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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Inactive Learning Experiences - Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

Location:
Proficiency examination program administered by the national offices of APICS.
Length:
Variable, depending upon the individual's preparation needs.
Dates:
September 1983-January 1992.*
Objectives:
Discuss the concepts of load and capacity when applied to manufacturing problems; explain the interrelationship of these concepts with plant and equipment, the workforce, and the scheduling of plant operations; identify different manufacturing environments, such as batch, continuous, project, and discuss the application of capacity management techniques to these different environments.
Instruction:
Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the concepts and techniques of planning and control of capacity. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Concepts -load and capacity, interrelationship of scheduling and capacity management, manufacturing environment, including Just-In-Time influences; Applications -managing levels of capacity, type of production technology, implications of not managing capacity; System Interfaces -planning capacity, execution; Capacity Determination -calculated and demonstrated capacity, lead times, implications of changes in elements of capacity planning; Techniques of Planning and Control - resource requirements and rough cut capacity planning, Capacity Requirements Planning (CRP), input/output control, operation sequencing, other planning and control considerations.
Credit recommendation:

For this examination, paired with any other examination in the program, in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Production/Operations Management, Manufacturing Management, or Production Planning and Inventory Control (11/88). NOTE: Two examinations must be successfully completed to benefit from the credit recommendation. NOTE: The maximum credit recommendation for the successful completion of all six examinations is 9 semester hours. *NOTE: This examination and Material Requirements Planning have been replaced by Material and Capacity Requirements Planning. An individual who completed either of these retired examinations between September 1983 and January 1992 can qualify for the 3 semester hour credit recommendation by also successfully completing the examination for Material and Capacity Requirements Planning. Three semester hours is the total recommended for any pairing of these three examination programs.

Location:
Proficiency examination program administered by the national offices of APICS.
Length:
Variable, depending upon the individual's preparation needs.
Dates:
Version 1: September 1983 - February 1992. Version 2: March 1992 - December 1998. Version 3: January 1999 - May 2000.
Objectives:

Version 1: Organize and utilize information to manage inventories and to determine future requirements in manufacturing organizations; analyze appropriateness of decisions resulting from application of automatic program decisions in the inventory environment. Version 2 and 3: Organize and utilize the appropriate principles, concepts, and techniques to manage inventories in manufacturing organizations; determine what items to order, how much to order, when they are needed, when to order, and how and where to store them in order to optimize customer service, manufacturing, purchasing, and distribution operations, and return on investment.

Instruction:

Version 1: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the principles and techniques related to the following content areas: General Management -inventory objectives and policy development, accounting and control, inventory management and other business functions; Inventory Management Systems -system development, lot-size inventory models, independent and dependent demand systems, Just-In-Time; Distribution Resource Management -objectives and planning, distribution network inventory planning and control. Version 2: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the principles, concepts, and techniques related to the following content areas: Objectives and Policies -objectives and performance measures of inventory management, functions of inventory, and factors affecting inventory; Inventory Systems -independent demand systems, dependent demand systems, environmental factors, subsystem relationships, and information system considerations; Techniques -aggregate methods, multi-item methods, item-level management, inventory accounting, and physical control; Distribution Inventory Planning and Control -management considerations, techniques, transportation and physical distribution, JIT distribution, and distribution network structure. Version 3: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the principles, concepts, and techniques related to the following content areas: Objectives and Policies -objectives and performance measures of inventory management, functions of inventory, factors affecting inventory, and categories of inventory; Inventory Systems -independent demand systems, dependent demand systems, subsystem relationships, and strategies and choices; Techniques -aggregate methods, item-level management, inventory accounting, physical control, and electronic commerce; Distribution Inventory Planning and Control -strategies/policies, techniques, storage and transportation, controls, and international distribution.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1, 2, and 3: For this examination, paired with any other examination in the program, in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Production/Operations Management, Manufacturing Management, or Production Planning and Inventory Control (11/88) (6/93 revalidation) (8/99 revalidation). NOTE: Two examinations must be successfully completed to benefit from the credit recommendation. NOTE: The maximum credit recommendation for the successful completion of all six examinations is 9 semester hours.

Location:
Proficiency examination program administered by the national offices of APICS.
Length:
Variable, depending upon the individual's preparation needs.
Dates:
Version 1: January 1988 - February 1992. Version 2: March 1992 - December 1998. Version 3: January 1999 - May 2000.
Objectives:

Version 1: Explain the objectives and benefits of Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing techniques; identify the management considerations and procedures used to schedule/control manufacturing operations; demonstrate a sensitivity to people-oriented and process-oriented issues in JIT systems. Version 2 and 3: Explain the objectives and benefits of Just-in-Time (JIT) -a philosophy which seeks to continuously improve the ability to respond economically to change; identify changes that will increase the velocity of material flowing from suppliers, through manufacturing processes, to customers.

