
  • Using detailed production process schedules and measuring performance

Module 7: Distribution

Distribution is about managing the flow of goods towards the customer by using different distribution channels and storage locations connected by modes of transportation. Distribution requirements planning is used to inventory management levels. Some of the topics covered in this module are:

  • Design, configuration, and planning of the distribution network
  • Replenishment, order management, and distribution performance
  • Reverse logistics in the distribution network

Module 8: Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Technology

This module covers different ways to look at quality from the perspective of goals, capability, tools, and required information and performance management systems, like LEAN and Six Sigma. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Planning, control, and improvement of quality
  • Continuous improvement tools and techniques
  • Information technology and technology implementation

Study options

Besides the classroom courses, it is also possible to follow the course as e-learning, self-study or in-company.

  • Class: APICS CPIM courses are given as day or evening courses. The course always takes place at the same location and day of the week. In the course, an APICS trained instructor teaches his knowledge using practical examples (from students and instructor). The instructor has followed a specific training that taught how they can transfer their knowledge in the best way. Because of the interactive approach with their fellow students and the by APICS recommended number of study hours Visie Partners ensures informative course evenings. The students also have access to the Visie Partners online learning system. All of this results in a high passing rate.
  • Online classroom: We also offer APICS CPIM as instructor supported online classes. The same quality as in a physical class, but you can participate from everywhere like, the office, home or on a business trip. More information about “online classrooms”.
  • E-learning (blended learning): you can determine your own schedule and the contact moments are personally guided with one of our experienced and recognized teachers. Contact can be established using e-mail, web conference software, or a phone. You can start and finish your course at your preferred time and recieve instructor support when needed.
  • ​​​​Self-study: with self-study, you study the available learning materials and you have access to the online learning environment. You will study all the material by yourself. You can start at any time.
  • In-company: When a company has a sufficient number of participants, it is also possible to take this course as in-company training. This saves time and travel costs and we can also offer an in-company course at a reduced price per participant. Special emphasis can be placed on elements of the training that are important to the company. You can contact us for a tailor-made offer.

Course approach

The participant studies the subject prior to the session and can make questions in the online learning environment. Through the learning environment, the teacher can monitor the progress of the participants. Insights from practice are used in the preparation of the course, in addition to the course material. There is plenty of room for personal input and discussion. The course is given in English and ends with an exam training.

Customer care

Students that take their course through Visie Partners, can call us as the first point of contact. We contact ascm customer relations on your behalf when you have any problems or questions. We offer additional instructor support to make sure that the course is delivered to you at a high level of service. 

Course material

During the course the official and most recent English course material is used:

  • APICS CPIM learning system
  • APICS CPIM student slides

APICS online learning system:

  • Online exam questions and module specific tests
  • Online glossary
  • Concept tests (e-flashcards)
  • Online study guide
  • APICS CPIM practice exams and reports to be able to analyze the results
  • Download course books for e-reader or tablet
  • Study planning tool based on a knowledge test
  • App: online dictionary

Online learning environment Visie Partners. Visie Partners has developed its own online learning environment. With this unique learning environment, Visie Partners offers online study opportunities with background information and practice questions. These extra exercises provide insight to the participant and teacher into the study progress. This online learning environment is available for both the e-learning participants and for participants who attend course sessions.

APICS CPIM

Planning

Visie Partners offers the possibility to attend the APICS CPIM courses at various locations in the Netherlands. The training course consists of 20 evening classes of 3 hours or 1-day courses of approximately 6 hours. The evening classes, with exception of school holidays, take place every other week, and day courses once every four weeks.

On request, there's a possibility to offer the course as in company. For more information about in-company possibilities, please get in touch.

Course schedules and locations

Below you can find an overview of our courses. Click on a course location to see all the course dates. If you wish to start with CPIM Part 2, please get in touch to discuss the best and soonest opportunity for you.

