Procurement Certification Pages
Purchasing Certification - Do you want an impressive new qualification that will set you apart from the average purchaser? If so, you will want to earn the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM) Certification.
SPSM Certification Success Stories - Hear the secret of procurement professionals who have earned more rewards in their careers.
Pay-As-You-Go Certification Plan - If you've wanted to earn your SPSM Certification but have struggled with deciding to pay the up-front costs, there is good news! Next Level Purchasing has launched the Pay-As-You-Go Certification Plan.
Lifetime Purchasing Skills Retention Package - It is important to sustain the new procurement skills and knowledge you develop for years, this service is designed to support a lifetime return of your training investment through skills-sharpening material and services.
Purchasing Jobs - This page lists procurement jobs where the SPSM Certification is preferred. Browse or post procurement jobs for FREE!
SPSM2 Certification - This page describes the higher-level SPSM2 Certification, which you can earn after you earn the SPSM Certification.
SPSM2 Syllabus - This pdf document describes the structure and processes of the SPSM2 Program.
Online Procurement Training Courses (by course title)
Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals - If you are new to procurement, are you ready for the many challenges you'll face in the months ahead? Our online procurement training course "Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals" walks you through the procurement process step-by-step. Counts towards the SPSM Certification.
Microsoft Excel For Purchasing Professionals - Are you failing to take advantage of Microsoft Excel's powerful techniques for procurement? Our online procurement training course "Microsoft Excel For Purchasing Professionals" will enable you to perform sophisticated procurement analyses through exercises that are based entirely on the situations that you face in your procurement work. Counts towards the SPSM Certification.
Supply Management Contract Writing - Are you putting your organization at significant risk by not having a good contract in place? Our online procurement training course "Supply Management Contract Writing" will help you reduce your procurement risks. Counts towards the SPSM Certification.
Powerful Negotiation For Successful Buying - Could not knowing the newest and best negotiation techniques be preventing you from saving a lot more money on your purchases? Our online procurement training course "Powerful Negotiation For Successful Buying" will give you the prowess of an expert negotiator. Counts towards the SPSM Certification.
14 Purchasing Best Practices - Wouldn't it be great if you could implement the procurement programs that are used by the world's top corporations? Through the use of step-by-step instructions, examples, exercises, and our 39-page Sample, Tool, and Template Pack, our online procurement training course "14 Purchasing Best Practices" makes it realistic for you to quickly and significantly improve your performance and the performance of your procurement department. Counts towards the SPSM Certification.
Savings Strategy Development - Your CEO wants to know: "Are you executing a cost savings strategy or are you just 'winging it'?" If you can't respond by producing a top-notch written strategy, our online procurement training course "Savings Strategy Development" can help you. Counts towards the SPSM Certification.
Expert Purchasing Management - Are you a purchasing manager who worries about balancing the many demands of your leadership role? Our online procurement training course "Expert Purchasing Management" will teach you everything you need to know to lead your procurement department to new levels of success! Counts towards the SPSM2 Certification or SPSM recertification.
Professional Purchasing Project Management - Do your purchasing projects suffer from delays, unpleasant surprises, and a lack of true organization? Do you wish you could build a professional project plan and then actually adhere to the plan, delighting your management? Well, you can! Being able to consistently lead purchasing projects to successful conclusions involves learning and applying proven project management principles. Our highly personal and interactive online class "Professional Purchasing Project Management" will teach you everything you need to learn to successfully manage modern purchasing projects. Counts towards the SPSM2 Certification or SPSM recertification.
Basics of Smart International Procurement - Are you responsible for increasing your organization's international procurement and don't know where to begin? International procurement is a challenge. Buying internationally is much more complex than buying domestically. Buying internationally involves having to expand your knowledge of many aspects of procurement that you don't have to worry about when buying domestically. Differences in cultures, laws, communications, currencies, and more have to be understood to support international procurement. Counts towards the SPSM2 Certification or SPSM recertification.
Executing A Global Sourcing Strategy - With all the talk about the global sourcing that many companies are doing, one may think that it is easy, right? That perception could not be further from the truth. Global sourcing may be one of the most complex activities you'll encounter as a purchasing professional. There's no doubt about it global sourcing is a challenge with many opportunities to fail. There are many complex processes that need to be done right. It's not enough to know what those processes are. You need to know how to perform those processes in order to be successful. Counts towards the SPSM2 Certification or SPSM recertification.
