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BSCM

Last Public Courses
September 11-14, 2017 (Hamburg)
November 20-23, 2017 (Düsseldorf)

Deadline to purchase and register for the BSCM exam
August 31, 2017

Deadline to take the BSCM exam
January 7, 2018

MPR / DSP / ECO / SMR

Last Public Courses
MPR: September 25-26, 2017 (Vienna)
ECO: October 19-20, 2017 (Hamburg)
SMR: November 13-14, 2017 (Berlin)
DSP: November 21-22, 2017 (Düsseldorf)

Deadline to purchase and register for an exam
June 30, 2018

Deadline to take an exam
December 31, 2018


Please contact us if you have any further question.

Important information regarding the CPIM certification 2018

At the APICS annual conference in Washington, D.C., in October 2016, APICS CEO, Abe Eshkenazi, announced that the Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification will be reconfigured starting Q1-2018.

What is changing?
APICS will be reducing the required number of CPIM exams from five to two exams. The 2 remaining exams will be 1 BSCM (Basics of Supply Chain Management) (called CPIM Part 1) and 1 combined exam for the remaining 4 CPIM modules (called CPIM Part 2). There is no substantive change to the program, only a reconfiguration of the exam structure and numbers.

  • The BSCM seminar will remain the same as today, only exam duration, training material and pricing will change from Q1-2018 onwards.
  • In 2018, the remaining CPIM modules will be combined in 1 CPIM seminar (CPIM Part 2) with an duration of 6 days, which in total will be shorter than the 4 CPIM modules today (4 x 3 days). There will be 1 combined CPIM exam only, which will cover all 4 CPIM modules.

What is PMI offering for me for 2017?
Based on the provided information, we have worked out a transition plan for people, who would like to become CPIM in 2017 or 2018. The number of CPIM seminars and exams in 2017 will remain the same. But we decided to shorten the duration of our CPIM seminars in 2017 from 3 to 2 days to reflect already now the new CPIM training structure. We have adjusted the seminar dates for the public CPIM seminars on our website accordingly. What is the best option for me and my colleagues now? You or your colleagues might have started their APICS CPIM certification or are planning to. To support the correct learning path suggestions, PMI has summarized possible scenarios. We recommend the following:

  • Scenario 1: You (or your colleagues) haven’t started CPIM, but you would like to earn the CPIM within the next 12 to 18 months?
    You should take the BSCM exam now. The new enhanced BSCM courseware and exam will be more expensive than the current BSCM courseware and exam (no final information on price available). The exam will be longer (3 ½ hours, 150 questions), so completing BSCM now, before the reconfiguration, is to your advantage (less expensive, shorter exam). Passing the BSCM exam now will still count towards the CPIM after the reconfiguration; it will be valid for up to 10 years. And you could continue with the remaining shortened CPIM seminars in 2017 and take the new CPIM "combo" exam CPIM Part 2 afterwards in 2018. Therefore they would save the time by sitting for only 1 exam and not 4.
  • Scenario 2: You (or your colleagues) have started APICS Basics of Supply Chain Management and would like to go for the exam?
    Take the BSCM exam now (see scenario 1).
  • Scenario 3: You (or your colleagues) have passed the APICS Basics of Supply Chain Management exam, but have not continued CPIM yet. What should you do now?
    Your BSCM certificate is valid for 10 years and also for the new configuration. You could continue now with the remaining shortened CPIM seminars in 2017 and take the new CPIM "combo" exam CPIM Part 2 afterwards in 2018. Therefore you would save the time by sitting for only 1 exam and not 4. This new "combo" exam will not be easier, the topics and terms in the Exam Content Manual (ECM) for CPIM have not changed. All the topics and terms currently found in the four individual ECMs will still be in the new ECM. The new exam will cover the original four modules (MPR, DSP, ECO & SMR) equally; each of the original modules will be covered by 25% of the exam questions.
  • Scenario 4: You (or your colleagues) have taken two or more CPIM exams. Should you wait for the new "combo" exam to complete the program?
    No, you should continue with the remaining modules and finish what you started. By waiting for the reconfigured exam, you will spend additional money, additional time and additional preparation on part(s) of the new exam that you have already passed in the current format.

How long will the “old” exam structure with 5 CPIM module exams be available?
Candidates who want to take the BSCM exam must register by August 31, 2017 at the latest. After August 31, 2017 an exam registration will no longer be possible. To take the exam will be possible by January 7, 2018.
Candidates who want to take the MPR/DSP/ECO/SMR exam must register by June 30, 2018 at the latest. After June 30, 2018 an exam registration will no longer be possible (Exception: registrations for a retake will still be available). To take an exam will be possible by December 31, 2018.

I am still unsure what to do now!
Please contact us directly to discuss any certification situations. We will work out a certification journey which best suits your company and colleagues. Please contact info(at)pmi-m.de or call our office (+49 (89) 8576146). We will assist you with any question.

Additionally APICS has published a Q&A blog with information concerning the reconfiguration on the APICS website and has prepared a CPIM reconfiguration FAQs for answers to additional questions regarding the program change.