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Certified in

and Inventory
Visie Partners
This brochure provides information about the Certified in Production and Inventory
Management (CPIM) course. This is one of the courses developed by the American
2 APICS Institute. Visie Partners is an APICS Channel Partner
and has been providing APICS training courses since
1999. Being an Channel Partner, Visie Partners complies
with the stringent requirements that APICS imposes on
training institutes that are allowed to use this quality
mark. The teachers of Visie Partners are certified higher
vocational education teachers and have experience in
teaching both students in higher education and profes-
sionals. This brochure provides information on the struc-
ture and contents of the CPIM APICS training course.

The American APICS Association for Operations Management (APICS) has been the
standard for training courses in operations management and production logistics
since 1957. APICS CPIM is the world-wide standard training for professionals work-
ing in the rapidly changing world of operations management.

There are hundreds of companies in the Netherlands whose employees are APICS
trained. The large ERP software suppliers use the conceptual framework developed
by APICS and laid down in the APICS Dictionary as a standard for communication,
resulting in a smooth communication between companies, software suppliers and
consultants. SAP and Oracle are only a few examples of ERP suppliers who use the
APICS terminology in their information systems.
APICS CPIM is a comprehensive business training course in operations management,
which focuses on all aspects of business, from determining strategy to implement-
ing production processes, from stock management to quality control. In this bro-
chure you will find a description of the contents of each of the five modules.
With their APICS CPIM certificate, professionals in the field of operations manage-
ment, production, stock management, supply chain management, materials man-
agement and purchasing prove that they comply with the requirements for the cur-
rent supply chain positions.
Benefits of APICS CPIM
The APICS CPIM training program allows you to:
Improve and update your functional knowledge of
production and stock management
Increase the efficiency of the processes in your organization and supply chain
Streamline operations by adopting a more effective organization of the provision of infor-
Provide more accurate business results forecasts
Optimize the return on investment (ROI) for business systems and technology
Increase the profitability of your company by optimizing stock levels 3
Gain credibility among your colleagues, employers and customers.

When Is CPIM A Good Option For You?

APICS CPIM training is intended for professionals who wish to develop themselves in the over-
all field of operations management, from forecasting the demand for products and services to
the delivery to the customer, including order management, production process management,
capacity management, stock management and choice of transportation. This training course is
of great value for:
Management teams involved in the process of sales and operations planning
Materials managers responsible for the planning of material availability
Employees charged with forecasting and demand management in the context of their
sales position
Consultants charged with the implementation of ERP systems within organizations
Operations managers who wish to build their organization and management system on
clearly defined organizational choices
Master planners charged with the planning of the number of finished or semifinished
products to be delivered for final assembly
Project managers responsible for projects aimed at the improvement of the information
provision and optimization of the production function
Application administrators responsible for the functional management of ERP systems
Members of project teams charged with the implementation of ERP systems
People who, within a service organization, fulfill a position similar to any of the above-
mentioned positions in a production environment.

Prior Knowledge Required for the APICS CPIM Training

The APICS/CPIM training is particularly interesting for people who wish to professionalize
themselves in the field of production management. The course is recommended for people
who followed (higher) vocational education / university and who have some years of experi-
ence in operations management. Reading skills in English are required. The course and the final
exam are in English. During the evening courses Dutch will be the language of communication.
Course Material
During the training we will use the latest available APICS material and supplementary
course material recommended by APICS. The course material includes:

The latest versions of the APICS CPIM Participant Workbooks

The APICS Dictionary
Introduction to materials management by Tony Arnold et.al.
Manufacturing Planning and Control Systems for supply chain management, by
Vollmann et.al.
Visie Partners Electronic Learning System with online practice questions and fur-
4 ther study*

*At the start of the training course the students will receive a user name and pass-
word for access to the electronic learning system of Visie Partners

Course Information
The APICS CPIM modules consists of 29 evening classes. There are also options to fol-
low the course in the daytime. There will be a practice exam at the last evening (or
day) of the course. After completion of the course, you will take an APICS organized
exam, for which you can register via www.apics-exam.eu. Facilitators in other coun-
tries can be found on the APICS website (www.apics.org). You can register for the ex-
am using an APICS registration number (ID number). When you pass the exam, you
will receive the 'Certified in Production and Inventory Management certificate. This
allows you to put the CPIM title behind your name.
After having obtained your CPIM certificate, you will have five years to meet the re-
quirements for keeping your certificate valid. You must be able to demonstrate that
you have undertaken several initiatives to keep up in the field of the CPIM profes-
sional. Please refer to the APICS website (www.apics.org) for the latest information
about the updating program. People who have actively participated in the training
sessions, but who do not want to take the exams, are entitled to receive a Certificate
of Participation.
Content of the Modules

