CHICAGO—APICS, the Association for Operations Management, recently launched a new initiative to help college students earn their APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification.
The CPIM Pearson VUE Jumpstart program provides 100 vouchers annually that cover testing fees for the APICS Basics of Supply Chain Management examination. This exam is the first of five required to earn the CPIM certification. The national program is the result of a collaborative effort between Pearson VUE, a computer-based testing firm, and the APICS Educational and Research (E&R) Foundation.
Interested students may submit applications between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15, 2009, at www.apics.org/education/erfoundation/default.htm. Voucher recipients will be selected based on an annual lottery held in mid-February.
"APICS certification and training advances the operations management profession; students that graduate college with their CPIM certification have a significant advantage over their peers," says Bob Collins, CFPIM, CIRM, CSCP, executive director of the APICS Educational and Research (E&R) Foundation. "The APICS community is eager to assist its student members in increasing their functional knowledge of production and inventory management through the globally recognized CPIM certification, which will ultimately enhance their credibility among peers and potential employers."