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APICS Certification Item Writing Workshop 

APICS Certification Item Writing Workshop Questions and Answers

The APICS certification examination items, or questions, are created by certified individuals and the majority of them are created at events referred to as item writing workshops.  This document describes the item writing workshop and why individuals participate in the workshops.

What is an Item Writing Workshop?

The item writing workshop is a two day event.  It is typically held on a Friday and Saturday and is facilitated by one or more representatives from the APICS Examination Committees.  Representatives of the individual examination committees will be there to help the item writing volunteers.

The first morning of the workshop is devoted to a review of the guidelines and of some items written.  Volunteers will then write additional items and spend time working in groups to critique and improve on the items written by the members of the group.    The remainder of the workshop is devoted to independently writing items.  Volunteers may be asked to write additional items after the event to meet their commitment.

Why Participate in the Workshop?

Some of the frequently mentioned reasons for participating in the workshops are:

  • You earn certification maintenance points.

  • You gain insights that can be used to help students prepare for the exams

  • You learn to write better items for any class that you develop.

  • You learn a skill to complement your teaching skills.

  • You might be good at and enjoy writing items.

  • You become familiar with the certification committees.

  • You get the opportunity to work with one of the premier test development organizations.

  • You get to network and work with other APICS volunteers to keep the exam questions current.

  • It is fun.

What are the Requirements?

There are three simple requirements:

  • You must have earned the CPIM, CFPIM, or CSCP designation.

  • Your certification must be current.

  • You must commit to participating in the entire workshop and writing a minimum number of items.

Will APICS Reimburse for my Travel Expenses?

APICS expects that most of the volunteers will commute to and from the workshop, but there are provisions to partially reimburse expenses for those who cannot conveniently commute.  APICS will reimburse participants for travel expenses up to $100.00 per person.  Breakfast and lunch are included on both days.

How do I Volunteer?

To register, complete the enclosed form at  Please be sure to include any requests you may have concerning dietary needs or accessibility.  The cutoff date for participating is July 11, 2014.  

What if I have Questions about the Workshop?

You can send a note with any questions to Susan Burkhardt, Senior Manager, Certification Committees at


Fall Education Addition

The Racine / Kenosha APICS chapter has added a Fall 2014 session of CSCP classes.

see the Education page for more details. Class registration will open early July.


Racine / Kenosha APICS 2014-2015 Education Schedule

We are proud to anounce our 2014 - 2015 education schedule. Registration will open early July.

See our Education Page for details.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rosemary Van Treeck at or call between 8 am and 6 pm at  262-930-7921


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June Professional Development Meeting: Manufacturing Plant Tour


Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.
Center for Work and Training—Enterprise Drive
1630 Enterprise Drive
Sturtevant, WI 53177


Wednesday, June 4th 2014
5:30 – 6:30  Arrive, Networking/Hors d’ouevres / soda, beer & wine
6:30 – 7:00  Goodwill Presentation (based on your note)
7:00 – 7:30  Plant Tour
7:30 – 8:00 Wrap up / Hors d’ouevres/ soda, beer & wine  
Please RSVP on our website by Friday May 23rd at 5:00 PM


Extend your APICS body of knowledge by attending this manufacturing site tour at Goodwill Manufacturing!


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