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Certification Maintenance

 Please see the link near the bottom of this page for the Organizer spreadsheet.
It has all the NOSH PDMs and points listed for you!

Many CPIMs, CFPIMs and CSCPs are due for their 5-year recertification. In order to maintain your certification, you must update your Professional Development Journal, and submit it with your Certification Maintenance application and $75 or $150 application processing fee by your deadline.

Reminders will be communicated on a monthly basis, however, the onus is on each member to keep their contact information up-to-date, and to keep an eye on their APICS CSCP, CPIM or CFPIM Certification expiration date. Your certification expiration date should be listed on your last membership renewal letter, immediately under your membership expiration date. For more information visit:

If you suspect that your contact information may not have been up-to-date at some point, we urge you to call or email the National Association and verify your deadline:

Toll Free: 800.444.2742

Once you've achieved APICS certification, you must do the following to maintain the use of your CSCP, CPIM or CFPIM designation:

  • track points you earn over a 5 year period
  • record these points in your Professional Development Journal
  • fill out and submit an application by your 5 year deadline
  • repeat this cycle every 5 years till you apply for lifetime certification at age 62.

For each 5 year cycle, you need 75 points for CPIM, 100 for CFPIM, and 75 for CSCP. A partial listing of how to earn points follows.

APICS membership counts for six points per year (or 30 points total). Other professional memberships directly related to Operations and/or Supply Chain Management (e.g. ISM [formerly NAPM] or PMAB) count for one point per year.

Every APICS North Shore Chapter Professional Development Meeting (PDM) that you attend counts as one point (one point per hour of instruction). We hold at least eight meetings each year. (That's a total of 40 points over five years, if you attend regularly!)

All-day seminars that are directly related to an Operations and/or Supply Chain Management topic may count for six to eight points (one point per hour of instruction).

FAQs, complete requirements, forms and information on activities that qualify for certification maintenance points may be found on the Association’s website:

The North Shore Chapter can provide you with assistance such as an organizer spreadsheet, attendance lists to PDMs, newsletter copies, and so forth. In addition, many of the past presentations can be found on our website. If you need assistance, please contact Adrienne Galbraith at

All information from your Professional Development Journal must be transferred to your application. The application must be turned in by your deadline. If you do not meet the deadline, your certification will be suspended and you must follow a more rigorous procedure to regain the use of your CSCP, CPIM or CFPIM designation. Refer to your information package or Certification Bulletin for details. Certification Bulletins are available at


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