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Lean/Business Model Canvas - Nathan Lillegard, Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 - (Download PDF Presentation)

Effective Management of Stores Operations and Inventory - Ed Pabor - (Download PDF Presentation)

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Now is the Time for Supply Management - More Promising than Ever - Darren Matthews (Download PowerPoint Presentation)

Supply Chain Risk (Download PowerPoint Presentation)

Just in Case - Not Just in Time Revisited (Download PowerPoint Presentation)

Leading Effective Change (Download PowerPoint Presentation)


Updated Certification News
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

After review of the ISM certification program and research with an outside consultant, ISM found that instead of dividing resources into two certifications, it could better serve procurement and supply chain professionals by having one certification, regardless of whether or not they have a degree.

Effective immediately, ISM expanded the eligibility requirements for the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) certification to include a pathway for individuals who do not have a qualified degree. Qualified professionals without a degree who meet a higher threshold of applicable years of work experience may now obtain the CPSM® credential.

New CPSM® requirements are:



Additionally, individuals who hold an active Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) certification, regardless of their degree status, may now explore the path to achieve the CPSM® as long as they can demonstrate the required years of applicable work experience.

ISM CEO Thomas W. Derry stated that pathways to the CPSM® have been opened for degreed and non-degreed professionals alike. "The expanded CPSM® eligibility requirements acknowledge the value of the expertise practitioners acquire with experience." Derry said. “A broader range of procurement and supply chain practitioners now have the opportunity to possess a globally recognized credential to strengthen their position in the global marketplace.”

With the expansion of the CPSM® requirements, testing for the Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) certification is no longer available. The Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) has now been incorporated into the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) program to meet the needs of practitioners with, or without, a college degree.

ISM is now in the process of contacting those who currently have a CSM™ certification, those who have taken a CSM™ Exam and those who have registered for untaken CSM™ Exams. ISM is providing these CSM™s and CSM™ candidates with a pathway to obtain the CPSM® certification. They should receive instructions in the next 48 hours.

Here are a few links that may answer some of your questions:

The Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.). The C.P.M. designation is globally the most recognized designation for supply management professionals. The program was designed for experienced supply managers, and focuses on managerial and leadership skills, plus a variety of specialized functions designed to enhance the value of the profession.  New C.P.M. designations are not possible as the CPSM® has replaced it.

Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®). Supply management's most prestigious designation, the CPSM® is the credential that surpasses the demands of the international marketplace with multi-faceted skills in areas such as finance, supplier relationship management, organizational global strategy and risk compliance.  ISM launched the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) program in May 2008.      

The Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity™ (CPSD™) is the newest professional designation for supply management professionals offered by ISM. It is for those whose responsibilities include supplier diversity and will demonstrate knowledge, skills and expertise in supplier diversity. This designation also delivers added value to business leaders and other team leaders who participate in the development of diverse supplier initiatives within the organization.

Why should I become a C.P.M./CPSM/CPSD?

Benefits include:
1) Professional knowledge gained from preparation for the exams:
By preparing for the examinations, you will learn of methods and ways to perform tasks that may be different from the way you do them at your workplace. You will learn the textbook ways and best practices for doing tasks which may provide you with methods to improve your current work standards.

2) Acknowledgement within your organization of your achievement:
Some organizations provide incentives for completion of the C.P.M. or CPSM and may begin to include the CPSD. Some organizations will pay for preparation materials for the examinations. Some even provide a financial incentive for completing certification.

3) Acknowledgement by others working within the profession:
Acknowledgement by your peers in the local market, that you have made a commitment to career advancement and to professional excellence.

4) Career development:
In the current economic climate, we may not be prepared when news of a reduction in force, an acquisition of your company, or other career-effecting events occur. You must plan for the unexpected and be sure your skills are those that potential employers are looking for. Many new job postings now list C.P.M. or CPSM credentials as being required or preferred for new applicants. The CPSD credential may soon be joining that list.

5) Increased compensation:
According to trade publications such as Electronic Buyers News and ISM, supply management professionals with certification or accreditation earn more money, on average.

6) Commitment: 
Shows a commitment to your profession.

7) Life-long learning:
Promotes and demonstrates your commitment to continuous professional growth and development.

8) Universal recognition:
Universal accepted standards for identifying & recognizing supply management professionals.

9) World-wide acceptance and recognition as a supply management professional.

10) Commitment to yourself, your employer, your customers & suppliers to hold yourself to a professional ethical standard of conduct.

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