Certified Production and Inventory Analyst



Why it Matters

Just because you know how to bend metal, assemble a product or mix ingredients, doesn’t mean you understand manufacturing and operations. It doesn’t mean you fully understand the role of manufacturing. Success comes from a blend of theory and practice so a person can see how the whole manufacturing and supply chain dynamics weave together and interact.

Only in CPIA do we have them coming together. Operations management, materials management industrial engineering functions supply chain operations and management-employee interface all come together in this dynamic program. It does it in a way that makes you feel that you are right there. It is the only course I’ve seen that puts the combination together. It’s made for those who want to learn and lead a manufacturing group.

Why Go for it

The Certified Production and Inventory Analyst (CPIA) program is one of the best certification programs in the field of supply chain management. This program helps employers to provide an exceptional kick-start to transform both new and current employees to a work-to-do professional status to reach a high level of productivity in a very short time.

The CPIA Program provides the learners with a practical hands-on platform on which to develop their skills, both in the classroom and in the workplace. We left the theory at the door!

​CPIA program enable employers to identify where the knowledge and training gaps are within their organization. Having a well-qualified and certified staff is a great competitive advantage and branding tool for a world-class business.


What you will learn

  • The importance of manufacturing
  • How Operations is the coordinating function of manufacturing
  • Planning and scheduling priorities in manufacturing
  • Determining and controlling capacities in manufacturing
  • Materials Management from an information standpoint
  • Materials Management from a physical standpoint
  • Technologies and strategies of manufacturing
  • Processes and materials in manufacturing
  • Key supporting manufacturing functions
  • The importance of improving manufacturing continuously

Transforming The Careers of Supply Chain Professionals  & Assisting Organizations Transform Their Supply Chains into Value Chains

Releasing The Power Of Your Value Chain For Profits

Operating within a manufacturing and operations environment and having control over the wide range of manufacturing activities that take place within a typical manufacturing or process industry is a competitive advantage in today’s dynamic economy. Gaining this competitive advantage requires being able to identify the various operations within manufacturing and operations, and in turn recognizing the need to initiate and

​The program covers the role of manufacturing and operations in the 21st century, how manufacturing forms the “engine” of the supply chain, the role of planning and scheduling in manufacturing, the various manufacturing strategies and engineering materials, and the materials management and industrial engineering support functions. Each presents a challenge to those who are engaged in the field of manufacturing and operations.

We offer a unique approach to achieving a qualification, tailoring studies to our learners’ in accordance with their needs and requirements. We promote best practice and high standards in industry, working to support and assist business and individuals through the implementation of blended learning.

Who should attend

  • Supply chain operations, production planning, procurement executives, supervisors, managers, and department heads, particularly those at the supervisory level tasked with managing inventories, quality control, product development, R&D, and business planning management activities.
  • Manufacturing personnel, particularly those at an operational level tasked with participating in a manufacturing environment.
  • Individuals wishing to enhance their knowledge of manufacturing, production, planning, methodology of supply chain operations. Employees who may interact with higher-level supply chain leaders and wish to feel on equal footing regarding knowledge.
  • Manufacturing supervision, those entrusted with the operation of a company’s manufacturing facilities.
  • Individuals wishing to enhance their knowledge of manufacturing and operations in the 21st Century.
  • Career starters wishing to make manufacturing, production and inventory management a career within the supply chain. Bachelor’s and master’s level students who wish to supplement an advanced degree with an equally advanced supply chain certification to gain a competitive advantage in the job market.




  • Business Formation and Business Strategy
  • Business Functions and Activities
  • Management
  • Supply Chains and Customer Service

Learning Outcomes

  • Name the objectives a business would establish for its operations;
  • Distinguish between unincorporated businesses and incorporated businesses; give examples of each;
  • Name the four primary functions of management; provide a brief explanation of each function;
  • Define supply chain and supply chain management; with the aid of a diagram, show how demand, supply and information flows through the supply chain;
  • Distinguish between the roles of strategic, tactical, and operations planning in supply chain management;
  • Name the four leadership styles and give examples of where each leadership style would be the most appropriate;
  • Define customer service; explain the importance of customers to a business;
  • Outline the steps to be taken to ensure a successful communication process both within an organization and with the outside world.​



  • Forecasting & Demand Management
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Materials Planning
  • Capacity Planning

