ISM™ Professional Designations

ISM™ offers two designations for the Supply Mangement professional to pursue. 

Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®)

ISM launched the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) program in May 2008. The CPSM® is the credential that surpasses the demands of the international marketplace with multi-faceted skills in areas such as supplier relationship management, commodity management, risk and compliance issues and social responsibility.

            ISM expanded the eligibility requirements for the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) certification to include a pathway for individuals who do not have a qualified degree. Qualified professionals without a degree who meet a higher threshold of applicable years of work experience may now obtain the CPSM® credential.

 New CPSM® requirements are:

  • Three years of full-time, professional supply management experience with a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree or international equivalent


  • Five years of full-time, professional supply management experience without a qualified degree


  • Pass three CPSM® Exams


 Additionally, individuals who hold an active Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) certification, regardless of their degree status, may now explore the path to achieve the CPSM® as long as they can demonstrate the required years of applicable work experience.

 ISM CEO Thomas W. Derry stated that pathways to the CPSM® have been opened for degreed and non-degreed professionals alike. "The expanded CPSM® eligibility requirements acknowledge the value of the expertise practitioners acquire with experience." Derry said. “A broader range of procurement and supply chain practitioners now have the opportunity to possess a globally recognized credential to strengthen their position in the global marketplace.”

What are the benefits of achieving the CPSM® qualification?

The CPSM® qualification will enable professionals to gain a clear understanding of their organization's supply operation and enable managers to take an active role in critical decisions.  Each step in the development of an organization's products and/or services is controlled by supply management.  Current evolution of the profession dictates that a strategic level qualification is needed for professionals to effectively implement innovative supply strategies throughout their entire organization.  The CPSM® will be a milestone for those professionals who take ownership of their careers.  Surveys indicate those with professional designations report higher annual compensation than those without certification.  Pursuing your CPSM® qualification is your chance to leverage your knowledge and experience into career advancement.

What are the benefits for my organization if I become CPSM® qualified?

Organizations have communicated to ISM that they value the C.P.M. as evidence of a solid baseline of purchasing knowledge.  The CPSM® qualification will also recognize individual competencies in the broader area of supply management.  The CPSM® will emphasize major segments of the supply management profession; holders of the qualification will attain a greater understanding of their organization's supply network and have the skills to make more accurate and profitable decisions.

How is ISM distinguishing the CPSM® qualification from other organizations' certifications?

The CPSM® is targeting supply management professionals who are forward thinking and wish to have a broad understanding of all components of the profession.  It will focus on strategic supply management, not fundamental or tactical level knowledge and contain the most comprehensive body of knowledge in this area.

Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity™ (CPSD™)

Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity™ (CPSD™) is a professional designation for supply management professionals whose responsibilities include supplier diversity. This designation also delivers added value to business leaders and other team leaders who participate in the development of diverse supplier initiatives within the organization.

What is the CPSD designation?

The CPSD™ (Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity™) is a professional designation for supply professionals who demonstrate knowledge, skills and expertise in supplier diversity.   CPSD™ is also for business professionals with responsibility for strategic diversity initiatives.  This professional designation demonstrates to your employer, your colleagues, your suppliers and even your customers that you are serious about helping your organization and diverse suppliers succeed.

Why should you pursue this designation?

Successful organizations maintain an edge, especially in this competitive marketplace. The value of supplier diversity is that it gives your organization a distinction that shows your commitment to diversity through strong relationships with your suppliers and all stakeholders. A solid supplier diversity program creates opportunities to partner with innovative or otherwise untapped resources and markets.  Additionally, having the CPSD™ designation is instant recognition that you and your organization are on the right track.

What are the requirements for the CPSD™?

  • Successfully pass Exam 1 of the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®). This requirement is waived if the candidate holds a current C.P.M. or CPSM.
  • Successfully pass the CPSD™ exam.
  • Minimum of five years professional (non-clerical, non-support) supplier diversity or supply management experience (does not need to be full time), OR three years of professional (non-clerical, non-support) supplier diversity or supply management experience IF the candidate has a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Stand out among your peers when you earn the CPSD™.


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