Finance For Strategic Procurement, Part I - Do you understand precisely how your procurement work impacts your organization's financial performance? Is a lack of this understanding keeping you from earning the respect you deserve? After all, today's CEO's and CFO's expect procurement professionals to know how their work supports corporate goals and how to communicate in the language of finance. Counts towards the SPSM and SPSM2 recertification.
Finance For Strategic Procurement, Part II - Do you worry that your procurement decisions will be questioned, if not reversed, by senior management? Whether you are selecting a supplier, negotiating payment terms, comparing lease and buy options, or making other typical procurement decisions, there are finance-based approaches that CEO's and CFO's will expect you to be following. If you are unaware of what these principles are, you will have little credibility with management at a minimum or make catastrophic mistakes in the worst-case scenario. Counts towards the SPSM and SPSM2 recertification.
Profitable Inventory Management And Control
Bad inventory decisions can kill an organization's profitability, whittle away at its market share, and generally wreak havoc on the supply chain... Are you guilty of making those bad decisions? If you're basing your inventory decisions on guesses or informally-learned tactics rather than basing them on time-tested best practices, you are probably setting yourself up for failure. But it doesn't take decades of experience or years of training to learn what you need to know to make the inventory decisions that will maximize your organization's success. O"Profitable Inventory Management and Control" will give you the skills you need to use inventory as a strategic weapon for boosting profitability and giving your organization a competitive advantage. You'll become an inventory management and control expert, you'll have fun doing so, and your organization's financial and operational performance will improve as you implement the easy-to-apply best practices taught in this course. Counts towards the SPSM3 Certification or SPSM/SPSM2 recertification.
Improving Quality In The Supply Chain
Many organizations compete on the basis of quality: is your procurement work helping or hurting your organization's ability to succeed? Let's face it: your organization cannot provide a high-quality product or service if it gets substandard quality products or services from your supply chain. And you know who everyone will blame if there is a supplier quality problem? Right the procurement department or maybe even you! Counts towards the SPSM3 Certification or SPSM/SPSM2 recertification.
Exemplary Supply Chain Social Responsibility
Are you aware of the risks of not having a socially responsible supply chain? Unless you are managing your supply chain in the most socially responsible way, you are risking getting your organization into more trouble than ever. Getting bad publicity, losing customers, and being subject to criminal consequences are just a few of the risks that your organization can face when its procurement professionals are unaware of constantly changing social responsibility principles. Counts towards the SPSM4 Certification or SPSM/SPSM2/SPSM3 recertification.
Negotiation No-No's - Are these 7 little-known negotiating mistakes letting your suppliers laugh all the way to the bank? Our online procurement training Express Course "Negotiation No-No's" will teach you how to avoid the common negotiation mistakes that can cost your organization dearly.
Managing Supplier Performance - Is poor supplier performance driving you crazy? If you have wanted to implement a supplier evaluation program but had difficulty getting started, Managing Supplier Performance is the perfect online procurement training Express Course for you.
Supply Chain Courses - A list of all of our full-length procurement courses including the number of hours per course.
Supply Chain Online Classes - A list of all of our full-length procurement courses with brief descriptions of each.
Supply Chain Management Express Courses - A list of all of our procurement Express Courses with brief descriptions of each.
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Online Procurement Training Courses (by subject)
Fundamentals of Purchasing - This links to our world-class procurement training course "Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals." Counts towards the SPSM Certification.
Purchasing Course - This links to our world-class procurement training course "Microsoft Excel For Purchasing Professionals." Counts towards the SPSM Certification.
How To Write A Contract - This links to our world-class procurement training course "Supply Management Contract Writing." Counts towards the SPSM Certification.
Procurement Negotiation - This links to our world-class procurement training course, "Powerful Negotiation For Successful Buying." Counts towards the SPSM Certification.
Purchasing Best Practices - This links to our world-class procurement training course "14 Purchasing Best Practices." Counts towards the SPSM Certification.
Sourcing Strategy - This links to our world-class procurement training course "Savings Strategy Development." Counts towards the SPSM Certification.
