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Certified in Production Inventory Management (CPIM) Exam Prep

April 30, 2019 6:00 PM to July 23, 2019 9:00 PM
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Davenport University Downtown
45 Ottawa NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Certified in Production Inventory Management (CPIM) Exam Prep

GRAND RAPIDS - DOWNTOWN

CPIM Part 2
LENGTH: 13 weeks
April 30 - July 23, 2019
Tuesdays from 6 – 9 p.m.
COST: $2,500REGISTER

A private loan payment option is now available! If you're interested in this option, please call us at 616-233-2589 before registering.

The APICS CPIM credential offers growth, advancement and recognition. On average, professionals with the CPIM credential earn 12% more than those without the credential. Employers know that CPIM designees have the proven knowledge and skills to strategically streamline operations.

Becoming a CPIM proves your internal operations knowledge, competency and value to organizations looking for a competitive edge in today’s global economy. The CPIM designation requires completion of CPIM Part 1 and 2, delivered in two separate sessions (and two exams).

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Increase your functional knowledge of production and inventory management
  • Better maximize the ROI on the systems and technologies within your organization
  • Master the tools you need to effectively manage global supply chain activities
  • Gain knowledge to apply principles of ERP software to cover various critical functions within your organization
  • Earn customer satisfaction by delivering Lean/Just-in-Time products and services


FACILITATOR:
Tod Schwartz is a new instructor at the Institute for Professional Excellence (IPEx). Schwartz has been instructing the APICS CPIM Certification program for fourteen years, as well as other supply chain certification programs and seminars. He has worked as an ERP and Supply Chain consultant in Canada, Mexico, and the US since 1997.

Q – WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO TEACH AT DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY?
A – IPEx offers the adult student a perfect platform to blend continuing education with real world experiences, and facilitator expertise. As an instructor, I am always looking to help provide the education people need to succeed in their supply chain and business careers. The IPEx program provides the perfect venue to accomplish that. 

Q – WHAT IMPACT DOES TRAINING HAVE ON YOUR STUDENTS?
A – In the supply chain field, total knowledge of the supply chain from is what many employers look for in employees and many times, cannot find. This type of knowledge takes years to learn and compile. That is where the impact of training comes into play. When becoming APICS CPIM certified, the specific knowledge in the work of supply chain that would take years to learn on the job becomes focused, complete, and timely. This is what employers want and need, especially when looking for individuals to help solve their unique business challenges.

Q – WHAT IS A MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM BEING A FACILITATOR?
A – Many of the students that I teach today are employees of former students that I have taught. Not only does this show that the CPIM Certification series has lasting value for former students, but that they know the value of engaging their own employees and business with this program. As an instructor, this is very satisfying to see.

Q – TELL US A SUCCESS STORY THAT HAS MADE AN IMPACT ON YOU
A – One of the reasons I work as an instructor is to give back in the same way that I received teachings from my former instructors. The instructors that I had when I went through the CPIM Certification Series were some of the best supply chain practitioners in the region. This exposure not only allowed me to increase my income by 20%, but also provided me a pathway into upper management that I did not have previously. The same process and benefits that I had experienced through continuing education with APICS continues on a daily basis for myself and thousands of other professionals.

Q – WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED
A – Common sense is not so common.

Q – WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE?
A – Pay attention when chaos arises in business. It could be your big chance!

FACILITATOR:
Randall Gilbert has led APICS Certification Exam Prep programs since 2012. Randy also teaches operations management courses at colleges and universities in the Grand Rapids area. He has over 30 years of experience in operations, manufacturing, supply chain management, logistics & consulting, a Master’s degree in operations management, and a Bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management.

Q – WHAT PROGRAM DO YOU TEACH FOR IPEX?
A – Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) Exam Prep in partnership with the APICS Grand Rapids Chapter.

Q – WHY DO YOU TEACH WITH DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY?
A – Davenport University’s IPEx has a great reputation for offering high-quality, impactful education. They bridge the gap between the textbook and hands-on application of learning, which aligns with my values.  Employers and their teams need practical training opportunities that result in immediate on-the-job application. The IPEx programs support the development of in-demand skills to advance careers.  It’s a win-win for employers and employees.

Q – WHAT IMPACT DOES CPIM TRAINING HAVE ON YOUR STUDENTS/HOW DOES CPIM EXAMP PREP TRAINING SET PARTICIPANTS UP FOR SUCCESS?
A – Employers who support employees in earning the APICS CPIM credential will see a quick ROI. The pool of skilled supply chain professionals is limited. Investing in the development of skilled employees not only improves job performance but also retention. Earning the CPIM will significantly advance an operations or supply chain career. I’ve seen so many examples of improvement, advancement, and career growth as a result of earning the CPIM designation.

Q – WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT AS A FACILITATOR?
A – There are many! Recently, I had a former student earn the CPIM credential shortly after starting his first job. With the CPIM and roughly 2 years of experience, he moved into a position with more responsibility and significantly higher pay. While a higher salary is nice, it is the career and life changing results that inspire me. Because of his pursuit of education and hard work, this student can now buy a house, take nice vacations, etc., years ahead of his peers. It’s great to see. And I see it often.

Q – TELL US A SUCCESS STORY THAT HAS HAD AN IMPACT ON YOU.
I once had a student mentee. At our first mentorship meeting she shared a list that outlined how I was going to help her in the mentorship, her educational goals, and the job she would obtain upon graduation (including employer, title, location, and travel). She had everything planned out for the next five (5) years. I was impressed — but also skeptical. Over the course of our mentorship, she proved to be a top performer. In the end she accomplished EVERYTHING on the list. I was speechless! I hope that in some small way I helped start her on her path. She continues to thrive.

Q – BEST ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED?
A – Don’t pass on opportunities just because they scare you.

Q – BEST ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE?
A – Keep learning, be brave enough to apply it, and then teach others.


Parking is available in the Davenport University lot on a first come first served basis.  Public parking (meters or parking ramp across the street) is an alternate option at your expense if the lot is full. 

For questions or assistance with reservations, please contact Kathy, APICS Grand Rapids Chapter Administrator:  admin@apics-gr.org or (616) 490-8608.
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