CPIM Certification

CPIM Transformed for Today’s Busy Professionals

The APICS Certified in Planning and Inventory Management (CPIM) is known as the premier certification for internal supply chain business operations. Since CPIM’s launch in 1973, more than 107,000 professionals have benefited from this globally recognized certification. 
Companies and employers know that CPIM designees have the proven knowledge and skills to strategically streamline operations.  Now, ASCM is streamlining the CPIM program to better serve the needs of the supply chain workforce - while maintaining the body of knowledge and integrity that has kept CPIM at the forefront of supply chain education.  View the webinar CPIM Transformed for Today's Busy Professional and FAQ's for details on the new CPIM Learning System and exams.

CPIM Transformation – The NEW CPIM Version 6.0

The new, streamlined CPIM program launches in September 2017. Features and benefits of the new CPIM Version 6.0 include:

  • Only 2 exams - CPIM Part 1 and CPIM Part 2 – required to earn the CPIM credential.
  • Already taken CPIM BSCM? - The current CPIM BSCM exam counts toward the new, streamlined CPIM Part 1.  
  • Streamlined certification experience gets you certified faster.
  • Updated format delivers the same CPIM knowledge and skills in a focused program to meet the training needs of today’s busy supply chain professionals.
  • New CPIM Learning System, a proven APICS certification preparation method that combines reading materials with online practice tests and tools. 
  • Ability to purchase the entire CPIM bundle, including the complete CPIM Learning System, CPIM Part 1 exam and CPIM Part 2 exam.

View the CPIM Version 6.0 Launch Timeline

CPIM Exam Details New Version 6.0

Take the next step toward earning your CPIM designation! Candidates must pass two CPIM exams in order to become certified. By taking and passing the CPIM exams you demonstrate your commitment to your career and mastery of knowledge within a company’s global production and inventory activities. 

If you are continuing on the CPIM Version 5.0 (legacy) 5-module journey, you are eligible to purchase the Version 5.0 examscourseware and supporting products. View the phase-out timeline to ensure that you have everything you need to complete your certification in 2018.

CPIM Exam Locations

APICS exams are delivered via computer-based testing (CBT) at Pearson VUE test centers, which are located around the world.

CPIM Exam Content

The CPIM program consists of five modules with two exams, one for Part 1 and one for Part 2. Each module reflects critical areas in production and inventory management.

Part 1: 

Module 1 – Basics of Supply Chain Management 

Number of exam questions - 150 (130 operational and 20 pretest*)
Length of exam - 3.5 hours


Part 2:

Module 1 – Strategic Management of Resources
Module 2 – Master Planning of Resources
Module 3 – Detailed Scheduling and Planning
Module 4 – Execution and Control of Operations

Number of exam questions - 150 (130 operational and 20 pretest*) each module weighing 25%
Length of exam - 3.5 hours


Exam Scoring and Score Range

ASCM uses a scaled score methodology, which is a technique for equating scores in which the degree of difficulty varies from one exam form to the next. This ensures equivalent passing standards are maintained for each exam form. Candidates can download Understanding a Scaled Score for more information.

The CPIM score range is 200 to 350

Pass = 300-350
Fail = 200-299

Review the APICS Exam Handbook for full details on exam process and procedures. The exam content was developed according to the test outline included in the CPIM Exam Content Manual. DOWNLOAD THE  FREE PREVIEW or purchase the full CPIM Exam Content Manual for $25 USD. The ECM is FREE for ASCM  PLUS and CORE members.

Become an ASCM PLUS member today and save on APICS certification exams and study materials. 

*Pretest questions do not contribute to the total score, but are necessary for research purposes and are randomly distributed among the scored items and are used for statistical purposes only. Candidates should answer all exam questions.

Instructor-led P&IM / CPIM Courses:

For those interested in obtaining APICS Certification training, the San Fernando Valley chapter of ASCM offers CPIM (instructor led) classes at the Professional Development Center (PDC) of Glendale Community College in Montrose and College of the Canyon in Santa Clarita. Check our calendar to see the current and upcoming classes offered.

Quick links for Instructor-led CPIM courses:

  • PDC Glendale Community College Class schedule and registration: Click here
  • College of the Canyon Class schedule and registration: Click here

In-House Classes:

The San Fernando Valley chapter offers a complete series of instructor led, in-house classes taught on-site at your company using certified APICS course materials. Please email our VPs of Education, Certification Programs at [email protected] for more information on this program.

While it is not required that you be an ASCM member to take CPIM exams, it is highly recommended that you join the Chapter in order to purchase the needed study materials at a sizable discount. See our membership page, or email [email protected].