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CPIM – Certified in Production and Inventory Management

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Introduction to Materials Management

This is an introductory class highly recommended for anyone considering the CPIM certification. It is based upon the 2008 Tony Arnold text and describes the basics of supply chain management, manufacturing planning and control systems, purchasing, and physical distribution. New features of this edition include enhanced coverage of performance metrics, ERP, supply chain approaches and implications, lean production fundamentals, & basic scheduling rules. Topics of demand management, sales and operations planning, and master scheduling are examined in-depth in this module. This is a primary reference for the Basics of Supply Chain Management module of the APICS CPIM program.

The APICS CPIM program has been organized into five modules, each focusing on key areas of study that are integral to an understanding and mastery of production and inventory management principles. Candidates must pass an exam for each of the modules to successfully complete the APICS CPIM program. The 2009 APICS CPIM Basics of Supply Chain Management module has been updated to keep pace with the rapid changes in the marketplace and to better align with the APICS CPIM exams.

Basics of Supply Chain Management-Entry Module

The basic concepts in managing the complete flow of materials in a supply chain from suppliers to customers are covered in the Basics module. Supply chain concepts are introduced and basic terminology emphasized, as are relationships among activities in the supply chain. Knowledge of the material in this module is assumed as a prerequisite for the other APICS CPIM modules, which cover similar topics but in much greater depth.

Master Planning of Resources-Core Competency Module

Explore the processes used to develop sales and operations plans and identify and assess internal and external demand and forecasting requirements. The course focuses on the importance of producing achievable master schedules that are consistent with business policies, objectives, and resource constraints. Topics examined in depth include: Demand Management; Sales and Operations Planning; Master Scheduling; and Measuring Business Performance.

Detailed Scheduling and Planning Core Competency Module

Class focus is on the various techniques for material and capacity scheduling. Study detailed descriptions of material requirements planning (MRP), capacity requirements planning (CRP), inventory management practices, and procurement and supplier planning. Topics include Recognizing Techniques and Practices of Inventory Management; Mechanics of the Detailed Material Planning Process; Planning Operations to Support the Priority Plan; and Planning Procurement and External Sources of Supply.

Execution and Control of Operations Core Competency Module

Class focus is on the areas of prioritizing and sequencing work, executing work plans and implementing controls, reporting activity results, and providing feedback on performance. The course explains techniques for scheduling and controlling production processes, the execution of quality initiatives and continuous improvement plans, and the control and handling of inventories. Topics include:  Prioritizing and Sequencing Work; Executing Plans and Implementing Controls; Authorizing and Reporting Activities for Push and Pull Systems; and Evaluating Performance and Providing Feedback.

Strategic Management of Resources Capstone Module

Class explores the relationship of existing and emerging processes and technologies to manufacturing strategy and supply chain-related functions. The course addresses three main topics: aligning resources with the strategic plan, configuring and integrating operating processes to support the strategic plan, and implementing change. Topics include:  Competitive Market Issues; Choices Affecting Facilities, Supply Chain, Information Technology, and Organizational Design; Configuring and Integrating Internal Processes; and Evaluating and Managing Projects.

CPIM testing is computer based at a convenient Wichita location. Please direct questions about books and testing to your instructor or Ron Lunsford, CPIM, CSCP, Chapter V.P. Education 2008-2010 at 316.641.6291.

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