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Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®)

Gold Standard in Supply Management

CPSM is globally recognized as the gold standard of excellence for supply management professionals, in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. Built on an in-depth analysis of supply management functions across industries, the program addresses the realities of supply management, as well as workplace complexities including globalization, use of technology, and expanded competencies that procurement and supply chain professionals employ to drive value in their organizations.

By earning a CPSM designation, you attain a greater understanding of end-to-end supply management and are better positioned to positively impact your organization.

CPSM emphasizes the major competencies of supply management including:

  • Sourcing
  • Category Management
  • Negotiation
  • Legal and Contractual
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Cost and Price Management
  • Financial Analysis
  • Supply Chain Strategy
  • Sales and Operations Planning
  • Quality Management
  • Logistics and Material Management
  • Project Management
  • Leadership and Business Acumen
  • Systems Capability and Technology
  • Risk and Compliance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Forward-Thinking Supply Management Professionals

CPSM is forward-thinking supply management professionals and organizations who want to demonstrate a broad understanding of the components of the profession. CPSM meets the needs of busy, full-time professionals who want a practical, convenient, time-efficient and high-value pathway to certification.

Unlock Your True Career Potential

Obtaining a CPSM indicates that you have enhanced your knowledge and practical skills in supply management. Current evolution of the profession dictates that a strategic level certification is needed for professionals to effectively implement innovative supply chain strategies throughout their entire organization. CPSM is a milestone for those professionals who take ownership of their careers. Surveys indicate those with professional certifications report higher annual compensation than those without. Pursuing the CPSM is your chance to leverage your knowledge and experience into career advancement.

Earn More

Those with an ISM certificatoin earn 10.7% more on average than those without.

Career Advancement

Companies seek candidates who engage in continuing education.

Global Recognition

Demonstrate your mastery of a rigorous curriculum that is globally recognized.

Practical Expertise

Drive execution, deliver results, and provide expertise by earning your certification.

Positively Impact Organizations

CPSM candidates have demonstrated knowledge of the cross-functional skills that enable them to contribute value and lead their organization in today's global economy. CPSM emphasizes major segments of the supply management profession, all critical to their employer's success. They demonstrate a dedication to their profession and to continuous professional development. Senior supply management executives often find value in using CPSM certification as a development tool for their entire organization, to ensure that everyone shares a common understanding of the skills required by the profession.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, candidates must have:

Three years of full-time, professional supply management experience (nonclerical and nonsupport) with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent.


Five years of full-time, professional supply management experience (nonclerical and nonsupport) without a qualified bachelor's degree.

Watch this on-demand webinar to get an overview of the certification process - from getting started to scheduling and taking your exams.


Get the resources you need to pass exams.


Take and pass exams to earn your certification.


After you pass exams, apply for certification.