Professional Certification

ISM Certifications

CPSM®

The globally recognized ISM CPSM® designation is the premier supply management credential, the one all others are measured against. Built on an in-depth analysis of supply management functions across industries, the CPSM® will identify you as someone with mastery of critical concepts in procurement and sourcing, negotiating, contracts and leadership.

 

CPSD

ISM’s Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD) certification program is one of the few that exists for this growing and much-needed specialization. Many companies engage in supplier diversity to be socially responsible or to meet customer or federal requirements, but don’t understand its true profit potential. As a CPSD, you’ll be the guiding hand with the knowledge and training to show an organization how supplier diversity can improve the bottom line and accelerate innovation by becoming more efficient and by getting exposure to new customer bases.

 

APPLY OR RECERTIFY

If you are a candidate for Certification or Recertification, please take a few moments to review either the Original Application Information or the ISM Recertification Information before proceeding to the application on ISM’s website.

Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) are submitted on the ISM website

Designation

Term

CEHs Needed Each Term

CPSM®

3 years

60

CPSD

3 years

60

C.P.M.

5 years

84

A.P.P.

5 years

42

Please note that candidates must retain all documentation pertaining to submitted CEHs in case of random audit. Categories for earning Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) are:

  1. College courses (taken or taught)
  2. Continuing education (taken or taught)
  3. Contributions to the profession
  4. CPSM®Exams (20 CEHs each in the last year of qualification or during the grace period)

 

Applicants applying for their C.P.M. or A.P.P. lifetime designation must document at least 18 years of full-time, professional (non-clerical and nonsupport) supply management experience. Experience is documented by submitting one letter per employer, on original organization letterhead, from a supervisor or human resources representative verifying and describing all job titles and dates (month and year) of employment claimed. Partial credit is not given for less than six months of experience; however, movement from job to job without significant time interruption is treated as continuous experience.