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Certified in Production and Inventory Management

Benefits of the training course

For the organisation

  • It creates a common understanding and standardised vocabulary
  • It increases mastery of supply chain processes and frameworks within the company and enables the enterprise to address their supply chain challenges and opportunities
  • The knowledge and organisational skills of the supply chain actors will allow for strategically streamlining operations
  • The tools acquired will allow for the effective management of supply chain activities where suppliers, plants, distributors and customers are located all over the world
  • Supply chain actors will increase the efficiency with which they use their ERP and other IT tools thereby increasing the efficiency of operations
  • Overall, the skills acquired will create consistency and foster collaboration through best practises, common terminology and increased organisation wide communication
  • As a result, the organisation will see positive effects on lead times, inventory and bottom line profitability, better use of tools, existing resources, ERP systems and collaboration which will increase the efficiency of the workplace environment
  • Improved customer service, increased performances and greater overall satisfaction

For individual employees

  • Improve efficiency across the processes of the organisation’s supply chain
  • Increase profitability by optimising the organisation’s inventory investment
  • Maximise ROI on systems and technologies
  • Predict outcomes more accurately
  • Amplify functional knowledge of production and inventory management
  • Achieve greater confidence and improve industry recognition
  • Accelerate their individual performance, manage their career development and be leaders in improvement projects
  • Middle level managers involved in Operations & SC Management, needing an overall view from strategic planning to distribution.
  • Consultants in industrial organisation or IT
  • Planning managers, procurement, production & shop floor managers, logistics, IT, supply chain, distribution, ...

The CPIM certification programme

The programme consists of 5 modules in all, the BASICS is the entry or introductory module and contains the essential knowledge which is elaborated up in far greater detail in each of the other four modules. The three technical modules Master Planning of Resources (MPR), Detailed Scheduling and Planning (DSP) and Execution and Control of Operations (ECO) deal with operational techniques, the last Strategic Management of Resources (SMR) links the enterprise’s strategy with manufacturing operations.

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The CPIM certification can be prepared by mid-level managers who in general have an engineering degree or equivalent graduate degree.

A potential participant must know and master the content of the Basics of Supply Chain Management course, whether or not he/she has taken the exam.

A sound knowledge of English is necessary as all the reading material and exams are in English.

Practical experience of operations management (3 to 4 years) will definitely be an asset as the content of the modules require candidates to apply knowledge (as opposed to the BASICS module which requires candidates to acquire knowledge).

As a first step, it is advisable for all potential candidates to test their initial knowledge with MGCM’s pre-tests.

This allows both the candidate and human resource management to have a prior evaluation of the candidate’s knowledge of supply chain management and English reading skills and be aware of the personal study time that will be necessary for the preparation.

Duration of the instructor led course

The standard course comprises 13 days of instructor led coursework over a period of one year.

In general, at the outset, there is a kick-off session, then each of the technical modules has 3 days of face to face training.

Specific instruction is not provided for the BASICS of Supply Chain Management module.

Kick-off + 3 days for MPR + 3 days for DSP + 3 days for ECO + 3 days for SMR

After the preparation for each module, the participant is expected to take the corresponding exam.

The standard open courses are structured in such a way that participants come for training one day every 3 to 4 weeks. In between the sessions with the instructors, they work individually on their courseware and exercises which allow them to revise the content of the programme.

A mixture of distance and instructor led education may be planned with the enterprise.

The exam for each module consists of 75 multiple choice questions to be answered in 3 hours.

For 2013 exams are still primarily being conducted on fixed dates through paper & pencil testing. All exams will be conducted through computer based testing in 2014.


For on site training (available for 8 to 15 participants) consult MGCM for customised training solutions (for example a mix of instructor led and distance learning). If necessary the days may be grouped together according to the constraints of the enterprise.

Individuals wishing to have MGCM’s distance learning support for the CPIM modules may also consult us.

Coaching solutions may also be provided on demand.


CPIM maintenance

The CPIM certification remains valid for a period of five years starting from the date of the last successful exam.

At the end of the 5 year period, each candidate must renew the validity of the certification by submitting a maintenance application to APICS proving that he/she has continued to work in the field and has continued to apply best practises in his/her day to day operations. Continuous education hours, membership with APICS or other professional bodies, presentation of papers, participation in conferences, all constitute the proof that a professional has kept his/her knowledge of operations and supply chain management current and up to date.

75 points for these diverse activities have to be accumulated over the 5 year period.

For more information on CPIM maintenance, please refer to the APICS website.

Jean-Michel CAILLAUD



For 15 years, Jean-Michel was plant manager of a company making medical equipment, before which he had several industrial operations responsibilities. Today, he has his own consultancy firm, coaches and leads enterprises towards best SC practises and uses quality as a management tool.(

Instructor CPIM et CSCP (Level Lead : CPIM and Master : CSCP - APICS Recognized Instructors).



René COLIN Conseil

He has more than 40 years of experience in industrial operations, he is author of a book “Produire Juste-à-Temps en Petites Séries” (Editions MGCM) and of several educational fascicules in the collection “à savoir” (Editions AFNOR)

Instructor CPIM (CPIM: level Master, Lean: level Associate - APICS Recognized Instructors).