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Foundations of Supply Chain – Build your knowledge

APICS Principles of Operations Management is an education-based program designed to help new entrants to the field of operations management establish the foundational knowledge necessary to excel in the fields of production and distribution management.

An efficient and effective approach to educate and develop professionals on the basics of operations management.
Fully customize your Principles program to build courses to meet specific educational needs within your organization.
Organizations can select Principles course sessions, suitable as stand-alone mini-courses or to be combined with other sessions, to create a customized learning experience.

The program’s foundational curricula is composed of five thematic modules:

Principles of Inventory Management

Provides a functional knowledge and understanding of inventory and purchasing management principles, roles and responsibilities, and techniques.

Fundamentals of Inventory Management

Purpose and Function of Inventory

Inventory Replenishment Management

Additional Inventory Replenishment Techniques and Inventory Performance

Lean Inventory

Fundamentals of Purchasing

Sourcing Strategies

Purchase Order Management and Performance Management

Principles of Operations Planning

Imparts fundamental knowledge on basic manufacturing planning principles and techniques incorporated at each level in the planning process, from strategic to tactical.

Planning Foundations


Demand Management

Sales and Operations Planning

Aggregate Operations Planning

Master Scheduling Foundations

Master Scheduling Processes

Operations Systems

Principles of Manufacturing Management

Provides an introduction to modern manufacturing management core concepts and activities related to production planning, scheduling and process control.

Introduction to Manufacturing Management

Manufacturing Product Structures

Basics of Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

Managing with MRP

Capacity Planning and Management

Production Activity Control

Advanced Scheduling

Lean Production Management

Principles of Distribution and Logistics

Introduces the foundations and operations of supply channel inventory, warehousing and transportation operations.

Introduction to Distribution and Logistics

Channel Network Design

Inventory Management

Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP)

Warehouse Management

Packaging and Materials Handling

Transportation Management

Transportation Operations

Principles of Managing Operations

Introduces the fundamentals of operational process design, quality and organizational management and performance.

Operations Management Foundations

Processes and Operations

Project Management

Product Design and Development

Process Design Strategies

Total Quality Management

Statistical Quality Control

Organizational Management and Performance

Custom Course Configurations

In addition to the five standard APICS Principles courses offered, sessions within each course can also operate as stand-alone minicourses or can be combined with other Principles course sessions.

We will work with you to configure a customized course solution that can address any number of training needs or operational challenges, including:

Cross-functional training for senior managers

Foundational training in specific operations management roles

Targeted training to address specific operational challenges within your organization

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