APICS Principles of Operations Planning (POP)

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This course introduces participants to the principles of effective planning. The course presents the concepts of planning at each level, from strategic to tactical. Participants work together to solve problems, develop plans, build teams, and present solutions. Through this course, they learn the essential ingredients of effective planning and have an opportunity to practice and enhance their own planning skills.



  • To impart a fundamental knowledge and understanding of basic planning principles and techniques that are used at each level in the planning process
  • To provide practical examples and exercises, giving participants an opportunity to improvetheir planning, team work, and presentation skills


  •  Operations Management Foundations
  •  Planning Foundations
  •  Forecasting
  •  Demand Management
  •  Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP)
  •  Aggregate Operations Planning
  •  Master Scheduling Foundations
  •  Master Scheduling Processes
  •  Operations Systems

There are mid-term and final exam as a part of this course, but requires additional time for taking in the training. Alternatively it can be given as self-assessment to participants.

Target Audience

  •  Business Heads
  •  Business Process Designers and Implementers
  •  Change Managers and Implementers
  •  Consultant in Supply Chain Management
  •  Consultants in Logistics Management
  •  Consultants in Operations Management
  •  Customer Service Managers
  •  Demand Managers
  •  ERP Functional Consultants
  •  Logistics Managers
  •  Master Planners and Schedulers
  •  Material Planners
  •  Operations Heads
  •  Operations Planners
  •  Sales Managers
  •  Supply Chain Managers



  • Approx. 36 hours (4 to 6 days) with case study and examination
  • Approx. 18 hours (3 days) without case study and examination



  • A certification of course completion is awarded by APICS after successful completion of this course.
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