Frequently Asked Questions

Please review our FAQs below to find the answers to commonly asked questions.

Should you still find your questions are unanswered you may contact us via our contact webform here, by phone or email.

ASCI Membership

Logging onto the ASCI website and member portal for the first time?

If you are logging onto the ASCI website for the first time there are different instructions depending on whether you are already part of our supply chain community. Please refer to one of the following options below to receive simple instructions for logging onto the ASCI website for the first time. 

  • I am already a member
  • I can't remember if I am still a member or if my membership has expired
  • I was a member but now just receive ASCI emails
  • I have always received ASCI emails
  • I am new to ASCI
  • I'm not sure if the supply chain community is for me

Is the link provided taking you to a blank page?

Then you may already be logged in. Another reason could be an IE issue with the version you are running. Please get in touch with us and we'll help you sort it out.

If none of these options suits your particular situation, please refer to our enquiry form and we will be in touch to help you out.

I am already a member

If you are already a member, simply follow these five easy steps to log in for the first time:

1. Go to www.apicsau.org.au/user/password

2. Enter the email address to which you always receive ASCI emails. You will then receive a system-generated email allowing you to change your password (this may take a few minutes)

3. Open the new email and click on the link provided

4. Log in by entering your new password

5. Congratulations. You now have access to your own ASCI member profile. If the details need updating, please enter the correct details to ensure that you maximise your experiences with ASCI

I can't remember if I am still a member or if my membership has expired

Don't worry - you need to log in any way to get your current status. Follow the same five easy steps as if you were a member.

I was a member but now just receive ASCI emails

This means you are already in our system and just need to login to change your password to something you can remember. Follow the same five easy steps as if you were a member.

I have always received ASCI emails

This means you are already in our system and just need to login to change your password to something you can remember. Follow the same five easy steps as if you were a member.

I am new to ASCI

Welcome! Then your job is easy. Simply follow these five steps and you'll be a part of our supply chain community in no time:

1. Go to www.apicsau.org.au/user/register

2. Fill in your personal details and submit. You will then receive a system-generated email providing you with a user name and password you can use to login. Alternatively, you can click the unique link provided in the email. 

3. Open the new email and click on the link provided

4. Login by entering your new password

5. Congratulations. You now have access to your own ASCI member profile. You can now update your details anytime via your login, register as a member, and register for events and products. 

 

Do I need to be an ASCI member in order to study a certificate or course through apicsAU?

ASCI is a membership society and those wishing to enjoy ASCI products and services need to be members.  Prices advertised are for ASCI members. 

A number of membership options are available and are renewed annually on the anniversary of the joining date.

How do I post my CV on the ASCI Career Portal?

Are you searching for the next step in your career? Have you recently graduated from University? Looking for a new challenge? If yes, then you can take advantage of our Career Portal's unique "Position Wanted" feature.

Before you post your CV, it is highly recommended that you access the expert advice of one of our specialist recruitment partners.

To post your CV on the Career Portal you must follow these steps:

Instructions for members

  1. You must log in to be able to post a Job Vacant or Job Wanted

  2. Go to the Career Portal and click Post a Position Wanted

  3. Type your position title

  4. Type your Position type

  5. Type your Status

  6. Type your name

  7. Upload your photo

  8. Drag and drop a small rectangle over your head and shoulders in photo

  9. Type your qualifications

  10. Upload your CV or resume

  11. Add your contact details

  12. SAVE

  13. ASCI will now review your post and approve to publish it, allow two working days

  14. Go to your member portal and in My Content, you will be able to view your Job Wanted Post. Employers will be able to view it in the Jobs Wanted section of the Portal.

  15. You can close the post at any time. You can edit to update your resume and qualifications and open the post at any time.

 

Can I become an ASCI member and register for a course or event at the same time?

Yes.  You can become a member and purchase a course/event at the same time.

ASCI Professionalisation

What are the options for ASCI Practitioner Registration?

ASCI has three categories of Practitioner Registrations:

Logistics Management: This registration is open to practitioners that work in the Third-Party Logistics, Transport, Distribution, Warehousing and related sectors. Successful registration will allow the registrant to use the RegPrac(Log) nominals after his/her name.

