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CPSM® Study Materials and Supplemental Reading List

New! CPSM® Learning System

The comprehensive solution for CPSM exam preparation. The CPSM Learning System includes all the material you will need to study for all three CPSM Exams.

Benefits are:

  • done Set a customized study plan
  • done Study when you want, wherever you are

Features include:

  • done CPSM Study Guides
  • done ISM Professional Series
  • done CPSM Diagnostic Practice Exams
  • done ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms
  • done Additional practice questions
  • done Multiple games, flashcards and dashboards

...all to help you track your progress.

*The CPSM Learning System meets the specifications for the 2018 update of the CPSM Exam.

New! CPSM® Learning System (Print Version)

The study solution for CPSM exam preparation for those who prefer print learning tools. Preparing candidates to all three CPSM Exams, the bundled solution includes the full CPSM Study Guide, the entire ISM Professional Series and the CPSM Diagnostic Practice Exam.

The following CPSM 2nd Edition study materials support the 2014 version of the CPSM Exam, which will be discontinued at the end of 2018. The CPSM 2nd edition study materials will be available for purchase through June 1, 2018. Candidates who are just beginning their CPSM course of study should purchase the CPSM® Learning System.

The CPSM® Study Bundle includes a Diagnostic Practice Exam web or print version, a CPSM® Study Guide and the ISM Professional Series. A combination of these three materials provides the most effective way to study, in addition to a savings of 15%. Determine your knowledge gaps with the Practice Exam, and then use the Study Guide and Professional Series to fill in critical areas to help you prepare for your exam.

The CPSM® Diagnostic Practice Exams 2nd edition, web and print version, helps you focus your study efforts by identifying any areas of supply management that need strengthening. You get a sample test for each of the three CPSM® Exam(s) with a grading scale and correct answers, including justification and references. Use with the CPSM® Study Guide.

CPSM® Study Guide | 2nd Edition

The CPSM® Study Guide, 2nd edition, updated 2014, is one of the most critical materials to use during your CPSM® Exam preparation. Applicable to all exam candidates, it provides information on test specifications, examples of the testing format and question styles. With the use of additional reference materials to round out your knowledge, the CPSM® Study Guide is an essential part of your study program.

ISM Professional Series (2nd Edition)

Updated in 2014 to support the refreshed CPSM exam specification, the ISM Professional Series focuses on challenges, goals and integrated skill sets needed to be successful in strategic supply management. The series draws from all industries and levels, formulating a macro view of the profession. Each volume corresponds with each of the three CPSM® Exams. With methodologies to investigate and strategies to pursue, the ISM Professional Series is an essential resource for every supply professional.

ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms (6th Edition)

The ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms an important reference for supply professionals, academics, researchers, students, general business professionals and those studying for the Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM®) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD™) designations. Every supply management office should have the glossary in its library.

The latest addition includes more than 425 additional terms of relevance and importance to the field. Included are terms in finance, technology, sustainability and social responsibility, law and, of course, supply management and its related components.

CPSM Exam Review Courses — Classroom Based

The CPSM Exam Review Courses are designed to help supply management professionals prepare for the CPSM Exams. Course content covers topics within the CPSM and includes content from the CPSM Study Guide and the ISM Professional Series, and includes exercises, case studies and sample exam questions. These review courses are a supplement to a candidate's practical experience and individual learning. Check the Seminar Calendar to see dates and locations of upcoming review courses. Note: The face-to-face exam review seminars are equivalent to the online exam review courses and self-study workbooks.

CPSM Online Review Courses

CPSM Online Review Courses are available in eISM. These courses enable candidates to assess their knowledge acquired through education and experience against the content tested in CPSM Exam. Participants get an in-depth review and assessment of the material in the CPSM Study Guide by tailoring the course to their specific study needs. These interactive courses include sample test questions, case studies and bonus supplemental content developed by subject-matter experts. This bonus content gives candidates additional study material for tasks with the most questions on the exam. Get immediate feedback with these online review courses to customize your personal study program. Register at Note: The online exam review courses are equivalent to the face-to-face exam review seminars and self-study workbooks.

CPSM Self-Study Workbook Courses

Using the CPSM Study Guide and CPSM Exam Specification, these self-study workbooks provide an introduction to the major topics covered in the CPSM Exams. They include resource articles, review questions, case studies and supplemental content developed by subject-matter experts for selected tasks. There is a post-test to evaluate your increased knowledge. Note: The CPSM Study Guide is necessary to use these workbooks. These self-study courses are equivalent to the CPSM Exam Online Review courses in the ISM Knowledge Center and the face-to-face exam review seminars.

Supplemental Reading List

For those who want additional study, ISM has developed a Supplemental Reading List to help candidates prepare for their exams. From finance to global competition, these books have been chosen because of their focus on the many different components of supply and the relationship between each component.