The San Diego CITD and Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade and Logistics (DSNGTL) kicked off the first in a series of courses designed to prepare supply chain management professionals for the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification exams. The first course, “Basics of Supply Chain Management” began on February 15th and will be taught over the course of 10 weeks, with students meeting in the evenings once per week for a 3-hour class session at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa.

Prior to the start of the class, CITD Director and DSNGTL, Victor Castillo, made brief welcome remarks before introducing the course instructor, Ceci Anderson, a long-time supply chain management professional and certified APICS instructor. The students taking the course hold a variety of logistics and supply chain-related positions at companies including General Dynamics NASSCO, TDK-LAMDA Americas, Teledyne, Sequenom, ATC Logistics, Hologic, and Pacific World Corporation.

The CPIM program empowers professionals with the ability to understand and evaluate production and inventory activities within a company’s global operations. To earn the CPIM designation, a professional must pass a series of five exams to demonstrate mastery of essential terminology, concepts, and strategies related to production and inventory management. The San Diego CITD and DSNGTL, in collaboration with the San Diego Chapter of APICS, will be offering courses designed to prepare professionals for each of the certification exams. According to a survey conducted by APICS, professionals with the CPIM designation see significantly improved hiring potential and an average 14% salary increase.

Additional information on the CPIM certification and the preparation courses can be found at http://www.sbditc.org/apics-cpim/