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January 2014, Vol. 26, No. 1
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Certification News

ISM Certifications — From Start to Finish

Looking to show that you have the knowledge and experience in the ever-expanding field of supply chain management? An ISM certification sets you apart as an industry leader, but what is the process?

Preparing for the Exams

We offer many different formats to help prepare for the exams. From face-to-face review seminars to online courses, studying can fit into any lifestyle.

1)  Start with setting goals and creating a time line to study and earn your certification. Most people earn their certification in six to 12 months.

Look over the exam specifications for content details and use as a reference throughout your studies.

Take the Diagnostic Practice Exam practice test and use the score report to develop a study plan in the areas you need to strengthen — areas in which you scored less than 75 percent.

Familiarize yourself with the testing format, question style and exam specification with the CPSM® Study Guide, an expanded outline of the exam content and most popular study material.

Use ISM Professional Series for detailed explanations of the task areas that scored weak in your score report.

If you need additional methods of study, check out the supplemental reading list, review seminars, online courses and self-study workbooks. Check the ISM or affiliate website for more information.

Registering and Taking the Exams

The name on your registration must match your photo I.D. To modify your registration, please call 480-752-6276, option 8 prior to making your appointment at the testing center.

2)  Register for the exams with ISM Member Services. Exams are US$199 for ISM members and US$329 nonmembers (includes ISM Direct Membership).

Computer exams are administered through Pearson VUE testing centers — locate your nearest testing center, schedule an appointment or modify an appointment at

Don't forget your valid photo I.D. with signature when arriving to take the exam.

Applying for Your ISM Certification

Now that you have passed the exams, documented your work experience and/or education, it's time to complete the application process.

3)  Complete the CPSM® Original Certification Application (typed or black/blue ink). To avoid delays, don't forget to sign your application and include appropriate payment details.

Include your original exam score reports, work/education documentation (photocopies not accepted) and submit to:

ISM Certification
309 W Elliot Rd, Suite 113
Tempe, AZ 85284

Be sure to make copies for your records, as originals are not returned.

Time Is Running Out ... Bridge Exam Deadlines Approaching

Does your affiliate have members with current C.P.M.s who would benefit from bridging to the CPSM®? If so, encourage them to begin preparing and remind them of these upcoming deadlines:

  • December 31, 2014 — Last day to register for the CPSM® Bridge Exam
  • December 31, 2015 — Last day to sit for the CPSM® Bridge Exam

The Bridge Exam covers contemporary content and material not covered in the C.P.M. Exams and comprises 180 questions. There are still a number of active C.P.M.s who have not taken advantage of this opportunity, even though the CPSM® grows in marketplace demand.

What does the Bridge Exam test?

Contracting/Negotiations     Organization/Department Assessment
Cost/Finance     Planning
International     Product Development
Social Responsibility     Project Management
Sourcing     Quality
Supplier Relationship Management     Leadership
Forecasting     Risk and Compliance
Logistics     Strategic Sourcing
Materials & Inventory Management    

Have members unsure of their C.P.M. status? Direct them here, or call 480-752-6276, extension 3094 to verify their certification.

Simplified Navigation

We have made it easier than ever to navigate to the resources you need — whether a candidate or CPSM® instructor.

Check out the new certification section of the ISM website!

Updated CPSM® Exam Specification

The updated CPSM® Exam Specification is now available! Refer potential candidates to this outline to give a broad understanding of the exam content. This is a great tool to help prepare a study plan or a review course.

Keep an eye out for the updated CPSD® Exam Specification! For more information, please click here.

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