APICS Principles of Operations Management


The customisable APICS Principles of Operations Management courseware series provides solid foundational operations management knowledge for professionals of all educational backgrounds and levels of work experience.


Fill knowledge gaps in your organisation 

APICS Principles of Operations Management is the ideal educational program for your organisation’s unique training needs. This program is designed for a wide range of participants, from college students to working professionals, from those who are new to operations management to non- operations management staff looking to familiarise themselves with the concepts and applications of operations management. 

Use this exciting new educational program to t the specifc needs of your employees’ learning requirements, educational backgrounds and experience levels. 


Flexible learning options 

The APICS Principles of Operations Management program consists of five modular courses. Within each course are nine educational sessions and two exams. The sessions can serve as stand-alone mini-courses or be combined with sessions from other Principles courses to create a customised learning experience. 

The APICS Principles of Operations Management will provide employees with a foundational knowledge of the principles, methods, techniques and language of operations management. 


To discuss all the ways you can customise your employees’ learning experiences please contact the apicsAU National Office to arrange a meeting with our Stakeholder Engagement and Marketing Officer.


Designed with the workforce in mind 

The APICS Principles program is ideally suited for organisations looking to train their operations and non-operations staff. Choose from onsite, offsite and classroom based instructor-led courses. We’re here to work with you to create customised training solutions for your team, whether you need: 

  • Foundational training for specific operations management roles

  • Targeted training for unique operational challenges within your organisation

  • Cross-functional training for senior managers 


An overview of APICS Principles of Operations Management 

The APICS Principles of Operations Management program includes five courses, and nine sessions and two exams within each course. Mix and match the 45 sessions across all five courses to create a customised training program for your team. 

Not sure where to start? To view some APICS-recommended custom courses, go to apics.org/customize


Principles of Inventory Management

Provides a functional knowledge and understanding of inventory and purchasing management principles, roles and responsibilities, and techniques.

Topics include:

  • Operations Management Foundations

  • Fundamentals of Inventory Management

  • Purpose and Function of Inventory

  • Inventory Replenishment Management

  • Additional Inventory Replenishment Techniques and Inventory Performance

  • Lean Inventory, Theory and Practice

  • Fundamentals of Purchasing

  • Sourcing Strategies

  • Purchase Order Management and Performance Measurement


Principles of Operations Planning

Imparts a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the basic inventory planning principles and techniques that are used at each level in the planning process, from strategic to tactical.

Topics include:

  • Operations Management Foundations

  • Planning Foundations

  • Forecasting

  • Demand Management

  • Sales & Operations Planning

  • Aggregate Operations Planning

  •  Master Scheduling Foundations

  • Master Scheduling Processes

  • Operations Systems


Principles of Manufacturing Management

Provides an introduction to manufacturing management core concepts and activities related to production planning, scheduling and process control, including management of the manufacturing environment, executing manufacturing planning and control activities, working with material requirements planning (MRP), capacity management, capacity requirements planning (CRP) and lean manufacturing.

Topics include:

  • Operations management foundations

  • Introducing manufacturing management

  • Defining manufacturing product structures

  • Mastering the basics of Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

  • Understanding how to manage with MRP

  • Mastering Capacity Planning and Management

  • Controlling production activity

  • Managing Advanced Scheduling

  • Lean Production Management


Principles of Distribution and Logistics

 Introduces the foundations and operations of supply channel inventory, warehousing and transportation operations. Participants will leave the course with a greater understanding of distribution channel design, inventory management, distribution requirements planning (DRP), warehouse management, packaging and material handling, transportation management and operations.

Topics include:

  • Operations Management Foundations

  • Introduction to Distribution and Logistics

  • Channel Network Design

  • Inventory Management

  • Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP)

  • Warehouse Management

  • Packing and Materials Handling

  • Transportation Management

  • Transportation Operations


Principles of Managing Operations

Introduces the fundamentals of operational process design, quality and organisational management and performance. Participants will leave the course with a greater understanding of project management, product and process design, total quality management, statistical quality control, process optimisation together with organisational management and performance

Topics include:

  • Operations Management Foundations

  • Introduction to Manufacturing Management

  • Manufacturing Product Structures

  • Basics of Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

  • Managing with MRP

  • Capacity Planning and Management

  • Production Activity Control

  • Advanced Scheduling

  • Lean Production Management