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Somnath Manna, CPIM, CSCP
SAP Practice, Tata Consultancy Services

Professionally I need familiarization and regular usage of Supply Chain concepts as part of providing solutions using SAP's SCM/APO product for my clients.

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CPIM - Certified in Production and Inventory Management
Since 1973, the CPIM program has educated more than 80,000 professionals on essential terminology, concepts, and strategies related to demand management, procurement and supplier planning, material requirements planning, capacity requirements planning, sales and operations planning, master scheduling, performance measurements, supplier relationships, quality control, and continuous improvement.

Benefits of CPIM
A CPIM education can help you to Increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management Improve efficiency across the processes of your organization's supply chain Streamline operations through accurate forecasting
Predict outcomes more accurately Maximize customer satisfaction by delivering products and services Just-in-Time Increase profitability by optimizing your organization's inventory investment Enhance your credibility among peers, employers, and customers.

Who should earn the CPIM designation?
A CPIM education is essential for professionals involved in
Production and inventory management
Supply chain management
Materials management

CPIM Modules
Candidates must pass all exams for the following modules

Basics of Supply Chain Management
Explore the basic concepts in managing the flow of materials in a supply chain. In the Basics, you get a complete overview of material flow, from internal and external suppliers to and from your organization. Topics include:
Elements of the Supply Chain
Just-in-Time (JIT)
Total Quality Management (TQM)
Manufacturing Resources Planning (MRP II)
Demand Planning
Capacity Management.

Master Planning of Resources
Explore the processes used to develop sales and operations plans and identify and assess internal and external demand and forecasting requirements. The course focuses on the importance of producing achievable master schedules that are consistent with business policies, objectives, and resource constraints. Topics include:
Demand Management
Sales and Operations Planning
Master Scheduling
Measuring Business Performance.

Detailed Scheduling and Planning
Focus on the various techniques for material and capacity scheduling. Study detailed descriptions of material requirements planning (MRP), capacity requirements planning (CRP), inventory management practices, and procurement and supplier planning. Topics include:
Recognizing Techniques and Practices of Inventory Management
Mechanics of the Detailed Material Planning Process
Planning Operations to Support the Priority Plan
Planning Procurement and External Sources of Supply.

Execution and Control of Operations
Focus on the areas of prioritizing and sequencing work, executing work plans and implementing controls, reporting activity results, and providing feedback on performance. The course explains techniques for scheduling and controlling production processes, the execution of quality initiatives and continuous improvement plans, and the control and handling of inventories. Topics include:
Prioritizing and Sequencing Work
Executing Plans and Implementing Controls
Authorizing and Reporting Activities for Push and Pull Systems
Evaluating Performance and Providing Feedback.

Strategic Management of Resources
Explore the relationship of existing and emerging processes and technologies to manufacturing strategy and supply chain-related functions. The course addresses three main topics: aligning resources with the strategic plan, configuring and integrating operating processes to support the strategic plan, and implementing change. Topics include:
Competitive Market Issues
Choices Affecting Facilities, Supply Chain, Information Technology, and Organizational Design
Configuring and Integrating Internal Processes
Evaluating and Managing Projects.

Learn about CPIM self-study options.

CPIM Exam Preparation
Prepare for your next CPIM exam through Chapter Review Courses, APICS Workshops, online CPIM review courses, or self-study. Also, be sure to obtain the Primary References. (Also see Study references Page on this site)

CPIM Testing
For Information on exam dates, locations, and registration fees for CPIM testing in India, see
CPIM- India info page and CPIM - Important dates page on this site

Once You Earn the CPIM designation
Take your CPIM credentials to the next level by earning the CFPIM designation. Learn more about the CFPIM program.
CPIM designees must maintain their certification every five years through the Certification Maintenance program. Learn More


