A Guide to Certified in Production and Inventory Management


APICS, USA launched Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification in the year 1973 and today it is the world’s leading one on the internal supply chain. Anyone who would like to launch their career in supply chain or to transition into supply chain, CPIM is the gateway to achieve their objective. Supply chain is in upswing across the world and there is a great demand for trained and certified supply chain professionals, thanks to increasing competition, customer expectations and the growth of ecommerce industry.

CPIM is an ideal certification for passing out graduates to launch their career in a firm manner in the supply chain industry. Unfortunately, we don’t have that many undergraduate programs that focus on supply chain education and CPIM becomes the only source to gain the kind of mastery that industry needs. CPIM will also give the confidence on the supply chain body of knowledge so that the young graduates can face the interview and perform well in their supply chain positions.

CPIM is a two-part examination called Part-1 and Part-2. One need to complete Part-1 and then focus on Part-2. For aspirants, I would recommend that you can complete Part-1 and join the work force and parallelly you can complete Part-2 to become a CPIM certified. Most of the companies recognise success in CPIM Part-1 itself for the supply chain positions. CPIM certification process contains 5 steps and is listed below.

1. APICS International Plus Membership 2. Get the CPIM Part-1 Learning System
3. Attend a 3-Day Classroom Training
4. Prepare for two months
5. Appear for the CPIM Part-1 Examination

Fhyzics Business Consultants Private Limited, an ACP of APICS, USA provides an end-to-end support to attain CPIM certification right from membership and until examination. For more details, please visit www.iiscm.org or email at cs@fhyzics.net or speak to Certifications Manager at +91-900-304-9000.

APICS International Plus Membership

With an APICS PLUS membership, you’ll gain huge discounts on exam fees and APICS official study material along with access to industry tools and resources necessary to expand your supply chain knowledge and grow your professional network.

Certification savings – Whether you’re just beginning your journey toward CPIM, CSCP or CLTD certification or need to maintain and retain knowledge, save money on study- tools and exams for your hard earned credential.
Education and events – Enjoy discounts on local events and seminars. Members also receive discounted registration for the APICS annual conference focusing on end-to-end supply chain solutions.
Global connections – Attend events at a local chapter or take advantage of online networking opportunities to connect with a global network of supply chain professionals.
APICS magazine – Keep up on the latest news and trends with our essential publication. Members receive a free subscription this industry-leading supply chain publication.
APICS Dictionary – Expand your industry vocabulary with 4,800 supply chain, logistics, and operations management terms and definitions.
Career resources – Advance your career with access to our members-only job board, mentor center, webinars, career planning resources and more!
Research reports – Stay on the cutting-edge with research reports that include analyses and best practices.


Get the CPIM Part-1 Learning System

CPIM Part-1 Learning System is a must to achieve a success in the CPIM Part-1 Examination of APICS, USA. The CPIM Learning System contains two components. One is a text book and the other is a web tool. The text book contains the following 13 chapters that need to be mastered and also you need to practice the quizzes and flashcards in the online component. The text book is yours forever and the web tool will be available for one-year.

Attend a 3-Day Classroom Training

There are two-ways to prepare for the CPIM Part-1. One is self-study and the other is classroom training. If you an experienced supply chain professional (say for about 10 years), you can prepare CPIM Part-1 on your own using the CPIM Learning System. But for others, I would strongly recommend the Classroom training. Fhyzics conducts a three-day classroom trainings across the globe where you will be fully immersed in the thirteen chapters of CPIM Part-1 during a three full-day classroom discussion and gain a sound understanding in the supply chain concepts.

Prepare for two months

Once you finish the classroom or commence a self-study, prepare using the CPIM Learning System for at least two months. If someone going through a self-study mode add one more month as a safety factor. Each chapter must be reviewed at least three times and the same is applicable for the web tool as well. Once you have mastered the material, it is time to appear for the CPIM Part-1 Examination.

Appear for the CPIM Part-1 Examination

CPIM Part-1 Examination is an online, closed book, multiple choice format. You will be answering 150 questions over 3.5 hours. The scoring range is 200 to 350. You need to secure 300 and above to pass the examination. At the end of the examination you get the result and within a day you can download the softcopy of your certificate from the ASCM website.

Click here to download the estimate for Certified in Production and Inventory Management. If you have any questions, please speak to our Certifications Manager at 900-304-9000 or email us at cs@fhyzics.net.


Written by Venkadesh Narayanan

Venkadesh is a Mechanical Engineer and an MBA with 30 years of experience in the domains of supply chain management, business analysis, new product development, business plan and standard operating procedures. He is currently working as Principal Consultant at Fhyzics Business Consultants. He is also serving as President, PDMA-India (an Indian affiliate of PDMA, USA) and Recognised Instructor of APICS, USA and CIPS, UK. He is a former member of Indian Civil Services (IRAS). Fhyzics offers consulting, certification, and executive development programs in the domains of supply chain management, business analysis and new product development.

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