Certificate in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)

Certificate in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)

APICS Certification Review Program

The production management program is a structured series of courses that are designed to help the student take charge of planning and controlling the production, manufacturing, and inventory systems within a company or organization. Offered by Penn State, the courses include topics that correspond to those specified for individual examinations in the Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification program of the Association for Supply Chain and Operations Management (APICS). Those who do not want to take the entire sequence are welcome to take any course or courses that interest them. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of five production management courses.


The program offers an opportunity for professional development in the exciting and challenging field of production planning and inventory control. The principal objectives of the program are the development of concepts and ideas as well as providing an opportunity for self-improvement for all participants.

Who should earn the CPIM designation?

A CPIM education is essential for professionals involved in:

  • Production and inventory management
  • Operations
  • Supply chain management
  • Procurement
  • Materials management
  • Purchasing

CPIM Exam Modules

The CPIM designation is awarded upon successful completion of exams covering the following five modules:

Basics of Supply Chain Management (30 hours)

Explore the basic concepts in managing the flow of materials in a supply chain. In the Basics of Supply Chain Management, 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 (24 hours)

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 (27 hours)

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 (27 hours)

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 (27 hours)

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

For more information, please contact:

Penn State Wilkes-Barre
Continuing Education
Lehman, PA 18627
Phone: 570-675-9253
Fax: 570-675-8308
E-mail: wbce@outreach.psu.edu