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SPSM ® Certification

The purchasing certification for real workplace results

Are you tired of not getting enough opportunities, respect, and money out of your purchasing career?
Well, guess what? Nothing will change unless you take action towards becoming a world-class purchasing professional.

You see, today's employers refuse to reward employees for yesterday's skills.
They demand that purchasing professionals like you use the most modern skills and achieve unprecedented results. They want you to save more money, achieve better operational performance, and reduce risk.

So how can you acquire the most modern skills, achieve meaningful results, and convincingly prove your capabilities to today’s employers?
There is an impressive purchasing certification that communicates that you are supremely qualified for achieving success. It is the SPSM® Certification, earned by completing the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program.

Earning your SPSM® Certification is the action to take if you want to bring the most modern purchasing practices into your organization and achieve your career potential.
From reverse auctions and eProcurement to strategic sourcing to improving supplier performance and more, you'll learn exactly how to deliver results for your employer. And when you make your employer more successful, your own career success is likely to follow!


How is the SPSM® Certification a true win-win for both you and your employer? A recent survey of over 1,800 purchasing professionals throughout the world has shown that purchasing professionals who have earned the SPSM® Certification achieve an average of $958,546 (US) more cost savings and avoidance for their employers per year than those who haven't earned the SPSM®. For more proof of the value to SPSM's and their employers, check out these real-life examples.


Bob Price earned his purchasing certification
Bob Price, SPSM
Director of Global Supply Chain Management
Kimball International

After enrolling himself and several team members in the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program, Bob Price, SPSM and his team DOUBLED their previous year's cost savings, leading to Bob's PROMOTION to Director of Global Supply Chain Management. He then promoted one of his SPSM®-certified staff members into his former role.

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Carol Gissell earned her purchasing certification
Carol Gissell, SPSM
Director of Purchasing
Quinault Beach Resort

After earning her SPSM® Certification, Carol Gissell, SPSM was promoted to Director of Purchasing. In just one negotiation in which she applied what she learned in the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program, she saved her employer much more than the employer invested in her certification. And she continues to use her education to deliver return on investment for her employer.

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How will you benefit by earning this purchasing certification?

  • You get real-world skills and strategies that will help you perform better in the workplace right away!
  • You will join an elite group of purchasing professionals who are reporting that the SPSM® Certification has helped them get large pay increases, great performance evaluations, and promotions!
  • You can demonstrate to your employer how committed you are to being the best at what you do!
  • You can use the SPSM credentials after your name, increasing the respect you'll earn from your management, co-workers, and peers!
  • You will qualify for the type of high-paying jobs that prestigious employers advertise on our site!
  • You get personalized, expert support to ensure that you can successfully apply what you learn for measurable results!
  • You earn your purchasing certification entirely online - you can complete the whole program whenever and wherever you want!

Earning your SPSM® Certification is a three-step process. Here are the three steps...

Step #1: Complete the six highly personal and interactive online classes of the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program. You earn 44 Continuing Education Hours (CEH's) by successfully completing the following online classes, in this order:

  • Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals (6.5 CEHs)
  • Microsoft Excel for Purchasing Professionals (7 CEHs)
  • Supply Management Contract Writing (7.5 CEHs)
  • Powerful Negotiation for Successful Buying (8 CEHs)
  • 14 Purchasing Best Practices (8 CEHs)
  • Savings Strategy Development (7 CEHs)

Step #2: Take the SPSM® Exam. This online exam consists of 90 challenging questions covering material from the six aforementioned online classes. These questions comprehensively test your ability to apply skills to situations that you may face in your purchasing job. And, again, you take it online meaning that you DO NOT have to travel to a testing facility. You can take the exam from anywhere that you have access to a computer connected to the Internet.

Step #3: Submit Your Purchasing Certification Application. This application helps you compile all of the documentation necessary to earn your SPSM® Certification. You don't need to work on this application until you've passed the SPSM® Exam.


If you're like most purchasing professionals, you'll be happy to know that it doesn't have to take a long time to earn your SPSM® Certification and begin reaping the career rewards that come from being certified. You have up to 2 years to complete the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program, but the self-paced nature of the program allows you to complete it and earn your SPSM® Certification much faster if you wish. Check out this table to estimate how long it will take you to earn your purchasing certification based on your personal study habits:

If you can dedicate
this amount of time to studying:
You can earn your
purchasing certification in:
More than 4 hours per week Less than 3 months
4 hours per week 3 months
2 hours per week 6 months
1 hour per week 1 year
2 hours per month 2 years

Here's how our online classes work. Less than 24 hours after you sign up for a class or the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program, you will get an introductory email providing you with a username,password, and instructions for accessing our online classroom. Then:

  • You can start your learning whenever you want - there is no schedule or start date
  • You can work through the classes any time of day or night, totally at your own pace
  • Each class consists of eight lessons. Each lesson takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete. You can stop after completing each lesson or take multiple (or even all) lessons at one time. So for any given time that you choose to log in to the online classroom, you might spend just 30 minutes online (to take just one lesson) or up to eight hours online (if you want to complete the entire class in one sitting). It is all up to you!

