APICS -The Association for Operations Management

   

APICS -The Association for Operations Management

APICS The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in operations management, including production, inventory, supply chain, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals. To learn more about the APICS community, visit www.apics.org.

APICS Mission

APICS builds knowledge and skills in operations management professionals to enhance and validate abilities and accelerate careers. We help our members and their organizations successfully compete and build a stronger global economy.

APICS Core Values

Trust
We trust everyone to do what is best for the member, the customer, each other, and the Society.

Mutual Respect
We treat everyone with dignity and courtesy.

Teamwork
We believe that teamwork has the potential to produce results superior to those that team members might achieve as individuals.

Empowerment
We believe people must be enabled to make decisions that contribute to the superior performance of our organization and to the satisfaction of our members and our customers.

Risk-Taking
We encourage informed risk-taking.

A Sense of Urgency
We believe that how we manage our time can be a competitive advantage.

Continuous Improvement
We recognize everything we do as a process that can be improved, simplified, or eliminated.

Commitment
We deliver what we promise.

Member and Customer Satisfaction
We delight our members, our internal customers, and our external customers by exceeding their expectations!

Lifelong Learning
We live the APICS Vision: Success through Lifelong Learning. Valuing lifelong learning says, "I am responsible for my success!"

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APICS Body of Knowledge...

APICS, the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in operations management, provides comprehensive education and training programs that significantly improve an individual’s understanding of operations management practices, strategies, and concepts. The APICS body of knowledge consists of education, research, and standards developed by leading practitioners and academicians. Through regular expansion and refinement, the APICS body of knowledge offers the most expert, current, and relevant education to the growing operations management community.

Individuals seeking leading-edge solutions to increase their knowledge and advance their careers and organizations interested in building a skilled, innovative, and productive workforce will benefit from APICS education—the standard for excellence in operations management.

Through the APICS body of knowledge, individuals

  • Sharpen their skills and command of operations management by taking advantage of hands-on interactive training through APICS national workshops, online classes, Webinars, and local chapter certification review courses and workshops.
  • Validate their knowledge and skill set in the field of operations management through internationally recognized certification programs, APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and APICS Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM). Education leading to certification is delivered using APICS’ proprietary courseware and time-tested study materials, including the APICS Dictionary, the global standard for terms and definitions used in the field.
  • Gain insight and share experiences with peers and industry experts, locally and worldwide, through daily online-community discussions, monthly chapter meetings, workshops, and the annual APICS International Conference and Exposition.
  • Keep abreast of industry developments through the award-winning APICS Magazine, local chapter newsletters, APICS e-News, and exclusive online resources such as news feeds, white papers, educational offerings, career listings, and virtual community interactions.

Through the APICS body of knowledge, employers

  • Train their employees to be better prepared, more knowledgeable, more capable, more productive, and able to contribute to a successful bottom line.
  • Validate their employees’ operations management knowledge through support of APICS certification.
  • Encourage and support their employees’ participation in APICS to enhance their leadership skills and professional network, which leads to greater self-confidence and improved productivity.

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APICS Certification...

The APICS certification programs, Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM), are recognized worldwide as the standard of professional competence in production and inventory control, supply chain management, and enterprise operations management. By earning the CPIM and CIRM designations, individuals validate their knowledge and skill set in the field of operations management. Obtaining an APICS certification shows a commitment to the profession that leads to a sense of accomplishment, demonstrates value to the employer, enhances earning potential, and provides a path to career advancement.

Individuals who obtain their CPIM or CIRM designations gain

• Specialized skills that boost productivity, collaboration, and innovation

• Knowledge of how to positively affect lead times, inventory, productivity, and bottom-line profitability

• Expertise that leads to greater confidence, recognition, and professional success.

Employers who encourage and support their employees in obtaining their CPIM or CIRM designations

• Enjoy a skilled workforce that is better prepared, more knowledgeable, more capable, more productive, and able to contribute to a successful bottom line

• Validate the knowledge and skill set of their employees leading to productivity improvement in the workplace

• Achieve competitive advantage in the marketplace through a highly trained, confident, and productive workforce.


About CPIM
The CPIM program provides a common platform for individuals to evaluate their knowledge of the evolving field of production and inventory management. Since 1973, more than 80,000 professionals have earned the APICS CPIM designation.
 

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APICS Membership...

Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals.

The APICS membership community of 270 local APICS chapters and 33 International Associates supports nearly 60,000 members in 20,000 manufacturing and service industry companies worldwide. By joining APICS, professionals keep up-to-date on industry best practices, new technologies, and techniques and gain access to exclusive members-only resources, networking, and cost savings on educational materials. Employers who endorse APICS membership for their employees create a more capable, knowledgeable, and productive workforce.

Membership in the APICS community provides

  • Unmatched education and training to improve job performance, achieve career success, and contribute to bottom-line profitability
  • World-renowned APICS certifications that validate knowledge and enhance earning potential
  • Award-winning publications and resources to gain a competitive advantage through industry knowledge
  • An international APICS community to draw on the expertise of professionals in the field of operations management
  • Local chapter networks that provide opportunities to develop leadership skills through APICS chapter participation.

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APICS-Chicago is all of the preceding, plus:

  • Founded on September 1, 1959 the Chapter is amongst the oldest Chapters in the Society
  • It is also one of the largest chapters in the APICS north America network of 270 chapters
  • An excellent source for networking via professional development meetings
  • A provider of nationally accredited CPIM/CIRM examination preparation programs
  • A way to keep abreast of issues and local information in the resource management industry through the bi-monthly newsletter, The Resource
  • A source for special programs and workshops in the latest trends and processes in the resource management industry
  • A professional development opportunity for you not only as a class participant, but as a vocal participant in the society
  • Provider of employment opportunities for both the prospective employer and employee through the website job board

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