Rotterdam CPIM evening

Wednesday 7 September 2022
from 18:45 - 21:45
Full course schedule


Zwolle CPIM evening

Thursday 8 September 2022
from 18:45 - 21:45
Full course schedule


Utrecht CPIM evening

Tuesday 20 September 2022
from 18.45 - 21.45
Full course schedule


Online CPIM evening course

Wednesday 5 October 2022
from CET 18.45 - CET 21.45
Full course schedule


Utrecht CPIM day

Friday 18 November 2022
from 9.30 - 16.45
Full course schedule


Amsterdam CPIM evening

Tuesday 10 January 2023
from 18:45 - 21:45
Full course schedule


Time investment

The study time of APICS CPIM will be between 200 and 240 hours. The study time varies on the experience and training of each candidate. The study effort will consist of the following:

  • Day course (+/- 6.5 hours) or evening course (3 hours).
  • Preparation course meeting (+/- 5 hours)
  • Exam preparation

Financial investment

The expenses for the CPIM course are mentioned below and include course materials, online learning environments, an exam training and coffee/tea. A lunch is included when we offer a day-time course.

Please find below an overview of the various study options for CPIM Part 1 (BSCM) and the whole CPIM course, CPIM Part 1+2.

Online classroom:    

CPIM part 1 & 2
Online classroom

€ 4.150,-      

22 sessions / 3 hours

CPIM Part 1
Online classroom

€ 1.650,-

7 sessions / 3 hours

CPIM Part 2
Online classroom

€ 2.550,-

15 sessions / 3 hours

Classroom:    

CPIM Part 1+2
classroom

€ 4.375,-

22 evening sessions or 12 day sessions

CPIM Part 1         
classroom

€ 1.750,-      

7 evening sessions or 4 day sessions

CPIM Part 2
classroom

€ 2.675,-

15 evening sessions or 8 day sessions

E-learning:    

CPIM Part 1+2
e-Learning

€ 2.850,-

10 contact moments and e-mail contact

CPIM Part 1 (BSCM)
e-learning

€ 1.250,-

3 contact moments and e-mail contact

CPIM Part 2
e-learning
€ 1.650,-

7 contact moments and e-mail contact

self-study:    

CPIM Part 1+2
self-study

€ 1.495,-

Access to the online learning environment and study books

CPIM Part 1 (BSCM)
self-study

€ 720,-

Access to the online learning environment and study books

CPIM Part 2
self-study

€ 825,-

Access to the online learning environment and study books

option each part: Individual online exam training of approximately 3 hours for € 250, which can be booked at any time.

In order to purchase an exam, you can go to our exam portal apics-exam.eu. On this page, you can also see the current exam fee. When the exam request form has been filled, it is possible to plan your exam from your ascm account after three working days. An additional week is added when you want to order an ASCM membership. ASCM Members receive a discount on the exam and recieve additional benefits. 

An ASCM membership has a validity of 1 year and is requested immediately prior to the 1st exam. This allows you to benefit from the exam discount for a year and access other member benefits. The membership ends automatically.

We reserve the right to adjust exam and course prices as long as no agreement has been reached. The prices mentioned are excluding VAT.

Exam and maintenance

After passing the APICS CPIM exam, you receive the official certificate and are officially certified for 5 years. After completion, you can use the course name as a title. The certificate can be extended by 5 years if the student maintains the acquired knowledge. Examples to do this are organizing or attending supply chain related activities or participating in courses.

We offer certified professionals that have obtained their certificate via Visie Partners the opportunity to earn maintenance points for maintaining their title. Customers of Visie Partners have the opportunity to take part in company visits and network meetings related to operations- or supply chain management. No membership is required for this.

Participants can register for the exam via www.apics-exam.eu. On this website, all exam prices and information about the exam registration procedure can be found.

After you've finished the course and choose not to take the exam, we can hand out a participation certificate.

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Customer review (9,5)

 CPIM - Great enhancement of my professional knowledge

In order to enhance and expand my supply chain knowledge I started with my CPIM certification. Due to the start of Covid-19 it was not possible to have a classroom training, but Derk was really flexible and I got personal training for part 1 and joined a group for the online classroom training for part 2. Pro's: - Wide range of topics covered with hands-on/real-life experiences being shared by Derk. - Great sessions where the pace is adapted to the needs to the group - Knowledge can directly by applied when working in positions as Demand Planner, Master Planner, Supply Planner and my other supply chain position in a manufacturing environment. - CPIM certification provides a stronger position when applying, even when APICS CPIM is not mentioned as a requirement or plus. Con's: - It requires a serious time investment, way more than the 77 hours advertised as the minimum by APICS, make sure you adjust your mindset to this. Overall really enjoyed the course and happy that I've succeeded with great score thanks to the support of Derk/Visie Partners.
  • Would recommend? Yes

20-7-2021 Colin , Dordrecht

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