All About Certified in Production and Inventory Management


CPIM stands for Certified in Production and Inventory Management.  

Since 1973, CPIM has been recognized as the standard of professional competence in production and inventory management. Companies across the globe rely on Certified in Production and Inventory Management designees to maximize return-on-investment, and increase customer satisfaction.

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No matter where you are in your career, earning the APICS CPIM certification will demonstrate your mastery of knowledge and skills in production and inventory management. CPIM adds great value and prospects to your career as Supply Chain Manager, Buyer, Planner, Materials Manager, Production Planner, Consultant, Production Manager, Inventory Manager, Operations Manager etc. 

There is no college degree required to pursue CPIM. Studies show that those who have attained CPIM credential have 65% Improved Hiring Potential and also it opens up infinite opportunities. So far 112,000 supply chain professionals across the globe are Certified in CPIM. 

To become CPIM certified, One must pass two computer-based examinations. They are

CPIM Part 1 and CPIM Part 2. APICS exams are delivered via computer-based testing at Pearson VUE test centers, which are located around the world. 

CPIM Part one examination contains 150 questions and the duration of the examination is 3.5 hours. The same is applicable to CPIM Part Two as well. CPIM part two examination contains 150 questions and the duration of the examination is 3.5 hours. Both the examinations are of the objective type or multiple choice type. One has to select the most appropriate answer. There are no negative marks. 

For both the examinations, the score range is 200 to 350. One need to score 300 and above to secure a pass in the examination. One need to secure a pass in both the examinations that are CPIM part-1 and CPIM part-2 within in three years to attain the CPIM credential. 

Fhyzics provides end-to-end support in your CPIM journey

  1. APICS membership
  2. Classroom Training
  3. Learning System
  4. Examination Credit
  5. Certification Maintenance

Now you may have the question on how to prepare for this global certification?

Roughly about 100 hours of preparation are required for each of the parts. Also, it is recommended to start with CPIM Part-1 and then CPIM Part-2. It is a two-step process

  1. Attend Fhyzics’ CPIM review course
  2. Prepare for the examination using APICS CPIM Learning System

CPIM part-1 contains a single module titled Basics of Supply Chain Management. CPIM part-2 contains four modules. They are Strategic Management of Resources, Master Planning of Resources, Detailed Scheduling and Planning and Execution and Control of Operations.

Once you attain the CPIM credential on passing both CPIM part-1 and CPIM part-2, you need to maintain the certification status. On completion of every 5 years, you need to submit 75 professional development points to APICS to maintain your CPIM certification. 

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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