5 benefits of being APICS Certified


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:


3 Down; 2 To Go


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


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