I realize that there are some poor online classes out there. Ones without multimedia or hands-on learning or instructor interaction.

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The good news is that Next Level Purchasing’s online purchasing classes are not mundane like that. The bad news is that those crappy classes make people assume that all online classes are that bad.

I had an interesting conversation with a potential customer the other day who wasn’t sure that there was an advantage to our purchasing training compared to reading a supply chain book. So I laid out seven points that clearly make our classes much more valuable than reading a book. Those points are:

1. You can ask an unlimited number of questions over a period of 60 days with a guaranteed 24 hour response time. Try getting that type of response from a supply chain book author.

2. You engage in interactive, Web-based exercises that make learning more “hands-on.”

3. Each class has 8 quizzes to test your knowledge and identify areas for you to review for greater understanding.

4. There are audio clips that you can listen to when you need a break from reading.

5. All material is online, meaning that you get updates in real-time and can be assured of having the latest information immediately available to you.

6. You get a Certificate of Completion mailed to you.

7. You earn Continuing Education Hours which you can apply towards your purchasing certification requirements.

So if you were thinking that a supply chain book will help you as much as our classes, hopefully, this post will make the advantages clearer to you.

Charles Dominick, C.P.M., SPSM
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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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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