Topics Covered on the APICS CPIM Part 2 Examination

The APICS CPIM Part 2 certification (composed of the four modules previously known as MPR, DSP, ECO, and SMR) is the second and final examination required to earn the CPIM designation.

Master Planning of Resources (MPR): The MPR subject focuses on understanding the concepts of supply and demand management, operations planning, sales planning, master scheduling, and distribution planning. Candidates learn how to recognize demands for all types of goods and services within the market, and how to collate business plans into a cohesive whole. Creating an executable schedule from the greater production plan is also covered, as is how to plan a distribution network and replenishment schedule.

Detailed Scheduling and Planning (DSP): The DSP subject focuses on the tools and techniques used in managing inventory and will cover a wide range of resources. Resources, as well as tools and techniques covered in the DSP section, include TOC, lean concepts, MRP and CRP, and project management. Candidates will understand what each technique offers, when and how it should be implemented and how to decide between them for each specific application. The goal of the course is to understand standard measurements as applied to supplier performance, materials, capacity and inventory, as well as when issues should be escalated to higher-ups due to their immediate importance or impact. Candidates will learn about planning material and capacity requirements, as well as supplier planning, procurement planning and how inventory management works. The importance of supply chain management is stressed here, and candidates will learn how to deploy various management strategies to combat problems and issues within the supply chain.

Execution and Control of Operations (ECO): The ECO subject focuses on how to identify problems and take appropriate corrective actions when a problem develops anywhere within the supply chain. In addition, candidates will learn how to compare the actual output to what was planned and how to make necessary adjustments and corrections to the situation if the output falls below what was intended. Other key topics include idea communication within a group setting, learning how to instruct or direct other people, how to create operational solutions when dealing with competing resources, as well as how to explain the release of work and reporting performance via the collection of data from areas within the supply chain.

Strategic Management of Resources (SMR): The SMR subject focuses on how market requirements affect the availability of resources in the supply chain. Candidates will learn how market forces affect organization-wide processes and how new and upcoming technologies/processes can affect operations and functions within the entire supply chain.

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