Here at the NLPA, we are always trying to tweak things to give our students, members and clients the most positive purchasing education and certification experience possible.
For example, this year, we’ve supplemented our physical mailing of beautiful parchment certificates with an immediate, print-your-own-certificate option for individuals who complete our online procurement courses.  And we’ve decided that, next year, we will NOT increase our prices!
We do have a couple of changes that some people may love and others won’t.  You can read more about them at the link at the end of this post.  But the good news is that, if you don’t like the changes, there is a way to avoid them.
For example, one of those changes is that the duration of access to the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program (which is what candidates complete to earn their SPSM® Certifications) is being shortened to one year.  After more than a decade of offering this certification, we’ve found that a shorter time frame is more effective at motivating individuals to “get ‘er done.”  The average SPSM completes the program in seven months, so two years is too much.
However, if you feel you need two years instead of one, you can secure that benefit for yourself simply by signing up for the program on or before December 31, 2014 and you’ll have two years!
To learn more about both changes and how you can avoid them if you’d like, please visit

To Your Career Success,
Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3
President & Chief Procurement Officer – Next Level Purchasing Association
Co-Author – The Procurement Game Plan
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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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