STAPICS Educational Offerings

The cornerstone of APICS is Education. The Southern Tier chapter is proud to be
able to help companies and organizations give their employees the tools to
excel in the work place and benefit the bottom line. Besides our public offerings, we can also bring the APICS Body of Knowledge to your work place.
Our instructors are available to come on your site and offer training and
instructions in the hottest topics in resource management. Not only can we
teach the CPIM (certified Production and Inventory Management) and CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) courses and prepare your workforce for certification testing, but we offer courses and workshops in everything from business basics to very specialized topics.

As a result of overwhelming feedback regarding the discontinuation of the legacy CPIM BSCM exam, APICS has decided to make the following changes:

  1. Exam Content Manual will be available June 1, 2017
  2. Last day to take the Legacy BSCM exam January 7, 2018
  3. Legacy BSCM ATTs and ECs expire January 7, 2018, countdown begins July 7, 2017
  4. Part 1 and Part 2 exams will be available for purchase November 1, 2017
  5. Cut Score for Part 2 exam ratified December 1, 2017*
  6. Part 1 and Part 2 exams will be delivered on-demand beginning January 8, 2018

*Because the Cut Score will be established for the Part 2 exam prior to the exam launch, all candidates will receive their exam scores immediately at the test center upon completion of their exam.

BUS 5127 APICS- AIS (Applied Instructor Skills) Workshop

Course Details

Effective Presentation Skills- This workshop will help participants develop effective, professional presentation skills. Included are topics on how to recognize and overcome presentation anxieties, improve delivery skills, present in teams and/or panel discussions and adapt skills for online presentations.

Course Fee(s):

Registration fee non-credit $339.00

Section Notes: The APICS- AIS Workshop will be an intense hands on opportunity for experienced APICS instructors (Masters and Leads) who have already taken the Train the Trainer (TTT) and Learning Dynamics for Instructors (LDI) courses. This full day workshop takes place on August 12, 2017 at Penn State Worthington Scranton in Dunmore, Pa. 18512 (includes working lunch). Fee is $339 per person, $319 for two from same chapter and $299 for three or more. Fee includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch, handouts, and certificate of completion. Transportation, lodging, dinner and other expenses are the responsibility of the attendees. Please call 570-963-2600 for more information and for discount codes. If you have any issues with the registration process online please call the Non Credit Registration Help Desk at 814-867-4973 for assistance. Please be sure to enter email and address clearly.

Below is a listing of the topics we currently can offer

Sale! APICS ECO class available at less than half-price!

HUGE DEAL! – The next APICS CPIM offering is ECO (Execution and Control of Operations). This class is being populated by BAE and AMETEK, and has several openings if you are interested. Because of a grant, we can offer seats for an amazing $325 savings off normal prices! The cost for members and non-members is $250 -- and it includes the book! Don’t miss out on this. There may never again be an offer like this one! This course starts Wednesday 5 April, 2017. Contact Don Sheldon if you are interested.

APICS Announces New Certification Program Designed for Logistics, Transportation and Distribution Professionals

APICS has announced the development of the APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) designation. The new certification program will set the global standard for logistics best practices and candidates completing the comprehensive program will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a broad range of logistics, transportation and distribution topics.

"APICS merged with American Society of Transportation and Logistics (AST&L) earlier this year to better serve one of the fastest growing industries in the world – logistics," said APICS CEO, Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CAE, CPA. "The APICS CLTD is a direct result of our merger with AST&L and gave us an opportunity to provide our members and customers with more comprehensive content and training programs. Working with and developing the logistics content, we are able to extend APICS’s value for individuals pursuing or advancing careers in logistics, transportation and distribution."

The new CLTD certification supersedes the Certified in Transportation and Logistics (CTL) certification program and is designed to provide logistics managers with a body of knowledge, best practices, technology know-how and standards for those in the logistics, transportation and distribution industries. The CLTD designation focuses on eight content areas:

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Overview
  • Capacity Planning and Demand Management
  • Order Management
  • Inventory and Warehouse Management
  • Transportation Management
  • Global Logistics Considerations
  • Logistics Network Design
  • Reverse Logistics and Sustainability

This new certification program—developed by APICS and subject matter experts—will offer new courseware, self-study and instructor-led learning options and a single computer-based exam delivered worldwide via a test center network.

The APICS CLTD designation is aimed to serve the needs of both professionals and employers around the world and lessen the impact of the industry skills gap. Much like the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and Supply Chain Operations Reference Professional (SCOR-P) designations, the CLTD will be globally recognized and support professional advancement. The CLTD also sets the global standard for logistics best practices, and assists employers in developing the personnel needed to meet customer demand.