Purchasing Management - This links to our world-class procurement training course, "Expert Purchasing Management."
Purchasing Class - This links to our world-class procurement training course "Professional Purchasing Project Management."
Purchasing Tutorial - This links to our world-class procurement training Express Course "Negotiation No-No's."
Supplier Evaluation - This links to our world-class procurement training Express Course "Managing Supplier Performance."
Procurement Articles (by topic)
4 Vendor Relationship Management Activities
Your Strategic Sourcing Communication Plan
8 Bad Negotiation Assumptions
An Analysis of Cost Savings Claims
3 Risky Negotiation Approaches
Big Supply Chains, Big Social Responsibility
How Purchasing Can Leverage Sales Tactics
Putting Procurement Performance In Context
What Is Best Value Procurement?
2 Procurement Uses of Net Promoter Score
The Best of PurchTips 2014
A Buyer's 11-Point Contract Review Checklist
Price vs. Total Cost vs. Value
Why iPhone Cost Savings Matter Less
The Procurement Relationships You Need
A 12-Point Supplier Responsibility Checklist
Procurement Trends Today, Goals Tomorrow
7 Steps For Negotiating Optional Procurements
5 Types of Procurement Expertise
How To Increase Procurement's Credibility
Smart Negotiation For Small Purchases
Negotiating Your Spot Buys
10 Types of Procurement Software, Part II
10 Types of Procurement Software, Part I
Avoiding Procurement Savings Disputes
How To Create Procurement Reports, Part II
How To Create Procurement Reports, Part I
Tricky Cost Savings Calculations
In Negotiations, Small Talk Can Be Huge
When A Supplier Should Sign Your NDA
What Suppliers Fear When Negotiating
Is Your Procurement Job At Risk?
How To Improve Procurement Compliance
Creative Negotiation With Sole Source Vendors
How To Use The "4C" Negotiation Strategies
The Best of PurchTips 2013
Supplier Stratification & The Dominick Matrix
Supplier Collaboration, Development, More
Procurement & Cultural Trends/Movements
Make Sourcing Your Competitive Advantage
13 Tips For Big Purchasing Meetings, Part III
Global Sourcing: What Is Changing?
13 Tips For Big Purchasing Meetings, Part II
Persuasion Tips For Supplier Negotiations
13 Tips For Big Purchasing Meetings, Part I
The 25 New Rights of Purchasing, Part V
RFP Requirements For Strategic Purchases
The 25 New Rights of Purchasing, Part IV
3 Truly Effective Supplier Interview Questions
The 25 New Rights of Purchasing, Part III
The Art of the Procurement Negotiation Offer
The 25 New Rights of Purchasing, Part II
Getting & Using Information In A Negotiation
The 25 New Rights of Purchasing, Part I
Single Source Situations Shouldn't Stink
How To Renegotiate A Supplier Contract
Maverick Buying: 6 Steps For Stopping It
Managing IT & Complex Category Purchasing
True Procurement Transformations, Part II
The Best of PurchTips 2012
True Procurement Transformations, Part I
Surprise Supplier Audits: Pros, Cons, Ideas
Sourcing Negotiations & Political Debates
"Outbuying" Your Internal Customers, Part II
"Outbuying" Your Internal Customers, Part I
How Supplier Pricing Is Determined
Procurement Interviews: Questions & Stories
How Suppliers Defend Price In Negotiations
4 Essential Vendor Collaboration Questions
A 12-Point Supplier Quality Checklist
A Key To Bargaining With Suppliers
How To Win The Negotiation "Game"
4 Collaborative Procurement Models
4 Vital Procurement Presentation Topics
7 RFP Planning Tips, Part II
How Procurement Pros Should Use LinkedIn
7 RFP Planning Tips, Part I
Procurement Strategy Do's & Don'ts, Part II
3 Negotiation "Bad Words"