Operations Management: This registration is open to practitioners that work in the Operations Management, Sales & Operations Planning and related sectors. Successful registration will allow the registrant to use the RegPrac(Ops) nominals after his/her name.

Procurement Management: This registration is open to practitioners that work in the Supply Management, Procurement, Purchasing and related sectors. Successful registration will allow the registrant to use the RegPrac(Proc) nominals after his/her name.

What is Practitioner Registration?

Practitioner Registration is the process that will, upon successful submission of the required evidence, will eventuate in becoming an ASCI Registered Practitioner.

What does it mean to be a Professionalisation of Supply Chain Manager?

Being registered as a Professional Supply Chain Manager, provides formal recognition of the individual  and evidence to the industry of the professionalism of a Professional Supply Chain Manager. This “standing” is verified against a set or requirements, a professional registration exam, which upon successful completion, provides evidence of the PrSCM's knowledge of Supply Chain Management. Formal professional indemnity (to a limit) which will fundamentally support the career and professionalism of the person in his/her roles in industry.

What is Professional Registration Legislation?

Professional Registration Legislation defines Professional Standards Schemes, which are legal instruments that bind associations to monitor, enforce and improve the professional standards of their members, and protect consumers of professional services.

What does it mean for ASCI to be the accreditation body for the Supply Chain Industry Accreditation Body?

ASCI has put the framework together that is required for Professional Accreditation. By utilising these components of the framework against the necessary standards, ASCI is positioning itself as the official accreditation body for the Supply Chain Industry.

How does one become an ASCI Registered Practitioner?

The process to become an ASCI Registered Practitioner is fully set out here.

What is Professional Registration?

Professional Registration is the process that follows Practitioner Registration, which, subject to an ASCI Registered Practitioner practicing for a period of time in the area of registration,  after registration as practitioner, will require the practitioner to undertake a professional registration examination which, upon successful completion and subject to the further requirements of a Professional Member, will eventuate in becoming an ASCI Registered Professional Supply Chain Manager. Professional Supply Chain Managers  will entitle the registrant to us the nominals PrSCM after his/her name.

What does Accreditation imply?

The accreditation process is the process whereby an industry body sets up a framework for the accreditation process. The accreditation process typically consists of a set of components that are structured in a way that collectively, these components support a structure that defines the underlying professional base for the industry.

What is a Professional Supply Chain Manager?

A Professional Supply Chain Manager, in the context of the ASCI accreditation framework, is someone that has been assessed against not only evidence of relevant work experience, professional and tertiary qualifications, the successful registration as a practitioner, but have also successfully passed a professional registration examination.

Where does ASCI get the authority to be an accreditation body for the Supply Chain Industry?

ASCI is pursuing self-accreditation. That mean that ASCI has developed the required components of a professional accreditation processes/framework, that defines the nature of the supply chain profession. In this context, ASCI mirrors its components against the professional requirements set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) as it is also working towards seeking legislation for Supply Chain management as a formal legislated profession.

Who is the Professional Standards Authority?

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) provides regulatory and general support services for the Professional Standards Councils. It is formally an agency of the NSW government (within the Better Regulation Division of the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation) with obligations to provide services to all Australian governments and their relevant Councils. 

The PSA supports the work of the Councils by:

  • Working with professional associations to help them develop self-regulation initiatives, improve their professional standards, meet their self-regulatory commitments, comply with their legislative obligations, and protect Australian consumers of professional services
  • Providing information to help associations apply for a Professional Standards Scheme
  • Providing expert advice and administrative support to the Councils
  •  Conducting and promoting research, education and thought leadership in professional standards and regulation
  • Developing policies and guidelines
  • Participating in events to promote debate and change in the areas of professional standards, codes of ethics and conduct, and risk management to improve the standard of services consumers receive.

What does Professional Accreditation mean?

Professional accreditation is the process of developing a professional framework against which an industry association can set up the required components that would constitute the nature and definition of a profession.

General

Is there a fee for cancellation?

