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Production and Inventory Management

APICS-The Educational Society for Resource Management is a not-for-profit international educational organization respected throughout the world for its education and professional certification programs. With more than 70,000 individual and corporate members in 20,000 companies worldwide, APICS is dedicated to using education to improve the business bottom line. APICS is recognized globally as the source of knowledge and expertise for manufacturing and service industries across the entire supply chain - in such areas as materials management, information services, purchasing and quality. In B.C., there are two APICS Chapters, one in Vancouver and the other in Kelowna, with a combined membership of over 300 people.

Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
Provides professionals with in-depth knowledge of the key aspects of production and inventory management.

Benefits of becoming Certified in CPIM
The in-depth, functional knowledge gained through the CPIM program can help you:

  • Increase profitability by optimizing your inventory investment delight your customers by delivering products and services just-in-time,
  • Streamline operations by accurately forecasting to meet your master plan,
  • Increase productivity by using material requirements planning and capacity requirements,
  • Planning to meet your long-, medium-, and short-range goals improve customer service by understanding all aspects of the supply chain,
  • Gain a competitive edge by maximizing your systems and technologies.

Highlights of the CPIM Curriculum
Certification in production and inventory management confirms understanding of the design, operation, and control of systems for the manufacture and distribution of products and services. The CPIM curriculum is divided into interrelated modules, each concluding with an examination.

To become certified, a candidate must pass an exam for all 5 of the CPIM modules. APICS recommends that candidates take the Basics of Supply Chain Management exam first and the Strategic Management of Resources last. The remaining modules can be taken in any order, but the Strategic Management of Resources should be taken last. For specific information on becoming a member of APICS, please contact the local APICS office at 604-638-0979 or www.apics-vancouver.org.

Program Entry

BCIT, in cooperation with APICS, offers a series of courses that assist individuals in becoming certified in two internationally recognized certification programs. See below for details. For specific information on becoming a member of APICS, please contact the local APICS office, Tel 604-435-9530 or the website: www.apicscanada.org/.

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Ruth MacKay
Part-time Studies Program Assistant - Operations Management
604-412-7417 | Ruth_MacKay@bcit.ca

Ron Wlock
Part-time Studies Coordinator - Operations Management
604-432-8991 | Ron_Wlock@bcit.ca

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