Education Offerings


CPIM – Certified in Production and Inventory Management

Basics of Supply Chain Management

The basic concepts in managing the complete flow of materials in a supply chain from suppliers to customers are covered in the Basics module. This module covers manufacturing, distribution, service, and retail industries. This includes the fundamental relationships in the design, planning, execution, monitoring, and control that occur. Knowledge of the material in this module is assumed as a prerequisite for the other APICS CPIM modules, which cover similar topics in much greater depth. Topics include:

    • Understanding basic businesswide concepts, including understanding various supply chain environments
    • Managing demand, including markets and customer expectations
    • Designing products, processes, and information systems
    • Understanding supply issues including inventory costs, functions, and metrics


Master Planning of Resources

Explore and be able to apply the principles of demand management, sales and operations planning, master scheduling, and distribution planning, and to identify conditions that require action. This module evaluates knowledge of both supply and demand planning for mid- to long-term independent demand. Topics include:

    • Recognizing all demands for goods and services to support the marketplace
    • Bringing together all the plans for the business
    • Disaggregating the production plan into an executable schedule
    • Planning the distribution network and replenishment


Detailed Scheduling and Planning

Acquire a working knowledge of the tools and techniques for planning of inventory, including planning techniques such as MRP, CRP, lean, TOC, and projects. Understand the effect of using each technique; know standard measurements for inventory, materials, capacity and supplier performance; and recognize when to escalate issues. Topics include:

    • Managing inventory, planning material requirements, planning capacity requirements, and procurement and supplier planning
    • Recognizing the importance of supply chain management and deploying supply chain strategies related to scheduling, planning, and sourcing
    • Translating product-level plans and schedules generated at the master planning level into requirements that can be procured or produced
    • Bridging the master planning area with the execution and control function
    • Planning, scheduling, resource allocation, and implementing projects that are used to manage the supply of products and services


Execution and Control of Operations

Learn to translate plans into operational activities and define and apply techniques in the operations field. Topics include:

    • Comparing actual output to plans and taking appropriate corrective actions
    • Communicating ideas in a group setting and instructing others in tasks
    • Creating operational solutions in the face of competing resources
    • Explaining the release of work and reporting performance through data collection
    • Understanding the execution of quality initiatives and continuous improvement plans
    • Evaluating trade-offs and participating in design decisions


Strategic Management of Resources

Move your learning to the next level through the SMR module that includes higher-level thinking or strategic planning and implementation of operations. This includes an understanding of how market requirements drive the resources and processes of an organization. Topics include:

    • Understanding concepts that require a combination of elements and higher thinking within the entire CPIM body of knowledge
    • Knowing the relationship of existing and emerging processes and technologies to operations and supply chain functions
    • Understanding various business environments
    • Knowing how business strategies are developed and how operation strategies are implemented


CSCP - Certified Supply Chain Professional

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The Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) program is a new industry educational and certification program created to meet the rapidly changing needs of the supply chain management field. The CSCP body of knowledge is made up of the following four domains: Supply Chain Management Fundamentals, Building Competitive Operations, Planning, and Logistics, Managing Customer and Supplier Relationships, and Using Information Technology to Enable Supply Chain Management

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Customer-Focused Supply Chain Management

This one-day course for professionals is for functions that support the supply chain (for example, sales and marketing, accounting, information technology, and senior executives). The class will provide an insider’s view of supply chain management. It offers fundamental knowledge of the functions of SCM and is designed to quickly and effectively educate team members who interact with or support supply chain activities, helping to increase efficiency and generate ideas for improvements. After this course, participants can more fully contribute to the cross-functional and inter organizational processes of a successful supply chain. Further, the class leads participants and others in their organizations to the APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), and other APICS programs. The course strengthens the entire team and fosters appreciation of a properly structured and managed supply chain.


APICS Global Sourcing Workshop Series

APICS is pleased to introduce a product that will help you navigate the complex landscape of international business. Companies and organizations need skilled operations management and supply chain management professionals to keep their businesses favourably positioned in today’s intensely competitive global marketplace. The Global Sourcing Workshop Series provides a comprehensive study of the critical tasks and challenges associated with sourcing and procurement internationally. This workshop series will equip you with the skills to:

    • Understand the strategic importance of globalization
    • Learn how to prepare for international procurement
    • Evaluate potential markets in other countries
    • Source global suppliers strategically
    • Choose logistics partners correctly
    • Address cultural differences


Lean Enterprise

Lean Enterprise As more organizations decide to go lean, demand is escalating for a skilled team and system-wide approach for developing and implementing lean project plans. This course is designed to equip you with the broad knowledge and tools to map the transformation for developing a lean culture at your organization. Using scenarios from a fictitious company, Murphy's Toys, you will be tasked with finding lean solutions to a myriad of challenges. This method will provide you with the flexibility to immediately customize what you've learned and implement it at your own organization.