The CLTD program is planned to launch in the second quarter of 2016. For additional information, please follow the links below:

Advance Your Career With APICS Certifications

Whether you are starting out as an operations assistant, or you are a senior manufacturing expert with years of mechanical systems or vendor management experience, APICS will:

  • keep you up-to-date and industry-savvy on current news and events.
  • give you the leverage you need to advance your career.
  • enhance your operations and supply chain management skills.
  • make you a valued leader within your organization.

Already certified? You have worked hard to achieve your certifications. Keeping them up-to-date and active show your dedication to your career in operations and supply chain management and, helps boost your standing within your organization and the industry.

CPIM Exam Modules

Basics of Supply Chain Management

Explore the basic concepts of managing the flow of materials in a supply chain. In
the Basics you get a complete overview of material flow, from internal and
external suppliers, to and from your organization. Topics include:

  • Elements in the supply chain
  • Just-in-Time (JIT)
  • Total Quality Management (TQM)
  • Manufacturing Resources Planning (MRP II)
  • Demand Planning
  • Capacity Management

Master Planning of Resources

Explore processes used to develop sales and operations plans and learn to
identify and assess internal and external demand and forecasting requirements.
The course focuses on the importance of producing achievable master schedules
that are consistent with business policies, objectives, and resource constraints. Topics include:

  • Demand Management
  • Sales and Operations Planning

Detailed Scheduling and Planning

Focus on the various techniques for material and capacity scheduling. The course
includes detailed descriptions of material requirements planning (MRP), capacity
requirements planning (CRP), inventory management practices, and procurement
and supplier planning. Topics include:

  • Recognizing Techniques and Practices of Inventory Management
  • Mechanics of the Detailed Material Planning Process
  • Planning Operations to Support the Priority Plan
  • Planning Procurement and External Sources of Supply.

Execution and Control of Operations

Focus on the areas of prioritizing and sequencing work, executing work plans and
implementing controls, reporting activity results, and providing feedback on
performance. The course explains techniques for scheduling and controlling
production processes, the execution of quality initiatives and continuous
improvement plans, and the control and handling of inventories. Topics include:

  • Prioritizing and Sequencing Work
  • Executing Plans and Implementing Controls
  • Authorizing and Reporting Activities for Push and Pull Systems Evaluating Performance and Providing Feedback

Strategic Management of Resources

Explore the relationship of existing and emerging processes and technologies to
manufacturing strategy and supply chain-related functions. The course addresses
three main topics: aligning resources with the strategic plan, configuring and
integrating operating processes to support the strategic plan, and implementing
change. Topics include:

  • Competitive Market Issues
  • Choices Affecting Facilities, Supply Chain, Information Technology, and Organizational Design Configuring and Integrating Internal Processes
  • Evaluating and Managing Projects

Applied Manufacturing Education Series

AMES is a comprehensive set of in-house training courses designed to provide top
quality, entry-level education to professionals within a company or organization.
The AMES courses teach the importance of integrating all areas of manufacturing
and corporate strategic goals. This series is a definite must for companies looking
to improve the knowledge base of their employees.


Master Planning

Explains basic industry concepts and the importance of planning to achieve maximum manufacturing productivity.

Material Requirements Planning

Teaches how to develop and execute a material requirements plan from developing and using a bill of material, through obtaining and interpreting scheduling data to selecting methods and techniques for implementing a material requirements planning system. Course description

Capacity Requirements Planning

Designed to teach the entire CRP process, including calculating capacity, gathering and interpreting necessary data, completing the CRP process, analyzing results and resolving potential problems, and monitoring the company’s output as a function of current resources. Course description

Production Activity Control

Discusses the flow of goods through the manufacturing cycle for maximum productivity. This course covers production activity control in job shop, repetitive, batch, and process manufacturing companies.

Inventory Management

Teaches the principles, concepts, and techniques for planning and controlling inventory at all stages of the manufacturing and distribution cycle, including establishing an inventory management plan, controlling inventory based on that plan, and monitoring performance.


Challenges program participants to learn how to improve quality, reduce manufacturing lead times and inventory, focus on waste reduction, and develop productive relationships with customers and suppliers

Fundamentals of Materials and Operations Management

The Fundamentals program delivers the tools needed to master the basics of materials and operations management.  Participants gain a solid understanding of inventory control, planning, manufacturing control, and operations management.   

Fundamentals of Inventory Control introduces participants to essential vocabulary and skills identifying and applying the basic principles of inventory management.  

Fundamentals of Planning teaches participants the principles of effective planning. 