Procurement Strategy Do's & Don'ts, Part I
Ethics & Supplier Ideas
Remedies For Supplier Screw-ups, Part II
The Best of PurchTips 2011
Remedies For Supplier Screw-ups, Part I
How To Develop Buyers' Leadership Skills
4 Words Your Supply Chain Resume Needs|
Are Advanced Sourcing Tools For You?|
How To Negotiate When "Time Is Money"|
Is Your Procurement Resume All Wrong?|
How To Spot a Poorly Managed Supplier|
Defeating A Supplier's Negotiating Strategy|
The Complete Supplier Management Strategy|
What eSourcing Is & How To Get Started|
A 19-Point Supply Risk Checklist|
Supplier Scorecarding: Just The Beginning?|
A 13-Point Procurement Ethics Checklist|
Here Is Your End-of-Negotiation Strategy|
"Impossible" Supplier Management Metrics?|
Priorities In Supply Chain Leadership|
Supplier Management: Make It Strategic|
The 4 Missing Strategic Sourcing Goals|
Join A Negotiation With Caution|
Supplier Insurance Best Practices, Part II|
How To Justify Early Purchasing Involvement|
Use Negotiation Skills To Elevate Purchasing|
Supplier Insurance Best Practices, Part I|
Can Supplier Consolidation Truly Save Cash?|
Using A Should Cost Model In Negotiation|
The Best of PurchTips 2010|
Using Collaboration In Negotiation: 3 Steps|
Tips For Negotiating With A Sole Source|
T & E Management: Procurement's Domain?|
More Sole Source Procurement Solutions|
4 Questions To Ask Vendors' References|
How Procurement & Finance Can Collaborate|
Negotiation Techniques With A Shelf Life|
Calculating The Cost of a Stockout|
5 Components of Ethical Procurement|
Bad Negotiation Habits: Break Them Today!|
|209||8 Supplier Selection Criteria & The SHoCC|
The 4 Worst Procurement Myths|
Today's Biggest Supply Chain Threat?|
Do You Make These Purchasing Mistakes?|
A 20-Point Proposal Evaluation Checklist|
A 21-Point Negotiation Checklist|
Commodity Price Forecasting, Part I|
How To Increase The Scope of Purchasing|
Procurement Ethics: Use DRD & Stay Clean|
Measuring Cost Savings For Mid-Year Deals|
Sourcing Problems In A Slow Economy|
Revisiting Vendor Payment Terms: It's Time! |
Purchasing Ethics: 7 Sensitive Situations|
How To Use Cost Savings Ratios & When|
Sourcing Decisions: How To Support Them|
Negotiating On Behalf Of Your Suppliers|
Rule #1 of Tactical Procurement|
Sole Source Situations: Eradicate Them!|
Ethical Negotiation With Multiple Suppliers|
Purchasing Managers' Worst KPI Mistakes|
How To Be A Better Purchasing Professional|
Savings Estimates: Your Reputation At Risk|
Negotiation Brinkmanship Do's & Don'ts|
Defending A Procurement Business Case|
Buyers: Know Your Inventory Turnover Ratio!|
How Expensive Suppliers Negotiate, Part II|
How Expensive Suppliers Negotiate, Part I|
Negotiating Rebates: Best Practices|
10 Procurement KPI's, Part II|
10 Procurement KPI's, Part I|
NIP Poor RFP Response In The Bud|
Are You Chief Procurement Officer Material? |
The Superior Negotiation Advantage|
Supply Disruptions Don't Have To Be Fatal|
Negotiating After "No"|
How To Influence A Negotiation Early, Part II|
How To Influence A Negotiation Early, Part I|
Procurement ROI & Other Executive Terms|
How Purchasing Wins Favor In The C-Suite|
How Purchasing Should Work With A/P|
The Wrong Cost Savings Goal|
Negotiating After Backdoor Selling|
Cost Reduction Ideas (Beyond Sourcing)|
Supplier Partnerships: Your End of the Deal|
10-Step Procurement Transformation, Part II|
Procurement Technology Success Secrets|
Assess Supplier Financial Risk Now!|
Commodities Prices: Managing The Insanity|
10 Step Procurement Transformation, Part I|
4 Rules For Negotiating By Phone|
