The San Diego CITD and Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade and Logistics (DSNGTL), in collaboration with the San Diego Chapter of APICS,  kicked off Part 2 of a two-part series of courses designed to prepare supply chain management professionals for the ACertified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification exams. APICS recently restructured its certification preparation courses, condensing the previous five learning modules and exams down to two, providing an opportunity for professionals to earn the certification in a shorter time frame. The Part 2 course began on February 21st and will be taught over the course of 13 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.

CITD Director and DSNGTL, Victor Castillo, gave brief welcoming remarks to the students before, Jenna Brinkerhoff, a supply chain management professional with Cymer and certified APICS instructor, began digging into the course material. The students taking the course hold a variety of logistics and supply chain-related positions at companies including Teledyne, Sequenom, Genetech, Organovo, Camelback, 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. 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