Fundamentals of Manufacturing Control details priority and capacity management through the use of material requirements planning. 

Fundamentals of Operations Management maps out the relationship between goods and services and the operation of the systems.

Introduction to Enterprise Resources Planning

The Introduction to Enterprise Resources Planning course is ideal for ERP project managers, consultants employed as ERP integrators, and organizations beginning an ERP implementation. Introduction to ERP will enable participants to determine if their organization is ready for ERP.Session topics include

  1. . Introduction to ERP and the Benefits of Implementation

  2. . Developing a Business Case to Justify an ERP Implementation

  3. . Business Process Alignment

  4. . The Value Chain Process

  5. . Technology and International Considerations

  6. . Change Management and ERP Implementation

  7. . Implementing ERP

  8. . Expanding on ERP

Just-in-Time / lean

The Just-in-Time: Lean Operating Principles and Techniques instructor-led course is ideal for manufacturing and service-based organizations that seek to eliminate waste, reduce lead times, and improve quality to zero defects.  The JIT course includes instructor-led discussions, group work, and end-of-session quizzes.  Session topics include 

  1. Introduction to JIT Concepts

  2. Continuous Improvement Methodologies and Techniques

  3. Statistical Process Control and Pull Signals

  4. Production Considerations and Material Logistics

  5. Planning and Scheduling and Paperwork/Transaction Reduction

  6. Human Resource Development and Involvement

  7. Integrating and Applying Different Techniques to Business Processes

  8. Implementation Considerations

Certified Supply Chain Professional

The Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) program is a new industry educational and certification program created to meet the rapidly changing needs of the supply chain management field.

From the manufacturing to the service industry, regardless of whether a company is serving business or consumer markets or is for profit or not-for-profit, the increasingly important role of supply chain management is affecting all organizations. Customers already expect good quality at low prices, and speed of delivery is becoming more important. As a result, effective supply chain management has become essential to successfully compete in today’s global marketplace.

The CSCP program takes a broad view of the field, extending beyond internal operations to encompass all the steps throughout the supply chain—from the supplier, through the company, to the end consumer—and provides you with the knowledge to effectively manage the integration of these activities to maximize a company’s value chain.

Benefits of the CSCP Program
After earning your CSCP designation, you will:

  • Learn to boost productivity, collaboration, and innovation
  • Discover how to positively affect lead times, inventory, productivity, and bottom-line profitability
  • Understand how to manage the integration and coordination of activities to achieve reduced costs and increase efficiencies and customer service
  • Gain the knowledge to effectively and efficiently manage worldwide supply chain activities
  • Achieve greater confidence and peer and industry recognition
  • Enjoy the potential for career advancement and increased earnings.

Who should pursue the CSCP education and designation?
The CSCP program is for professionals in operations and supply chain management. This designation is ideal for you if you are:

  • Interested in more depth of knowledge and understanding in the areas of supplier and customer relations, international trade, the use of information technology to enable the supply chain, and physical logistics.
  • A professional who is consulting or teaching supply chain functions
  • Working with enterprise resources planning (ERP) systems.

The CSCP program will help you advance your career while giving you the foundation to improve your company’s competitive position and profitability.

CSCP Domains:
The CSCP body of knowledge is made up of the following four domains:

  • Supply Chain Management Fundamentals
  • Building Competitive Operations, Planning, and Logistics
  • Managing Customer and Supplier Relationships
  • Using Information Technology to Enable Supply Chain Management

CSCP Exam Preparation
To help prepare you for the CSCP exam, APICS has developed the CSCP Learning System. Based on the CSCP body of knowledge, the learning system is a comprehensive professional development and exam preparation program. It combines print materials with interactive online tools to deliver a customized learning experience.

We also can put on put on 4-6 hour workshops at your place of business on a
variety of topics including:

  • Shop Floor Control
  • Capacity Management
  • Types of schedules
  • Work Center Management
  • Impl. Of zero Inv
  • Practical Forecasting,
  • Make Vs Buy Decisions
  • Master Scheduling
  • Material Requirements
  • Repetitive Scheduling
  • Aggregate Inventory
  • Back Flushing
  • Bill of Material
  • Cycle Counting
  • Discrete, Static
  • Distribution Inventory,
  • Flattened BOM
  • Inventory Man.( Introduction)
  • Inventory Man.(Basic M&S)

These workshops can be grouped into an area of emphasis such as inventory

There’s an app for that!

There are several APICS apps available for your phone or tablet.
The Learn It app contains an APICS Dictionary and flash cards to help you learn.
There are also apps for CSCP and each CPIM module with practice exams
Just go to your favorite app store and search for “APICS” !