Purchasing Certification - SPSM Certification For Purchasing Professionals

"I would have to say that the way Next Level Purchasing delivers its education is great! It is clearly a method where you can actually learn what is being presented and actually apply it in the workplace.

As I reviewed other purchasing certification programs, the others seemed too technically presented and surely do not cover the full spectrum that the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program does. The Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program offers a more dynamic overall approach to purchasing and I am glad to benefit from it."

Darnell Speight, SPSM
Contracting Agent
Washington, DC, USA

Once you complete all six classes with an average quiz score of 70% or higher per class, you are eligible to take the SPSM® Exam. When you pass the SPSM® Exam and we approve your application, you officially become a Senior Professional in Supply Management1. And once you become an SPSM, you are then eligible to pursue the higher-level SPSM2 Certification.

If you're wondering if the SPSM® Certification is right for your industry or valued in your country, the answer is a resounding "YES!" All course material is developed such that it can be successfully applied to any industry - manufacturing or services. The industries represented by those already enrolled in the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program attest to that fact. Current SPSM's are from countries around the world and industries as diverse as health care, manufacturing, financial services, information technology, tourism, aerospace, government, oil, agriculture, and many more. It is highly likely that other purchasing professionals from your country and/or industry have earned or are in the process of earning their SPSM® Certification. Earning your SPSM® Certification ensures that you won't be falling behind your peers or competitors. Check out this map of where our students are located:


Purchasing Certification Map


So how can you feel confident that the SPSM®Certification will really help you have a more rewarding career? Here are a few other things to consider:

  • A recent survey of over 1,800 purchasing professionals throughout the world has shown that purchasing professionals who have earned the SPSM® Certification earn an average of $14,316 more per year than those who haven't.
  • Prestigious organizations - including many Fortune 500 companies - from over 90 countries throughout the world have enrolled their purchasers in the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program.
  • The highly respected publication Purchasing Magazine highlighted the satisfaction of SPSM® graduates in their article  "Online Education Provider Gets High Marks From Buyers"
  • There are always dozens, if not hundreds, of high-paying jobs with employers who prefer the SPSM® Certification continually posted on our "Jobs For SPSM's"  Web page.
  • Next Level Purchasing is an organization that is:
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The only certification provider named to the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 - a list of the top service providers in the supply chain field

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Getting started on your path to your SPSM® Certification is easy. We offer two all-inclusive versions of the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program so that you pay one price for everything you need to become certified. Those two versions are called the SPSM® Certification Program and the SPSM® Certification & Enhanced Results Program with iPad

All of the SPSM® Certification Programs provide you with a package that is priced far less than their components are worth. No matter which option you choose, there are:

  • NO additional books to purchase!
  • NO educational prerequisites!
  • NO requirements for documenting experience!

The left column of the following table will show you how much each component would cost if purchased separately - but be sure to scroll down to the table to see the price you'll pay by enrolling in each version of the program. You'll see how much you'll save!


