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Principles of Operations Management

Join the growing number of employers who are embracing APICS Principles of Operations Management learning program to improve foundational knowledge and supply chain performance.

What’s the Principles program?

APICS Principles is a complete education and training program focused on providing employees with a solid foundational knowledge in the field of supply chain and operations management. The program includes five course modules that are divided into sets of 11 sessions, including two exams. The courses focus on the principles, methods, techniques and language of operations management, and how different operations management strategies impact organizational outcomes and financial results.

Is Principles right for your organization?

The program is designed to fit the training needs of organizations with employees who have a variety of education backgrounds, varied on-the-job learning experiences and different learning requirements. Beyond basics, the courseware includes advanced topics for employees who already have a background in operations management. The modular nature of the courses means that organizations, departments or teams can create a customized learning experience by selecting specific sessions from a course or combining sessions from multiple courses.

How does it work?

Each APICS Principles module can be taught as a complete course. Alternatively, organizations can select sessions to build completely customized training programs. APICS also offers recommended Principles courses of study that focus on building the knowledge required for specific job roles or addressing particular areas of expertise.

Start learning today.

The APICS Principles program is designed to make it easy for your people to learn and advance. On-site instructor-led courses and off-site options are both available. If your organization would benefit from a world-class, fully customizable learning program created by the organization that sets the industry standard, contact APICS today.

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For assistance in the development of a tailored program module that meets your needs and scheduling a future class, contact our Chapter instructor:

Contact: Chaz Allis
Phone: 860.759.9107

Overview of each Module’s Content

I. Principles of Inventory Management (PIM)
        • Session 1: Operation Management – Foundations
        • Session 2: Fundamentals of Inventory Management
        • Session 3: Purpose and Function of Inventory
        • Session 4: Inventory Replenishment Management
        • Session 5: Additional Inventory Replenishment Techniques and Inventory Performance
        • Session 6: Mid-Term Exam
        • Session 7: Lean Inventory - Concept and Practice
        • Session 8: Fundamentals of Purchasing
        • Session 9: Sourcing Strategies
        • Session 10: PO Management and Performance Measurement
        • Session 11: Final Exam
II. Principles of Operations Planning (POP)
        • Session 1: Operation Management Foundations
        • Session 2: Planning Foundations
        • Session 3: Forecasting ͕
        • Session 4: Demand Management
        • Session 5: Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)
        • Session 6: Mid-Term Exam
        • Session 7: Aggregate Operations Planning
        • Session 8: Master Scheduling Foundations
        • Session 9: Master Scheduling Processes
        • Session 10: Operations Systems
        • Session 11: Final Exam
III. Principles of Manufacturing Management (PMM)
        • Session 1: Operations Management Foundations
        • Session 2: Introduction to Manufacturing Management
        • Session 3: Manufacturing Product Structures
        • Session 4: Basics of Material Requirements Planning (MRP)
        • Session 5: Managing with MRP
        • Session 6: Mid-Term Exam
        • Session 7: Capacity Planning and Management
        • Session 8: Production Activity Control
        • Session 9: Advanced Scheduling
        • Session 10: Lean Production Management
        • Session 11: Final Exam
IV. Principles of Distribution and Logistics (PDL)
        • Session 1: Operations Management Foundations
        • Session 2: Introduction to Distribution and Logistics
        • Session 3: Channel Network Design
        • Session 4: Inventory Management
        • Session 5: Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP)
        • Session 6: Mid-Term Exam
        • Session 7: Warehouse Management
        • Session 8: Packaging and Material Handling
        • Session 9: Transportation Management
        • Session 10: Transportation Operations
        • Session 11: Final Exam
V. Principles of Managing Operations (PMO)
        • Session 1: Operations Management Foundations
        • Session 2: Operations and Processes
        • Session 3: Project Management
        • Session 4: Product Design and Development
        • Session 5: Process Design Strategies
        • Session 6: Mid-Term Exam
        • Session 7: Total Quality Management
        • Session 8: Statistical Quality Control
        • Session 9: Process Improvement and Performance
        • Session 10: Organizational Management and Performance
        • Session 11: Final Exam

For a detailed look at each Module’s-Sessions content (Click here)