Most apicsAU courses and education programs have cancellation deadlines with some forfeiture of fees.  Please consider our Terms & Conditions outlined on our website and where applicable any cancellation terms outlined on the specific program you are registering for.

Cancellation fees and forfeiture of fees is not intended to be a penalty, but is necessary to defray actual expenses relating to course development and facilitation.

Are there course registration deadlines?

Students are asked to register for courses at least two weeks before the course start date (unless stated otherwise). 

Classes are run in small-class environments and for some programs places fill quickly.  Early registration is recommended.

Registrations after the two week deadline are accepted in cases where vacancies exist and/or where time permits for administrative tasks to be completed (for example preparing and supplying course material).

In locations where we may struggle to get sufficient numbers to make a class viable, students are particularly encouraged to get their registration in early (or at the latest by the two week mark).  A decision to proceed with a program is made two weeks out and a course may be cancelled if we are not aware of your registration.

What is the difference between ASCI and APICS?

ASCI (Australasian Supply Chain Institute) is the trading name of The Australasian Production and Inventory Control Society Ltd. 

ASCI is a society for supply chain professionals and exists to foster professionalism in manufacturing and associated supply chain activities in Australia.  It specialises in providing education for the management of resources and supply chain, including Production and Inventory Management, Warehousing and Distribution, Procurement and Materials Management.  

ASCI is a non-profit membership-based society active in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia.  In addition to extensive education programs, ASCI offers activities that facilitate the exchange and advancement of practical knowledge, ideas and techniques.  Activities include, meetings, short courses, site visits and conferences.  

ASCI is a Premier Channel Partner of APICS.  Under this agreements, ASCI is the authorised provider of APICS resources and certifications (including the CPIM and CSCP) to ASCI members in Australia.

Is my membership with APICS valid for apicsAU programs and events?

Your APICS membership is valid for the purposes of enrolling in APICS specific certification courses and exams only.  If you wish to benefit from other apicsAU programs, you need to have an apicsAU membership. 

APICS Certification

How is the APICS CSCP course delivered?

The APICS CSCP Learning System combines prints materials with interactive online components. It is offered in three learning options - self-directed, instructor-led, or in-house. 

Visit the CSCP Schedule to understand when and where instructor-led classes are scheduled.  Companies seeking in-house options should enquire today.

What is the scoring process for APICS CPIM and APICS CSCP exams?

The Understand a Scaled Score document explains the use of a scaled-score system for reporting test performance in the APICS CPIM and CSCP certification exams.

Are APICS CPIM maintenance requirements affected by the 10 year policy?

No. All policies outlined in the certification maintenance bulletins in the APICS certification maintenance section of the APICS website are unchanged.

 

What may I bring to the exam?

An online computer calculator is available during each computer-based exam, but bringing a simple nonprogrammable calculator into the exam room is also permitted.

English-native language translation books are the only written materials candidates may bring into the exam room. These books should contain only the literal translation of English words, and should not include a description of the meaning of the word. The test centre manager will inspect these books before candidates are admitted to the testing room.

Please refer to the CPIM or CSCP Examination Procedures Bulletin for outside North America for the most up to date policies and procedures relating to the exam.

What is the score range for an APICS CPIM exam?

The APICS CPIM score range is from 265 - 330. A score of 300 or higher is required to pass the exam.

Fail = 265 - 299
Pass = 300 - 330

How long are APICS certification exam scores valid toward the APICS CPIM designation?

APICS certification exam scores are valid for 10 years from the date the exam is taken. For example, the exam score from a Basics of Supply Chain Management exam taken on 18 March 2011, will expire on 18 March 2021.

APICS certifications are recognised globally as the standard of professional excellence in supply chain and operations management. To ensure the validity of those certifications, APICS limits the length of time certification exams are valid. Beginning 1 January 2013, exam scores will have a life span of 10 years from the date the exam is taken.
This policy ensures that candidates who earn APICS certifications have current and relevant knowledge in their field.

With this change in policy, candidates pursuing the APICS CPIM designation will have 10 years from the date of their first successful exam to complete all five modules. If candidates do not earn the certification in this time frame, they will have to retake and pass any exam that has expired.