Instruction:

Version 1: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering an evolving set of concepts encompassing people, involvement, total quality, and improvement of the manufacturing process. Major content areas and related topics covered include: General Concepts -objectives, benefits, scope and organization, management considerations; Techniques -people-oriented, process-oriented, total quality control, scheduling/control; Integration and Application -internal to the operating unit, external to the operating unit; Implementation -project management, education, transition, sequence of events. Version 2: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering an evolving set of concepts encompassing people, involvement, total quality, and improvement of the manufacturing process. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Concepts -objectives, principles, and scope; Human Resource Development and Involvement -flexibility, compensation, changing responsibilities/ organization, relationships, motivation, and education; Total Quality Control -basic concepts, problem selection, determining root cause, and eliminating root cause; Techniques -pull signals, production considerations, material logistics, planning and scheduling, and paperwork/transaction reduction; Integration and Application -finance, engineering, customer relationships, and supplier relationships; Implementation Considerations Unique to JIT -justification and commitment, determining what to do, managing change, performance indicators, and implementation phases. Version 3: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering an evolving set of concepts encompassing people, involvement, total quality, and improvement of the manufacturing process. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Concepts -objectives, principles, and scope; Human Resource Development and Involvement -involvement and empowerment, job design, organization design, education and training, compensation, and motivation; Total Quality Management -quality imperative, customer-driven quality standards, quality at the source, continuous improvement, and statistical concepts; Techniques -pull signals, production considerations, material logistics, planning and scheduling, and paperwork/transaction reduction; Integration and Application -finance, engineering, supply chain management; Implementation Considerations -managerial considerations, and measuring and rewarding performance.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1, 2 and 3: For this examination, paired with any other examination in the program, in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Production/Operations Management, Manufacturing Management, or Production Planning and Inventory Control (11/88) (6/93 revalidation) (8/99 revalidation). NOTE: Two examinations must be successfully completed to benefit from the credit recommendation. NOTE: The maximum credit recommendation for the successful completion of all six examinations is 9 semester hours.

Location:
Proficiency examination program administered by the national offices of APICS.
Length:
Variable, depending upon the individual's preparation needs.
Dates:
Version 1: September 1983 - February 1992. Version 2: March 1992 - December 1998. Version 3: January 1999 - May 2000.
Objectives:

Version 1: Discuss major activities involved in master planning: demand management, forecasting, production planning, master production scheduling, and final assembly scheduling. Version 2 and 3: Discuss the four activities involved in master planning: forecasting, order servicing, production and resource planning, and master scheduling; organize the individual concepts and techniques in these areas into a coherent structure for master planning for production organizations; discuss how the four activities relate to each other and to the overall structure of master planning.

Instruction:

Version 1: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the first step in product logistics which translates the business plan stated in dollar or macro elements down to the detailed master production schedule. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Demand Management -forecast source data and methods, order entry and customer service, management considerations; Production Planning -developing and maintaining the production plan, management considerations; Master Production Scheduling -concepts of scheduling, developing and managing the MPS, final assembly schedule, management and Just-In-Time considerations. Version 2: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the first step in product logistics which translates the business plan stated in dollar or macro elements down to the detailed master production schedule. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Forecasting Concepts and Techniques -concepts, management considerations, data sources and requirements, techniques, and forecast accuracy; Order Servicing -concepts and management considerations, data sources and requirements, available-to-promise, customer communications, and monitoring the customer service policy; Production and Resource Planning -concepts, management considerations, data sources and requirements, and developing, validating, and maintaining the production plan; Master Scheduling Concepts and Implementing the Master Planning Schedule -concepts, management considerations, data sources and requirements, developing the master production schedule and rough-cut capacity plan, developing the final assembly schedule, and managing the master production schedule. Version 3: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the first step in product logistics which translates the business plan stated in dollar or macro elements down to the detailed master production schedule. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Forecasting -concepts, management considerations, data sources and requirements, techniques, and forecast accuracy; Order Servicing and Customer Service -concepts and management considerations, data sources and requirements, available-to-promise, customer communications, and monitoring the customer service policy; Sales and Operations Planning -concepts, management considerations, data sources and requirements, and developing, validating, and maintaining the sales and operations plan; Master Scheduling Concepts -concepts, management considerations, data sources and requirements; Implementing the Master Production Schedule -developing the master production schedule and rough-cut capacity plan, developing the final assembly schedule, and managing the master production schedule.

