SAPICS Principles of Production & Inventory Management (PPIM) 

What is the purpose of this course?

The Principles of Production and Inventory Management is an intermediary level course for those wishing to make a career in one of the many disciplines of supply chain and operations management.  This course assumes prior knowledge of the basics of supply chain and operations techniques and serves as a steppingstone to a certification in supply chain and operations management.


This course is designed for individuals working in the field of Production and Inventory Management who want to obtain or update their professional knowledge, those entering this field or working in a related field such as Purchasing, Accounting, Marketing, Engineering, Data Processing etc .

What will I learn?

Qualifying learners will be able to: 

  • Manufacturing Strategies and Resource Management

  • Product and Process Design

  • Forecasting and Forecasting Techniques

  • Production Planning and Master Scheduling

  • Materials Planning

  • Capacity Planning

  • Project Management

  • Intermittent Production Systems

  • Continuous Production Systems

  • Fundamentals of Inventory Management

  • Inventory Methodologies and Lot-Sizing Techniques

  • Lean and Waste Elimination

  • Purchasing and Procurement

  • Warehousing and Materials Handling

  • Quality Strategies

  • Facilities Location and Transportation

  • Distribution Management

What is the pre-requisite for this course?

It is recommended that a learner should have a minimum of a Grade 12/Matric.

How long will it take me?

4 Months for self-study

5 Days facilitation

Learning options

This course is available as an instructor-led, blended or self-study program. 


  • Led by experienced instructors

  • Structured classroom environment ensures that you will stay on track with your studies

  • Peer discussions help reinforce learning materials

  • Contact time 30 hours (including Final exam)


  • Led by experienced instructors

  • Platforms supported: Zoom, Teams, and Meet

  • Interactive, most suitable for small groups

  • Contact time 30 hours

  • Final exam Proctored


  • Prepare from home, work, or while traveling

  • Save time and money on travel to training venues

  • Learn at your own pace.

  • Tutoring available if required

  • Final exam Proctored

How will I be assessed?

There are two exams for this program:

  • The mid-term exam is based on content of Sessions 1 to 9

  • The final exam is based on the content of Sessions 11 to 18.

Both are closed book, 3 hours exam. A learner requires 50% to pass.


To pass the course and earn the Certificate of Achievement, a learner will need an overall score of at least 50% in both the mid-term and the final examination with a combined minimum of 50% in the homework and 50% in the two examinations .

What do I get?

SAPICS Certificate 

Equivalent to NQF Level: 4

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