Obtaining the Certified in Production and Inventory Management certification by passing all 5 tests is difficult, here are 10 tips so you can pass the Basics of Supply Chain, Master Planning of Resources, Detailed Scheduling and Planning, Execution and Control of Operations, and finally the Strategic Management of Resources test the first time.
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Certified in Production and Inventory Management Exams Tips
1. Know the APICS Dictionary. Knowing this terminology when reading each test questions will be essential to understanding the questions and getting the question correct! If you are an APICS member you can get a free copy of the dictionary.
2. Make sure to study important APICS books like “Introduction to Materials Management” by Arnold and the APICS OMBOC. These books are listed as important references in the Certified in Production and Inventory Management exam content manual.
3. Map out your study schedule– simply walking into a Certified in Production and Inventory Management exam thinking you will pass is almost certain failure. Dedicate an hour each day to study and prepare for your next test.
4. Get plenty of sleep the night before the test. If you party all night before your test you will not be 100% prepared walking into the test. Arrive early so you are not rushing to get into the test.
5. Have some life experience in Production and Inventory Management before taking the test. Life experience is something you can not get from a book. Working in a production/ inventory environment will give you the experience necessary to pass the exams.
6. Use a CPIM exam simulation software like professional test pro’s CPIM simulation software so you can practice in a simulated environment before you go and take the real test.
Answering CPIM questions similar to the actual exam will give you the peace of mind that you will be able to pass the test. Don’t take the test until you score above 78% on the simulation CPIM tests. You only need ~70% to pass each test, but you will want some extra padding before actually walking into the real test for the first time.