Does Cost Containment Have 2 C's or 4?|
Negotiating Successfully In Inflationary Times|
Global Strategic Sourcing Tools|
Green Procurement: Let's Get Started!|
Cost Savings: From Potential To Actual|
Purchasing Services: The Pitfalls, Part II|
Buyer Performance Measurement Mistakes|
Skillfully Managing Supplier Relationships|
Good Negotiation Tactics That Can Backfire|
Supplier Quality Audit Basics|
The Vendor Performance Myth|
The Target Pricing Controversy|
Purchasing Resume Perfection|
Buyers Ask: What Is Market Intelligence?|
The Purchasing Manifesto|
Calculating Cost Savings In Multiple Years|
Top 10 Purchasing Changes In 10 Years|
Negotiation Psychology That Suppliers Use|
Doing Better Business With Small Suppliers|
Adjust Your Negotiation Approach|
Are Big Suppliers A Big Supply Risk?|
Your Requisition Template Isn't Enough|
A Negotiating Technique With A New Name|
Purchasing, Social Responsibility, & Animals|
4 Supplier Relationship Management Tactics|
Dual Source vs. Single Source|
Negotiating The Ultimate Contract|
2007's Purchasing Buzzwords|
Supply Chain Optimization Simplified|
6 Early Supplier Involvement Tips|
7 Supplier Diversity Challenges, Part II|
How A Skilled Negotiator Prepares|
Cost Savings Reports: Why Some Are Weak|
Spend Analysis: Whatcha Looking For?|
Your Purchasing Salary: Is It Fair?|
Procurement Card Pros & Cons|
Inventory Purchasing Terms You Must Know|
What Your Negotiation Power Depends On|
7 Supplier Diversity Challenges, Part I|
A Global Sourcing Strategy: What's Different?|
Should Purchasing Manage The Warehouse?|
Cost Savings: Tips For Recording Them|
How To Negotiate Price Increases|
Purchasing & Inventory Management Hook Up!|
What Is Supply Chain Management, Anyway?|
Accountability In Purchasing Processes|
Office Supplies Sourcing Secrets|
Negotiating Tactics You Can Use Today|
Is Contract Management A Critical Process?|
Cost Savings Reporting: Dot The I's!|
Demystifying Group Purchasing Organizations|
Tactical vs Strategic Purchasing|
Supply Chain Technology: What's Next?|
Suppliers' Secrets For Negotiating With Purchasing|
The Strategic Sourcing Plan of Attack|
The Purchasing Agent's 10 Commandments|
Purchasing Services: The Pitfalls, Part I|
Cost Savings Ideas: EDMC Case Study|
4 Purchasing Profit Center Models
The Lean Concept In Supply Management
Sharing Purchasing's Bottom Line Value
Is It All About Price?, Part II|
Is It All About Price?, Part I
A Key To Good Purchase Recommendations|
Avoiding Global Outsourcing's Dangers|
Guide To International Negotiation Planning|
Negotiation's Newest Purpose|
Charles' 2004 Purchasing Predictions|
Autopsies of Dead Supplier Relationships|
How To Debrief Unsuccessful Bidders|
Purchasing & Public Relations Nightmares|
Ensuring Long-Term Supplier Service|
Purchaser's Introduction To Six Sigma|
How To Improve Your Time Management|
Achieving Savings In Non-Traditional Ways|
Service Principles For Purchasing, Part II|
Service Principles For Purchasing, Part I|
Interview With Former ISM President
Robert A. Kemp, Ph.D., C.P.M.|
Keeping The Risk On Suppliers |
The Purchaser's Worst Excuse...And A Strategy That Ensures You'll Never Make It Again |
More Purchasing Project Tips
Power Negotiation Made Easy
Interpersonal Skills For Win-Win Negotiation|
What Separates A World-Class Purchasing
Professional From The Average Buyer?|
Purchasing Goals: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly |
Purchasing Best Practices Definitions|
Purchasing Best Practice # 3: Managing Supplier Performance |
When Suppliers Request Concessions...Use These 3 Techniques To Avoid Giving Up Too Much |
