1. APICS literally stands for “Advancing Productivity, Innovation, and Competitive Success”, though it is more generally known as the Association for Operations Management.
2. APICS offers two main certifications: Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).
3. APICS was founded in 1957 and is the leading association of the supply chain management industry.
1. The CSCP program is end-to-end value chain focused. It studies the enterprise’s relationship with its suppliers, partners and customers.
2. Supply chain planners and those focused on managing the larger supply process will find a better fit with the CSCP.
3. The CSCP only requires one exam. It contains 175 multiple-choice questions that you must complete in four hours.
1. The CPIM program is focused on production/inventory management, materials management, procurement and operations.
2. CPIM is geared for those involved in detailed supply and operations planning.
3. CPIM candidates need to take five exams to gain certification.