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CPSM® Exam Review

Upcoming Dates/Locations


This review course prepares you to take the current CPSM® Exam, which is being replaced by an updated CPSM exam in September. Therefore, ISM recommends that you plan to finish your exams no later than August 31 to maximize your chances of passing.

Participants will gain an understanding of the CPSM® programs and of the breadth of content covered in each of the three exams:

  • Exam 1: Foundation of Supply Management
  • Exam 2: Effective Supply Management Performance
  • Exam 3: Leadership in Supply Management

This course also provides best practices that can be applied to your organization.

The course begins with a brief overview of exam content areas, question format and types, exam characteristics and test-taking tips. CPSM® candidates will spend most of the course working on activities tied to tasks weighted most heavily in the exam specifications and where candidates may expect the most exam questions on the exams. Students will have the opportunity to identify areas for further study using ISM™ published study materials and other resources. Due to time constraints, the course will not cover every task on the Exam. Attending this course does not guarantee successful completion of the exams.

You will earn 21 CEHs for this seminar

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to CPSM®
    1. Why and How
    2. Certification and Recertification Requirements
    3. Cost, Registration and Application Information
    4. Content CPSM® Exam (and Bridge Exam)
    5. Characteristics and Technical Properties of Exams
    6. Scoring of Exams
    7. Types of Exam Questions
    8. Reference Materials for Additional Study and Preparation
    9. Distribution of Questions Within Exams
    10. Test-Taking Hints and Tips
  2. CPSM® Exam 1: Foundation of Supply Management
    1. Negotiation Planning and Strategies
    2. Supply Management Spend Analysis
    3. Cost/Benefit Analysis
    4. Global Sourcing
    5. Bid Analysis and Supplier Selection
    6. Developing Supply Strategies
    7. Supplier Relations and Management
  3. CPSM® Exam 2: Effective Supply Management Performance
    1. Terms Used in Forecasting
    2. Standardization
    3. Key Performance Indicators
    4. Information Planning and Control Systems
    5. Supply Management Role in Product/Service Development
    6. Project Planning, Execution and Control
    7. Continuous Improvement
    8. Quality and Performance
  4. CPSM® Exam 3: Leadership in Supply Management
    1. Supply Management's Mission and Vision
    2. Aligning with Business Plans
    3. Acquisitions, Mergers and Divestitures
    4. Impacting the External Role of Supply Management
    5. Working in Teams
    6. Supply Management and the Law
    7. Risk Assessment and Mitigation
    8. Strategic Sourcing Plans
    9. Supply Management Analytics
    10. Supply Management Strategies
  5. Wrap-up and Conclusion


Upcoming Dates/Locations

Date Location Instructor  
April 11-13, 2018 Atlanta, GA Wade Ferguson, CPSM, C.P.M. Register