Certified Planning and Inventory Management Professional

The complete CPIM Certification has two major modules, each with its own set of classes.


Module 1

  • Supply Chain Overview
  • Fundamentals of Demand Management
  • Plan Supply
  • Executing the Supply Plan
  • Inventory Management
  • Continuous Improvement, Quality, and Technology

Module 2

  • Strategy
  • Sales & Operations Planning
  • Demand Management
  • Supply Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Detailed Scheduling
  • Distribution
  • Advances in Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Technology


The APICS Certified Planning and Inventory Management Professional increases your functional knowledge of production planning and inventory management to improve efficiency across the processes of your organization’s supply chain. You gain expertise that enables you to streamline operations through accurate forecasting, allowing you to predict outcomes more accurately. You will be able to maximize customer satisfaction by delivering products and services Just-in-Time; increasing profitability by optimizing your organization’s inventory investment. CPIM certification enhances your credibility among peers, employers, and customers Since 1973, the CPIM program has educated more than 90,000 manufacturing professionals on essential terminology, concepts, and strategies related to demand management, procurement and supplier planning, material requirements planning, capacity requirements planning, sales and operations planning, master scheduling, performance measurements, supplier relationships, quality control, and continuous improvement.

WHO SHOULD PURSUE CPIM? A CPIM education is essential for professionals involved in:

  • Production Planning and Inventory Management
  • Operations
  • Supply chain management
  • Procurement
  • Materials management
  • Purchasing

Key Topics


The critical concepts in managing the complete flow of materials in a supply chain from suppliers to customers are covered in the Basics of Supply Chain Management module. Supply chain concepts are introduced and basic terminology emphasized, as are relationships among activities in the supply chain.

  • Supply Chain Objectives to Meet Competitive Priorities
  • Marketing Strategies
  • Fundamentals of Sales & Operations Planning
  • Manufacturing Strategies
  • KPI’s and Metrics

Understanding the nature of demand, how to manage and forecast demand. 

  • Product Road Maps
  • Product Development
  • Nature of Demand
  • Customers
  • Marketing & Product Management
  • Demand Management
  • Forecasting & Forecast Performance

Focus on the areas of organizing and managing inventory and managing the inventory investment.

  • Inventory Investment & Days of Supply
  • Safety Stock
  • Item classification and management
  • Replenishment techniques & order quantities
  • Tracking inventory throughout the supply chain
  • Reverse logistics
  • Inventory accuracy and managing shrinkage

This area focuses on scheduling and controlling production operations.

  • Planning Detailed Schedules
  • Scheduling Techniques and Production Activity Control Methods
  • Production Schedules
  • Using and Managing Schedules

Explore the relationship of existing and emerging processes and technologies to manufacturing strategy and supply chain-related functions. The course addresses three main topics: aligning resources with the strategic plan, configuring and integrating operating processes to support the strategic plan, and implementing change. Topics include:

  • Competitive Market Issues
  • Strategic Scope & Objectives
  • Developing a Manufacturing & Supply Strategy
  • Executing the Strategy
  • Processes & Layouts
  • Monitoring Performance & KPI’s
  • Risk Management
  • Capital Equipment & Facilities

Explore the theory and practice of aligning business plans, demand, operational plans, and resources.

  • Purpose of S&OP
  • Roles and Processes
  • Aggregate Demand & Supply Plans
  • Reconciling S&OP Plans

Focus on the various techniques for supply planning and capacity balancing. 

  • Master Planning
  • Materials Requirements Planning
  • Capacity Requirements Planning
  • Final Assembly Scheduling
  • Executing the Supply Plan   Make vs. Buy
  • Manging SUppliers
  • Purchasing
  • Product Costing
  • Changes & Supply Disruptions
  • Product Life Cycle Management 

Focus on the various techniques for managing quality & continuous improvement

  • Approaches to quality
  • Process variation
  • Basic quality tools
  • Measuring quality and the cost of quality
  • Continuous improvement methods 
  • Lean & Six Sigma
  • Structured problem solving
  • Work area design