Employers prefer it. Professionals who earn it perform at a higher level. The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) designation empowers professionals with the ability to understand and evaluate production and inventory activities within a company’s global operations. For decades, the CPIM program has delivered value in the careers of those who’ve earned it, and higher performance in companies that employ designees. In fact, more than 100,000 professionals have earned the CPIM designation since 1973.

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Why should you earn an APICS CPIM designation?

APICS CPIM education is essential if you are involved in:

  • Production and inventory management
  • Operations
  • Supply chain management
  • Procurement
  • Materials management
  • Purchasing

An APICS CPIM designation will help you:

  • increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management
  • maximize ROI on the systems and technologies within your organization
  • master the tools you need to effectively manage global supply chain activities
  • gain knowledge to apply principles ERP software to cover various critical functions within your organization
  • earn customer satisfaction by delivering Lean/Just-in-Time products and services
  • enhance your credibility within your organization
  • create consistency and foster collaboration through best practices, common terminology, and corporate-wide communication.

Why you need to earn the APICS CPIM designation

APICS CPIM helps you master essential terminology, concepts and strategies related to:

  • Demand Management
  • Procurement Management
  • Supplier Planning
  • Material Requirements Planning
  • Capacity Planning
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Master Scheduling
  • Performance Measurements
  • Supplier Relationships
  • Quality Control
  • Continuous Improvement

APICS CPIM program highlights:

  • Topics that cover everything inside your organization's four walls.
  • The APICS CPIM certification is required by thousands of employers around the world—and is the proven industry standard.
  • Benefit from a reputation that is 40 years strong.

Ideal APICS CPIM program candidate:

  • You are seeking validation or accreditation for future career growth.
  • You have 2 or more years of experience in your field.
  • No bachelor's degree is required.

How to get there

The APICS CPIM program consists of five modules with two exams, one for Part 1 and one for Part 2. Each module reflects critical areas in production and inventory management

Part 1: 

  • Module 1 – Basics of Supply Chain Management

Number of exam questions - 150 (130 operational and 20 pretest*)
Length of exam - 3.5 hours

PLUS member price: $495 - Or purchase the CPIM Bundle.
CORE member/Non-member price: $690
Retake price: $250

Part 2:

  • Module 1 – Strategic Management of Resources
  • Module 2 – Master Planning of Resources
  • Module 3 – Detailed Scheduling and Planning
  • Module 4 – Execution and Control of Operations

    Number of exam questions - 150 (130 operational and 20 pretest*) each module weighing 25%
    Length of exam - 3.5 hours

PLUS member price: $495
CORE member/Non-member price: $690
Retake price: $250

Exam Scoring and Score Range

We use a scaled score methodology, which is a technique for equating scores in which the degree of difficulty varies from one exam form to the next. This ensures equivalent passing standards are maintained for each exam form. Candidates can download Understanding a Scaled Score for more information.

The CPIM score range is 200 to 350

Pass = 300-350
= 200-299

Review the APICS Exam Handbook for full details on exam process and procedures. The exam content was developed according to the test outline included in the CPIM Exam Content Manual. DOWNLOAD THE  FREE PREVIEW or purchase the full CPIM Exam Content Manual for $25 USD. The ECM is FREE for ASCM  PLUS and CORE members.

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*Pretest questions do not contribute to the total score, but are necessary for research purposes and are randomly distributed among the scored items and are used for statistical purposes only. Candidates should answer all exam questions.