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APICS is a not-for-profit international education organization, offering certification programs, training tools and networking opportunities to increase workplace performance. It was founded in Cleveland in 1957 as the American Production and Inventory Control Society, and currently has more than 36,000 individual and corporate members in more than 10,000 companies worldwide. In April 2008, the organization relocated to Chicago, Illinois.

APICS defines operations management as "the field of study that focuses on the effective planning, scheduling, use and control of a manufacturing or service organization through the study of concepts from design engineering, industrial engineering, management information systems, quality management, production management, inventory management, accounting, and other functions as they affect the organization."[1]

APICS offers several professional designations: APICS CPIM (Certified in Production and Inventory Management), APICS CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional) and APICS CFPIM (Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management).[2]

The APICS CIRM (Certified in Integrated Resource Management) program was discontinued in 2008. APICS continues to recognize the designation.

Also in 2008, APICS published the APICS Operations Management Body of Knowledge (OMBOK) Framework. The APICS OMBOK Framework defines the scope of the profession and provides a dynamic resource for operations management professionals. Other publications APICS produces for the operations and supply chain management profession are APICS magazine, the Production and Inventory Management Journal, and the APICS Dictionary.[3]

APICS, along with a variety of other operations and supply chain management organizations, provides professional development opportunities that help professionals and their organizations successfully compete in the global economy. Organizations with which APICS is currently aligned include:

In April 2014, it was announced that APICS would merge with the Supply Chain Council.[4]

On August 5, 2014, APICS announced its merger with Supply Chain Council was complete.[5]

APICS is represented globally by Channel Partners, such as the Australasian Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) Australia [6] and SAPICS in South Africa [7] and ABAI in Brazil.


  1. ^ APICS Dictionary, 11th edition
  2. ^ APICS-Website, Certification
  3. ^ APICS-Website
  4. ^ "Supply Chain Council to Merge with APICS". APICS. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ "APICS Finalizes Merger with Supply Chain Council". Business Wire. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  6. ^ APICS Australia
  7. ^ "SAPICS - your supply chain network". SAPICS. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 

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