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.

Because successful companies have adapted to the changing business environment, the CPIM program has been adapted to deliver the most current knowledge and practices to meet the needs of today's busy professionals. The new, streamlined program, which launched in September 2017, consists of two modules, each with an exam. Passing both parts is required in order to earn the CPIM credential. Individuals may 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.

Part I: 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.

Part II: Consists of the following four topics:

30 hours

Master Planning of Resources

This section will focus on principles and techniques of demand management, sales and operations planning, master scheduling and distribution planning. It includes forecasting, order servicing, demand shaping, customer relationship management and distribution network and replenishment.

Detailed Scheduling and Planning

This section will focus on inventory management, material and capacity requirements planning, and procurement and supplier planning. It will also cover supply chain strategies related to scheduling, planning and sourcing.

Execution and Control of Operations

This section will focus on principles and techniques needed to execute, control, and manage operations, and participate in design decisions. It will provide feedback on how to execute good plans and provide information for customers and suppliers about the status of services and products in process.

Strategic Management of Resources

This section will foster higher-level thinking on strategic planning and implementation of operations, including understanding how market requirements and strategic position of an organization drive the resources and processes of the organization.

Exam Info

APICS CPIM exam info can be found here:


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

Future classes forming soon. For more information please call 724-773-3700.

Cancellations and Refunds

Payment is due upon registration. Registration cancellations with a full refund will be accepted until one week prior to the first class. After that, the individual may be held responsible for registration and fees. The University may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.