Cezary Czaplicki is a Customs Operations Leader at DOW Benelux who has completed the CPIM Part 1 and is now eager to share his experience with us.
Hi Cezary, you have recently earned your CPIM Part 1 certification. Congratulations! Can you please tell us a little bit more why you have decided to pursue the APICS CPIM training program?
There were several reasons for this. One of the reasons was that I wanted to invest in my professional development. With a CPIM certification I am confident that it will help me expand future career opportunities within my company. Another reason was that I wanted to improve my overall understanding in supply chain in a large organization like my company.
Furthermore, the CPIM topics are extremely interesting to me, and it was a nice refresher of what I already learned during my master's studies. For example, my master's thesis was about complex sales forecasting in a company with high seasonality. It was nice to return to all the theory related to forecasting.
Would you recommend the CPIM training program to your colleagues?
Absolutely, especially for managers who want to improve their supply chain management acumen, including translating the correlation between strategy and operations – it is a great way to put the pieces to the puzzle and gain a better understanding of the bigger picture.
What was the most important thing that you have learned from the CPIM training program?
It's too soon to tell, but my perspective has definitely changed. As someone who has worked in trade compliance for over a decade, I was accustomed to viewing the supply chain through the lens of my expertise. Now that I have followed the CPIM, I was able to see the supply chain from a more holistic point of view.
And last but not least, can you maybe give us some tips for passing the CPIM exams successfully?
First and foremost, I have to say that the way CIMCIL organized the course was absolutely incredible. Starting with the friendly instructor who explained things clearly and took the time to discuss some topics with me, even after the sessions were over.
Additionally, there is also an online self-study tool that includes slides and tests to help you better structure your learning process. I advise students to use this tool in order to maximize their chances of passing the exam. Please keep in mind that the exam is not easy.
And last but not least, try to review as many tests question as possible and do a deep analysis on the incorrect/uncertain answers to better understand the correct answer. It's important to avoid memorizing the questions because it can disrupt the learning process. The exam questions are obviously different, yet they are all focused on the same topics.
Thank you for your time Cezary !
Cezary Czaplicki - Customs Operations Leader
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