The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program provides you with the ability to understand and evaluate production and inventory activities within a company's global operations.

The APICS CPIM program benefits designees worldwide 

APICS CPIM is preferred by thousands of employers worldwide. 
More than 97,000 professionals since 1973 have earned the APICS CPIM designation. 
APICS CPIM helps you master essential terminology, concepts, and strategies related to

  • demand management

  • procurement management

  • supplier planning

  • material requirements planning

  • capacity planning

  • sales and operations planning

  • master scheduling

  • performance measurements

  • supplier relationships

  • quality control

  • continuous improvement.

APICS CPIM education is essential if you are involved in:

  • Production and inventory management

  • Operations

  • Supply chain management

  • Procurement

  • Materials management

  • Purchasing

An APICS CPIM designation will help you:

  • increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management

  • maximize ROI on the systems and technologies within your organization

  • master the tools you need to effectively manage global supply chain activities

  • gain knowledge to apply principles ERP software to cover various critical functions within your organization

  • earn customer satisfaction by delivering Lean/Just-in-Time products and services 

    enhance your credibility within your organization

  • create consistency and foster collaboration through best practices, common terminology, and corporate-wide communication.


The APICS Principles of Operations Management program is replacing the APICS Fundamentals program. The APICS Principles of Operations Management program has five customizable courses that are classroom-based and instructor-led for individuals new to materials and operations management.

In addition to the courses, as presented, the sessions in each course can also operate as stand-alone minicourses or can be combined with other Principles course sessions to create a customized learning experience.

The APICS Principles of Inventory Management will impart an operational knowledge and understanding of inventory management principles and techniques, roles and responsibilities, and the impact that inventory can have on a business.

Topics include

  • inventory management fundamentals

  • ordering techniques

  • replenishment policies

  • purchasing management

  • just-in-time and lean methodologies

  • inventory performance measurement.

The APICS Principles of Distribution and Logistics program will provide fundamental knowledge of operations management and understanding of the core concepts necessary to effectively manage an organization's supply chain.

Topics include

  • operations management foundations

  • introduction to distribution and logistics

  • distribution channel design

  • inventory management

  • distribution requirements planning (DRP)

  • warehouse management

  • packaging and material handling

  • transportation management

  • transportation operations.

The APICS Principles of Operations Planning course imparts a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the basic inventory planning principles and techniques that are used at each level in the planning process, from strategic to tactical.

Topics include

  • planning foundations

  • business planning

  • basics of forecasting

  • sales and operations planning

  • master scheduling

  • capacity management

  • operations systems.

The APICS Principles of Manufacturing Management course aims to provide fundamental knowledge and understanding of the core concepts necessary to effectively managing activities related to planning, scheduling, and controlling manufacturing processes. 

Topics include

  • manufacturing management fundamentals

  • manufacturing product structures

  • material requirements planning (MRP)

  • capacity planning and management

  • production activity control

  • advanced scheduling

  • lean production management.