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APICS Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM 8.0) – Self Study


Resilience and agility are what make supply chains thrive. By earning the APICS Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM) designation, you’ll develop competencies to successfully work across all functions of the supply chain. In addition, you’ll have the knowledge to effectively manage risks and disruptions, as well as leverage technology to streamline processes.


100 hours self study


The pandemic caused a major shift in consumer, demand and put a spotlight on supply chain vulnerabilities. This makes planning more important than ever, and the CPIM program gives you the tools and skills to address these challenges.

Earning the APICS CPIM demonstrates mastery of an organization’s internal operations and an in-depth understanding of materials management, master scheduling, forecasting, production planning and how it applies across the extended supply chain.

If you have any of these responsibilities, CPIM is right for you

  • Work with an ERP system, or other manufacturing. systems and technologies
  • Manage planning, at any level of the planning hierarchy
  • Work with the Master Production Schedule and/or Materials Requirement Planning
  • Oversee manufacturing inventory management and control
  • Plan procurement and external sources of supply
  • Measure production performance
  • Participate on an S&OP team

Course Outline

The CPIM Learning System content is divided into 8 modules. The concepts and best practices you learn will help you elevate your job performance, drive improvement in the efficiency of planning and operations and make a positive impact on your organization’s overall bottom line.

Module 1: Supply Chains and Strategy

Module 2: Sales and Operations Planning

Module 3: Demand

Module 4: Supply

Module 5: Detailed Schedules

Module 6: Inventory

Module 7: Distribution

Module 8: Quality, Technology and Continuous Improvement

How will I study?

The CPIM Learning System is a comprehensive program that combine print and online reading materials, online practice tests and interactive study tools to ensure you’re prepared for the exams.  

The CPIM Learning System incorporates three components to help you apply the concepts and test your understanding and retention of the information.


  • Complete the pretest to determine your current knowledge and identify areas for improvement.
  • Based on your pretest scores, the online learning system will recommend the most efficient study plan.


  • Utilize convenient study options: read printed books or access online study materials via any mobile device, tablet or computer - 24/7.
  • Benefit from microlearning features in the online learning system; focus on smaller content segments for a more efficient use of available time.
  • Take the chapter quizzes to test knowledge retention and receive immediate feedback, answer rationales and references to the relevant sections
  • in the reading materials.
  • Complete the Learning activities, including new in-depth videos, and real-life case studies to help reinforce concepts presented.
  • Study flashcards to reinforce your memory of key terms, concepts and definitions.


  • Take the practice exam which was designed to help users gain experience with the format of the computer-based exams.
  • Access additional information about the certification exam, study tools, and test-taking tips.
  • Access the "My Progress" section to track your quiz scores and learning gain.


The CPIM exam consists of 150 questions answered in 3.5 hours. Receive your results immediately after completing the exam. With a passing score, you can start using your new CPIM credential immediately! Online testing is now available, providing you with the convenience of taking an exam from the comfort of your home or office.

Visit PearsonVUE at for more information on testing.


Please note:

  • APICS CPIM Exam credits are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase (these will be added to your APICS account)
  • It is the delegate's responsibility to redeem the exam credits for their 'Authorisation to test' (ATT) and book their exams.
  • When redeeming their exam credit, delegates can book their exam up to 6 months in advance (giving you a maximum of 12 months from the date of purchase to the date of the exam)
  • To qualify for a 2nd Chance Exam credit, delegates must schedule (and fail) their first exam within 90 days of purchasing their ATT. The 2nd Chance Exam credit (if issued) will be valid for 6 months.


To purchase the APICS Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM 8.0) please contact us at [email protected]. Full payment is required prior to access being granted.

Pricing guide excluding shipping costs - exact pricing will be confirmed at time of order.

2024 APICS CPIM Bundle: Learning System + Exams + 2nd Chance Exam with membership and participant materials GBP £2,405.00 plus VAT where applicable.

Optional: In addition to above you can add 3 hours of coaching support with a CPIM Instructor for a further GBP £360.00 plus VAT where applicable. Please note that coaching hours are non-refundable. 

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