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How The SPSM Certification Just Got Even More Valuable For Procurement Professionals

In a post entitled “The Benefits of the SPSM Certification in Bullet Points,” I recently listed several benefits of the SPSM Certification for both those who have earned it as well as their employers. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! To recap just a few of those, the benefits to the procurement professional include higher pay,…

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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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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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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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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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