This policy was determined by the APICS Certification Committee with the approval of the APICS Board of Directors, and was enacted to ensure that candidates who achieve a certification have current and relevant knowledge in their field. No special requests or grandfathering will be accepted in relation to this rule.

 

How can I dispute my exam results?

Candidates will need to submit a formal appeal. In order to do so, you must submit an email to certification@apics.org for further information.

How many questions are on an APICS CPIM exam?

Most APICS CPIM exams consist of 75 multiple-choice questions (60 operational and 15 pretest). The Basics of Supply Chain Management exam has 105 questions (80 operational and 25 pretest). The pretest questions do not contribute to your total score but are necessary for research purposes. These pretest questions are randomly distributed among the test items that will be scored and will be used for statistical purposes only. The pretest items are similar to the scorable items on the test, and candidates will not know which items will be scored and which will not. Candidates should answer all exam questions.

What is the score range for the APICS CSCP exam?

The APICS CSCP score range is from 200-350. A score of 300 or higher is required to pass the exam.

Fail = 200 - 299
Pass = 300 - 350 

How can I provide feedback to APICS after taking an exam?

You are welcome to provide feedback to apicsAU who will endeavour to advise you or answer questions or alternatively refer your feedback to the relevant APICS contact.

However, all candidates also have the opportunity to provide APICS with direct unfiltered feedback by using the APICS Comment Sheet. A link to the form will be sent by email after you take an APICS CPIM or CSCP exam. This is done via email, therefore you need to ensure APICS has an updated email address for you on record. If you have an email address registered with APICS and have not received the link, please check your junk folder as it might have been marked as spam. If you did not receive it and would like to provide feedback please contact exams@apics.org.

What if I cannot attend my exam on the day?

Please contact Pearson VUE directly if you miss a scheduled appointment due to an emergency.

Only the following are acceptable reasons for missing a scheduled exam:

  • a serious illness (either candidate or an immediate family member*)
  • the death of an immediate family member
  • a disabling traffic accident
  • a court appearance or jury duty
  • unexpected military duty

*Immediate family members include the following individuals:

  • spouse
  • children
  • siblings
  • parents
  • grandparents

If candidates miss an exam for any of these reasons, contact Pearson VUE within 10 business days after the exam date at 1800 023 095 (Australia). Candidates must request to have an incident report opened to document the emergency situation. The call centre representative will provide an incident number as well as a fax number to send in the required documentation. Candidates must submit written documentation in order to have their request reviewed.

Examples of acceptable documentation include:

  • a letter from a physician on letterhead, including title, address and phone number
  • a death notice
  • documentation from a court or the military

Candidates who have an approved emergency will receive a new ATT. No refunds of the exam fees will be issued.

Please refer to the CPIM or CSCP Examination Procedures Bulletin for outside North America for the most up to date policies and procedures relating to the exam.

What is the CPIM recertification exam and when is this available?

In keeping with APICS' mission to advance supply chain excellence, APICS infrequently offers a comprehensive CPIM Recertification Exam.  Whenever this exam is available, apicsAU will advertise it on our website.  The recertification exam was last available during 2014.

This is a great opportunity to renew your CPIM credentials, update your production and inventory management skills and stay competitive.  

The CPIM recertification exam is only available to individuals whose CPIM credentials have been suspended or expired.  The recertification exam includes a total of 120 multiple-choice questions delivered in one three hour exam.  This includes 30 questions taken from each of the four CPIM modules (excluding Basics).  

How many questions are on the APICS CSCP exam?

The APICS CSCP exam consists of 175 multiple-choice questions (150 operational and 25 pretest). The pretest questions do not contribute to your total score but are necessary for research purposes. These pretest questions are randomly distributed among the scorable items and will be used for statistical purposes only. The pretest items are similar to the scorable items on the test, and candidates will not know which items will be scored and which will not. Candidates should answer all exam questions.

Does a change to the APICS courseware indicate a change to the exam?

Not necessarily. Not all changes to the courseware are due to changes in the exam specifications. While APICS courseware is periodically updated to reflect changes in the exam specifications, it is also updated in response to feedback from instructors and students regarding ways to enhance the learning experience and to reflect industry trends.

