This course is first of a two-part series for those who intend to pursue their CPIM Certification.  The Part 1 covers the Basics of Supply Chain Management and Part 2 has expanded to cover 4 of the previous version modules: Master Planning of Resources, Detailed Scheduling and Planning, Execution and Control of Operations and Strategic Management of Resources.  The new two-exam structure condenses the time it takes to earn the CPIM Certification by taking and passing two exams instead of five exams.

The basic concepts in managing the complete flow of materials in a supply chain from suppliers to customers are covered in the CPIM Part 1. This module applies to manufacturing, distribution, service, and retail industries. This course includes the fundamental relationships in the design, planning, execution, monitoring, and control that occur in a supply chain.


This course is intended for operations and supply chain professionals who want to improve their knowledge and skills, gain practical knowledge, and develop skills that can be immediately used on the job. This course is also designed for those who would like to master the APICS body of knowledge terminology and concepts with the intent to pursue certification.   Planners, buyers, master schedulers, demand planners, inventory management, supply chain management, production control management, operations management, cost accounting, quality management, and other professionals who wish to expand their knowledge and ability in the planning of resource allocation will benefit from this training.

Recommended Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.


This course will cover topics such as:

  • Understanding basic business wide concepts, including understanding various supply chain environments
  • Managing demand, including markets and customer expectation
  • Understanding Material Requirements Planning (MRP) logic and the actions required to balance supply and demand  
  • Capacity Requirements Planning (CRP) and manufacturing scheduling
  • Forecasting, Sales and Operations Planning, Theory of Constraints, and other continuous      improvement tools such as Lean, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management
  • Physical distribution overview including related topics such as transportation and warehousing
  • Understanding supply issues including inventory costs, ABC inventory control, and metrics

Learning Goals and results

At the conclusion of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts in various supply chain environments
  • Manage, control and measure the flow of materials in a supply chain from suppliers to customers
  • Apply supply chain best practices required to execute, control and improve internal operations.
  • Utilize the printed and on-line study tools to confidently take the certification exam.

Time Investment

This class is 40 hours of classroom time taken in ten 4-hour sessions over a period of 10 weeks

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