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ISM Original Application Information

CPSM Original Application Requirements

Applicants for Original Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) certification must pass all three CPSM® Exams and meet the experience requirements listed below.

Experience

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

All applicable experience must be in a professional position where the primary function is supply management. Professional experience is usually evident in positions with decision-making authority where independent judgement is exercised. ISM® does not require that candidates work in all areas of supply management or that a candidate be in a management position. Professional experience is usually evident in positions with decision-making authority where independent judgment is exercised. Proof of work experience is not required from those with a current C.P.M. certification.

ISM will evaluate work experience for candidates unsure if their current or previous positions are considered applicable. The evaluation is optional, and there is a US$25 charge.

The experience evaluation process allows a candidate to submit work experience documentation prior to taking exams. ISM will return an evaluation to the candidate indicating if the experience is acceptable. Candidates with acceptable experience should submit the evaluation with their original certification application after they have passed the exams. The evaluation will take the place of the work experience letters required during the application process.

Work Experience Evaluation Request Form (Optional) (PDF — 67 KB)

CPSD Original Application Requirements

Applicants for Original Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD) certification must pass the Essentials in Supplier Diversity (CPSD Exam) and the Foundation of Supply Management (Exam 1) and meet the experience requirements listed below. C.P.M. or CPSM® holders in good standing need only take the CPSD Exam to fulfill the exam requirements for the CPSD.

Experience

A minimum of five years of full-time, professional (nonclerical and nonsupport) supplier diversity or supply management experience (does not have to be primary function), OR three years of full-time, professional (nonclerical and nonsupport) supplier diversity or supply management experience if the candidate has a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent).

Supply management or supplier diversity does not need to be the primary function; it may be a secondary component of the job. Professional experience is usually evident in positions with decision-making authority where judgment is exercised. Proof of work experience is not required from those with a current C.P.M. or CPSM® certification.

Standard for all ISM Certifications

Regular or Rush Processing Regular Service

You will receive either a letter of congratulations and CPSM® certificate or a request for additional information approximately 4-6 weeks after ISM receives your application.

Rush service — Within two working days of receiving your application, a telephone call or e-mail will advise you of the status of your application. A letter of congratulations and CPSM® certificate are mailed within 10 business days after approval of the application. Mark “rush service” on the application form and include both fees.

Degree

A copy of your diploma or transcript is acceptable documentation. ISM reserves the right to request validation of your school’s accreditation status at the time your degree was earned. For degrees earned outside the U.S., ISM uses several well-established resources to determine equivalency. If equivalency cannot be determined by ISM, candidates may choose, at their own expense, to have the international degree evaluated by a third-party evaluator, such as ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. — www.ece.org). Please contact ISM Certification at certification@instituteforsupplymanagement.org if you have additional questions.

Work Experience Documentation

Candidates must submit 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 for both start and end date of each job) of employment claimed. ISM's policies regarding work experience do not allow for candidates to self-validate work experience.

  • Credit is not given for less than six months in a position; however, movement from job to job without significant time interruption is treated as continuous experience.
  • No experience credit is awarded for internships.
  • We do not accept resumes or business cards as proof of job titles or responsibilities. They do not meet the documentation requirements for experience.

How to Submit Your Degree and Work Experience Documentation Online

Documentation is uploaded to the ISM website. The procedure is as follows:

  1. Select “Login” from the ISM home page’s header and enter your username and password.
  2. Once logged in, select “Account” from the page’s header and click the button labeled “My Account”.
  3. Select “Attachments” from the menu on the left side of the page, which is located under the “Demographics” heading.
  4. Select “Add New Attachment” and choose a file and document type.
  5. Save the file. This applies it to your profile.