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New Video Explaining Recertification: You Earned Your Procurement Certification, Now Keep It!

Earning the prestigious SPSM Certification is one of the most impressive achievements possible for a procurement professional.  It takes time, effort, and intellectual horsepower to achieve the designation that will put you among the elite in the field. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! So, after expending the resources necessary to earn the SPSM, wouldn’t it…

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Procurement Certification Funding: Tuition Reimbursement or Procurement Training Budget?

Many companies offer “tuition reimbursement” as a benefit to their employees.  Under this approach, an employee interested in furthering his/her own education would pay for an educational program (e.g., college degree, professional certification, etc.) out of his/her pocket and the employer would reimburse the employee once the program is complete. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here!…

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How To Plan Your Procurement Certification Process

“How long will it take me to earn my procurement certification?” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! “What are all of the steps involved in the procurement certification process?” “What’s the best way for me to stay on track with my procurement certification plans?” If you’ve asked yourself any or all of these questions, there is…

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What Makes One Procurement Certification A Better Choice Than Another? Hint: It’s Not Just One Thing!

Imagine this conversation… Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Sarah Carbuyer:  “What is the best vehicle available?” Johnny Expert:  “A Ford F-150.” Sarah Carbuyer:  “Why?” Johnny Expert:  “Most people I know are familiar with the Ford F-150.” Sarah Carbuyer:  “OK, I’ll go buy a Ford F-150.” How does this make you feel about these two people?…

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On This Day In Procurement History…

On this day ten years ago – July 1, 2004 – a bold move forever changed the way that procurement professionals get educated and become qualified for advancement.  The Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA), then simply known as Next Level Purchasing, launched the Senior Professional in Supply Management® (SPSM®) Certification that day. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain,…

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What Do The Missing Malaysian Airplane & Procurement Certifications Have In Common?

As of this writing, it has been two weeks since Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 went missing.  In each day since then, there have been many “experts” emerging on the news with different theories about what happened.  Pilot suicide, terrorism, a rapidly spreading fire that knocked the pilots out before they could call for help, and an explosion of batteries are…

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ISM Closes The Casket On Yet ANOTHER Certification

On February 28, 2007, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) ruffled some feathers by laying to rest its Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.) certification, calling it “financially infeasible.”  Then, the once-venerable institution continued its self-immolation by burying the Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) certification, which had its final day of testing set for December 31, 2008. Don’t miss updates on Procurement &…

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The Procurement Interview Question That Will Make You Sweat

Interviewing for a procurement position is tough. Even with good preparation, there’s a chance you’ll be asked a question that you didn’t expect.  For every predictable “Tell me where you see yourself in five years,” you’ll get a “Tell me about a time where a superior delegated a task to you and, as you began work on the task, it…

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At What Level Are The Procurement Professionals Who Have Earned The SPSM Certification?

On a conference call this morning, a prospective client asked the subject question.  When I responded that procurement professionals at all levels – from the buyer level to the chief procurement officer level – have earned the SPSM® Certification, they asked for statistics showing the distribution among various levels. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! So,…

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What Is A More Professional Job: Corporate Purchasing or Fingernail Painting?

“What is a more professional job: corporate purchasing or fingernail painting?” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Interesting title, eh? And, because I know the typical demographics of my readers, it is very likely that you answered “Duh, corporate purchasing!” But is it? Well, consider this…every state in the United States requires “nail technicians” to acquire…

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