American Production and Inventory Control Society certification programs teach participants concepts and strategies that are helpful on the job, according to the organization's website. Certification also helps professionals demonstrate their knowledge and competency to potential employers.
As of 2015, the APICS website states that the organization offers two primary certifications for supply chain and operations management professionals: Certified in Production and Inventory Management and Certified Supply Chain Professional.
The CPIM program is designed to teach participants to evaluate production and inventory activities, says APICS. It covers concepts in demand management, supplier planning, supplier relationships, performance measurements, quality control and other areas. This designation can help participants enhance their reputations within their organizations and better achieve customer satisfaction. Professionals that might benefit from the CPIM certification include purchasing managers and industrial production managers. As of 2015, more than 100,000 people have earned the CPIM designation since it was launched in 1973.
The CSCP certification helps participants master the best practices for supply chain management, says APICS. It provides high-level knowledge and specialized skills that distinguish certificate holders as industry experts. APICS recommends this certification for individuals working in global supply chain management, particularly in the areas of physical logistics, information technology, customer relations and international trade. As of 2015, more than 16,000 people across the globe have earned the APICS certification since it was introduced in 2006.