CPIM Credential

Certified in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM)

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program is one of the most recommended certification by employers world-wide.  The CPIM program offers in-depth education for individuals in the operations and supply chain management profession covering topics from demand management, material planning, capacity planning, supplier and customer relationship management, quality control, and continuous improvement.

Recommended Participants in the CPIM Program

It is recommended that students from the materials, procurement, planning, operations management (shop floor to supervision) and even executive management participate in the CPIM learning program.

Course Enrollment Requirements/Recommendations

The student must be at least 18 years of age with a minimum of a high school diploma.  There are no prerequisites are listed for these courses.  The certification exams are not administered by the APICS NORS Chapter, they are managed by APICS Corporate through authorized PearsonVue testing centers.

Reconfigured Program (Effective starting July 1, 2017)

The Northern Sierra Chapter of APICS (NORS) is pleased to announce the following education offerings for the APICS Instructor Led CPIM Certification Courses.The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential is being updated in format, not content.  The same high quality content from the legacy CPIM program is going through a course reconfiguration to two courses and exams. 

CPIM – Part 1

Formerly known as the Basics of Supply Chain Management, this course covers the basic concepts to complete the flow of materials in a supply chain from suppliers to customers in manufacturing, distribution, service, and retail industries.  This includes the fundamental relationships in the design, planning, execution, monitoring, and control that occur. 

CPIM – Part 2

With the reconfiguration APICS has taken the four detailed and strategy modules and streamlined them into a single course and exam that examines the planning and execution hierarchy from high level planning to detailed shop-floor management.  Examining in greater detail the concepts presented in Part 1 of the CPIM series, this module provides a framework for planning and decision making that examines the strategies and their implications on the operations functions throughout the supply chain.

The Reconfigured CPIM Course

The CPIM Instructor Led Certification Courses have undergone very positive and comprehensive changes that should lead to a shorter time-period to acquire CPIM certification.  In addition, the education, guides, and materials are being prepared and distributed by the Holmes Corp, under the auspices of APICS Society.  This is the same relationship that exits with the CSCP and CLTD Certification Courseware.

Not only does the individuals looking to acquire their CPIM Certification benefit from going from five (5) courses to two (2), there is also a pricing benefit as follows:

Course Description 



CPIM (five) courses (current) 

$2375   $2875

CPIM Part 1 & 2 (new) 

 $2190   $2445

Member Savings

  $185   $430

In addition to the cost savings, the new program allows the individual to attend the classes and successfully test in less than one year.  Previous to the new Part 1 & Part 2, it was not uncommon for someone trying to acquire their certification to take two (2) years or more to acquire their CPIM Certification.

The following is the schedule for the Instruction-led CPIM Classes:




# of Classes    

Member Cost

Non-Member Cost 

CPIM Part 1     3/7–4/18, 2019   Thursdays  7 $795 $895
CPIM Part 2 6/6–9/5, 2019  Thursdays 13 $1095 $1250
CPIM Part 1   10/24-12/19, 2019 Thursdays 7 $795 $895

The cost includes the individual participant guides and slide books, but does not include testing.

For more details or to register for a class contact Lynette Lintner, VP – Education at: [email protected]  or Matt Carder Leach, Chapter President at: [email protected]

Legacy Program (Effective through December 31, 2017)

APICS has reviewed the course requirements for the CPIM program and in late 2016 announced a change the configuration.  This change impacts the number of courses and exams required for the CPIM program from five exams to two exams.

 APICS realizes that there are many students that have started the CPIM program and have not finished testing for their certifications.  In order to continue the support of these students the exam period for the “legacy “ CPIM program (the five exam configuration) will continue through 2017.  The new “reconfigured” program will be launched in July 2017.

The CPIM Legacy program consists of the five modules; 

  • Basics of Supply Chain Management

  • Master Planning of Resources

  • Detailed Scheduling and Planning

  • Execution and Control of Operations

  • Strategic Management of Resources

Note to Current Legacy CPIM Candidates

Students who have passed the CPIM Basics of Supply Chain Management exam will have their exam be “eligible” for the CPIM certification for 10 years if taken by December 31, 2017.  

Check the CALENDAR for the current class schedule.