Learning Outcomes

  • Distinguish between qualitative forecasting techniques and quantitative forecasting techniques;
  • Explain the importance of tracking forecast error and making adjustments to a forecast when demand exceeds forecast by a large degree;
  • Compare long-range, medium-range, and short-range planning; give examples from each category;
  • Distinguish between planning and scheduling; with the aid of examples describe a number of planning and scheduling tools;
  • Give a description of the master scheduling process; explain the role of rough-cut capacity planning in master scheduling;
  • Give the purpose of materials planning and capacity planning in a manufacturing environment;
  • With the aid of a flow diagram, give an explanation of the materials planning process;
  • Give an explanation of how capacity planning is used to balance load with capacity at one or more work centres.​



  • Purchasing, and Warehousing
  • Inventory Management and Materials Handling
  • Transportation and Distribution

Learning Outcomes

  • Define materials planning; give the role of materials planning in the supply chain;
  • Describe the purchasing cycle; outline the requirements when selecting a supplier;
  • Give the role of warehousing in the supply chain; describe a number of warehouse activities;
  • Explain what inventory is, and why it is necessary to hold inventory at various points along the supply chain;
  • Distinguish between the various types, functions and costs of inventory; give examples from each, outline the importance of managing each;
  • Name and give an explanation of each category of materials handling equipment;
  • Discuss the role of transport and transportation in the distribution of goods to customers;
  • Explain the process of physical distribution; distinguish between carriers and the modes of transportation;​




  • Manufacturing and Technology
  • Manufacturing Strategies
  • Types of Production
  • Manufacturing Processing, & Manufacturing Materials​

Learning Outcomes

  • Name the major groups of knowledge in business; give a brief explanation of each;
  • Name and give a brief explanation of each of the components of a representative technological transformation system;
  • With the aid of a diagram, give an explanation of the volume-variety matrix;
  • Explain the importance of teaming up with suppliers and customers at each level in the supply chain;
  • Distinguish between primary sector industries, secondary sector industries and tertiary sector; give examples from each sector;
  • Name the different types of production systems; give examples of the products produced by each;
  • Name the manufacturing processing families; indicate the significant differences between them;
  • Distinguish between engineering materials and non-engineering materials; give examples from each category



  • Engineering and Productivity Improvement
  • Quality, Inspection, Metrology, & Maintenance
  • Lean and Waste Management
  • Continuous Improvement​

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the role of industrial engineering in a manufacturing environment;
  • Define productivity; name the resources, and discuss how productivity influences the wealth of a nation;
  • Name the component parts of work study; briefly describe the procedure for a work study investigation;
  • Distinguish between quality, inspection, and metrology; explain why quality is everyone’s responsibility?
  • Name and give a brief explanation of the types of plant maintenance activities in a manufacturing organization;
  • Describe the lean process; explain how lean is used to increase the productive use of a company’s resources;
  • Identify the types of waste; give examples of each waste from the workplace;
  • With the aid of sketches, give an explanation of the seven basic quality tools; give one example of the application of each.​

Program Details


  • USD 1450

Assessment Criteria

  • Introduction to Manufacturing and Operations Management – 10%
  • Operations Planning and Scheduling -15%
  • Materials Management – 25%
  • Manufacturing and Manufacturing Processes – 30%
  • Manufacturing and Operations Support Functions – 20%

Final Exam

  • Duration: 180 Minutes
  • Questions: 100 – MCQs
  • Examination: Online Proctored
  • Passing Criteria: 60%
  • 1 Final Exam Retake is Free-of-Charge if Unsuccessful in first attempt

Practice Exam(s)

  • Duration: 30 Minutes for each module
  • Questions: 10 MCQs and 10 T/F
  • Examination: Online
  • Passing Criteria: Self Assessment
  • Self Assessment Questions for Each Module

During the past three decades several supply chain certification bodies have been established; however, in the main most of the education offerings have concentrated on the theoretical aspects of the subject matter and fell short on the practical applications.

​These certification programs enhance the thought process of the professionals, but many certified professionals are unable to implement the theory into practice without some extra help along the way. So, after several years of research, VCARE Academy has taken the initiative and is launching a series of supply chain certification programs to fill the existing gap in the supply chain education. These certification programs are purely based on the practical aspect of the many facets of the supply chain.

​We can help you improve your supply chain expertise, and at the same time, enhance your company’s supply chain capabilities.


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