August 11, 2016

Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) is a vital component in the supply chain.  It acts as the bridge between master planning and production in a system. MRP helps to determine requirements and keep priorities. The APICS Principles and Practices of MRP seminar assists beginning and experienced planners using a MRP system. Through classroom discussion and practical, hands-on exercises,

this seminar will help attendees gain a firm understanding of the principles and functions of MRP in the manufacturing process.

APICS Member $299
Nonmember $399
 (Register Today)

CSCP Class in New Kensington Starting on April 26!

Details as follows:
Dates: April 26 – July 19, 2016 (12 sessions)
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Polyconcepts, New Kensington
Instructors: TBD
Class Fee: APICS members – $1,800, Non-members – $2,000
Includes all printed and online materials

For more information, contact Jack Martis at or 724-331-0866

Local CPIM Course Schedule Data

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APICS Pittsburgh Chapter Class Schedule

Basics of Supply Chain Management
Dates: April 21 – June 23, 2016 (10 sessions)
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Eaton Corporation, Moon Township
Instructor: Jack Martis

CSCP Exam Preparation
Dates: April 26 – July 12, 2016 (12 sessions)
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Polyconcepts (formerly Leeds), New Kensington
Instructors: TBD

CSCP Exam Preparation
Dates: May 3 – July 19, 2016 (12 sessions)
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Eaton Corporation, Moon Township
Instructors: TBD

Detailed Scheduling and Planning
Dates: April 6, April 20, May 4, 2016 (3 full day sessions)
Time: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: MSA Safety, Murrysville
Instructor: Jim Dobos

Execution and Control of Operations
Dates: June, 2016 (3 full day sessions)
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: MSA Safety, Murrysville
Instructor: Jim Dobos


CPIM class fees are $575 for APICS members, $675 for non-members. CSCP class fee is $1,800 for APICS members, $2,000 for non-members.

If you are interested in any of these classes and have not already registered, please contact Jack Martis at or call at 1-866-MY-APICS x102 or 724-331-0866. Also, we are always looking for organizations to host classes. If you’re interested in bringing APICS education directly to your employee base, please contact me directly.



Class descriptions:

Detailed Scheduling and Planning

This course, which focuses on material and capacity planning, includes a detailed explanation of materials requirements planning. The course also covers material-dominated scheduling –a material planning technique that is applicable to process industries and other mature production environments. The course explains capacity requirements planning in detail and introduces other capacity planning techniques, including processor dominated scheduling.

Basics of Supply Chain Management

This is an introductory course for production and inventory management personnel and CPIM candidates. This course provides basic definitions andconcepts for planning and controlling the flow of materials into, through, and out of an organization. It explains fundamental relationships among the activities that occur in the supply chain from suppliers to customers. In addition, the course addresses types of manufacturing systems, forecasting, master planning, materials requirement planning (MRP), capacity management, production activity control, purchasing, inventory management, distribution, quality management, and Just-in-Time manufacturing.

Master Planning of Resources

In this course, students explore processes used to develop sales and operations plans, identify and assess internal and external demand and forecasting requirements, and learn the importance of producing achievable master schedules that are consistent with business policies, objectives, and resource constraints. The course focuses on developing and validating a plan of supply, relating management of demand to environment, and developing and validating the master schedule. In addition, the course encompasses concepts for transforming sales, marketing, and business requirements into a feasible and economic operations plan in various business environments. It also addresses concepts and methodologies for managing projected and actual demands from distribution networks and external customers. Finally, the course presents methods for integrating sales and operations plans, demand forecasts, and customer demand into a specific master schedule.

Execution and Control of Operations

This course focuses on three main areas: prioritizing and sequencing work; executing work plans, implementing controls, and reporting activity results; and evaluating and providing feedback on performance. The course explains techniques for scheduling and controlling production and process operations. It also addresses the execution of quality initiatives and continuous improvement plans, as well as the control and handling of inventories. Finally, the course presents techniques for evaluating performance and collecting data for effective feedback.

CSCP Exam Prep Course Description

What is the APICS CSCP?
The APICS CSCP brings your company’s entire value chain into perspective. By giving you a truly end-to-end view of the supply chain, you become the expert, not just within your organization’s walls—you become the global expert.

From manufacturing to service, in business and consumer markets, the increasingly important role of effective supply chain management affects all organizations. Customer expectations are high—with the APICS CSCP, you can ensure that your company not only meets, but exceeds them.

Who are APICS CSCP Designees?

  • Professionals seeking in-depth knowledge and understanding of their entire supply chain.
  • Employees hoping to boost productivity and collaboration.
  • Innovators promoting global supply chain management.
  • Managers working to affect lead time, inventory, productivity, and the bottom line.
  • Hard workers trying to move forward in their careers.

For Military Personnel

APICS CSCP exams qualify for test fees reimbursement by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under the new licensing and certification benefit of the G.I. Bill. For additional information on the certification benefit, visit and link to the Licensing and Certification page, call the VA at (888) 442-4551, or contact APICS Customer Support at (800) 444-APICS (2742) or (773) 867-1777.

APICS is recognized as an approved provider of CSCP education and certification to military personnel through DANTES, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support. For more information, visit

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APICS –The Association for Operations Management -is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in operations management, including production, inventory, supply chain, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals.


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