APICS CPIM Process Gets a Facelift

Supply chain management association APICS recently announced a comprehensive overhaul of its popular CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management) flagship certification program. The move is being made in hopes of better meeting the needs of supply chain workforces.

Since its launch in 1973, more than 100,000 supply chain professionals have earned the APICS CPIM certification, and it remains popular with employers and professionals around the world.

Under the new configuration, supply chain professionals should find it easier to learn the most useful terminology, strategies, and concepts related to inventory and production needed to be successful in this field. Both the preparation and the exam procedures will be streamlined in order to help make the entire process more efficient.

The traditional five-module exam will be replaced by a two-module exam in order to bring the program in line with other types of APICS certification. The issue of content overlap will also be addressed.

Changes Based on Direct Feedback From Task Force

The association formed a task force earlier this year to rework the CPIM program’s configuration. Members included an external psychometrician and volunteers from courseware committees, instructors, global partners, chapter leaders and corporate clients.

Those who are already in working toward earning their CPIM do not need to worry about these changes. APICS plans to take these individuals into account and make sure they will have a clear path to certification regardless of how far along they are in the process. In the meantime, current CPIM offerings will proceed uninterrupted.

The CEO of APICS, Abe Eshkenazi, said that the group’s main focus remains on helping supply chain professionals achieve their goals, and the latest updates to their membership program reflect this ambition. He pointed out that the changes have been gleaned from direct feedback and are necessary for continuing to set industry standards when it comes to certification and educational programs.