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Certified in Production & Inventory Management (APICS-CPIM)

APICS The Association for Operations Management and the CPIM program has educated more than 90,000 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 improvement.

Benefits of CPIM

A CPIM education can help you to:

  • Increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management.
  • Improve efficiency across the processes of your organization's supply chain.
  • Streamline operations through accurate forecasting.
  • Predict outcomes more accurately.
  • Maximize customer satisfaction by delivering products and services Just-in-Time.
  • Increase profitability by optimizing your organization's inventory investment.
  • Enhance your credibility among peers, employers, and customers.

Who should earn the CPIM designation?

A CPIM education is essential for professionals involved in:

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

Course Delivery Options

Each of the five courses are presented in 30 hours by a certified instructor. The Center for Outreach & Innovation at Northland Community & Technical College can present the course in person or online at your business site or on our campus. We also offer a 16 credit Production and Inventory Management Certificate.

Course descriptions

1.) Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM) – Entry Module

- Terminology and basic concepts related to managing the complete flow of materials from suppliers to customers.

This course covers industry fundamentals and provides a comprehensive overview of successful manufacturing strategies. Examine the basic concepts and language as well as the relationships among master planning, inventory management, forecasting, Just-in-Time manufacturing, material requirements planning, capacity management, distribution, production activity control, total quality management, and purchasing. Industry newcomers and those seeking to advance into management roles will benefit from this course. Objectives include providing a review of fundamentals of supply chain management. This entry level module will provide a basis for further study leading to APICS certification.

Session 1: Introduction to Supply Chain Management
Session 2: Forecasting
Session 3: Master Planning
Session 4: Material Requirements Planning
Session 5: Capacity Management and Production Activity Control
Session 6: Inventory Fundamentals
Session 7: Inventory Management
Session 8: Physical Distribution
Session 9: Quality Management and Purchasing
Session 10: Just-in-Time Manufacturing

2.) Master Planning of Resources (MPR) - Business Process Module

- Available methodologies and techniques to drive processes, and the application of these techniques.

This module encompasses the processes for quantifying actual and projected customer demand, translating that demand into realistic supply plans that are consistent with the resource constraints, business policies, and business objectives of the organization, and developing and validating a master schedule. This module includes the explanation of the business processes required to translate actual and projected demand into realistic and executable production schedules. The module highlights the need for different types of supply plans, how they are constructed in a range of business environments, and alternative approaches to developing an evaluating such plans.

Session 1: The Business Planning Process
Session 2: Forecasting Demand
Session 3: Demand Management and Customer Service
Session 4: Distribution Planning
Session 5: The Sales and Operations Planning Process
Session 6: The Master Scheduling Process
Session 7: Managing the Master Scheduling Process
Session 8: Measuring Performance and Validating the Plan

3.) Execution and Control of Operations (ECO) – Business Process Module

- Available methodologies and techniques to drive processes, and the application of these techniques.

This course focuses on three main areas: prioritizing and sequencing work; executing work plans, implementing controls, and reporting activity results; and evaluating and providing feedback on performance. The course explains techniques for scheduling and controlling production and process operations. It also addresses the execution of quality initiatives and continuous improvement plans, as well as the control and handling of inventories. Finally, the course presents techniques for evaluating performance and collecting data for effective feedback.

Session 1: Planning, Execution, and Control Overview
Session 2: Scheduling Production and Process Operations
Session 3: Authorizing, Executing, and Reporting Activities for Push Systems
Session 4: Authorizing, Executing, and Reporting Activities for Pull Systems
Session 5: Communicating Customer-Supplier Information and Controlling Resources
Session 6: Quality and Continuous Improvement Initiatives - Basic Concepts
Session 7: Quality and Continuous Improvement Initiatives - Making It Happen
Session 8: Quality Management Processes
Session 9: Evaluating Performance of Production Operations

4.) Detailed Scheduling and Planning (DSP) – Business Process Module

- Available methodologies and techniques to drive processes, and the application of these techniques.

This course focuses on material and capacity scheduling and planning. It includes a detailed explanation of material requirements planning (MRP), a technique suitable for use in job shops. The course also introduces another material planning technique, material-dominated scheduling, which is significantly different from MRP, and is applicable to process industries and other mature production environments. The course explains capacity requirements planning in detail and introduces other capacity-planning techniques, including processor-dominated scheduling.

Session 1: Inventory Management: Order Planning
Session 2: Inventory Management: Customer Service
Session 3: Information Used in the Material Planning Process
Session 4: MRP Mechanics: The Basics
Session 5: Using MRP Outputs
Session 6: Detailed Capacity Planning Process – Part 1
Session 7: Detailed Capacity Planning Process – Part 2
Session 8: Establishing Relationships with Suppliers
Session 9: Supplier Relationships and Procurement Plans

5.) Strategic Management of Resources (SMR) - Capstone Module

- Focuses on choosing appropriate methodologies and techniques for specific needs, and acquiring an appreciation for the integrated nature of operations.

In this course, we will explore 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.

Session 1: Aligning Resources with Strategic Plans
Session 2: Choices Affecting Structure
Session 3: Choices Affecting Infrastructure
Session 4: Configuring and Integrating Operating Processes
Session 5: Supply Chain Management
Session 6: Configuring and Integrating Design and Development and Cost Management Processes
Session 7: Project Management
Session 8: Measurement Management
Session 9: Change Management