To keep a certification like the SPSM as prestigious as it is, the holders of that certification must be recognized as those who are at the top of their field and well-versed in the most current of best practices.  That’s why your original SPSM Certification has an expiration date and provides for a way to maintain your certification indefinitely.

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The SPSM Certification is valid for a period of four years. It can be renewed for an unlimited number of additional four year periods through a process called Recertification.

Recertification requires you to earn 32 Continuing Education Hours (CEH’s) in purchasing and supply management topics from approved sources and submit an application.  Recertification is designed to maintain both your skills as well as your SPSM credentials.

As an alternative to Recertification, you can choose to earn higher levels of certification, such as the SPSM2, SPSM3, and soon-to-be-released SPSM4. Each of these certifications involves completing four specific online procurement courses for the same number of CEH’s you would need to earn for recertification: 32. There’s also one exam and an application for each higher level of certification.

Each higher-level certification adds four years onto the time you are certified.  And keeping your highest-level certification valid keeps all lower-level certifications in the SPSM Family valid.  You do not need to worry about Recertification for each certification separately.

For example, if you earn the SPSM Certification in 2016, it will expire in 2020.  If you earn the SPSM2 Certification before your SPSM Certification expires, both certifications will be valid for four years past your original expiration date – in this example, 2024.  If you earn the SPSM3 before your SPSM2 expires, your expiration date for all three of those certifications will be four years later, 2028.

The advantage of choosing advanced levels of certification are that you get additional credentials to add after your name – SPSM2, SPSM3, and SPSM4 – and you get to further distinguish yourself from the rest of the procurement world. The higher the level of certification, the fewer people have attained it, thereby making you part of a very exclusive crowd of elite procurement professionals.

However, if that’s more ambitious of a certification plan than you’d like, then you can simply choose the Recertification route to ensure that you remain certified.

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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