APICS, the premier professional association for supply chain management, announced that one of its flagship certification programs, the Certified In Production And Inventory Management (CPIM) Program, will be reconfigured to better serve the needs of the supply chain workforce. The APICS CPIM is preferred by thousands of employers worldwide and more than 100,000 professionals since 1973 have earned the designation. The new configuration streamlines the preparation and exam process to help supply chain professionals master the essential production and inventory terminology, concepts, and strategies in an even more effective and efficient manner.
The new CPIM configuration will move from a 5-module exam configuration to a 2-module exam configuration, bringing the CPIM program more in line with the format and delivery expectations of other APICS certification products while addressing content overlap between modules. This consolidated exam configuration will streamline the preparation process, improve efficiency of the APICS CPIM, and provide members with a more effective program through which to understand and evaluate production and inventory activities within a company's global operations.
"As with the recent updates to our membership program and with everything we do, our main focus at APICS is on supply chain professionals, their goals, and how we can best help them achieve those goals," said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. "The planned changes to the CPIM program are based on direct feedback from our members and corporate customers. We review and update our content and delivery mechanisms so that we remain a leading supply chain management authority and continue to set the industry standard for education and certification programs."