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About CPIM

By Anonymous - Posted on 24 December 2011

CPIM - Certified in Production and Inventory Management

Since 1973, the CPIM program has educated more than 75,000 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.

Benefits of CPIM
A CPIM education can help you to

  Increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management

  Improve efficiency across the processes of your organization's supply chain

  Streamline operations through accurate forecasting

  Predict outcomes more accurately

  Maximize customer satisfaction by delivering products and services Just-in-Time

  Increase profitability by optimizing your organization's inventory investment

  Enhance your credibility among peers, employers, and customers.

 Who should earn the CPIM designation?
A CPIM education is essential for professionals involved in

  Production and inventory management


  Supply chain management


  Materials management



CPIM Modules
Candidates must pass all exams for the following modules
Basics of Supply Chain Management
Explore the basic concepts in managing the flow of materials in a supply chain. In the Basics, you get a complete overview of material flow, from internal and external suppliers to and from your organization. Topics include:

  Elements of the Supply Chain

  Just-in-Time (JIT)

  Total Quality Management (TQM)

  Manufacturing Resources Planning (MRP II)

  Demand Planning

  Capacity Management.

Master Planning of Resources
Explore the processes used to develop sales and operations plans and identify and assess internal and external demand and forecasting requirements. The course focuses on the importance of producing achievable master schedules that are consistent with business policies, objectives, and resource constraints. Topics include:

  Demand Management

  Sales and Operations Planning

  Master Scheduling

  Measuring Business Performance.

Detailed Scheduling and Planning
Focus on the various techniques for material and capacity scheduling. Study detailed descriptions of material requirements planning (MRP), capacity requirements planning (CRP), inventory management practices, and procurement and supplier planning. Topics include:

  Recognizing Techniques and Practices of Inventory Management

  Mechanics of the Detailed Material Planning Process

  Planning Operations to Support the Priority Plan

  Planning Procurement and External Sources of Supply.

Execution and Control of Operations
Focus on the areas of prioritizing and sequencing work, executing work plans and implementing controls, reporting activity results, and providing feedback on performance. The course explains techniques for scheduling and controlling production processes, the execution of quality initiatives and continuous improvement plans, and the control and handling of inventories. Topics include:

  Prioritizing and Sequencing Work

  Executing Plans and Implementing Controls

  Authorizing and Reporting Activities for Push and Pull Systems

  Evaluating Performance and Providing Feedback.

Strategic Management of Resources
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

  Choices Affecting Facilities, Supply Chain, Information Technology, and Organizational Design

  Configuring and Integrating Internal Processes

  Evaluating and Managing Projects.

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