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Certification Process

Obtaining an ISM Certification helps you stand out as a top performer. It provides you the tools you need to thrive and be successful in a fast-moving industry. Make the investment in you and your future.

CPSM

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.

CPSD

Three years of full-time, professional supplier diversity or 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 supplier diversity or supply management experience (nonclerical and nonsupport) without a qualified bachelor's degree. *

* For CPSD, 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 defined as 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.

ISM offers a variety of robust resources and tools to assist you in your pursuit of your certification. In addition, ISM offers several different options for study plans so you can select which learning method works for you.

To register for your exam:

Once you have prepared for the exams, you are ready to register and schedule your exam.

Register for CPSM Exam Register for CPSD Exam

To schedule your exam:

Exams are administered at Pearson VUE, a worldwide testing solutions provider. Once you’ve registered to take your exams with ISM, schedule your exam by clicking on the button below.

Schedule an Appointment

Please note: Reschedules and cancellations must be completed 24-hours prior to avoid forfeiting your exam fees. Pearson VUE will charge a fee for any appointment that is cancelled or rescheduled 48-hours prior to the scheduled testing time. This fee is paid directly to Pearson VUE.

Once you have fulfilled eligibility experience and passed your exams, you are ready to apply for the certification online. Please be prepared to submit your work experience documentation.

Work Experience Documentation

One letter per employer, on original letterhead, from a supervisor or human resources department, verifying and describing all job titles and dates (month and year for both start and end date of each job) of employment being claimed.

  • Obtain and submit a copy of degree or transcripts (if applicable)
  • Pay Application Fee
    • Member $119 USD
    • Nonmember $179 USD
Submit Application

Check out the certification handbook to gain a general understanding of each program.

Certification Handbook


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