National Credential
Credential: Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)

The CPIM designation is aimed at professionals involved in career fields such as Production and inventory management, Operations, Supply chain management, Procurement, Materials management, and Purchasing. Candidates must pass two examinations and agree to adhere to the APICS Code of Ethics.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 51C Acquisition, Logistics & Technology (AL&T) Contracting NCO MOS most   IV      
Enlisted 68J Medical Logistics Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 89A Ammunition Stock Control and Accounting Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.   Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 89B Ammunition Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 92A Automated Logistical Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 92F Petroleum Supply Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 92G Culinary Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 92L Petroleum Laboratory Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 92M Mortuary Affairs Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 92R Parachute Rigger MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 92S Shower and Laundry Specialist MOS most   I      
Enlisted 92W Water Treatment Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 92Y Unit Supply Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I      
Enlisted F4 Postal Supervisor ASI other          
Enlisted F5 Postal Operations ASI other          
Enlisted G2 Standard Army Retail Supply System (SARSS 2AD/2AC/2B) ASI most          
Warrant Officer 151A Aviation Maintenance Technician (Nonrated) WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 170B Electronic Warfare Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 890A Ammunition Warrant Officer WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 913A Armament Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 920A Property Accounting Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 920B Supply Systems Technician WOMOS most   Star credentialStar    

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)
8430 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Suite 1000
Chicago, IL  60631
Phone: (800) 444-2742
Fax: (773) 639-3000
Email: service@apics.org

Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)

The Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential has the following other requirements:

Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)

  • Business-wide Concepts (25%)
    • Supply Chain Fundamentals
    • Operating Environments
    • Financial Fundamentals
  • Demand Management (25%)
    • Market Driven
    • Voice of the Customer
    • Demand Management
  • Transformation of Demand into Supply (25%)
    • Product and Process Design
    • Capacity Management
    • Planning
  • Supply (25%)
    • Inventory
    • Purchasing Cycle
    • Distribution
  • Master Planning of Resources (25%)
    • Demand Management
    • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)
    • Master Scheduling
  • Detailed Scheduling and Planning (25%)
    • Inventory Management
    • Planning Material Requirements to Support the Master Schedule
    • Planning Operations to Support the Priority Plan
  • Execution and Control of Operations (25%)
    • Execution of Operations
    • Control of Operations
    • Quality, Communication, and Continuous Improvement
  • Strategic Management of Resources (25%)
    • Understanding the Business Environment and Developing Corporate Strategy
    • Developing the Operations Strategy
    • Implementing the Operations Strategy

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) testing process, visit the agency website.

Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) credential has the following recertification information:

  • Individuals seeking renewal of the CPIM are required to earn a total of 75 professional development points every five years.