Professional Certification

Below is a list of professional certifications supported by the Institute For Supply Management. 

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CPSM = The Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) designation was launched in 2008. It 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. Get the CPSM® to acquire an integrated skill set that sets you apart from the competition.

CPSD = The Certified Professional in Supplier DiversityTM (CPSDTM) is a new professional designation for supply management professionals whose responsibilities include 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.

C.P.M. = The Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) is no longer available for testing and is moving toward recertification-only status. You must have already successfully passed all four modules of the C.P.M. in order to apply and achieve the designation. Remember, your exam scores expire five years from the date the earliest exam was taken or by December 31, 2013, whichever comes first.

The Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) program covers the operational aspects of purchasing, but also includes supply functions such as agreements, negotiations, technology and relationship management. Those already holding the C.P.M. designation may continue to apply for recertification or lifetime recertification.

A.P.P. = The Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.) designation is no longer available for testing and is in recertification-only status. Individuals already holding the A.P.P. designation may still apply for reaccreditation. The A.P.P. designation focuses on entry-level purchasing functions for those primarily engaged in the operational side of the supply chain.