I get a lot of questions about whether the SPSM Certification is “authorized” or “recognized” or “accredited” by government bodies. I thought that I would answer that type of question here.

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I cannot say how all governments operate with regard to professional business certifications. But I do know how the US government, and other similar governments, handle them. Quite simply, they don’t.

Unlike medical licenses, the US government does not get involved with reviewing professional business certification programs. They leave the validation process where it belongs – in the hands of the organizations and individuals who stand to benefit from certification.

So, how do you know if a purchasing certification program is legitimate? Consider three things.

First, what employers are enrolling their purchasers in the certification program?

Second, what employers are seeking to employ individuals with the certification?

Third, what are people saying about the certification?

For the SPSM Certification Program, prestigious employers (including several Fortune 500 companies) from throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia have enrolled their purchasers. For a partial list of organizations who have enrolled their purchasers in the SPSM Certification Program or in the individual classes that are part of the program, visit our “Who We Educate” page.

Furthermore, companies like office products giant Corporate Express and massive restaurant chain Boston Market have posted purchasing job advertisements with the words “SPSM Certification preferred” on our purchasing jobs page.

Finally, listen to what this SPSM Certification candidate had to say just one month after enrolling in the SPSM Certification Program:

“I’m far more prepared now for new, higher challenges than before I signed up with Next Level Purchasing. I’m glad I signed up!”

Anayo Onwuka
Project Materials Coordinator – SCM Major Projects Infrastructure
Shell Petroleum Development Company

NOTE ADDED JULY 2006: I’d also recommend that you check out Purchasing Magazine’s article about the SPSM Certification and watch the video slide shows of SPSM Certification Success Stories where SPSM’s describe how their employers demonstrated how much they valued their certifications.

In summary, you don’t have to worry whether or not the SPSM Certification Program is legitimate. It is a rapidly growing certification that the best organizations in the world are embracing.

Still not comfortable? Contact me. I would be happy to personally discuss the SPSM Certification Program with you.

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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