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Master Planning

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.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

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.

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