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APICS Principles of Operations Management is an education-based program made up of five courses 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. Principles offers organizations an efficient and effective approach to educate and develop professionals on the basics of operations management.

Use APICS Principles of Operations Management to address specific organizational needs and challenges. 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 to create a customized learning experience.

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.

To request more information on APICS Principles of Operations Management custom courses, contact us.

APICS Principles of Operations Management

Participants will learn core concepts in these 5 areas (4 days of trainings for each):

1. Principles of Managing Operations
2. Principles of Inventory Management
3. Principles of Distribution and Logistics.
4. Principles of Manufacturing Management
5. Principles of Operations Planning

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Principles of Inventory Management

The goal of this course is to impart an operational knowledge and understanding of inventory management principles and techniques, providing participants with a greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities in the control of inventory and the impact that inventory has on a business. Participants are introduced to essential vocabulary and skills needed to identify and apply the basic principles of inventory management. Sessions offered in this course include:
• Operations Management Foundations
• Fundamentals of Inventory Management
• Purpose and Function of Inventory
• Inventory Replenishment Management
• Additional Inventory Management Techniques and Inventory Performance
• Lean Inventory - Concept and Practice
• Fundamentals of Purchasing
• Sourcing Strategies
• PO Management and Performance Measurement.

Principles of Operations Planning

The goal of this course is to impart a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the basic manufacturing planning principles and techniques that are used at each level in the planning process, from strategic to tactical. Sessions offered in this course include:

• Operation Management Foundations
• Planning Foundations
• Forecasting
• Demand Management
• Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)
• Aggregate Operations Planning
• Master Scheduling Foundations
• Master Scheduling Processes
• Operations Systems.

Principles of Manufacturing Management

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to the concepts and practices of modern manufacturing management. Among the topics discussed are managing the manufacturing environment, process layout, bills of material (BOMs) and routings, executing manufacturing planning and control activities, working with material requirements planning (MRP) and more. Sessions offered in this course include:

• Operations Management Foundations
• 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

The goal of this course is to introduce the foundations of distribution and logistics management. Among the topics discussed are the basics of logistics management, the principles and activities of warehousing, the principles and activities of transportation, fulfillment, distribution channel design and more. Sessions offered in this course include:

• Operations Management Foundations
• Introduction to Distribution and Logistics
• Channel Network Design
• Inventory Management
• Distribution Requirements Planning (DRP)
• Warehouse Management
• Packaging and Material Handling
• Transportation Management
• Transportation Operations.

Principles of Managing Operations

The goal of this course is to impart a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the concepts and decision tools needed for organizational process management and control involved in designing and operating the manufacturing and distribution environment. This course is concerned with the design of systems to produce goods and services and the operation of those systems. Coming soon! Sessions offered in this course include
• Operations Management Foundations
• Processes and Operations
• Project Management
• Product Design and Development
• Process Design Strategies
• Total Quality Management
• Statistical Quality Control
• Process Improvement and Optimization
• Organizational Management and Performance.

Available Courses and Exams

Currently there are no available courses For additional information or requests for Inhouse course, please contact us

Flexible learning options

Ideally suited for organizations wanting to educate an operations management team, the APICS Principles program offers the flexibility you need for your employees to succeed.

With on-site, instructor-led courses, your employees can learn the foundations of operations management as a team, enhancing their learning experience.

Contact us to learn more about on-site learning, as well as off-site options for APICS Principles courses.


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