Julian De GARCIA followed CPIM’s Part 1 and Part 2 courses and is happy to share his experience with us. Julian is the Senior Master Planner at UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company focused on creating value for people living with severe diseases in immunology and neurology.
Hi Julian, you’ve already earned the CPIM part 1 certification and you’ve recently completed the Part 2 course as well. Can you please tell us a little bit more about why you’ve decided to pursue the APICS CPIM certifications?
One of the reasons I have chosen to pursue the CPIM certifications is because they enable you to speak the same language as anyone else in the supply chain world. Everybody has their own interpretation of certain acronyms, but by taking these courses you can be confident that everybody is on the same page.
Another reason is that it’s a recognized certificate and a real added value if you are pursuing a career in supply chain. In some corporate companies, it is essential that you hold an APICS CPIM certificate.
More generally, the courses are a perfect way to refresh your knowledge, learn best practices and share expertise with your classmates.
Would you recommend following the CPIM courses?
The CPIM part 1 course has absolutely added value to my career. I already knew some of the topics, but I also learned a lot of new material. I enjoyed the fact that the classes were in small groups and that the teacher used real case studies. It was also a great way to exchange ideas with people who work in the same field and gain business experience.
What was your biggest takeaway from APICS CPIM training?
As a result of my APICS certification training, I have implemented a lot of supply chain initiatives in my organization. One particular topic called the Theory of Constraints (TOC) really caught my attention, and I wanted to learn more about it. It is a management paradigm that views any manageable system as being limited in achieving more of its objectives by a very small number of constraints. It’s a theory that focuses on a simple, pragmatic way to organize activities using simple methods in your supply chain.
Can you give us certain tips about preparing for the exam?
It’s important to not only study the slides provided, but to read the book carefully as well. It’s also crucial that you know and understand the definitions and varying concepts. For example, some people have a certain interpretation of the Economic Order Quantity Concept (EOQ), and by learning the correct definition, you can be confident that you and your colleagues are singing from the same hymn sheet. Another way to study for the exam is by using the Online Study Tool. There are practice tests that you can take and exercises on each chapter.
Julian De Garcia - Senior Master Planner @ UCB