I just thought of a question that some purchasing professionals may be asking in their minds when they review our Web site:
“Why should I earn the SPSM Certification rather than earn a purchasing certificate from the local community college?”
There are a few reasons:
1. There is a subtle, but significant, difference between a certification and a certificate. A certification is earned and then must be maintained through documented continuing education. Therefore, its value is long-lasting. A certification communicates that you are committed to keeping up with your profession and are schooled in the latest developments in the profession. A certificate is earned once and not maintained. Therefore, its value decreases with every passing day because it communicates that you were knowledgeable about the profession at a past point in time, but it does not indicate that you have any current knowledge.
2. The SPSM Certification is a globally recognized purchasing certification. Prestigious employers from throughout North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia/Oceania have enrolled their purchasers in the SPSM Certification Program. A community college certificate is just that – a community-specific certificate. It is unlikely that anyone outside of the community will be aware of it.
3. Employers advertise jobs for which they state a preference for candidates who have earned the SPSM Certification. For examples, check out http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com/purchasingjobs.php . How many job postings say “We prefer candidates who have earned the purchasing certificate from Luzerne County Community College?”
To sum it up, if you are interested in having a line item on your resume that is truly valuable, earning the SPSM Certification is far better than earning a purchasing certificate from a community college.