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Certification Exam Details and Process

Exam Content

CPIM Exam Content Read More

Module 1: Align the Supply Chain to Support the Business Strategy

Module 2: Conduct Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) to Support Strategy

Module 3: Plan and Manage Demand

Module 4: Plan and Manage Supply

Module 5: Plan and Manage Inventory

Module 6: Plan, Manage, and Execute Detailed Schedules

Module 7: Plan and Manage Distribution

Module 8: Manage Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Technology

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Module 1: Supply Chains, Demand Management, and Forecasting

Module 2: Global Supply Chain Networks

Module 3: Sourcing Products and Services

Module 4: Internal Operations and Inventory

Module 5: Forward and Reverse Logistics

Module 6: Supply Chain Relationships

Module 7: Supply Chain Risk

Module 8: Optimization, Sustainability, and Technology

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Module 1: Logistics Overview and Strategy

Module 2: Logistics Network Design

Module 3: Sustainability and Reverse Logistics

Module 4: Capacity Planning and Demand Management

Module 5: Order Management

Module 6: Inventory Management

Module 7: Warehouse Management

Module 8: Transportation

Module 9: Global Logistics

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CTSC Exam Content Read More

Module 1: Supply Chain Transformation Overview

Module 2: Preparing for Supply Chain Transformation

Module 3: Executing Supply Chain Transformation

Module 4: Review of Supply Chain Transformation

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Exam Details and Scoring

Certification exams consist of 150 questions (130 operational and 20 pretest), and you will have 3.5 hours to complete the exam.

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.

Each 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.

Exam-Taking Tips

Choose your 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 APICS Learning Systems to prepare you for the exam.

Choose your study style
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 Supply Chain Knowledge Center. Get other study tips and advice from APICS-certified professionals in our webinar Exam Tips and Tricks.

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.

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

Purchase and plan your exam
Schedule your exam

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

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

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.

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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.

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Additional Study Tools and Support

ASCM Supply Chain Dictionary and App

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

Supply Chain Knowledge Center

Connect with other supply chain professionals through the Supply Chain Knowledge Center. 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 exam with the APICS library of supply chain resources used to develop the exam.

CPIM references

CSCP references

CLTD references

CTSC references

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 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, CSCP, CLTD and CTSC exam. 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.