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CSUSM and ASCM San Diego have developed this Professional Certificate in Operations Resource Management to help update your knowledge of supply chain and operations management skills. This program provides the information and skills needed to be better informed and effective in today’s globally competitive business environment.

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Program Details


    This program is designed for:

    • Operations management professionals
    • Those responsible for or who support the effective planning, scheduling, use and control of a manufacturing or serving organization
    • Individuals who are looking for APICS recertification points
    Course Dates Registration

    Manufacturing Management


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    Global Sourcing / Customer Focused Supply Chain Management


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    Principles of Distribution and Logistics


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    Managing Operations


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    Operations Planning


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    Inventory Management


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    Course Details

    • Classes held Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m.
    • ZOOM will be used for all class sessions
    • CSUSM Community Container will be used for online resources
    • Each course is $769, or the entire program is $4,614
    • Classes may be taken in any order, allowing you to complete your certificate in just over 12 months
    • A passing grade of C- or better is required to receive the certificate and successfully complete the program
    • NAPM has approved each course for three points toward a CPM designation

    Fee Includes

    • All electronic course materials will be sent directly to students.


    Please note: All rates are subject to change without notice.


    Managing Operations

    This course imparts a fundamental knowledge and understanding of operations processes, the function of project management, product and process design, quality management, process improvement and organizational management and performance.

    Topics include:

    • Processes and operations
    • Project management
    • Product and process design
    • Total quality management
    • Statistical quality control
    • Process improvement and optimization
    • Organizational management and performance

    Operations Planning

    Learn the fundamentals of basic inventory planning principles and techniques that are used at each level in the planning process, from strategic to tactical.

    Topics include:

    • Planning foundations
    • Business planning
    • Basics of forecasting
    • Sales and operations planning
    • Master scheduling
    • Capacity management
    • Operations systems

    Inventory Management

    Develop the operational knowledge and understanding of inventory management principles and techniques, roles and responsibilities, and the impact that inventory can have on a business.

    Topics include:

    • Inventory management fundamentals
    • Ordering techniques
    • Replenishment policies
    • Purchasing management
    • Just-in-time and lean methodologies
    • Inventory performance measurement

    Manufacturing Management

    This course aims to provide fundamental knowledge and understanding of the core concepts necessary to effectively manage activities related to planning, scheduling and controlling manufacturing processes.

    Topics include:

    • Manufacturing management fundamentals
    • Manufacturing product structures
    • Material requirements planning (MRP)
    • Capacity planning and management
    • Production activity control
    • Advanced scheduling
    • Lean production management

    Global Sourcing Supply Chain Management

    It is a global marketplace and this course will help you navigate the complex and changing landscape of international business. Companies and organizations need skilled operations management and supply chain professionals in today’s intensely competitive global marketplace. The course provides a comprehensive study of the critical competencies and challenges associated with international sourcing and procurement

    Topics include:

    • Global suppliers
    • Cultural relationships
    • Logistics requirements
    • Supply chain management
    • International procurement

    Distribution and Logistics

    Learn the fundamentals of operations management and understand the core concepts necessary to effectively manage an organization’s supply chain.

    Topics include:

    • Introduction to distribution, logistics and channel design
    • Inventory management
    • Distribution requirements planning (DRP)
    • Warehouse management
    • Packaging and material handling
    • Transportation management and operations

    Sanford (Sandy) Friedman, BS, MS, MBA, CFPIM, CIRM, PMP, ITIL

    Sanford (Sandy) Friedman is currently providing Supply Chain and Operations Management education and serving as a consultant and advisor for several initiatives including a new comprehensive eco-sustainability program. Throughout his career, Sandy has demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in leadership, project and program management, consulting and applications development in biomedical, healthcare, pharmaceutical, aerospace and defense, government and microelectronics industries. He has demonstrated outstanding program management and leadership qualities in developing and implementing information management systems, PMO methodologies, enterprise-wide business systems and processes, commercial products and strategic alliances. He has directed international project teams and managed budgets upwards of $200 million. Sandy is a frequent lecturer for ASCM and PMI, has been a featured speaker at several conferences and symposia, and has taught at San Diego State University, UC San Diego, CSU San Marcos, CSU Fullerton, CSU Dominguez Hills and at USC. Sandy holds a BS from UCLA, an MS from the University of Iowa, an MBA from Boston University and holds CFPIM, CIRM, PMP and ITIL certifications. 


