Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)

You will find below only the best publications : 4 books and our E-book that will make you succeed your CPIM.

We gather on his page all our recommendations to make you succeed at your CPIM exam : it comes from a drastic selection we made among all supply chain publications that exists on the market. We propose you 4 books to prepare the certification efficiently. Some are essential as Orlicky's MRP, and some others can be bought used, as APICS Dictionary (because we know that books are sometimes expensive!)

We also propose you our E-book "The Essential of CPIM" : A 700-page E-book with 1700 Questions/Answers with all explainations. This e-book gathers hundreds of questions and answers. Questions are very similar to exam questions and all answers are explained very precisely. 

Our recommendation is to make you familiar with CPIM topics with below recommended books and then exercice a lot with E-book Questions & Answers.

Orlicky's Material Requirements Planning

If you have only one to buy, buy this one : The indispensable tool that will provide you a fully complete understanding of Orlicky's MRP principles, that drive all world-class Supply Chains.


Building on the pioneering work of Joseph Orlicky, this new edition of the classic text on material requirements planning (MRP) reveals the next evolutionary step for materials and supply chain synchronization in the modern manufacturing landscape. It reviews the poor business results embedded in many of today's manufacturing systems, discusses the core problems causing these results, explains an alternative pull structure for planning and controlling materials flow, and presents results from actual implementations. This thoroughly updated edition offers comprehensive coverage of MRP, describes the current state of the MRP application, and identifies the fundamental changes required to achieve sustainable success given the current global circumstances and technology options. This state-of-the art guide articulates the next generation of MRP logic—demand driven MRP (DDMRP)—and provides a roadmap for the near and distant future for this critical manufacturing management tool. 

The One you should have : the Bible of MRP

(CPIM Part 1 and Part 2)

Introduction to Material Management (Cus

We recommend this book if you prepare CPIM Part 1 only. It gives a very good overview of Supply chain questions and will allow you to master all CPIM Part 1 aspects.

This custom APICS edition covers all the essentials of modern supply chain management, manufacturing planning and control systems, purchasing, and physical distribution. Clearly written and exceptionally user-friendly, its content, examples, questions, and problems lead students step-by-step to mastery. This edition’s extensive updates include: new techniques, technology, and case studies; reorganized and expanded coverage of lean production and JIT manufacturing; new information on sustainability and “green” production; use of INCOTERMS for global supply chains; revised end-of-chapter problems, and more.

Best for CPIM Part 1 (Basics of Supply Chain Management)

Introduction to Material Management (Custom Edition for Apics)

Manufacturing Planning and Control for S

We recommend this book for CPIM Part 2 as it will provide you a very good understanding of Supply Chain objectives in the global manufacturing environment. It perfectly completes Orlicky's publication for a global CPIM understanding.


Written by a team of recognized experts, this edition features hundreds of practice questions and arms you with the knowledge you need to obtain the coveted CPIM designation. You’ll get cutting-edge practices that provide an advantage in today’s global manufacturing environment. Included throughout the book are illustrative examples, practice problems, case studies, and spreadsheets for quick, practical implementation of some of the techniques in the book. Maximize supply chain efficiency, productivity, and profitability, as well as customer satisfaction, using the hand-on information contained in this comprehensive resource.

Best for CPIM Part 2 : Gives you the Global and Strategic Supply Chain vision

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This dictionary is very useful to acquire Supply Chain vocabulary. We recommend you to purchase a used one : more than enough and cheaper. Also very useful for CSCP if you want to continue certifications.

The APICS Dictionary contains more than 4,800 terms and definitions to ensure a common language among supply chain and operations management professionals working in today’s global environment.

Buy a second-hand !

(Useful for CPIM and CSCP)

APICS Dictionary, 12th Edition

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