Public Announcements

APICS Professional Development Opportunities ... APICS CPIM, CSCP, CLTD and Principles

What's Your Interest February 2021?

Our chapter would like to put together a dynamic listing of our member and non-member development and training interests.  We would like to find out what opportunities you are looking for, the type of opportunity at this time, and the time horizon. 

We have the capabilities of offering CPIM, CSCP, CLTD, and specialized Principles courses.  We can offer virtual courses (online), courses at designated locations in Weber (DTC), Salt Lake (SLCC), and Utah County (MTECH), and potentially on-site at your company if requested.  All of these courses are currently supported by the State of Utah with Custom-Fit funding at 40 - 50 % of course cost. We have been offering face-to-face training with Covid protocols and have done so safely since September 2020. 

Please let us know your interest.  We will build a data base and try to construct opportunities supporting those interests and time horizon. Once we see a pattern, we will offer those opportunities.

Please review your needs.  If of interest, send an email to ... [email protected]  ... state your interest, type of interest, and when you would like to pursue the CPIM, CSCP, CLTD or Principles opportunities.

Please take time to review your interests and let us know ... we are an education non-profit and we would love to be of service. 

Dave Simpson, President ASCM Utah Chapter (801-330-8468)










Important ASCM APICS Announcement

President and Board Announcement 

December 2020

As our world evolves into the "new normal" so does ASCM APICS. In January, ASCM is formally consolidating APICS Chapters, to form what they believe, will be a more robust and synergistic structure. ASCM studies noted the difficulties in recruiting volunteer leadership and the various abilities to offer quality membership and professional development opportunities. There will be approximately 60 US based chapters remaining after the consolidation.

In January, the APICS Salt Lake City Chapter and the APICS Sundance Chapter will be merging. The new organization will be called ASCM Utah and will encompass the entire State of Utah. Our chapter sites will be updated in January reflecting those changes. As our new chapter covers a much larger geography, we will face different challenges, logistics being just one. We will have educational liaisons with a much broader network of colleges and universities. We will be able to offer Custom-Fit Training and funding options to a wide membership for both virtual and F2F training experiences. We plan on offering public courses in each area of certification at least once per year in geography. Ideally, we would offer F2F courses in Northern, Central, and Southern Utah. We will offer virtual courses in all areas of certification next year. Private on-site and virtual training is also available through the chapter and our IDP endorsed training staff. 

F2F professional development meetings (PDMs) and plant tours will also be discussed, but at this time, these opportunities are unfortunately on-hold. There will be a time when these much-needed experiences will be again offered ... Virtual DPMs will be offered in 2021 ... including a presentation on DDMRP mid-Winter. All members will be invited free of charge. We are hoping for a return to normal next year.

Our new organization is looking for energetic and insightful volunteer leadership. We are hoping to fill our vacant positions as we roll into the new organization. Volunteering can be rewarding and we need and appreciate your time and talents. We currently are searching to fill the following rolls:

SVP Greater Salt Lake City (Salt Lake City East, West, and North to Logan) , SVP Sundance (Utah County East, West and South to Saint George), VP Membership, VP Communication, VP Education, and Student Liaisons at all schools with a supply chain program.  If you would like to participate, please let us know. We would love to talk about the opportunities and your engagement. We will offer board training ... the opportunity for you to serve on a no-profit board and to grow your management and leadership skills within supply chain.

Our best always,
Dave Simpson, President ASCM Utah  / 801-330-8468  / [email protected] 


ASCM APICS Principles of Operations Management: Concepts and Applications (New Custom Course Opportunities)

Our Chapter is Pleased to Announce that we will be Offering the ASCM APICS Principles of Operations Management Program Beginning in 2021. 

The courses are a series of concept and application courses for learners entering or those seeking additional knowledge in the field of operations management. The program presents five course modules that can be tailored (customized) to your organization's specific training and educational needs, the modules include, Principles of Inventory Management, Principles of Operations Planning, Principles of Manufacturing Management, Principles of Managing Operations, and Principles of Distribution and Logistics.  


Principles of Operations Management: Concepts and Applications

The Principles of Operations Management: Concepts and Applications series of courses enables APICS to offer an exciting new version of education and training for learners who are entering or seeking additional knowledge in the field of operations management. APICS feels that the Principles offers learners the opportunity to acquire a strong foundation in the basics of operations management that will assist them to make more informed decisions in the workplace, participate more effectively in cross-functional and intra-company teams, and prepare for advanced education and certification opportunities, such as APICS’s Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) or (CLTD) Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution program.

Program Overview

The Principles of Operation ManagementConcepts and Applications series of courses were developed to respond to the needs of new entrants into the field of operations management. Based on a solid body of knowledge that has evolved over the past half-century, this program of study has been specifically designed to provide professionals from all areas of the organization and students in an academic environment with:

  1. A foundations knowledge of the principles of operations management.
  2. A working knowledge of the methods, techniques, and language of operations management.
  3. An understanding of how operations management strategies impact the overall goals of the organization.
  4. A window into how the daily operations in production and distribution management support the execution of the strategies of the business.

Completion of the five modules will greatly improve participants’ knowledge of operations management and enable them to more effectively manage their own functions as well as collaborate with other organizational departments.