CSCP - Certified Supply Chain Professional Program

The Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) program is a new industry educational and certification program created to meet the rapidly changing needs of the supply chain management field.
From the manufacturing to the service industry, regardless of whether a company is serving business or consumer markets or is for profit or not-for-profit, the increasingly important role of supply chain management is affecting all organizations. Customers already expect good quality at low prices, and speed of delivery is becoming more important. As a result, effective supply chain management has become essential to successfully compete in today's global marketplace.
The CSCP program takes a broad view of the field, extending beyond internal operations to encompass all the steps throughout the supply chain-from the supplier, through the company, to the end consumer-and provides you with the knowledge to effectively manage the integration of these activities to maximize a company's value chain.
Benefits of the CSCP Program
After earning your CSCP designation, you will
Learn to boost productivity, collaboration, and innovation
Discover how to positively affect lead times, inventory, productivity, and bottom-line profitability
Understand how to manage the integration and coordination of activities to achieve reduced
costs and increase efficiencies and customer service
Gain the knowledge to effectively and efficiently manage worldwide supply chain activities
Achieve greater confidence and peer and industry recognition
Enjoy the potential for career advancement and increased earnings.

Who should pursue the CSCP education and designation?
The CSCP program is for professionals in operations and supply chain management. This designation is ideal for you if you are
Interested in more depth of knowledge and understanding in the areas of supplier and customer
relations, international trade, the use of information technology to enable the supply chain, and
physical logistics.
A professional who is consulting or teaching supply chain functions
Working with enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems.
The CSCP program will help you advance your career while giving you the foundation to improve your company's competitive position and profitability.

CSCP Domains
The CSCP body of knowledge is comprised of three focus areas:
Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management (SCM)
Supply Chain Strategy, Design, and Compliance
Implementation and Operations

CSCP Exam Preparation
To help prepare you for the CSCP exam, APICS has developed the CSCP Learning System. Based on the CSCP body of knowledge, the learning system is a comprehensive professional development and exam preparation program. It combines print materials with interactive online tools to deliver a customized learning experience.
Try a free demo of the CSCP Learning System today.
[ Click here to know more about the learning system ]
Click here to view an outline of the APICS CSCP Exam Content
Click here to download the word file for APICS CSCP Exam Content Outline

Earning Your CSCP
To earn the CSCP designation, candidates must pass one comprehensive four-hour exam. The CSCP exam will be administered in paper-and-pencil format. For more details see the
CSCP - India Info Page and CSCP - Important Dates page

Becoming a CSCP Candidate
The CSCP examination is available to individuals who have relevant work experience and education. To be eligible for the CSCP exam, a candidate must meet one of the following criteria:
Bachelor's degree or equivalent, plus two years of related business experience
CPIM, CFPIM, CIRM, or C.P.M. designation plus two years of related business
Five years of related business experience.
Individuals must submit an application documenting their eligibility to take the APICS CSCP exam.
To submit your eligibility documents, see details on CSCP - India Info Page

CSCP Testing
To see information on exam dates, locations, and registration fees for CSCP exams go to
CSCP - India Info Page and CSCP - Important Dates page

Additional CSCP program information
View the APICS CSCP Reference List
Download the CSCP brochure.
Join the CSCP Update list to receive the latest information as it becomes available.
View a diagram of the program.

Frequently Asked Questions
Visit our FAQs for answers to questions about the CSCP program.

Exam Application Procedures
Before you can register for the exam, you must complete an eligibility application and receive an authorization to test notice from APICS. If you have a question about your eligibility, read the guidelines.
To submit your eligibility documents, see details on CSCP - India Info Page
You can also optionally send your details through the Online Eligibility Application. Note you must be logged in to the APICS Web site to access this application. If you are not registered with the APICS Web site, please apply using this application.

Exam Registration Information
Download the International APICS CSCP Registration Bulletin for primary information and guidelines. For Information related to India, registration fees and deadlines you can visit the page -
CSCP - India Info Page and CSCP - Important Dates page

APICS Congratulates the First APICS CSCP Designees from India!
Click here to see the list of the newly certified CSCP candidates



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