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What is the difference between the APICS CPIM and the APICS CSCP designation?

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification provides a common platform for individuals to evaluate their knowledge of production and inventory management. The APICS CPIM focuses primarily on manufacturing and provides an in-depth view of materials management, master scheduling, production planning, forecasting, and quality improvement within the confines of the operation. The APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) certification takes a broader view, extending the APICS CPIM knowledge outside of a company’s internal operations to encompass all of the steps throughout the supply chain—from suppliers through the company to the end consumer—and how to effectively manage the integration of these activities to maximize a company’s value chain.

How do I schedule an APICS exam?

Click here to view an online demonstration


What is an APICS ID number?

Once you register yourself on the ASCM website you are issued an ASCM ID number. This number should be used in all transactions throughout your career with ASCM including all exam registrations etc. SAPICS will ask you for your ASCM ID number when you register for an APICS exam.


I would like to do a course in Supply Chain Management, how do I set about it?

We recommend that you complete the online course enquiry form so that we can further assist you in finding a course that is best suited to your needs and career path.  Courses are delivered via our network of Authorised Education Partners.  They are experts in the field and can guide you well on your education path.  We encourage you to complete a form with your details which we then send to the Education Partners to contact you.


What are the requirements for doing the CPIM?

There are no formal requirements as set out by ASCM but prior knowledge of Supply Chain and Production and Inventory Management will be an advantage as this is a review course.


What are the requirements for doing the CSCP?

  • The APICS CPIM, CLTD, CFPIM, or CIRM; or C.P.M., CSM, or CPSM, or
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or
  • Three years of related business experience.


Do I need to complete the CPIM before I do the CSCP?

No it is not necessary although in some instances it is recommended. Much depends on your prior learning and work experience and the particular route you wish to take in your career. You do not have to have completed the CPIM to do the CSCP but it is a valuable asset if you have.


Who should pursue the CPIM?

The CPIM is essential for professionals involved in the following fields:

  1. Production & Inventory Management
  2. Operations
  3. Supply Chain Management
  4. Procurement
  5. Materials Management


How will the CPIM benefit me?

  1. It will increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management.
  2. Improve efficiency across the processes of your organisations supply chain.
  3. Streamline operations through accurate forecasting.
  4. Maximise customer satisfaction by delivering products and services JIT.
  5. Increase organisations profitability.
  6. Enhance your credibility among peers, employers and customers.


Is there a maximum amount of times if I fail that I will not be able to write anymore?

As long as you are willing to write an exam you will be allowed to continue, it is entirely up to the individual / company as it can become a costly exercise.


How long does it take to complete the CPIM?

The Legacy CPIM could take between 18-24 months. This is provided that your exam sittings are successful. The CPIM consists of 5 modules that can be done at a candidate’s own pace, however once you have started with the CPIM the full 5 modules have to be completed successfully within 10 years of commencement. There are several exam windows throughout the year and you are able to write more than one exam in any given window.  It is very difficult to write more than one subject per sitting, and it is recommended that you do one at a time until you are more confident of the process and the questions. Preview the exam window dates here.


Would it be better to do the self study option or attend a lecture led class?

This depends entirely on the individual and what is best suited for your study abilities, experience and knowledge of the subject matter.


Who can I contact should I require assistance during my self studies?

We have various Authorised Education Partners who will be able to assist intermittently with any queries pertaining to the study material.


Can I just complete the BSC Module only?

Yes you may do the BSC as a single subject if you choose. You will receive a certificate from ASCM once you have successfully completed this module for the BSC.  In order to be awarded the CPIM you must complete the other 4 modules successfully.


Do I still have to complete the BSC module even if I have a Supply Chain Degree?

In order to obtain the full CPIM certification you will need to complete all 5 modules of the CPIM.


Do I have to start with the BSC module?

It is recommended that one begins with the BSC as this module incorporates all the introductory aspects of the remaining four modules which would aid in the study process and examinations of the follow up modules.


What qualification would I have achieved once I have completed the CPIM orCSCP?

The CPIM and CSCP designations are international certifications and are a global standard for supply chain and operations management. These designations are internationally recognised and are currently offered in over 40 countries.


What companies recognise the CPIM & CSCP?

The CPIM & CSCP certifications are widely recognised in South Africa. Eskom highly recommends and encourages the certifications within the company. A few other companies who make avid use of these certifications are Transnet, Barloworld, Nampak, Toyota, Unilever, Saint Gobain, SAB Miller to name a few.


Which is better attending CSCP lectures or doing self study?

Most CSCP participants opt for the self study route as there is an ASCM on line study facility which aids in the study process. The CSCP can be successfully completed in three months however most students prefer six months as this is an intense learning intervention. Some candidates prefer the support of an instructor and group sessions.


Are the CPIM & CSCP exams made up of multiple choice questions?

Yes the CPIM and CSCP are both multiple choice question exams. The CPIM exams [all modules] are three hour exams each which are computer based test exams.

  • BSC Basics of Supply Chain [Module 1]
  • ECO Execution and Control of Operations [module 2]
  • DSP Detailed Scheduling and Planning [module 3]
  • MPR Master Planning of Resources [module 4]
  • SMR Strategic Management of Resources [module 5]
  • The CSCP is a four hour exam incorporating all four domains.


How do I go about ordering the APICS study material?

For classroom led training your selected Authorised Education Partner will provide you with all the material that you require.  You are also welcome to purchase material directly from any of our Authorised Education Partners even if you are planning on self studying.

Alternatively – if you are planning on self study, you will need to complete the online Customer Order Form[COF].  You can contact the SAPICS office to find an Education partner near you – 


How do I receive my study material?

If you elected to self study and have ordered your APICS material through the SAPICS Head Office, we will invoice you accordingly. Upon receipt of payment we will forward your material via our courier service.  Alternatively, if purchasing the material through on e of the Authorised Education Partners they will confirm the process with you.

Does a change to the APICS courseware indicate a change to the exam?

Not necessarily. Not all changes to the courseware are due to changes in the exam specifications. While APICS courseware is periodically updated to reflect changes in the exam specifications, it is also updated in response to feedback from instructors and students regarding ways to enhance the learning experience and to reflect industry trends.

Additionally, exam content is reviewed annually by APICS exam committees. For the APICS CPIM program, refer to the current version of the APICS CPIM Exam Content Manual (ECM). Candidates for the APICS CSCP exam should refer to the current APICS CSCP ECM. Your exam preparation and APICS courseware experience are more likely to be successful when these documents are the foundation of your study efforts.

Why does the APICS courseware seem different than the exam?

Certification and education or courseware serve different purposes but are closely coupled to provide an individual with the knowledge, skills, and proof of competency in a given job role. For more information about the relation between certification and education, please refer to the Exam Content Versus Courseware document.

What is the scoring process for APICS CPIM and APICS CSCP exams?

The Understand a Scaled Score document explains the use of a scaled-score system for reporting test performance in the APICS CPIM and CSCP certification exams.


What do I do if I need to have my test re-scored?

Candidates have 90 days from the receipt of their score to challenge their results. If you would like to request a re-score please fill out the Exam Res-core Request. The cost of a re-score is $45.00. Candidates receive a response within one to two weeks of submitting their request.


Do you still have a question?  Send us an email and we will be glad to assist –

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