Credit recommendation:

Version 1, 2, and 3: For this examination, paired with any other examination in the program, in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Production/Operations Management, Manufacturing Management, or Production Planning and Inventory Control (11/88) (6/93 revalidation) (8/99 revalidation). NOTE: Two examinations must be successfully completed to benefit from the credit recommendation. NOTE: The maximum credit recommendation for the successful completion of all six examinations is 9 semester hours.

Location:
Proficiency examination program administered by the national offices of APICS.
Length:
Variable, depending upon the individual's preparation needs.
Dates:
Version 1: March 1992 - December 1998. Version 2: January 1999 - May 2000.
Objectives:

Version 1 and 2: Describe the fundamental principles of material requirements planning (MRP); apply specific MRP techniques, including the calculation of dependent demand for component items and the time phasing of those demands; describe the fundamental principles of capacity requirements planning (CRP); apply specific CRP techniques for measuring the amount of work scheduled and determining the necessary people, machines, and physical resources needed to accomplish the work using the output from material requirements planning.

Instruction:
Version 1: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the principles and techniques related to material requirements planning and capacity requirements planning. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Concepts -MRP, CRP, and factors affecting both CRP and MRP; Data Sources and Requirements -bill of material, routing, work center data, inventory data, item master data, order file data, and master production data; Material Requirements Planning -characteristics, mechanics, using MRP, and performance measurements; Capacity Requirements Planning -characteristics, mechanics, using CRP, and performance measurements. Version 2: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the principles and techniques related to material requirements planning and capacity requirements planning. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Fundamentals -MRP, CRP, and factors affecting both CRP and MRP; MRP/CRP Data Management -bill of material, routing, inventory data, item master data, order data, master production data, and maintaining data accuracy; Material Requirements Planning - characteristics, mechanics, using MRP, and performance measurements; Capacity Requirements Planning -characteristics, mechanics, using CRP, and performance measurement.
Credit recommendation:

Version 1 and 2: For this examination, paired with any other examination in the program, in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Production/Operations Management, Manufacturing Management, or Production Planning and Inventory Control (6/93) (8/99 revalidation). NOTE: Two examinations must be successfully completed to benefit from the credit recommendation. NOTE: The maximum credit recommendation for the successful completion of all six examinations is 9 semester hours. NOTE: This examination replaces both Capacity Management and Material Requirements Planning. An individual who completed either of the retired examinations between September 1983 and January 1992 can qualify for the 3 semester hour credit recommendation by also successfully completing the examination for Material and Capacity Requirements Planning. Three semester hours is the total recommended for any pairing of these three examination programs.

Location:
Proficiency examination program administered by the national offices of APICS.
Length:
Variable, depending upon the individual's preparation needs.
Dates:
September 1983 - January 1992.*
Objectives:
Describe fundamental principles of material requirements planning (MRP) including time-phasing, dependent/independent demand, and the differences between MRP and other systems; identify the interfaces of the MRP system with such functions as engineering, the master production schedule, finance, and purchasing; discuss the operational considerations involved in the design, testing, and implementation of MRP systems.
Instruction:
Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering a set of techniques that has evolved from an approach to inventory management in which the principles of calculation of dependent demand for component items and time-phasing are combined. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Concepts and Principles -fundamentals, order point and priorities, input/output; Interfaces -engineering, master production schedule (MPS), production activity control (PAC), capacity requirements planning (CRP), purchasing, finances, Just-In-Time considerations; System Characteristics -basic design specs and frequencies, priority planning, order and safety policies, firm planned orders, bill of material structuring; Logic -sources of requirements, item-related data, updated time-phased data, product structure processing; Functions - material planning, replanning, simulation; Implementation and Operation -justification and organization, education and training, prerequisites, design and development methodology, system testing.
Credit recommendation:
For this examination, paired with any other examination in the program, in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Production/Operations Management, Manufacturing Management, or Production Planning and Inventory Control (11/88). NOTE: Two examinations must be successfully completed to benefit from the credit recommendation. NOTE: The maximum credit recommendation for the successful completion of all six examinations is 9 semester hours. *NOTE: This examination and Capacity Management have been replaced by Material and Capacity Requirements Planning. An individual who completed either of these retired examinations between September 1983 and January 1992 can qualify for the 3 semester hour credit recommendation by also successfully completing the examination for Material and Capacity Requirements Planning. Three semester hours is the total recommended for any pairing of these three examination programs.
Location:
Proficiency examination program administered by the national offices of APICS.
Length:
Variable, depending upon the individual's preparation needs.
Dates:
Version 1: September 1983 - February 1992. Version 2: March 1992 - December 1998. Version 3: January 1999 - May 2000.
Objectives:

Version 1: Discuss the objectives of production activity control (PAC) and the typical production environment in which such activity takes place; apply specific concepts of scheduling, lead time management, capacity control and priority control to typical problems found in manufacturing organizations. Version 2 and 3: Describe the principles, approaches, and techniques needed to schedule, control, measure, and evaluate the effectiveness of production operations; apply specific concepts of capacity control, priority control, and lead-time management to a variety of production environments including job shops, process plants, and high-volume production facilities.

Instruction:
Version 1: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the broad category of production as it relates to process plants, assembly lines, factory production lines, etc. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Organization, Environment, Objectives -organization and objectives, the production environment, production activity control relationships; Production Scheduling -scheduling techniques, lead time determination and control, shop capacity control in the short-term, priority control and dispatching; Production Control - authorization, production reporting and status control, production cost measurement and control. Version 2: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the broad category of production as it relates to process plants, assembly lines, factory production lines, etc. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Scope -objectives of production activity control, production environment, and PAC relationships; Capacity Control-determining capacity, input-output control, production leveling, and line balancing and flow balancing; Priority Control -scheduling techniques, and production authorization and release; Lead-Time Management -elements of lead time, factors affecting lead time, and lead-time control; Supplier Interfaces -relationships, and scheduling and control; Reporting and Measurement -data sources and requirements, production reporting, and measurements. Version 3: Three-hour, 100-item examination, covering the broad category of production as it relates to process plants, assembly lines, factory production lines, etc. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Scope-objectives of production activity control, production environment, and PAC relationships; Capacity Control-determining capacity, input-output control, production leveling, and line balancing and flow control; Priority Control -scheduling techniques, and production authorization and release; Lead-Time Management-elements of lead time, factors affecting lead time, and lead-time control; Supplier Interfaces-organizational relationships, controlling and improving quality, supplier partnerships, and scheduling and control; Reporting and Measurement -data sources and requirements, production reporting, and measurements.
Credit recommendation:

Version 1, 2, and 3: For this examination, paired with any other examination in the program, in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Production/Operations Management, Manufacturing Management, or Production Planning and Inventory Control (11/88) (6/93 revalidation) (8/99 revalidation). NOTE: Two examinations must be successfully completed to benefit from the credit recommendation.

Location:
Proficiency examination program administered by the national offices of APICS.
Length:
Variable, depending upon the individual's preparation needs.
Dates:
Version 1: January 1992 - December 1998. Version 2: January 1999 - May 2000.
Objectives:
Version 1 or 2: Discuss the relationship of existing and emerging systems and technologies to the manufacturing strategy and to the functions related to production and inventory management; identify the potential of systems and technologies to increase any company's competitive position by reshaping its production and management processes; apply the concepts learned to understand the organization's strategic goals, to configure systems and technology to address strategic objectives, and to manage the organizational dimension of the implementation.
Instruction:
Version 1: Three-hour, 100-item examination, addressing how systems and technologies are related to production and inventory management. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Strategic Drivers that Affect Production and Inventory Management -competitive advantage and market planning, and product volume and variety issues; Choices Affecting Production and Inventory Management -facilities, factory layout and manufacturing technology choices, strategies for changing capacity, degree of vertical integration, quality choices, information technology, and organizational choices and people issues; Configuring and Integrating Production and Inventory Management Functions -business and priority planning processes, capacity planning processes, product planning and design processes, priority and capacity control processes, cost accounting processes, and inventory planning and control processes; Managing the Implementation of Systems and Technologies-project justification, change management, implementation project phases, and project planning and control; Measuring Organizational Performance-fundamental measurement concepts, aggregate productivity measures, product cost measures, quality measures, delivery speed measures, delivery reliability measures, and flexibility. Version 2: Three-hour, 100-item examination, addressing how systems and technologies are related to production and inventory management. Major content areas and related topics covered include: Strategic Drivers That Affect Production and Inventory Management -competitive advantage and market planning, and product volume and variety; Choices Affecting Production and Inventory Management - production and inventory management transformation alternatives, facilities, factory layout and manufacturing technology, changing capacity, supply chain, quality, information technology, and organization; Configuring and Integrating Production and Inventory Management-business priority planning processes, capacity planning processes, design and engineering processes, operational processes, and cost management processes; Managing the Implementation of Systems and Technologies -project evaluation and justification, change management, project implementation, and project planning and control; Measuring Organizational Performance-fundamental measurement concepts, aggregate productivity measurement, product cost measurement, quality measurement, delivery speed measurement, delivery reliability measurement, and flexibility measurement.
Credit recommendation:
Version 1 or 2: For this examination, paired with any other examination in the program, in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Production/ Operations Management, Manufacturing Management, or Production Planning and Inventory Control (6/93) (8/99 revalidation). NOTE: Two examinations must be successfully completed to benefit from the credit recommendation. NOTE: The maximum credit recommendation for the successful completion of all six examinations is 9 semester hours.

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