It’s been a while….

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Hey everyone…

I have really let this site fall into terrible decay… Sorry about that.

My original goal was to write about my APICS CPIM test – taking experience as I was studying for and taking the tests. Unfortunately, I couldn’t keep up on this blog as I went and just wanted to get all of the exams passed and done with, so I put all my focus on my goal. Well, I am happy to announce that I am officially APICS CPIM Certified! Yep, I finally got them all done and it felt like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.

I wrote a post back in November 2011 about passing my third test. After passing that one, I passed my fourth (Execution and Control of Operations) in December 2011. Then I passed the last one (Strategic Management of Resources) in February 2012. That means I finished the last four exams in just over 4 months! It was grueling but worth it in the end.

I recently moved to a different position within my company that is two job grades higher than my previous one and it included a nice pay raise :) Being APICS certified was a huge factor in helping me move into this new position and I’m really glad I stuck with it.

I’ll try harder to keep this blog updated with good information. I plan on putting the rest of my study notes up as well as other posts about the exams in general.

If there are any specific questions your have about the exams please share with us in the comments… I’m sure you’re not the only one with that question.

5 benefits of being APICS Certified

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Why am I putting the time and effort into getting APICS CPIM certified?  Sometimes I ask myself this very question after studying for hours or right before walking into the testing center to take one of the modules.  I came up with 5 benefits of being APICS certified to answer this question.  It’s hard work but these 5 benefits outweigh the costs:

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3 Down; 2 To Go

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On Tuesday I passed the Detailed Scheduling and Planning APICS exam!  Yes!  Now I’m on somewhat more of a roll… 2 tests passed in just about 2 months; I’ll give myself a pat on the back for that.  Hopefully I can keep up the pace.

I was nervous going into this exam, as I have been with all of them.  I’ve found that I’m never completely confident that I’ve studied enough for these tests and after the first few questions I always think I may be in big trouble.  However, I realized that many of the questions are very logic oriented.  Taking the time to think through each question is important.  In the end, it took me about 2 hours and 55 minutes.

Next up… Execution and Control of Operations.

My Story

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First off, let me tell you a little about myself and my story. My name is Cameron Haines (my friends call me Cam), I’m 26, I’ve been happily married since March of 2009, and the wife and I currently live in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.

I graduated from college in December of 2008 with my undergraduate degree in Global Supply Chain Management and was one of the lucky ones who landed a job with a large corporation in June of 2009. I say lucky because I was very fortunate to receive an offer during those first few months after the economy took a nose dive. I still remember More