APICS Item Writing Workshop - Chicago

Earn 16 certification maintenance and 5 points towards the CFPIM application while taking part in the development of future APICS Exams!

APICS certification programs are recognized worldwide as the standard of professional excellence in operations management. Our exams are developed by item writing committees that represent experts in the fields of inventory production management and supply chain management.

Because of your expertise, we invite you to participate in the following two-day item writing workshop.  

What: APICS Item Writing Workshop - Chicago, Illinois 

When: July 10-11, 2015; 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CT) on both days

Where: APICS, 8430 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., 10th Floor, Chicago, ILL 60631

Registration: Open until Friday, June 12, 2015.


Workshop details

This two-day item writing workshop is an integral part to the continuous development of APICS Exams. During the workshop, participants are trained on writing exam questions (items) and asked to write new content for consideration on future exams. The exercise is facilitated by one or more representatives of the certification committee and attendance for both days is required.

The first morning of the event will focus on the item development and validation procedures and item writing guidelines. You will also spend time reviewing and evaluating a few sample items. Participants will write and critique items and CPIM and CSCP subcommittee representatives will be present to assist the item writing volunteers.

Please note that participants are required to bring a laptop computer as the item writing activity will be done using an online item writing tool. 

You will spend the remainder of the time writing additional items and working in groups to critique and improve on the items written. 

Participation requirements:

  • You must have a current CPIM, CFPIM or CSCP designation.
  • You must commit to participating in both days of the workshop.
  • You must write a minimum number of items.

Why you should participate in this workshop?

  • You earn 16 certification maintenance points for two days of attendance and 5 points toward the CFPIM application, (full workshop attendance is required).
  • You gain insights that can be used to help students prepare for the exams.
  • You improve your item-writing skills for any class you develop.
  • You may discover that item writing is a skill you would like to develop further.
  • You become familiar with the certification committees and the procedures for developing and validating individual items and exam forms.
  • You will network and collaborate with other APICS volunteers to keep the exam questions current and relevant.

Please fill out the short registration form to attend this workshop. Also include any requests you may have concerning dietary needs or accessibility. APICS is accepting registrations until Friday, June 12, 2015.

APICS will reimburse participants for travel expenses up to $100 per person. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.

We hope you will join an esteemed group of item writers and contribute to APICS' psychometrically sound certification exams. It is because of the participation of experts in the field that APICS can continue to develop certification programs and courseware products that reflect the current body of knowledge. For specific questions about the workshop, please contact Susan Burkhardt, Senior Manager, Certification Committees at sburkhardt@apics.org.

Student Case Competition 2015 Job fair

Are you searching for fresh talent at your company? Do you need an intern this summer? If so, I have a suggestion.  The Racine/Kenosha chapter of APICS is a member of the Great Lakes District of APICS and the district is hosting their 20th Annual Student Case Competition in February. One of the elements this year will be a job fair. Companies may send a representative to this activity at no charge. I have seen this competition many times and there are always some outstanding students participating. You will find some very talented potential employees at this event. Please see below for details. 
Rosemary van Treeck, CPIM, CIRM, CSCP
Racine/Kenosha APICS

Student Case Competition 2015 Job fair
Saturday, February 21 4:30PM- 8:30PM

APICS Great Lakes District (consisting of the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan) is hosting its 20TH Student Case Competition. The case is based upon an actual problem faced by a company in the district. The students, all members of their schools student APICS Chapters, compete for prize money and also the opportunity to go to next October’s APICS Conference for further prize money for the team. There will be 24 teams with up to 8 members per team. The participants are full time students and either undergraduates or graduate students in their schools of business and/or information systems. Most participants are juniors, seniors, or graduate students.
This year the district is hosting a job fair for the participating students. We believe that they are some of the brightest and best students the schools have to offer. We currently have six companies lined up and are looking for a few more. The positions we are asking the companies to be looking to fill can be full time after graduation and/or summer internships. It is free to the companies who wish to participate.
Further information can be found by contacting Larry Simon whose contact information is below.
Larry Simon CPIM, CIRM, CSCP
630 302-1438

The list of schools competing include:

 Northern Illinois University 
 University of Wisconsin Eau Claire - Team A  
 University of Wisconsin Eau Claire - Team B  
 Loyola University 
 Northeastern Illinois University (Paid)
 Western Michigan University - Team A
 Western Michigan University - Team B
 Illinois Institute of Technology Team A  
 Ball State University Team A
 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
 Ball State University Team B
 Purdue University - Krannert School of Management
 Bradley University
 Indiana University - Kelley School of Business
 Eastern Michigan University
 Indiana State University
 University of Wisconsin Platteville Team A  
 University of Wisconsin Platteville Team B  
 University of Michigan Dearborn
 University of Wisconsin Stout
 University of Indianapolis
 University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign / UIUC)
 Illinois Institute of Technology Team B  
 University of Wisconsin Milwaukee


Certified Supply Chain Professional Spring 2015 Class Canceled

Due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to cancel the class that was scheduled to start January 4th.

If we get enough interest we would entertain rescheduling with a later start date sometime after February. 

If you are interested in a spring session starting at a later date please email Rosemary Van Treeck at vantreeckr@gmail.com or Phil Cwick at pcwik@badgermeter.com

We apologize for the inconvenience