Module 1 Basics of Supply Chain Management

Overview of the guiding concepts for supply chain management within the organization.
In this module, you will receive an overview of the value streams running through the
organization from internal and external suppliers. This module covers the following sub-
Elements of the Supply Chain
Just-in-Time (JIT),
Manufacturing Resources Planning (MRP II)
Planning Demand
Capacity Management
Theory of Constraints

Master Planning of Resources Module 2

This module is about decision making on a higher planning level with regard to produc-
tion output and about checking the feasibility of the planning schedule. This module fo-
cuses on the importance of feasible schedules, which meet the business objectives and
the capacity constraints at the same time. Some of the subjects that will be discussed in
this module are:

Use of demand management and customer service

Principles and management of master scheduling and capacity planning
Organizational issues of master scheduling
Measuring performance of the master planning processes
Choice of Distribution Systems Planning and warehouse issues

Module 3 Detailed Scheduling & Planning

Once the master planning is completed and the planning schedule has proven to be fea-
sible, a detailed planning for material and capacity plans is made, based on the availa-
bility of stocks, which indicates which goods and services must be manufactured or pur-
chased. Some subjects that will be discussed in this module are:

Inventory classification and stock policies

Impact of Lean Production concepts on inventory management
Techniques Used for Material Requirements Planning (MRP)
Capacity management in repetitive manufacturing, process industry and service
Developing a purchasing strategy using the Kraljic matrix
Establishing and controlling supplier relationships
Module 4 Execution and Control of Operations
This module is about the prioritization and allocation of production orders, the imple-
mentation of planned activities, the use of status and control information regarding
the production and schedule status of the planning. Students will gain insight into
various allocation methods, quality management methods and continuous improve-
ment programs and stock management. Some subjects that will be discussed in this
6 module are:

Techniques for scheduling production operations on execution level

Sharing information with suppliers and customers to and use of technology
Identification and management of bottlenecks in available capacity
Authorization, execution and reporting systems in push and pull in
Lean manufacturing related to creation of flow and waste reduction
Design and management of quality improvement processes
Statistical Techniques for Evaluating product and process quality

Module 5 Strategic Management of Resources

This module outlines the proceeding of a strategic planning process . Tools will be
provided to help translate relevant internal and external situations and develop-
ments into a business strategy that is appropriate for the company. The operations
strategy plays a key part in this. Subjects that will be covered in this module are:

Developing the business strategy using analysis models for external and
internal evaluation
Process layout choices and competitive strategy
Supply chain networks and rivalry
Managing the Bullwhip effect in supply chains
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility
Choice of Key Performance Indicators for Evaluating Strategic progress
Implementing and Managing Organizational Change
Fees & Conditions
The price of this training is 3,950. This price includes
books, official APICS course material as mentioned under
Course Materials, but is exclusive of VAT and examination fees. The exam fees can be found
on www.apics-exam.eu. The training course consists of 29 three-hour evening classes.

Since the end of 2013, the APICS exam procedure has changed. Students can now take the
APICS exam on a location and date within a certain time period suitable for them. Via
www.apics-exam.eu students can buy the required exam credit. With this credit, one can re- 7
quest an exam on apics.org/att. After this, one can schedule the exam on a location and
date suitable for you via Prometric.
The students must register themselves for the exam.

You will have to spend approximately 5 hours outside of class studying for each three-hour
evening class. In addition to that, you will also need to spend some time on exam prepara-
tion. Starting from 29 course evenings, the total study load will be between 50 and 100

Study Methods
In addition to the classical evening / day course on the basis of open enrollment, it is also
possible to follow the training as an in-company training. It is also possible to opt for the E-
Learning version with oral support (by telephone or web conferencing). The latter two op-
tions are customized tracks. We can make you a suitable offer on the basis of your individual
requirements. Furthermore, it is also possible to follow the entire course as a home study

If you wish to register for the course, please use the form in this brochure or download it
from our website (www.visiepartners.nl).

If you have any questions about the course, please do not hesitate to contact Visie Partners

Derk Kuiper
Phone: 00 (0)31 598 381 274
Email: info@visiepartners.nl
Visie Partners
Noorderstraat 223
AE 9611 Sappemeer
The Netherlands
Phone: 00 (0)31 598 381 274
Email: info@visiepartners.nl
Noorderstraat 223
9611 AE Sappemeer
The Netherlands