The mission of our organization is to promote education and certification in the field of supply management. While the CPSM® certification offered by ISM is the latest standard for international proficiency in supply management knowledge, the prerequisites or focus of the CPSM® may not be the best option for all individuals. The information below is a summary of additional resources currently available to receive training and certification in field of private and public purchasing and supply management. If professional certification is your goal and you conclude the CPSM® certification is not your objective, we encourage you to investigate these resources as an alternate path to professional certification.

Organization Certification Experience Degree Req’d Requirements
Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Certified in Supply Mgmt (CPSM®) 3 years full time Associate’s 3 modules or 1 comprehensive exam if have C.P.M.
Certified in Supply Management (CPSM®) 5 years full time No Can recertify every 5 years with 84 CEHs
Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) 3 years full time Bachelor’s CPSD™ Exam and Exam 1 of the (CPSM®)
Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) 5 years full time No CPSD™ Exam and Exam 1 of the (CPSM®)
American Purchasing Society Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) Yes No Questionnaire & pass 3 courses (ethics, law & math)
Certified Professional Purchasing Manager (CPPM) Yes, mgmt experience no, but must have CPP Pass 1 exam at end of CPPM preparation course
UCSD Extension Purchasing & Supply Management No No 5 courses (3 requisite, 2 electives)
CSU – San Marcos Operation Resource Management Certificate (ORM) No No 7 course program
San Diego State Univ Professional Certificate in Contract Mgmt No No 10 courses (6 requisite, 4 electives)
The Association for Operations Mgmt (APICS) Certified Production & Inventory Manager (CPIM) No No 5 module exams
Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) No No 4 module exams
National Contract Management Association (NVMA) Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) 1 year & 80 CEHs Bachelor’s Pass the Federal Knowledge module
Certified Commercial Contracts Manager (CCCM) 1 year & 80 CEHs Bachelor’s Pass the Commercial Knowledge module
Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) 5 years & 120 CEHs Bachelor’s Pass the Professional Contracts Mgr module
Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council Certified Public Purchasing Buyer (CPPB) depends on educ min HS grad or GED 175 question comprehensive exam
Certified Professional Public Officer (CPPO) depends on educ CPPB holder or Bachelor’s 175 question comprehensive exam