SPSM® Certification Program SPSM® Certification & Enhanced Results Program with iPad
Access to "Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals" and a certificate upon completion. Worth: $229
Purchasing Certification MPF Certificate
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Access to "Microsoft Excel for Purchasing Professionals" and a certificate upon completion. Worth: $229
Purchasing Certification MEFPP Certificate
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Access to "Supply Management Contract Writing" and a certificate upon completion. Worth: $229
Purchasing Certification SMCW Certificate
This check means included in your purchasing certification This check means included in your purchasing certification
Access to "Powerful Negotiation for Successful Buying" and a certificate upon completion. Worth: $229
Purchasing Certification PNFSB Certificate
This check means included in your purchasing certification This check means included in your purchasing certification
Access to "14 Purchasing Best Practices" and a certificate upon completion. Worth: $229
Purchasing Certification 14PBP Certificate
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Access to "Savings Strategy Development" and a certificate upon completion. Worth: $229
Purchasing Certification SSD Certificate
This check means included in your purchasing certification This check means included in your purchasing certification
One opportunity to take the SPSM® Exam (if you fail, you can retake it for a nominal fee). Worth: $75
Purchasing Certification Exam
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Certification application fee included. Worth: $89
Purchasing Certification Application
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SPSM® certificate upon certification. Worth: $100
Purchasing Certification Certificate
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Engraved award upon certification. Worth: $199
Purchasing Certification Award
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Bonus #1 for signing up on or before the "Special Deadline" below: personalized Performance Appraisal Improvement Analysis by email. Worth: $400
Purchasing Certification Bonus #1
This check means included in your purchasing certification This check means included in your purchasing certification
Bonus #2 for signing up on or before the "Special Deadline" below: CD-ROM with printer-friendly, PDF versions of the class material. Worth: $240.
Purchasing Certification Bonus #3
This check means included in your purchasing certification
Sent with final SPSM Certificate.
This check means included in your purchasing certification
Sent with iPad device.
Bonus #3 for signing up on or before the "Special Deadline" below: Purchasing Performance Measurement spreadsheet template. Worth: $29
Purchasing Certification Bonus #4
This check means included in your purchasing certification This check means included in your purchasing certification
Bonus #4 for signing up on or before the "Special Deadline" below: audio CD entitled "Career Survival In Supply Management." Worth: $10.
Purchasing Certification Bonus #5
This check means included in your purchasing certification
Sent with final SPSM Certificate.
This check means included in your purchasing certification
Sent with iPad device.
Bonus #5 for signing up on or before the "Special Deadline" below: access to educational Web-audio interviews with supply chain leaders. Worth: $10
Purchasing Certification Bonus #6
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Bonus #6 for signing up on or before the "Special Deadline" below: "Guide To Getting The Most Out Of Your SPSM® Certification". Worth: $10.
Purchasing Certification Bonus #7
This check means included in your purchasing certification This check means included in your purchasing certification
Bonus #7 for signing up on or before the "Special Deadline" below: Receive access to the Express Course, "Negotiation No-No's" Worth: $14.99 This check means included in your purchasing certification This check means included in your purchasing certification
A 30-minute implementation consultation by phone with the instructor. Worth: $150
Purchasing Certification Phone Consultation
  This check means included in your purchasing certification
The eBook "Supply Management in the Real World." Worth: $79
Purchasing Certification eBook
  This check means included in your purchasing certification
An iPad- Use it to complete your classes and to access the pre-loaded SPSM® Multimedia Study & Implementation Guide - a collection of over 50 audio and video clips. Yours to keep forever! 2 Worth: $950
Purchasing Certification iPad
  This check means included in your purchasing certification
Actual Worth $2,576 $3,754
Your Price $1,149 (US) $1,999 (US)
SPSM® Certification Program SPSM® Certification & Enhanced Results Program with iPad

The Special Deadline to get the bonuses mentioned above is July 31, 2014! You must enroll on or before this date to get these bonuses!

If it is not apparent how good of a value that the Senior Professional in Supply Management®Program is, consider these points of comparison:

  • The SPSM® Certification Program costs 23% less than attendance at the 3-1/2 day International Supply Management Conference
  • The SPSM® Certification Program costs 52% less than earning the Certified Public Accountant license 3
  • The SPSM® Certification Program costs 97% less than one year of tuition in Vanderbilt University's MBA program 4

If you're still not convinced about how smart an investment that earning your SPSM® Certification is, you should know that we GUARANTEE your satisfaction. That's right - your online learning experience is 100% risk-free. If you are not satisfied for any reason whatsoever, let us know within thirty days of signing up and you will get a hassle-free refund. But you'll undoubtedly be delighted, just like this purchasing professional:

Purchasing Certification - SPSM Certification For Purchasing Professionals

"I have recently completed my SPSM certification program and I am very satisfied. The content is very practical and structured; you get the theory, exercises, examples and supportive/additional documentation/templates/excel worksheets. You can start using this info in your career right away and see the benefits."

Hugo Roseiro, SPSM
Senior Carrier Cost Analyst
Amsterdam, Netherlands



Don't procrastinate and lose out on all of these bonuses!




Not sure if you're ready for the intensity or the expense of a certification program? You can take any class separately and decide later if you wish to use it towards SPSM® Certification! If this option is best for your situation, click here to read about our no obligation Pay-As-You-Go Certification Plan or click on one of the links below to read more about the individual class that is the best fit for your needs.

Need more information or want to learn about discounts for groups of four or more? Email your questions to help@nextlevelpurchasing.com or call us at 1-412-294-1990.

1: Recertification is required every four years. Recertification requires that you earn 32 Continuing Education Hours in purchasing and supply management topics from Next Level Purchasing or an approved education provider. See the FAQ for more information. [Return]

2: International recipients will be required to cover customs fees and duties associated with purchase/import of the iPad. [Return]

3: Cost of an online course and four tests. Sources: www.rogercpareview.com, www.nasba.org. [Return]

4: Source: www.vanderbilt.edu. [Return]