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Source of official student records
Titles of all evaluated learning experiences
Descriptions and credit recommendations
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APICS (formerly APICS The Association for Operations Management and APICS - The Educational Society for Resource Management), an NCCRS member from 1988 to 2007 and renewed membership in 2010, exists to foster the advancement of end-to-end supply chain management through a body of knowledge, innovative research, systems, and methods to create value for customers, members, and organizations. APICS offers over 36,000 members and non members a full range of courses from basic and introductory materials and programs to comprehensive educational conferences addressing total integrated manufacturing. These educational programs, courses, and materials are developed under the direction of top professionals in their respective fields - experts who understand manufacturing professionals' needs and have the solutions necessary to achieve total manufacturing performance.

Today the society's activities and offerings include:

  • Programs delivered through the regular meetings of more than 200 local chapters and products delivered in over 90 countries.
  • Workshops, seminars, and conferences dealing with cutting-edge topics as supply chain management and integrated resource management.
  • Development of educational materials and programs for use in in-house training programs.
  • The APICS library which includes the publication of timely, professional literature such as periodicals, conference proceedings, and educational materials catalog of more than 400 titles including the Operations Management Body of Knowledge (OMBOK) and the APICS Dictionary.
  • The monthly APICS trade magazine.
  • A continuing commitment to work with colleges and universities to develop and improve programs in resource management, including supplying texts and other materials for classroom use.

To fulfill its mission of educational and professional development, APICS is a leader in exploring and developing theories, systems and philosophies to increase productivity while maintaining and improving quality.

APICS established production and inventory management as a recognized profession by forming the Certification Committee to define the body of knowledge and develop a voluntary certification program - Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM). The objectives of the program are: to recognize individuals who demonstrate a thorough understanding of production and inventory management principles and to raise the professional standards of people working in the Production and Inventory Management fields.

The Certification Committee defined the following five examination modules for CPIM: Basics of Supply Chain Management; Master Planning of Resources; Detailed Scheduling and Planning; Execution and Control of Operations; and Strategic Management of Resources. A candidate must pass all five examinations to receive the CPIM designation.

APICS exams are administered through Computer-Based Testing (CBT) worldwide by Pearson VUE who provides a score report on test results. Before completing the final scoring of the test, an analysis is performed to determine the performance of each question on the test, and the scoring key is verified.

Under the guidance of the Certification Committee's volunteers, subject-matter experts develop test questions with international input. Each test question goes through a series of reviews by the committee content experts who ultimately determine whether a test question is to be retained in the exam item pool or is to be reworked or rejected. Each of the examinations has multiple forms, which encourages the candidate to study to the body of knowledge, not to the examination.

APICS Society Headquarters maintains all candidate scores in a secured and confidential file. A certified individual or a candidate for certification may obtain a transcript of scores from APICS Society Headquarters.

Source of official student records: APICS Customer Service, 8430 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60631, USA.

Titles of all evaluated learning experiences

Listed below are the titles of all evaluated learning experiences for this organization. Information on the college credit recommendation established for each learning experience can be accessed through the links below:


Retired Examinations
Delivering Products and Services
Designing Products and Processes
Enterprise Concepts and Fundamentals
Identifying and Creating Demand
Integrated Enterprise Management

Retired Examinations or Earlier Versions of Retired Examinations
Customers and Products
Delivering Products and Services
Designing Products and Processes
Enterprise Concepts and Fundamentals
Identifying and Creating Demand
Integrated Enterprise Management
Manufacturing Processes
Support Functions


Current Examinations
Basics of Supply Chain Management
Detailed Scheduling and Planning
Execution and Control of Operations
Master Planning of Resources
Strategic Management of Resources

Retired Examinations
Capacity Management
Inventory Management
Master Planning
Material and Capacity Requirements Planning
Material Requirements Planning
Production Activity Control
Systems and Technologies


Certified Supply Chain Professional

Descriptions and credit recommendations

For complete descriptions and credit recommendations, follow the links above.

Last Updated: June 17, 2015