    Homero has over 24 years of experience in Operations and Supply Chain roles across multiple industries. He is currently Vice President of Manufacturing (Opex & Supply Chain) for Biotix, Inc. – a world class manufacturer of laboratory consumables and liquid handling solutions. He is also currently President of ASCM San Diego Chapter. Homero has previously held the positions of Director of Logistics; Sr. Manager, Warehouse & Logistics; Logistics Manager; and Logistics Engineering Manager. He has worked for companies such as Northrop Grumman, LISI Aerospace, and United Technologies Corporation.  Homero spent 11 years active duty in the United States Marine Corps, including two deployments to Iraq in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

    Homero is a Lead Lean Instructor at Biotix and an ASCM/APICS Master Instructor.  He is on the advisory board for the National University BA in Management; and the UCSD Extension specialized certificate in Supply Management.  In his time away from work, teaching, & volunteering; Homero enjoys cooking, bike riding, hiking, watching 80's movies, and reading.

    Kim Kohler, CPIM, CSCP

    Kim has over 20 years of experience in the supply chain field. She has held positions in manufacturing, procurement, production planning, and project management. She is currently working as the senior buyer for Argonaut Manufacturing. Argonaut is a contract manufacturer for biopharmaceutical, diagnostics, and life science organizations. Kim has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire. While science is her background, supply chain is her passion. Kim is a master instructor, teaching at Cal State San Marcos Extented Learning, and serving on the Board of Directors as VP of Education for the San Diego Chapter. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with others interested in supply chain and operations. Outside of supply chain, Kim enjoys painting in watercolor, traveling, and working out. Kim has also been a tour guide in China, Germany, and Spain.

    Earl Totty, CPIM, CSCP

    Bio forthcoming

    If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and expertise with our students, consider submitting an instructor application or course proposal for consideration.  Please contact Cathy Scavone at or 760-750-8706 for more information.

  • FAQ

    What services do you offer to active military, veterans and dependents?

    Please visit our military and veteran services page to learn how we can help.

    Does this program qualify for any SHRM recertification PDCs?

    Yes, this program is valid for 35 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

    Do you offer any certification prep programs?

    Yes, CSUSM offers CPIM and CSCP certification exam prep programs.

    What do former students say about the program?

    “This was a pleasant, interesting class made better by the instructor. I’m looking forward to the next ones.”
    –Dan Gildos, Materials Manager

    “Intro to Operations Resource Management class brought me a great understanding of what it takes and how it correlates! Instructor made it interesting and educational.”
    –Ed Narvaez, Senior Warehouse Supervisor

    “Instructions were concise. Course content was presented well and the instructor was fully knowledgeable on all subjects.”
    –P. Thompson, Inventory Analyst

    “I like the program because I can relate it to what I do...instructor is clear and effective. He makes you feel anyone can learn about lean manufacturing. Thank you!”
    –Carmen Zavala, Production Planner

    “Great course!”
    –Pete Solis, Warehouse Manager

    How can I be considered for an instructor position or send in a course proposal?

    Thank you for your interest in becoming an instructor!  Please contact Cathy Scavone ( to receive an application and course proposal form.

Flexible program

This certificate program offers evening classes and the flexibility to take classes in any order, with the possibility to complete the entire certificate in just over 12 months

Earn APICS recertification points

If you have already earned your CPIM, each ORM class is worth 24 APICS recertification points

NAPM approved courses

Each course meets one evening per week for 10 weeks and is approved by the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) for three points each toward your Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) designation

Learn from the best

Learn from and network with experienced and certified industry instructors who provide expertise, insights and one-on-one guidance



The last figure I saw was that for every six open positions, we have one qualified candidate. Due to globalization, supply chain management jobs are in demand. If you can align the right candidate to the right certification, it’s something they can turn around and use immediately.

– Homero Escandón

Instructor, Operations Resource Management; San Diego Chapter President, APICS; Vice President of Manufacturing—Operational Excellence and Supply Chain, Biotix Inc.

– Homero Escandón

Having that certification gives you the knowledge you need to try new things or to put new procedures or programs in place in your position. Also, networking with people in other companies and other industries gives you a lot of different perspectives and experiences that you can use to help solve your problems or make improvements within your operation.

– Earl Totty

Graduate; Plant Manager, Bostik; Former San Diego Chapter President, APICS

– Earl Totty

From the time I began taking these classes, my knowledge started to broaden and I had more understanding of production control, tolerances, conformance, forecasting. If you take these classes, you will become a huge asset to your company, and if you implement the tools they give you, you will succeed.

– Jonathan Lee Clark

Graduate; Inventory Specialist/Backup Tooling Planner, General Atomics Aeronautical

– Jonathan Lee Clark

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