CIRM Courses
APICS' internationally recognized certification program, Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) is known globally as standard of competence in business and manufacturing.

The CIRM program consists of five exam modules with individual certification testing (Certification testing is not included in these courses). 

These courses are intended are certification review courses for people with some previous training and/or experience in the field.

Courses are Instructor led, classroom style and can be offered on your site for maximum benefit.

CIRM Overview
Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) education integrates your understanding of organizational resources such as information technology, materials, human resources, production and supporting equipment, facilities, and capital to meet the goals of your organization. In other words, you will gain an understanding of all the functions within your company, giving you a competitive edge!

The success of any business in the 21st century will increasingly depend on its ability to adapt to rapidly changing conditions-taking swift action to maximize the opportunities presented. CIRM is a comprehensive program designed to develop managerial and leadership skills. With CIRM education, you will develop your fullest potential and solve a wide range of business problems across the enterprise-spurring future innovation and discovery for you and your organization.

CIRM Program Exam Modules
  • Enterprise Concepts and Fundamentals. Gain a greater understanding of the strategy and role of the value-driven enterprise, its integrated organizational functions, and the four basic support areas of quality, human resources, finance and accounting, and information systems.
  • Identifying and Creating Demand. Learn the strategies and tactics that identify, define, and quantify customer wants and needs, and translate those into requirements for value-added products and services to be delivered by your organization.
  • Designing Products and Processes. Discover how to convert a market need or innovation into a product, process, or service that meets the expectations of both the enterprise and the customer.
  • Delivering Products and Services. Examine the systems, approaches, and strategies used by an enterprise to make the transition between concept and product and between customer expectation and product delivery.
  • Integrated Enterprise Management. Follow the relationships and interactions of functional groups working toward a common goal. It also explores business strategies, aids in assessing strategic decisions, management practices, and the effects of new technologies. This final module acts as a capstone of the whole CIRM program.
  • Capacity Management

Enterprise Concepts and Fundamentals
Enterprise Concepts and Fundamentals, the first module in the CIRM curriculum, introduces the strategic fundamentals of the value-driven enterprise, the management concepts of organizational design and structure, and the basic business processes that will be covered in the CIRM curriculum. Topics include
  • Strategic Fundamentals
  • Management Concepts
  • Business Processes
  • Support Functions

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Designing Products and Processes
This module examines the systems, approaches, and strategies used by an enterprise to convert a need or innovation into a product, process, or service that meets the expectations of both the enterprise and the customer. The Designing Products and Processes module examines the activities in the design process, which include organizing and defining the design team, determining the resources needed, identifying the work to be done and the anticipated output from the work, doing the actual work, and measuring the results. Topics include
  • Comprehension and Translation of Requirements
  • Work Structure (Planning and Implementing a Design Project)
  • Performance Assessment of the Design Process
  • Continuous Improvement and Innovations.

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Delivering Products and Services
The Delivering Products and Services module expands on the concept of the value-driven enterprise, which was introduced in the Enterprise Concepts and Fundamentals module. Learn how to integrate an enterprise's systems, approaches, and strategies to make the transition from concept to product and from customer expectation to product delivery. Understand the integrated planning and control of supply chain resources and business processes - including producers, distributors, and customers - that are required to deliver products and services to customers. Topics include
  • Identification of the Delivery Strategy
  • Execution and Assessment
  • Continuous Improvement and Innovation

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Identifying and Creating Demand
Identifying and Creating Demand presents the strategies and tactics that identify, define, and quantify customer wants and needs. It also demonstrates how to translate requirements into value-added products and services. Topics include 
  • Marketing input to the business plan
  • Sales
  • Customer ordering and service
  • Performance measurement

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Integrated Enterprise Management
Follow the relationships and interactions of functional groups working toward a common goal. This final module acts as a capstone of the whole CIRM educational program. Uniting all the areas covered in the other four modules, Integrated Enterprise Management applies strategic thinking to enterprise-wide issues, such as the integration of individuals within teams, functions, and the enterprise, and the evolution of an enterprise within its environment and over time. Topics include
  • Personal Skills and Teamwork Necessary for the Individual to Succeed in an Integrated Enterprise
  • Making Change Happen
  • Functions and Their Integration Within the Enterprise
  • Enterprise in the Environment
  • Enterprise Through Time

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