Content of the Principles Program

The Principles of Operations Management consists of five course modules.  Although each course belongs to the series, there is no dependency between the courses, they can be given in any order, or as a stand-alone course. A summary of each course is as follows:


The goal of this course is to impart an operational knowledge and understanding of inventory management principles and techniques, providing participants with a greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities in the control of inventory and the impact that inventory can have on a business. Among the topics presented are inventory management fundamentals, ordering techniques, replenishment policies, JIT/lean, sourcing, and purchase order management and performance. Participants are introduced to essential vocabulary and skills in identifying and applying the basic principles of inventory management. Basic methods of planning and controlling inventory in manufacturing, institutional, distribution, and retail environments are covered. The questions of what to stock are addressed through an examination of current and evolving technologies of inventory management.


The goal of this course is to impart a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the basic manufacturing and distribution planning principles and techniques that are used at each level in the planning process, from strategic to tactical. Among the topics the course covers are planning foundations, business planning, basics of forecasting, sales and operations planning, production planning, and master scheduling. The course provides practical examples and exercises, giving participants an opportunity to learn the essential ingredients of effective planning and have an opportunity to practice and enhance their own planning skills.


The goal of the course is to provide-an-introduction to the manufacturing environment. Among the topics discussed are managing the manufacturing environment, executing manufacturing planning and control activities, working with material requirements planning (MRP), capacity management, capacity requirements planning (CRP), and just-in-time (JIT). Through discussion and interactive problem-solving participants will gain a functional competency of production activity control management.


The goal of this course is to impart a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the systems, computerized technologies, and process management tools involved in designing and operating the manufacturing and distribution environment. This course is concerned with the design of systems to produce goods and services and the operation of those systems. It discusses relationships within the company environment, particularly with ordering and distribution systems. Topics covered include process and project management, product life cycle management, quality management and sustainability, and information technology support for production and distribution management.


The goal of this course is to introduce the foundations of planning and control in distribution and logistics. Among the topics discussed are the basics of logistics management, the principles and activities of warehousing, the principles and activities of transportation, fulfillment, the concept of supply chain management (SCM), and the principles, functions, and application of distribution requirements planning (DRP). Though discussion and problem-solving participants will learn about the role of logistics and supply chain management and participate in distribution priority and capacity planning techniques.


While there are no prerequisites for any of the Principles courses, some formal educational background will only enhance participant learning. Course participants will usually be secondary school graduates, with a minimum of two years of mathematics training. Each course will have some quantitative content, so knowledge of basic formulas and their manipulation is an asset. In addition, a theoretical and/or practical knowledge and experience in business management will also enhance and facilitate the learning experience.


Please see our  page for dates and times of current public Principles of Operations Management offerings and other professional development and training opportunities.

Any module or modules can be offered at your facility for groups of 8-20 participants.  We can customize private training to your specific needs and offer on-site daytime and evening opportunities.  Please contact Dave Simpson (Chapter VP Education) for details at: [email protected] or by phone at 801-330-8468.





APICS Certification Course Schedule ( New Permanent Annual Cycle )

An Important Scheduling Announcement Concerning Salt Lake Based Courses...

To help make planning for your professional development needs and certification opportunities easier, we are scheduling all Salt Lake based public courses on a permanent cycle beginning in April 2020. Our courses will be offered on these cyles and will be offered at the Larry H. Miller Campus of Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) 9750 South 300 West, Sandy, Utah.  All courses are open to members and non-members and will have open registration four months prior to the course.  

The Salt Lake based course cycles begin in April and we will offer courses April, August, September, and January of each year. 

For the next 12 months, these are your Salt Lake based opportunities: 

CSCP April 21- July 21, 2020 ( Offered in April Annually )

CLTD August 13 - November 19, 2020 ( Offered in August Annually )

CPIM P1 September 8 - November 3, 2020   ( Offered in September Annually ) 

CPIM P2 January 19 - April 27, 2021  ( Offered in January Annually ) 

Placing our educational opportunities on this schedule will allow the Chapter to schedule our arrangements with SLCC and instructors more timely.  We will not be offering public courses outside of these windows for the foreseeable future. 

Private on-site courses for CPIM, CSCP, CLTD, Principles, SCOR-P, will be offered on case-by-case basis depending upon instructor availability and company enrollment. 

Please make note of the schedule.  Custom-Fit Training subsidies through the State of Utah at 40% of the course fees are availble on an application and approval basis. 

We hope that this helps ... as pro-active planning is always a good thing. 

We look forward to helping with your educational needs.

Your ASCM APICS Salt Lake City Chapter 












Watch for our Quarterly Plant Tours Beginning ASAP ...

Our chapter was planning on schedulng quarterly plant tours beginning in 2021.  Due to COVID19 issues we are postponing all tours until we can offer meetings safely. Once resumed, we will be offering tours within manufacturing, distribution, the 3PL network, and freight forwarding.   Watch for the tour announcements and please join us for these great educational opportunities. Each tour offers 2.00 hours of continuing education toward certification maintenance. Tours will be held over the lunch period (Roughly 12:00 PM  - 1:30 PM) and lunch will be provided. 

If your organization would like to host a tour, please let us know.