Principles Courses

Principles of Operations Management: Concepts and Applications – Overview

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) or Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) programs.

Program Overview

The Principles of Operation ManagementConcepts and Applications series of courses has been 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 courses. 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.

Course Prerequisites

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 Events page for dates and times of current public Principles of Operations Management offerings.  Any module can be offered at your facility for groups of 8-10 participants.  Please contact David Warren (Chapter President) for details at: or by phone at 540-560-7042.