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CPIM - The Certification In Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), is recognized worldwide as the measurement criterion for professional competence in manufacturing and distribution planning and control. In the CPIM program, participants learn to improve all functional areas of the enterprise. Employees build their skills and knowledge in materials management, while companies build leadership and increase profitability.

The CPIM Certification focuses on five (5) key modules for a total of approximately 150 hours of training. Listed below are the five CPIM modules offered by SCE in their recommended order as well as a detail of concepts and areas covered in each module as defined by APICS, the association that sponsors this Certification.

(1)    (BSCM) Basics of Supply Chain Management :
Covers basic concepts in managing the complete 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.
(2)    (MPR) Master Planning Of Resources :
Candidates explore 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.
(3)    (DSP) Detailed Scheduling And Planning:
Candidates focus on the various techniques for material and capacity scheduling. The course includes detailed descriptions of material requirements planning (MRP), capacity requirements planning (CRP), inventory management practices, and procurement and supplier planning.
(4)    (ECO) Execution And Control Of Operations :
Candidates focus on the areas of prioritizing and sequencing work, executing work plans and implementing controls, reporting activity results, and providing evaluating 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.
(5)    (SMR) Strategic Management Of Resources :
SMR explores 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.
CPIM also teaches employees critical skills in design, operations, and control systems. These learned skills include:
  1. Accurate forecasting for streamlined operations
  2. Enhanced supply chain management
  3. Just-In-Time delivery of products and services
  4. Getting maximum performance from systems and technologies
To obtain the CPIM designation, candidates must pass all five (5) exams. There are no educational nor experience requirements.

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