Logistics education and training organization APICS has launched an updated version of its Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential, streamlining the program to make the certification more accessible, the group said Thursday.
APICS said it has simplified CPIM Version 6.0 to have just two exam modules instead of the previous five modules. Candidates must now pass two exams within three years to earn the CPIM certification, and must renew their CPIM designation every five years.
Separately, APICS said it has released an updated CPIM Learning System that offers enhanced online content, with educational resources such as exam preparation strategies and digital practice exams. The organization also announced it has updated the APICS "Learn It" app, a smartphone study guide for the exams. Renamed the "APICS Dictionary app," the tool offers a database of flashcards and is available for free through iTunes and Google Play.
"The CPIM designation demonstrates that an individual has the knowledge and skills to strategically streamline operations and maximize ROI on systems and technologies, which is why thousands of employers worldwide look for the CPIM designation when making critical hiring decisions," APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, said in a statement.
APICS will administer its CPIM Part 1 exam beginning Sept. 30 and the Part 2 exam beginning Nov. 4.