Certified in Production and Inventory Management

Workshop Overview

In a dynamic e-Learning format, this workshop will prepare participants to sit for each of the five identified CPIM® modules.  This program is a blend of CPIM® key points combined with numerous practice exam questions.  In the CPIM® program, participants learn to improve all functional areas of the enterprise. Employees build their skills and knowledge in materials management, in support of companies building leadership in these areas and their quest to increase profitability.  CPIM® also teaches employees critical skills in design, operations, and control systems.  These learned skills include: accurate forecasting for streamlined operations, enhanced Supply Chain Management, Just-In-Time delivery or products and services and getting maximum performance from systems and technologies.  To qualify for the CPIM®, the applicant need only pass the five exams that can be taken at their discretion after attending this workshop.

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Who Should Attend

Professionals working in various positions of Supply Chain Management, including functions in inventory, purchasing, warehousing, traffic and material.


What you'll Learn

  • Module 1 –Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM)
    • Candidates focus on the 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.
  • Module 2 – Master Planning of Resources (MPR)
    • 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.
  • Module 3 – Detailed Scheduling and Planning (DSP)
    • 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.
  • Module 4 – Execution and Control of Operations (ECO)
    • 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.
  • Module 5 – Strategic Management of Resources (SMR)
    • Candidates explore 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.


Workshop Outline

This is a 100% online program which prepares participants to sit and potentially pass the five CPIM® exams which are divided into the five modules. Each module is approximately 30 hours of online study for a total of 150 hours for the entire CPIM® program. The multidimensional expertise demanded by this program will allow the participants to build their skills and knowledge in materials management.

This program will incorporate key educational points (CPIM® Alerts), case studies, simulated exam questions with both question and answer methodologies and comprehensive reviews to prepare participants to sit and pass the exams.   At the end of each of five modules, participants will be presented with a comprehensive, simulated exam to gauge preparedness for the actual exam.  


Unique workshop offerings

As opposed to a traditional program where participants must be present in a classroom for a set day and time and incur the cost of travel, this program can be done any time in the convenience of one’s home or office.  With a strong focus on the exam(s) and how to be a good test taker, the average pass rate is approximately 85% which is 20 percentage points higher than the global average of competing review programs offered elsewhere in the marketplace.


Workshop Leads

Patrick S. Woods

Patrick S. Woods, CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M., CPIM

PATRICK S. WOODS has for the past 30 years had the phenomenal opportunity to work with over 300 companies in the U.S., Asia, Netherlands, Middle East, Africa, Central America, Former Soviet Union and upcoming, Colombia-Latin America in various facets of Supply Chain Management, including training, certifications and consulting solutions. For the past 20 years, Patrick has led and presented C.P.M. and CPSM review training for both corporations and ISM/APICS’ affiliates, resulting in numerous participants achieving certification status and is also the GLOBAL BEST PRACTICES (GBP) Chair for ISM-Dallas. He previously held the role of Professional Development Chair for NAPM-National Association of Purchasing Management (the forerunner of ISM) and had responsibility for seven Southeastern U.S. states and Puerto Rico. Patrick has worked with major corporations such as Alcatel, Boeing, Fujitsu, Halliburton, Ingersoll-Rand, Atlas Copco, Verizon and Pertomina in the areas of supply chain and materials management, traveling extensively in Asia and the former Soviet Union. He has also founded the current on-line learning initiative that has been a huge success with such companies as Halliburton, Ingersoll-Rand, Atlas-Copco and Verizon, resulting in both a U.S. and world-wide roll-out with approximately 2,000 participants, primarily in the areas of C.P.M, CPSM, CPIM and Six-Sigma. He has a degree in Industrial Management from the University of Alabama, with a minor in Economics.

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