iStock_000018345687XSmallOften times, when I meet people in purchasing, I’m surprised to find out procurement wasn’t their career choice.  After moving into a procurement position, they seek purchasing courses for beginners concerned they do not have the skills necessary to achieve success in their new career position.  The comment I consistently hear is, “I am afraid my boss is going to find out I have no idea what I am doing!”  They are overcome with fear of losing their job.   Fortunately, there is a powerful solution to this problem.

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For those seeking purchasing courses for beginners in the procurement field, the Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) offers a free purchasing starter kit which features the first lesson from two of our courses included in the Senior Professional in Supply Management (SPSM®) certification program.

The SPSM® is a globally recognized purchasing certification; offering you an in-depth education in the field of purchasing.  It allows students to learn purchasing best practices and negotiation techniques to gain a competitive advantage over others in the purchasing field and save their employers money.

Benefits of Taking Purchasing Courses

One big advantage for beginners in purchasing taking our classes is that they learn world-class techniques and strategies before picking up bad habits that often plague those without a purchasing certification or formal purchasing training.

According to our 2014 salaries survey, a person who earns their SPSM® certification from the NLPA has an average salary that is $15,385 higher than those who have not earned a purchasing certification.

Another important benefit of the SPSM® purchasing certification program is the ability to save your employer tangible dollars.  On average, those who have earned the SPSM® Certification achieve an average of $958,546 (US) more cost savings and avoidance for their employers per year than those who haven’t earned the SPSM®.

Try the NLPA Starter Kit for Free

A great way to find out more about the Next Level Purchasing Association and our purchasing courses for beginners is to sign up for our free purchasing starter kit which includes:

  • Access to the first lesson of Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals (a procurement training course from the SPSM® Certification)
  • Access to the first lesson of Powerful Negotiation For Successful Buying (a procurement training course from the SPSM® Certification)

Discover the value of these proven purchasing courses for beginners by completing the form below to get your free purchasing starter kit from the Next Level Purchasing Association today!



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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