CPIM Exam Details

Take the next step toward earning your CPIM designation! Candidates must pass two CPIM exams within three years in order to become certified. By taking and passing the CPIM exams you demonstrate your commitment to your career and mastery of knowledge within a company’s global production and inventory activities.

CPIM Exam Locations

APICS exams are delivered via computer-based testing (CBT) at Pearson VUE test centers, which are located around the world.

CPIM Exam Content

The CPIM program consists of five modules with two exams, one for Part 1 and one for Part 2. Each module reflects critical areas in production and inventory management.


Part 1:

Module 1 – Basics of Supply Chain Management

Number of exam questions – 150 (130 operational and 20 pretest*)
Length of exam – 3.5 hours

PLUS member price: $495 – Or purchase the CPIM Bundle.
CORE member/nonmember price: $690
Retake price: $250

Part 2:

Module 1 – Strategic Management of Resources
Module 2 – Master Planning of Resources
Module 3 – Detailed Scheduling and Planning
Module 4 – Execution and Control of Operations

Number of exam questions – 150 (130 operational and 20 pretest*) each module weighing 25%
Length of exam – 3.5 hours

PLUS member price: $495
CORE member/nonmember price: $690
Retake price: $250

Exam Scoring and Score Range

We use a scaled score methodology, which is a technique for equating scores in which the degree of difficulty varies from one exam form to the next. This ensures equivalent passing standards are maintained for each exam form. Candidates can download Understanding a Scaled Score for more information.

The CPIM score range is 200 to 350

Pass = 300-350
Fail = 200-299

Review the APICS Exam Handbook for full details on exam process and procedures. The exam content was developed according to the test outline included in the CPIM Exam Content Manual. DOWNLOAD THE FREE PREVIEW or purchase the full CPIM Exam Content Manual for $25 USD. The ECM is FREE for ASCM PLUS and CORE members.

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* Pretest questions do not contribute to the total score, but are necessary for research purposes and are randomly distributed among the scored items and are used for statistical purposes only. Candidates should answer all exam questions.