Resources


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