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CPIM Exam Details

Take the next step toward earning your CPIM

Demonstrate your dedication to improving the supply chain industry by expanding your knowledge of global production. 

CPIM Exam Content

To earn your CPIM designation, you must pass two CPIM exams within three years of each other.

CPIM Part 1

Module 1 – Basics of Supply Chain Management 

Purchase Exam Part 1

CPIM Part 2

Module 1 – Strategic Management of Resources

Module 2 – Master Planning of Resources 

Module 3 – Detailed Scheduling and Planning

Module 4 – Execution and Control of Operations

Purchase Exam Part 2

Exam Details and Scoring

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

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.

Download Understanding a Scaled Score

Review the APICS Exam Handbook for full details on the exam process and procedures prior to taking the exam.

All exam content was developed according to the test outline included in the CPIM Exam Content Manual. Download a preview of the CPIM Part 1 or CPIM Part 2 Exam Content Manuals, or purchase the full CPIM Exam Content Manual (ECM). The CPIM ECM is free for ASCM PLUS and CORE 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

4. Schedule your exam

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

2. Study for the exam

Create a study plan. On average, we recommend 100 hours of study time to pass each 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.

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.

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.

Additional CPIM Study Tools and Support

APICS Dictionary and App

Stay up to date on supply chain terminology with the comprehensive APICS dictionary app. Become a member to access the free PDF download.

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.

Become an ASCM PLUS or CORE member today for free access to the CPIM Exam Content Manual.

ASCM Community

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.

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