Another question I get asked once in a while is whether one should pursue a government purchasing certification or a procurement certification more geared toward the private-sector.

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I always personally recommend a procurement certification that is geared toward the private sector.

The trend is for today’s government agencies to attempt to apply purchasing best practices from the private sector in the government. Generally, the government is about 10 – 15 years behind the private sector in purchasing. A private sector purchasing certification would be valuable in government, but a government purchasing certification is practically useless in the private sector.

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Charles Dominick, 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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