Are you ready for the New CPIM?!?

At APICS 2016 in Washington, D.C., APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi announced that the iconic Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) program will be reconfigured in 2017.

APICS will be reducing the required number of exams from five to two exams. This proposed change was recommended by a volunteer task force and approved by the APICS Board of Directors in July 2016.

This is not the first time CPIM has been restructured to better meet the needs of the profession. Throughout the decades CPIM has jumped from four exams to five to six to seven and then back to six exams. Then, in 2000, the current five-exam configuration was rolled out. That change was even more of a major transformation because we not only changed the number of exams but changed their focus from inventory management, just in time, capacity planning, etc., to the current process-oriented exams, which follow the planning hierarchy from business planning to the shop floor.

Now that the decision has been made, what you really want to know is: How does this affect ME and MY CPIM certification preparation?

Questions about How I Should Proceed with My CPIM

I haven’t started, but I really need to earn my CPIM within the next 12–18 months. What should I do? 

Start now by taking CPIM Basics of Supply Chain Management.  The current courseware and test will count as Part I for a short time.  The last date for testing on current CPIM BSCM is estimated January 8th 2018/ (Dates/timeline of transition are below).  Part I & II Learning Systems will become available in August 2017.  The Detroit Chapter will begin holding Part I & II exam prep classes in the Fall 2017.

The new, enhanced Basics courseware and exam will be more expensive than the current Basics courseware and exam.  The exam will be longer (three-and-a-half hours, 150 questions), so completing Basics now, before the reconfiguration, is to your advantage. Passing the Basics exam now will still count toward the CPIM after the reconfiguration—in fact, your results will be valid for up to 10 years.

Take advantage of CPIM BSCM / Part I opportunity!  The Greater Detroit Chapter will be holding the BSCM class in May.

Schoolcraft College, Livonia:  8am – 5pm



April 22 & 29

May 6

Execution & Control of Operations

May 13 & 20

June 3 & 10

Basics of Supply Chain Management

June 3, 10 & 17

Strategic Management of Resources

I’ve taken two or more exams. Should I wait for the new exams to complete the program? 

No, keep going; finish what you started. By waiting for the reconfigured exam, you will spend additional money, additional time and additional preparation on part(s) of the new exam that you've already passed in the current format.

APICS will stop selling the Basics exam and participant workbook upon the release of CPIM Part I & II Learning Systems, but the other exams and workbooks (MPR, DSP, ECO and SMR) will be available for several months into 2018 for anyone still in progress, so you will be able to finish what you started if you are in progress currently.

I’m already a CPIM. What does this mean for me?

You will remain a CPIM as long as you continue to apply for Certification Maintenance every five years.

There is no substantive change to the program; this is just a reconfiguration of the structure. After the reconfiguration, new CPIMs will have had to validate the same body of knowledge that you had to validate with your five (or more) exams.

For answers to additional questions regarding the program change, please read our CPIM reconfiguration FAQs. 

Contact publiceducation@apicsdet.org


Educate. Mentor. Excel. Lead.

Call for Instructors

The Greater Detroit Chapter is expanding their certification class offerings and need several instructors to guide future Supply Chain professionals through the certification process.  If you currently hold an APICS certification, (or will in a few months!!), and feel the calling to pay it forward to others YOU are who we are looking for! 


The APICS Instructor Development Program (IDP) creates an environment where you can enhance your instructional skills to deliver the highest-quality educational experience for your learners.

Acquire innovative instruction techniques from a community of dedicated APICS Instructors.  The techniques are designed to enhance your instructional skills and to help your learners succeed in passing APICS exams and attaining certification.

APICS offers tiered instructor designations to hone your existing skills while developing more complex instructional skills. These tiers advance your success as an APICS Recognized Instructor to pair you with the courseware that best matches your education and experience and to maximize your earning potential as an APICS Recognized Instructor.

APICS instructors are compensated for hours taught and for support in becoming an IDP approved instructor.

For additional information contact:


VP EDUCTION Greater Detroit Chapter