CPSM/CPSD Exam Preparation

Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) Program

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CPSM®

Transform yourself and make the move to gain supply management's most prestigious designation. 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 finance, supplier relationship management, organizational global strategy and risk compliance. It can give you the edge you need in this global marketplace along with the potential to earn 23 percent more (ISM 2011 Salary Survey).

For significantly less money than other professional development opportunities you can boost the effectiveness of your bachelor's degree and practical work experience by becoming a CPSM®. Register now to get the integrated skill set that will set you apart from the competition.

CPSM® Eligibility:
  • Three years of full-time, professional supply management experience (non-clerical, non-support)
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university or international equivalent
  • Successfully pass three CPSM® Exams OR if you are a C.P.M. in good standing, pass the Bridge Exam (test centers located in more than 230 locations)
The CPSM® Exam Content

Exams cover the major areas of supply management. Please see the CPSM® Exam and Bridge Exam Specifications for more detailed information.

Exam Fees: USD $199 per exam members/USD $329 per exam nonmembers

Exam 1 — Foundation of Supply Management
165 questions, 2 hours and 45 minutes test time

Exam 2 — Effective Supply Management Performance
165 questions, 2 hours and 45 minutes test time

Exam 3 — Leadership in Supply Management
180 questions, 3 hours test time

 

Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) Program

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The Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) is a new 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 new designation?

The CPSD™ 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. The CPSD™ is supported by various diversity organizations.

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Why should you pursue this designation?

The CPSD™ demonstrates you have an understanding of procurement and the entire supply chain, not just supplier diversity. It proves you can lead a comprehensive supplier diversity program. 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.

CPSD™ Eligibility:
  • Successfully pass the CPSD™ Exam.
  • 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.
  • Minimum of five years professional (non-clerical, non-support) supplier diversity or supply management experience (does not need to be primary function), 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 (or international equivalent).

Recertify every three years with 60 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs). ISM offers many options, including online courses, to earn CEHs.

The CPSD™ Exam Content:

Exams cover the major areas of supplier diversity and supply management. Please see the Exam Specifications for more detailed information.

Exam fees: USD $199 per exam ISM members / USD $329 per exam nonmembers.

CPSD™ Exam — Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity®
CPSD™ Exam Specification
120 questions, 2 hours test time

CPSM® Exam 1 — Foundation of Supply Management (For those without a current CPSM® or C.P.M.)
CPSM® Exam 1 Specification
165 questions, 2 hours and 45 minutes test time

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CPSD™ Registration

CPSM® Exam 1 Registration — Register here for CPSM® Exam 1 if you do not have a current CPSM® or C.P.M.