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Material Requirements Planning

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.*
Learner Outcomes: 
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 *NOTE: This examination and Capacity Management have been replaced by Material and Capacity Requirements Planning.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.

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