Master CPIM - Certified in Production & Inventory Management

Operations & SC Mgmt - APICS - Courses and Master's


Part 1 + 2 - 10 days in 9 months
Part 2 - 6 days


5 November 2020 Part 1+2 Lausanne
9 November 2020 Part 1+ 2 Basel
14 September 2020 Part 2 Bern


CHF 5950 + VAT (includes learning kit)


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Master CPIM - Certified in Production & Inventory Management

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The Executive Master in Operations and Supply Chain Management is designed to prepare the candidate for the international Certification in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM) of APICS, the Association for Operations Management. 

The CPIM program addresses fully and exhaustively all relevant tools for business management. From September 2017, the CPIM course has changed from 5  to 2 exams (CPIM Part 1 and CPIM Part 2).

The course is based on the Body of Knowledge (BOK) of APICS and is aimed at:


. Transfer Best Practices in Operations and Supply Chain Management

. Prepare the Certified (candidate) in Production & Inventory Management Certification (CPIM)

. Encourage the transition from knowledge to skills


The new APICS editions of Advance School offer the possibility of participating in The Fresh Connection, tactical / strategic application module of acquired knowledge, together with a qualified APICS instructor. 

Download the  Success Stories   from some of the companies who are entrusted with our school and watch the  video with STMicroelectronics Supply Chain VP. 


On request, Advance organizes In-house training programs in any language.


  • Teaching plan

    The course is stuctured in 2 parts, CPIM Part 1 and CPIM Part 2, and delivered in 10 training days.  Detailed contents are listed below.



    The course consists of 2 Parts, with 5 modules, each of them being provided:

    • A classroom training phase
    • An individual study phase with distance support from instructors
    • Simulation of the classroom exam with discussion of the results


    The course is divided into 10 days of classroom training (4 days Part 1 , 6 days Part 2) with certified instructors.

    Teaching, material and the final exam are in English. 

    In order to obtain the CPIM certification, the professional has to pass 2 Exams (Part 1 and Part 2)




    > CPIM PART 1 (4 days)

    MODULE 1: Basics of Supply Chain Management

    Businesswide concepts

    • Organization Fundamentals
    • Operating Environments
    • Matrix Product/Process
    • Financial Fundamentals
    • Manufacturing Resource Planning
    • Just-in-time
    • Total Quality Management
    • Impact of Environment on System Design and Deployment

    Demand Planning

    • Marketplace-Driven
    • Customer Expectations and Definitions of Value
    • Customer Relationships
    • Demand Management and factors influencing Demand
    • Forecasting models

    Transformation of Demand into Supply

    • Design for transformation process
    • Sales & Operations Planning
    • Capacity Management
    • Planning (purposes, inputs and outputs)
    • MPS/MRP
    • Execution and Control
    • Performance Measurements


    • Inventory Management
    • Functions of Inventory
    • ABC analysis
    • Economic Order quantity
    • Purchasing & Supplier Relationship
    • Physical Distribution System

     > CPIM PART 2 (6 days)


    MODULE 1: Strategic Management of Resources

    Aligning the Resources with the Strategic Plan

    • Strategic Planning Model
    • Need of a Business Strategy
    • Operations Strategy
    • Volume/Variety Matrix
    • Product Life Cycle
    • Leading/Lagging Strategy
    • Workforce and Organization Design

    Configuring the Operating processes to Support the Strategic Plan

    • Aligning Operations to support Business strategy
    • Supporting Dimensions of competitive advantage
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Global sourcing
    • Time based competition
    • Relationship between JIT and TQM
    • Cost Management Process
    • Quality Function Deployment (QFD)

    Implementing Change

    • Project Management
    • Measuring Organizational Performance
    • Key performance Indicators
    • Change Management and Why change
    • Cultural differences
    • Purchasing & Supplier Relationship
    • Physical Distribution System

    MODULE 2: Master Planning of Resources

    Demand Management

    • General concepts about Business & Strategic Plan
    • Forecasting Demand
    • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

    Sales and Operations Planning

    • Purpose of Sales and Operations Planning
    • Sales & Operations Plan
    • Product families
    • Time fences
    • Backlog levels
    • Sales & Operations Planning Process
    • Validating the Production Plan

    Master Scheduling

    • Relating the Master Scheduling Process to the Business Environment
    • Relating the Master Scheduling to the Planning process
    • Developing and Managing the Master Scheduling
    • Master Scheduling Techniques and Available to Promise (ATP)
    • Measuring Master Schedule Performance
    • Distribution Requirement Planning (DRP)
    • Planning Bill of Material
    • Super Bill and Modular Bill of Material


    MODULO 3: Detailed Scheduling & Planning DSP

    Planning Material Requirements to Support the Master Schedule

    • Techniques and Practices of Inventory Management
    • Identifying information used in the material Planning process
    • Mechanics of the Detailed Material Planning Process
    • Maintain the Validity of the Material Plan
    • Interactions among MRP, Purchasing and Production control

    Planning Operations to Support the Priority Plan

    • Techniques and Characteristics of the detailed Capacity Planning Process
    • Information used in Detailed Capacity Planning
    • Capacity Requirement Planning
    • Interactions between MRP & CRP

    Planning Procurement and External Sources of Supply

    • Establishing Relationships with Suppliers
    • Techniques & Concepts for Supplier Partnerships
    • Implementing the new Relationship to Support the Company’s Operational Objectives

    MODULE 4: Execution & Control of Operations

    Prioritizing and sequencing Work to Be Performed

    • Interfaces between planning and execution of manufacturing
    • Production Environment
    • Scheduling Production and Process Operations

    Executing the plans, Physical Controls and Results Reporting

    • Authorizing and Reporting activities for Push Systems
    • Authorizing and Reporting activities for Pull Systems
    • PERT
    • Materials transactions Reporting
    • Bottleneck Management
    • Communication both Internal and External Customer- Supplier information
    • Controlling inventory levels and lead time
    • Executing Quality initiatives, Waste elimination & Continuous improvement Plans

    Evaluating Performance and Providing Feedback

    • Evaluating Quality Management Processes
    • Monitoring Supplier Performance
    • Evaluating the Performance of Production Operations
    • Cost Management Process



    ADDITIONAL MODULE: The Fresh Connection (1 day)

    During this module, which is part of the Advance School's Train for Per4mance program , we will look at the tactical and strategic choices to be made in the Supply Chain to improve the P&L of a Fresh Fruit Juice Producer, The Fresh Connection.

    For more information on the form, read the Success Story Advance - Case New Holland: Train for Per4mance.

  • Who is the course aimed at

    The course focuses on the following professional figures:


    • Logistics managers and staff resources
    • Planning Managers and staff resources
    • Management Consultants
    • Production managers and staff resources
    • Plant Managers
    • Purchasing Officers
    • New recruiting staff to quickly enter the company in the Logistics or Production area
    • Personnel involved in the implementation or use of ERP systems



    No prerequisites are required for access to the course and certification.

  • Pricing and enrolment

    As shown below, the participation fees vary depending on when you subscribe to the course. Hurry not to miss the advantages offered by the school!



    CHF 5950 + VAT (without exams)

    For registrations received 45 days before the start date of the course, a 5% rebate on the enrolment fee will be applied.



    The quotas include the APICS didactic material and learning kit. The quota does not include exams.


    The course envisages a minimum of 6 participants for the activation, in order to allow optimal interaction between participants and instructors.

    To enrol, send the registration form with the receipt of the bank transfer or a purchase order to the following Email: