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CPIM Part 1This course was previously known as Basics of Supply Chain Management but was updated late 2017 to include a selection of Technology Enhanced examination questions. In the CPIM Exam Content Manual  (version 6.0), APICS state that “The successful candidate will understand and be able to discuss the major management philosophies used in a supply chain. Emphasis is on manufacturing, but the examination also covers distribution, service, and retail industries. The understanding includes the fundamental relationships in the design, planning, execution, monitoring, and control that occur. The candidate should also understand :

  • Fundamental relationships among supply chain activities
  • Basic enterprise resource planning
  • Introductory measurement and continuous improvement”

The course is split into four main topic areas as follows:

ECM Diagnostic Part Topic Area Covered Percentage of Exam

Business-wide concepts

  1. Supply Chain Fundamentals
  2. Operating Environments
  3. Financial Fundamentals
  4. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  5. Lean
  6. Quality Fundamentals
  7. Theory of Constraints (TOC)

Demand Management

  1. Market Driven
  2. Voice of the Customer
  3. Demand management

Transformation of Demand into Supply

  1. Product and Process Design
  2. Capacity Management
  3. Planning
  4. Execution and Control
  5. Performance Measurements


  1. Inventory
  2. Purchasing Cycle
  3. Distribution

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Details of our next 'open / public' course for CPIM part 1

 Course  Dates  Venue
 CPIM part 1 ( 4 days ) Wed 14th Feb - Thurs 15th Feb , and , Wed 28th Feb - Thursday 1st March 2018 Beckett's Farm Conference Centre, Birmingham, UK, (J3 M42)
CPIM part 1 ( 4 days ) Wed 27th June - Thurs 28th June , and , Wed 11th July - Thursday 12th  July 2018 Beckett's Farm Conference Centre, Birmingham, UK, (J3 M42)
 CPIM part 1 ( 4 days ) Thurs 11th April - Fri 12th April , and , Wed 17th April - Thursday 18th  April 2019 Beckett's Farm Conference Centre, Birmingham, UK, (J3 M42)


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