Additionally, exam content is reviewed annually by APICS exam committees. For the APICS CPIM program, refer to the current version of the APICS CPIM Exam Content Manual (ECM). Candidates for the APICS CSCP exam should refer to the current APICS CSCP ECM. Your exam preparation and APICS courseware experience are more likely to be successful when these documents are the foundation of your study efforts.

I failed my APICS CPIM or CSCP exam by one mark. Is there any special dispensation to get me the mark that I lost?

First, we would like to give you more information about how APICS exams are scored.  The scoring is calculated by scaled scoring which is a standard in high stakes testing.

One point on scaled scoring does not equal one point on the exam. To help you think of it, think of a normal distribution curve, with 200 at the far left point on the distribution and 350 at the far right. The passing score is 300, and so there is a peak of scores round 300, so for example if I got a 299, I might be missing passing the exam from anywhere from 1 to 5 questions, and yet, if I got a 200, the distance between 200 and 201 might well be only one question. Scaled score is not meant to be an absolute number that can be equated to a percent score.  

APICS uses a rigorous process to create exam questions.  APICS uses a “Best Practices” approach taken from the Certification Industry.  APICS uses a psychometrician who validates every question on the exam that ends up as a “score question.”  APICS’ exam committees, the group that creates the Exam Content Manual (ECM), also reviews every exam question before it goes on the exam.

In addition, all exam forms are reviewed by a team of Subject Matter Experts and Operation and Supply Chain professionals who review the statistics for every scored exam question on the exam form and determine, with the help of a psychometrician, the difficulty of each question and the difficulty of the exam.  Questions that are deemed too easy or too difficult are removed.  APICS also review the exam questions during the year, keeping an eye on the statistics for each question.  All of this said APICS take great care in creating and maintaining the exam questions for all exams.

You can request a rescore of your exam directly from APICS, but be warned that APICS have not seen a rescore result ever come back with a change in the score to indicate a problem with the software calculation.  So we would not recommend spending the US$45 that is charged for the rescore, but the decision is up to you.  

 

Following is an example of how to determine your possible improvement using the CSCP 2014 ECM:

Below is a table showing the percentage of each section in the CSCP exam.  The calculation of the number of questions is based on your score report and is further explained below the table.  

The following information can be calculated using the information on page 7of the 2014 Exam Content Manual (ECM):

Main TopicPercent of ExamQuestions on ExamPercent you got CorrectQuestions you got CorrectPossible Improvement
Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management33.33%50**********
Supply Chain Strategy, Design and Compliance33.33%50**********
Implementation and Operations33.33%50**********

* These numbers are based on a total of 150 testing questions per 175 question exam, with 25 pretest questions
**  You would get these percentages off of the score report you received from the test centre
*** You would calculate this by multiplying the percent you got correct by 150 questions
**** This is the questions available in a topic area minus the questions you answered correctly, allowing you to calculate how many questions you have potential to answer correctly and increase your performance
 
Using this information you can figure out the best way to target your study activity to get the most possible points for your efforts.
 
The next step is using this information to set up your study plan. Now moving to page 10 of the 2014 ECM, there is a line starting with the word References at the end of section I of the CSCP ECM:
 
References: 1; 2 ( chap.1–6); 3 (chap. 1–2, 6–7, 9); 4 (chap. 1, 5–8); 5 (chap. 1,3, 5, 8–9, 12),11
 
These references refer to the books listed in the Bibliography on page 16 of the ECM, this information allows you to target your study in the sections of these books that are used to create the exam questions. Every exam question is tied to a reference. This does not mean that the questions are taken word for word, but rather that the subject areas are addressed in the questions from each section of the exam are covered in these books in the cited sections.
 
