Supply Chain Management Certificate

Supply Chain Management Certificate

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program is the strategic advantage you need in today’s world, where the rate of organizational and technological change is accelerating exponentially.

In today’s world, where the rate of organizational and technological change is accelerating exponentially, the CPIM Certificate provides a strategic advantage. 

Because successful companies have adapted to the changing business environment, the CPIM program has been adapted  to deliver the most current knowledge and practices. 

The CPIM program consists of five modules.  An individual must pass all five to become certified.  Individuals may also register and pay for one class at a time and testing is not required to obtain the Penn State Certificate.

Who should attend?

Operations staff seeking CPIM, or those wanting additional skill development including: planner, planner-buyer, master scheduler, manufacturing manager, materials manager, supply chain manager, procurement, operations manager, plant manager, warehouse/logistics manager, inventory manager.

Certificate Requirement

A Penn State certificate is awarded upon completion of the following five APICS required courses. For those students desiring to pursue the APICS CPIM designation, five proctored exams will be required (one for each course).

Course 1: Basics of Supply Chain Management

30 hours

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 standard 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 related topics in greater depth.

Course 2: Master Planning of Resources (Core Competency Module)

24 hours

The topics of demand management sales and operations planning and master scheduling are thoroughly examined in this module. Both supply and demand planning for mid-to long-term independent demand are discussed. Priority planning and capacity planning issues are also addressed.

Course 3: Detailed Scheduling and Planning (Core Competency Module)

27 Hours

This course will focus on inventory management, material and capacity scheduling and planning, supplier relation-ships, and the influence of lean/JIT philosophies in these areas. It will explain the use of a material dominated scheduling technique, material requirements planning, in job shop, batch, and certain repetitive processes. The course will explain capacity planning in detail, introduce other capacity-planning techniques such as processor-dominated scheduling in continuous flow processes and review project management techniques.

Course 4: Execution and Control of Operations (Core Competency Module)

27 hours

The principles, approaches, and techniques needed to schedule, control, measure, and evaluate the effectiveness of production operations will be covered in this module. A broad range of production operations will be reviewed including project, batch, line, continuous, and re-manufacturing environments.

Course 5: Strategic Management of Resources (Capstone Module)

27 hours

Participants will explore the relationship between strategic planning and the management and execution of operations. The course will foster higher-level thinking about how market requirements and social and economic sustainability drive the operations, processes and resource requirements of businesses. The course will address three main topics: understanding the business environment, developing the operations strategy, and implementing the operations strategy.

Exam Info

APICS CPIM exam info can be found here:

Benefits of APICS membership include a reduced fee for taking each of the APICS CPIM exams ($190 vs. $290).


Material will be provided for each course and will consist of the same workbooks used by APICS instructors teaching the CPIM exam prep courses.

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