APICS Certification Review Courses
The need for personal certification is increasing in today's complex society. Certification is to determine qualifications of persons for being able to perform actions in accordance with the applicable (international) established criteria, or in the absence thereof, in accordance with criteria agreed by both organizations and individuals. As it is practically impossible to determine whether a person can function qualified by his own observation only.
APICS is the leader in supply chain education and certification programs. They literally set the industry standard. For years, individuals and organizations have turned to APICS to build skills and advance supply chain performance. The APICS brand is globally recognized as the top provider of supply chain certification, endorsement, certificate and education programs.
APICS certifies individuals currently on three main areas, namely, Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Logistics, Transport and Distribution (CLTD) and Supply Chain Management (CSCP).
APICS offers three major certification programs:
- APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
- APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD)
- APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
With an APICS CPIM certification you show that you have the necessary knowledge and understands the essence of production and inventory management. The emphasis is on the internal operational processes of an organization and gives you a solid basis in Materials Management, Master Scheduling, Forecasting, Production Planning, and more. Since 1973 there are over 100,000 people certified in "Production and Inventory Management". This makes it an important qualification for thousands of companies when selecting staff.
APICS introduced the new training CLTD 2016. With CLTD they intend to meet the increasing need for highly qualified professionals and is specifically designed for logistics, transport and distribution. Certification demonstrates in-depth knowledge of a broad range of topics to set you apart from your colleagues — proving your high level of knowledge and skills.
APICS CSCP certification shows that you have superior knowledge in mastering the entire chain: knowledge of end-to-end processes. The CSCP program helps you demonstrate your knowledge and organizational skills to develop streamlined operations. Since its launch in 2006, more than 20,000 professionals in 82 countries have earned the CSCP designation.
In order to become certified, you have to meet the requirements that are imposed on the program. It may be that you need to have certain professional qualifications (eligibility). When you meet these requirements, you have to pass one (CLTD, CSCP) or multiple (CPIM) exams. These examinations are held worldwide and are computer-based (CBT). The exam requirements are described in the Exam Content Manual (ECM) which is compiled by the independent in the USA-seated Exam Committee. The Exam Content Manual describes the relevant part of the "APICS Body of Knowledge" for certification.
To become certified you have to follow the APICS 5-Step Process to certification designation.
- Select credential
- Check eligibility
- Prepare for exam
- Take and pass exam
- Display your new credential with pride!
The basis for assessment of APICS CPIM, CSCP and CLTD is a detailed job-task analysis, so that the certification remains in line with the needs of companies. This makes that APICS certification is recognized worldwide as the essential step in the careers of professionals in Supply Chain and Operations Management.
Certified persons are authorized to proudly place certification letters (CPIM, CSCP or CLTD ) behind their name. That right arises when the exams are successfully completed. The credential is awarded for a period of five years and will be extended if you comply with the 'maintenance' requirements. Indeed, competence has an expiration date. Candidates are required to maintain their certification, by showing their dedication to their career in operations and supply chain management and help boost their standing within their organization and the industry. If a candidate does not maintain their certification by the maintenance due date, the certification is suspended.
The difference between CPIM, CLTD and CSCP
Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) was established since 1971 and is well known in the logistics world. The APICS CPIM is intended for professionals who wish to further develop the entire production management and inventory management. The program focus on the internal (planning) processes of the company.
APICS CPIM candidates must take two exams.
The first one is focussing on the Basics of Supply Chain Management, and is covering the modules:
- Business Wide Concepts (25%)
- Demand Management (25%)
- Transformation of Demand into Supply (25%)
- Supply (25%)
The second part is zooming into the application and integration of planning concpets, and is covering:
- Master Planning of Resources (25%)
- Detailed Scheduling and Planning (25%)
- Execution and Control of Operations (25%)
- Strategic Management of Resources (25%)
Did youpass both examns, you may use the CPIM credential behind your name.
Certified Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD)
The APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) designation exists since 2016. The CLT program is the choice for the ambitious professional active in logistics, transport and distribution, and want to improve the logistics function within the enterprise.
APICS CLTD candidates have to pass one comprehensive exam. When you pass the exam, you may carry the CLTD credentials behind your name.
The exam covers the following topics:
- Logistics and Supply Chain Overview (8%)
- Capacity Planning and Demand Management (8%)
- Order Management (10%)
- Inventory and Warehouse Management (17%)
- Transportation (22%)
- Global Logistics Considerations (17%)
- Logistics Network Design (10%)
- Reverse Logistics and Sustainability (8%)
Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) was established in 2005. The CSCP Program has been designed for ambitious professionals in operations and supply chain management. The CSCP program is the choice of the professional who wants to look beyond the walls of their own company, and be able to control the entire chain.
APICS CSCP is designed to train individuals for one certification exam. When passed the exam, the candidate may carry the CSCP credential behind his name.
The exam covers the following topics:
- Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management (23%)
- Supply Chain Strategy, Design, and Compliance (43%)
- Implementation and Operations (34%)
Benefits of pursing an APICS designation are:
- Obtain broad knowledge of the area of Operations and Supply Chain Management
- Speaking the same language
- It serves as an Expertise Indicator
- An APICS certification will put your career into overdrive
- Demonstrate a commitment to your career that distinguishes you from others in your field
Course delivery options
The APICS Certification Programs are offered in-company only.
Why hire us?
Mutatis Mutandis is a education provider since 1993. As APICS strongly supports and stands behind the quality of its Instructors. Mutatis Mutandis only works with Master Instructors who have enhanced instructors' skills and provide the resources to deliver the highest quality instruction of the APICS body of knowledge. Our instructors have years of practical experience in the area they instruct.
The combination of didactic and practical experience of our instructors, our extensive experience in logistics and change management, did result in high exam pass rates and student satisfaction.
Mutatis Mutandis, the training specialist in Operations- and Supply Chain Management. With over 20 years’ experience in education and training we offer professional assistance in completing your request.
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