APICS, Inc. (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 September 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, Inc. offers over 43,000 members and nonmembers a full range of courses, from basic and introductory materials and programs to comprehensive educational conferences addressing total integrated supply chain. These educational programs, courses, and materials are developed under the direction of top professionals in their respective fields - experts who understand supply chain professionals' needs and have the solutions necessary to achieve total supply chain performance.
Today APICS, Inc. activities and offerings include:
- Programs delivered through the regular meetings of more than 200 local chapters and international partners with products delivered in over 100 countries.
- Workshops, seminars, and conferences dealing with such cutting-edge topics as supply chain management and integrated resource management.
- Development of educational materials and programs for in-house training programs.
- The APICS library which includes the publication of timely, professional literature such as periodicals, conference proceedings, and educational materials is a catalog of more than 400 titles including the Operations Management Body of Knowledge (OMBOK) and the APICS, Inc. Dictionary.
- The monthly APICS, Inc. 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, Inc. is a leader in exploring and developing theories, systems and philosophies to increase productivity while maintaining and improving quality.
APICS, Inc. 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, Inc. 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 in 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's 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, Inc. 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, Inc. headquarters.