5 Negotiation Improvement Strategies
What You Can Do To Sharpen The Most Sought After Purchasing Skill|
Interpersonal Etiquette For Purchasing Professionals|
Renegotiation & Specifications... The Connection
Being Careful About Selecting Online Purchasing Training
Not All Online Classes Are Created Equal|
Protect Your Compensation From 2003's Mid-Year Budget Cuts|
11 Questions You May Encounter On Your Next Purchasing Interview...
Will You Give The Right Answers?|
Purchasing Best Practices:
80 Hours of Training Per Employee/Year|
Don't Think That You Can Fit Training Into Your Busy Schedule?|
Do You Know About The End-Of-The-Year Secret That Will Prevent
Purchasing Professionals Like You From Improving Their Skills?|
CEO To Purchasing Agent: "Other
Companies Are Saving Billions of Dollars
By Conducting Internet Reverse
Auctions...Why Aren't We?" |
Myth #1: Online Training Is Less Interactive Than Old Fashioned Training|
3 Tips For Successfully Managing Purchasing Projects|
The Training Comparison Matrix |
Are You Executing A Cost Savings Strategy or Are You Just "Winging It?"|
How do your contract skills compare
with those of world-class purchasing
Busy Purchasing Professionals Demand That
Training Be Made More Convenient:
Spending On Online Purchasing Training
To Triple In Next Year |
Are you as good at using Excel as world-class
purchasing professionals are?
How qualified is your purchasing trainer?
Ask these 7 questions to find out!
More World-Class Procurement Training Links
Supply Chain White Papers - Review supply chain white papers on today's most effective procurement solutions. Download supply chain white papers for free.
Purchasing & Supply Management Podcast SeriesSM - Check out audio recordings that you can listen to on your computer, download onto your iPod or MP3 player, or burn to a CD.
BPO Training and Certification - Learn how your BPO can have a competitive advantage through SPSM Certification.
Purchasing Training - A page for procurement leaders looking for training large procurement staffs. Discounts and additional services are available.
Purchasing Certificate - Take a look at the Certificate of Completion you'll receive after completing one of our full-length online procurement training courses.
Purchasing Articles & Resources - Get your FREE copy of Purchasing Skills Report, access to an online procurement training Express Course, and bi-weekly articles featuring procurement tools and tips today!
Supply Chain News - Learn the latest developments in the procurement world!
Purchasing Management Certification FAQ - Dozens of common questions about earning the SPSM Certification are answered here.
Purchasing Education Customers - A partial list of the prestigious organizations to whom we've provided procurement certification and training.
Buyer Training Policy & Guarantee - We guarantee that our procurement certification and training will benefit you.
Purchasing Professionals From Around The World - Learn more about the success of Next Level Purchasing's students. Read testimonials and reviews by purchasing professionals across the globe.
About NLP - Learn more about Next Level Purchasing.
Purchasing Seminars - If you are seeking to book a procurement seminar for your association or company, visit this page to see a list of the procurement seminars that we offer to present live.
Procurement Conference - Earn Continuing Education Hours (CEH's) towards SPSM® Recertification by attending these eligible procurement conferences.
Purchasing Classes Online Registration - You can sign up for our world-class procurement certification program, procurement training courses, and other programs online. The Next Level Purchasing Association does not require a credit card.
Sign Up By Mail Or Fax - We accept credit cards, purchase orders, checks, and international money orders for enrollment in our procurement training courses and procurement certification program.
Procurement Courses - Have a question about procurement certification or training? You can send a message to Next Level Purchasing through our site or contact us by email, phone, fax, or mail.
Charles' Purchasing Certification Blog - Next Level Purchasing's president shares additional procurement training/education, answers, and interaction with you.
The Purchasing Certification Channel - Watch online videos discussing the hottest topics in procurement on The Purchasing
Certification Channel on YouTube.
Charles' LinkedIn Profile - Establish a personal connection with Charles at his LinkedIn profile.
Charles' Facebook Profile - Establish a personal connection with Charles at his Facebook profile.
Purchasing Report - Get your FREE copy of the report entitled "Career Survival In Supply Management" today!
Purchasing Association Info - If you represent a business or procurement association, you can offer discounted procurement certification and training to your members and earn big commissions for the association.
Supply Chain Articles - Our procurement articles featured in PurchTips are set up on del.icio.us for easy searching
Purchasing Blogs - Our procurement blog posts are set up on del.icio.us for easy searching
Free RFP System - WhyAbe.com provides a free online RFP system.
Masters degree in Procurement - if you are a qualified purchasing professional you can enroll in this fast-track UK Masters degree
Purchasing Courses - A list of our procurement training courses in letter format.