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When the CEO Questions Your Procurement Qualifications, Will You Respond With Confidence or Shrivel Like a Raisin?

I recently had a lengthy email conversation with a certified SPSM, who first earned that most prestigious of procurement qualifications several years ago.  He had benefitted from the SPSM Certification in a number of ways, but there was one instance where the benefit felt rather dramatic. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This individual is a procurement leader for one…

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Who’s Braver: Procurement Professionals or the Average Driver?

Last month, I wrote a post entitled “Lame Excuses For A Buyer To Lack A Certification, Part III.”  The excuse that I ragged on in that post was “fear of taking a test.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! As I wrote in that post, procurement professionals are tested daily by challenging circumstances.  So, when I…

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Newly Updated: The Executive’s Guide To The SPSM Certification

Are you a procurement leader who wonders if you should pursue a certification for your team? Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Perhaps you’ve heard about the benefits of having your procurement team earn the SPSM Certification.  Maybe you’ve even researched the advantages of the SPSM vs other certifications. Do you just need that little extra…

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Options For Staying Certified As An SPSM

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. Don’t…

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The Benefits of the SPSM Certification in Bullet Points

Between our website, the press coverage we receive, questions procurement professionals ask us, and more, all of us here at the NLPA tend to go on and on about the benefits of the SPSM Certification.  We’re just that passionate about how the SPSM helps procurement departments and procurement professionals! Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Well,…

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Lame Excuses For A Buyer To Lack A Certification, Part III

Welcome to the third and final installment in our series that unapologetically lambastes buyers for making lame excuses for not having a procurement certification. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! In Part I, I discussed how claims of not having time don’t hold up under scrutiny.  In Part II, I shared how to overcome the “I…

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Lame Excuses For A Buyer To Lack A Certification, Part II

In Part I of this series, we explored the first of the lame excuses why buyers lack certification:  the good-old “I don’t have time” excuse.  In this Part, we’ll look at another excuse: “I don’t have the money.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Enrollment in the SPSM Certification Program costs $1,149. That’s more of an…

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Lame Excuses For A Buyer To Lack A Certification, Part I

Among other things, a procurement certification proves that you are serious about your profession.  So, naturally, a common interview question for a buyer position is:  “Why don’t you have a certification?” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! There are three lame excuses that we’ve heard. Please, if you want to call yourself a buying professional, do…

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SPSM Certification Eligibility

Because of how some other certifications in supply chain and other fields work, some people assume that they are not eligible to earn any procurement certification. But I want to dispel that assumption very clearly right here, right now. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! There are no educational or experience prerequisites for earning the SPSM…

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How To Get Started On Your Procurement Certification…For Free!

“The hardest part of any journey is taking that first step” – Unknown Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The value of getting a procurement certification should be obvious. You’d earn more money.  Qualify for better jobs.  Get more respect from management, internal customers, suppliers, and peers. Yet a subset of procurement professionals just can’t push…

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