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CPIM Exam Details

CPIM Version 8.0 Exam Content

To earn your CPIM designation, you must pass one exam, covering 8 modules of content:

  1. Align the Supply Chain to Support the Business Strategy
  2. Conduct Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) to Support Strategy
  3. Plan and Manage Demand
  4. Plan and Manage Supply
  5. Plan and Manage Inventory
  6. Plan, Manage, and Execute Detailed Schedules
  7. Plan and Manage Distribution
  8. Manage Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Technology

APICS certification exams may be covered through the Veterans Administration*

Exam Details and Scoring

The exam consists of 150 questions (130 operational and 20 pretest), and you will have 3.5 hours to complete it.

Pretest questions do not contribute to the total score but are necessary for statistical purposes only and are randomly distributed throughout the exam. Candidates should answer all exam questions.

The CPIM exam score range is 200 to 350. Scores 300 points and above are considered passing, and any score 299 points or below is failing.

Exams are graded using a scaled score methodology. This technique ensures equivalent passing standards are maintained from varying difficulties of each exam from one to the next. For more information on our scoring methodology read Understanding a Scaled Score.


Review the APICS Exam Handbook for full details on the exam process and procedures prior to taking the exam. Read the certification FAQs to answer any additional questions you may have about the certification exams and courseware.

All exam content was developed according to the test outline included in the CPIM Exam Content Manual. The CPIM ECM is free for ASCM members. 

Exam-Taking Tips

Develop a study plan, improve test scores and feel more confident on your exam day.

1. Choose your CPIM exam study style

Choose from self-study, instructor-led, instructor-supported or a combination to find the study style that works best for you. All study methods use the CPIM Learning System to prepare you for the exam.

Demo the CPIM Learning System

2. Study for the exam

Create a study plan. On average, we recommend 100 hours of study time to pass the certification exam. Use the online learning system flashcards and quizzes, and connect with your peers in person or virtually in the ASCM Connect Community. Get other study tips and advice from APICS certified professionals in our webinar Navigating Certification Preparation. Build your knowledge of industry practices and to support your certification exam preparation view the CPIM exam references.

For details on how to purchase your exam, please view our tutorial

When you’re ready to schedule, visit My Account to schedule your exam.

3. Purchase and plan your exam

Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase and schedule your exam. Plan your exam date closely around the time you finish preparing for the exam, so the information is still fresh in your mind.

4. Schedule your exam

APICS exams are administered via computer-based testing at Pearson VUE test centers worldwide and online through the OnVUE system.

Pearson VUE will comply with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. Section 12101 et seq.) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act as amended (42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq.) to accommodate candidates who, because of disability or religious reasons, need special arrangements to take an examination. If reasonable special test arrangements are needed, candidates should follow the instructions posted in the Test Accommodations section on the PearsonVUE site prior to scheduling their exam. These arrangements, if approved, will be provided at no additional cost.

5. Take the exam

Stay calm and focused during the exam, and use the entire time allotted to complete the exam. If you find that the first few questions are giving you trouble, flag them for review and move on until you find one you can answer with certainty. Read carefully and review your answers before submitting the exam.

Read more about the exam process.

View the certification exam pass rate report

Additional CPIM Study Tools and Support

APICS Dictionary and App

Stay up to date on supply chain terminology with the comprehensive APICS dictionary app.

Exam Content Manual

The CPIM Exam Content Manual (ECM) is strongly recommended for APICS Certification exam preparation. The ECM outlines the CPIM exam content, exam specifications, exam-taking advice, resource list and key terminology.

ASCM members can access the Exam Content Manual for free. 


Connect with other supply chain professionals through the ASCM Community. Find a study group, start a discussion, and build a community to support you on your journey to supply chain mastery.

Exam References

Master industry practices and prepare for your CPIM exam with the APICS library of supply chain resources used to develop the exam.

Maintain your Certification

To keep your APICS certification valid, you must earn and submit 75 professional development maintenance points every five years (100 points for APICS Fellows). Get the information you need to maintain your certification.

APICS certification exams may be covered through the Veterans Administration

*Veterans and transitioning military members interested in building a supply chain career after their service may be able to use their GI Bill benefits to cover the CPIM exams. Candidates who wish to learn more about using the GI Bill for exam reimbursement should visit the VA website for more information or contact their local VA Department for information on how to apply for their benefits.

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