Now we will show you the Bibliography list and how this ties together:
 
1. APICS Dictionary, 14th ed., 2013.
2. Bowersox, Donald, David Closs, and M. Bixby
Cooper. Supply Chain Logistics Management, 4th
ed., McGraw-Hill, 2010.
3. Crandall, Richard, William Crandall, and Charlie
Chen. Principles of Supply Chain Management,
CRC Press, 2010.
4. Ross, David F. Introduction to Supply Chain
Management Technologies, 2nd ed., CRC Press,
2010.
5. Simchi-Levi, David, Philip Kaminsky, and Edith
Simchi-Levi. Designing & Managing the Supply
Chain, 3rd ed., McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2008.
6. United Nations Global Compact: Corporate
Sustainability in the World Economy. 2011.UN
Global Compact Office.
http://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/news_events/
8.1/GC_brochure_FINAL.pdf
7. UN Global Compact Management Model:
Framework for Implementation. 2010. Deloitte
Touche Tohmatsu. Welcome message by Georg
Kell. Foreword by John Connolly.
http://www.unglobalcompact.org/docs/news_events/
9.1_news_archives/2010_06_17/UN_Global_Compa
ct_Management_Model.pdf
8. The G3.1 Guidelines. Global Reporting.
http://www.globalreporting.org/resourcelibrary/G3.1-
Sustainability-Reporting-Guidelines.pdf
9. GRI Sustainability Report Guidelines—Reference
Sheet.
http://www.globalreporting.org/resourcelibrary/G3
.1-Quick-Reference-Sheet.pdf
10. Security Risk Assessment for Transport Operators: A practical guide for small to medium-sized organisations. 
2012. Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure.
http://www.transport.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/67699/security-risk-assessment-guide-for-transport-operators.pdf
11. Additional reference materials that are relevant to
the CSCP body of knowledge can be found at
apics.org/cscp.
 
What this means is that all of reference 1 are used in section I of the CSCP exam, however when we get to reference 2, only chapters 1–6 are used. This is where the study plan comes in. The first thing to do is to figure out where you have the maximum possible increase in points, and then based on this information, purchase or maybe even plan to borrow one or two books to prepare.
 
Most exams tend to be somewhat focused on terminology and for that reason I would call your attention to the Key Terminology listing and Supplemental Terminology on pages 13– 15 of the ECM. I would encourage you to review that list and at least be familiar with the terms listed and their definitions. For this your APICS Dictionary is invaluable.
 
This goes back to the table shown previously.  Ideally you would take your score report form, and see where you have improved, and where you have the greatest potential for improvement, and then perhaps look at getting one or two references that best help you target your preparation activities.

 

What if my name has changed since registration?

If a name change is required after the ATT is received, candidates must contact APICS at exams@apics.org at least two business days prior to their scheduled exam. Candidates must submit a copy of the primary identification they are planning to use to support this change.

Please refer to the CPIM or CSCP Examination Procedures Bulletin for outside North America for the most up to date policies and procedures relating to the exam.

What is the APICS CSCP certification?

The APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) program is recognized worldwide as the premier supply chain management education and certification program. The APICS CSCP program takes a broad view of operations, extending beyond internal operations to encompass the entire supply chain - from supplier, through the company, to the end consumer. The program provides professionals with the knowledge necessary to understand and manage the integration and coordination of end-to-end supply chain activities.

The APICS CSCP program is divided into three modules to provide participants with the best possible educational assessment and knowledge base. By earning the APICS CSCP designation, you demonstrate that you have mastered the APICS supply chain management body of knowledge and that you are committed to the profession. You must pass one comprehensive exam to earn the APICS CSCP designation

 

What is the difference between the APICS CPIM and the APICS CSCP designation?

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification provides a common platform for individuals to evaluate their knowledge of production and inventory management. The APICS CPIM focuses primarily on manufacturing and provides an in-depth view of materials management, master scheduling, production planning, forecasting, and quality improvement within the confines of the operation. The APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) certification takes a broader view extending the APICS CPIM knowledge outside of a company's internal operations to encompass all of the steps throughout the supply chain - from suppliers through the company to the end consumer - and how to effectively manage the integration of these activities to maximise a company's value chain. This flyer provides a depiction of the differences between the programs.

Does the 10 year policy impact my status if I currently hold the APICS CPIM or CFPIM designations?

No, a candidate who is currently certified will not lose their credentials and all certification maintenance program policies remain in effect.

My employer has requested verification of my APICS certification. How can I obtain this?

You may request verification of your certification, results or attendance at courses from apicsAU, as your APICS certification partner in Australia.  If for any reason your information is not available from apicsAU for any reason, we will direct your enquiry to APICS.

APICS launched an online certification verification service in July 2014. Your employer simply needs to go to apics.org/verification and search for you by name. The status of your certification(s) will appear in the results. If your employer requires more complete information, they may submit a certification verification request form, which requires your signed permission.

 

How much time is allowed to complete an APICS CPIM exam?

Candidates will be allowed three hours of test time per module.

What is APICS CIRM?

APICS discontinued offering the APICS Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) program on 1 June 2008.  Content of APICS CIRM program will continue to be recognised as a valuable part of the APICS body of knowledge.

Can I see the questions and answers on my APICS CPIM or CSCP exams?

No, best practices in testing do not allow APICS to provide this information to candidates. The exam content and any test-related materials are confidential and not available for review. 

What is the APICS CPIM Certification?

The APICS CPIM program is recognised worldwide as the standard in production and inventory control. An APICS certification shows a commitment to the profession that leads to a sense of accomplishment, demonstrates value to an employer, enhances earning potential, and provides a path to career advancement. The APICS CPIM program is divided into five process-oriented topics to provide participants with the best possible educational assessment and knowledge base.

After earning an APICS CPIM designation, you can begin the process toward the CFPIM. The distinguishing characteristic of a CFPIM is the willingness to share acquired knowledge with others through presenting, publishing, teaching, and participating in professional development activities.

When do I receive my APICS Certificate?

Candidates who pass certain exams may receive a free electronic certificate directly from APICS.  APICS will notify you when you pass a certain exam.  This notification will include instructions on how to request any applicable certificate.  There are two delivery options:

  1. Download a free electronic certificate from your apics.org account
  2. Request a free hard copy certificate; shipping fees may apply

If you earned your CPIM or CSCP certification before electronic certificates became available, or your certificate has become lost or damaged, you may download a free electronic certificate from your account as long as your certification is in a current status.

The following certificates are available electronically to eligible candidates:

  • Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
  • Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM)
  • CPIM Lifetime
  • CPIM Maintenance
  • Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM)
  • Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
  • CSCP Lifetime
  • CSCP Maintenance
  • Basics of Supply Chain Management (BSCM)

 

How much time will candidates have to complete the APICS CSCP exam?

Candidates will be allowed four hours of test time.

Why does the APICS courseware seem different than the exam?

Certification and education or courseware serve different purposes but are closely coupled to provide an individual with the knowledge, skills, and proof of competency in a given job role. For more information about the relation between certification and education, please refer to the Exam Content Versus Courseware document. 

If I have an unexcused absence from the exam and have not cancelled, why do I forfeit my fee?

The exam space has been reserved for you and is held unless a cancellation is received.  Strict timeframes apply to cancellations.

No-show candidates forfeit the exam fees.

Candidates are considered a no-show on the day of their scheduled exam if they:

  • fail to reschedule or cancel their exam appointment within the appropriate time frame
  • choose not to keep their exam appointment
  • do not have an acceptable reason for their absence
  • have a name on their identifications that does not match the name they registered with and/or the name APICS has on file, and they are not allowed in the testing room
  • arrive late for their exam
  • fail to bring two forms of acceptable identification to the exam

Please refer to the CPIM or CSCP Examination Procedures Bulletin for outside North America for the most up to date policies and procedures relating to the exam.

What is APICS CPIM or CSCP Maintenance?

You have worked hard to achieve certification. Keeping your certification up-to-date and active shows your dedication to your career in operations and supply chain management and helps boost your standing within your organisation and the industry.

APICS requires certification designees to maintain their CPIM or CSCP credentials by validating that their knowledge and skills are current every five years.

The requirements for maintaining certification can be met through multiple sources and a variety of professional development activities intended to help individuals ensure they remain relevant and in-demand employees.

How the APICS certification maintenance program works

Candidates are required to maintain every five years.

