APICS stands for American Production and Inventory Control Society. This acronym is the original name of a professional society’s now known as APICS,  The Association for Operations Management.

APICS was founded in 1957 as a resource for supply chain and operations management professionals. APICS has a focus on education for a global community of industry professionals.

Over the decades, APICS, under either of its two related names, has provided training and certification for a variety of evolving designation programs; but at this time, they have three designations that are available to the community of manufacturing professionals. Those designations are:

The first two of the designations, CPIM and CSCP, are earned based on test scores and are maintained through APICS-related and professional activities. The third designation, CFPIM, is earned by obtaining the CPIM designation and achieving additional professional fellowship activities.