Véronique Roodhooft is a SAP Supply Chain Management consultant who has completed the CPIM Part 1 and Part 2 courses and is now eager to share her experience with us.
Hi Véronique, 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?
When I started working I got to know quite soon that APICS CPIM has become a standard in a lot of Supply Chain environments. The course material can help in understanding and setting up a certain strategy, it can increase the knowledge on inventory levels, how to improve internal communication and how to set up an S&OP process. It is well known in a lot of companies, widespread over the world which makes it very interesting to pursue the CPIM certification.
Would you recommend following the CPIM courses to your colleagues?
Yes, I would recommend it to colleagues. An advantage of CPIM is that you can challenge and merge past experiences with theoretical frameworks and best practices. It also improves the understanding of the complexity in aligning the objectives of different departments within the same company.
Was following the CPIM part 2 an added value for you?
Following Part 2 is certainly an added value. Within this part the main focus is on the strategic elements while Part 1 is more on the planning part and bringing a long term aggregate plan to a short term detailed plan. However Part 2 also digs into further details on the concepts that were explained in Part 1.
What did you find to be the most important takeaway from the CPIM Part 2?
My biggest take-away from CPIM part 2 is the deep dive into the different frameworks related to strategy. Really thinking through what direction a company wants to set and how to maintain this direction once converting it into S&OP, planning, etc.
And what was the most important thing you learned from the CPIM Parts 1 and 2 in general?
Overall the biggest take-away is the link of the course material to your own experiences and to your day-to-day job. It was very nice to share and listen to the experiences of other participants of the course.
And last but not least, can you maybe give us some tips for passing the CPIM exams successfully?
Following the instructor-led courses helps in linking the theory to practical/real life cases and maybe even to your own past experiences. This helps a lot in studying the material. Besides the instructor-led courses it’s of course important to read through the books. Also the example exam questions and questions per chapter on the online platform can be very useful in preparing for the exam as it shows the type of questions that can be expected. I would also recommend – unfortunately this is the most difficult part – to plan the exam not too late in order to give yourself the advantage of having the lecture still top of mind.
Thank you for your time Véronique !
Véronique Roodhooft - SAP Supply Chain Management Consultant
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