75 maintenance points are required for the APICS CPIM and CSCP designations; 100 points are required for the APICS CFPIM designation

Points are awarded based on the following activity categories:

  1. Continuing education (CE)
  2. Presentations, publications and educational development (PPED)
  3. Service to the operations management profession (SOMP)
  4. Professional membership (PM).

Application for Certification Maintenance should be made to APICS directly.

Candidates are welcomed to submit their application online.  The online maintenance application can be accessed here.  You can access a comprehensive list of maintenance activities that qualify towards the maintenance program by visiting this page.

apicsAU supports certification maintenance and will provide to members, on request, the necessary proof of attendance at apicsAU hosted programs, courses and events.

Candidates can view their certification information by visiting the My APICS Certifications page on the APICS website.

 

Demand Driven Planner

How does the APICS CPIM differ from the Certified Demand Driven Planner (CDDP)?

CPIM and CDDP certification programs are both internationally recognised industry certificates.  Both programs improve processes and skills for supply chain managers and planning practitioners. 

There is some distinction in scope, duration and emphasis of the two programs. 

In terms of scope and duration, the CPIM is delivered in five separate modules with an exam at the end of each module.  Obtaining the CPIM typically requires a time investment of around a year and a half. 

The program is comprehensive and provides extensive coverage of a range of technical and functional skills including: Inventory Planning, Capacity Planning, Master Scheduling and S&OP.  It also covers Demand Planning and Forecasting, Performance Management and Quality Control. 

Because of its comprehensive nature, and long standing international recognition, the CPIM  is a good benchmark for supply chain managers/practitioners wishing to ensure they have mastered the full range of operational competencies, for those wanting to fill an operational knowledge gap, or for practitioners wanting to demonstrate competencies against a global standard. More than 100,000 professionals since 1973 have earned the APICS CPIM designation

The CDDP was developed more recently (2011) by Carol Ptak and Chad Smith of the Demand Driven Institute for the purposes of teaching and clarifying the demand driven planning methodologies that are expounded in the third edition of Orlicky's Material Requirements Planning. 1

Specifically, the certification provides extensive learning around demand driven material requirements planning and inventory management, with some less extensive coverage of Capacity Planning, Master Scheduling and S&OP.

Given the narrower content and focus of the CDDP program, it is substantially shorter in duration than the CPIM.  A two day instruction program, together with reading and self-study study will prepare students to sit the single online examination. Preparation time is obviously dependent on hours committed and experience levels of students.

Although a fairly new entrant to the certification market, the CDDP program has the support of the International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA) and is internationally accredited by the IISB. Its growing recognition (listed amongst just 10 planning certificates assessed by Gartner in their Market Guide for Supply Chain Planning Certification Programs - December 2014) attests to the value of the demand-driven methodology taught in the program. 

The CDDP is an ideal certificate for supply chain managers/practitioners wanting to revisit material and inventory planning methodologies to better address market requirements and improve execution response.

The CDDP is complementary to the CPIM.  It is less about how conventional MRP works today and more about how it needs to work given the current global circumstances. CDDP is an excellent follow-on for students having completed the CPIM, although the CPIM is not a pre-requisite for the CDDP.

1  During the early 2000's, Chad Smith's consulting company conceived an innovative approach to planning material - one that allowed planners to respond and adapt more readily to complex and volatile operating environments that characterise today's working environment.  Chad collaborated with Carol Ptak, and their efforts resulted in a whitepaper: 'Beyond MRP'. During 2010, having shared their demand driven planning approach at conferences and through articles and contribution to books,  Carol and Chad had been invited by McGraw-Hill to write the third revised edition of Joe Orlicky's 'bible' on MRP called Orlicky's Material Requirements Planning (published in 2011). Wanting to ensure a true understanding of the now increasingly lauded demand driven planning approach, Carol and Chad (through the Demand Driven Institute), created the CDDP program.  The purpose was to help share the approaches and 'secrets' of demand driven planning, to foster a community that would potentially change the way companies see planning, and to ensure a consistency of understanding - an essential element for the further development and application of the concepts through the world.