I wanted to advise you of an important change in the purchasing profession. The requirements for earning the prestigious SPSM® Certification have been slightly modified. And, now, the SPSM Certification will represent even greater negotiation skills for those who earn it!
Today, Next Level Purchasing has made a noteworthy change to the SPSM and SPSM2 Certification requirements. The online course “Powerful Negotiation For Successful Buying” has replaced “Microsoft Project For Purchasing Professionals” as a requirement for SPSM Certification. The new requirements for SPSM Certification are:
Step #1: Complete the six highly personal and interactive online classes of the Senior Professional in Supply Management Program. You earn 44 Continuing Education Hours (CEH’s) by successfully completing the following online classes, in this order:
- Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals (6.5 CEHs)
- Microsoft Excel For Purchasing Professionals (7 CEHs)
- Supply Management Contract Writing (7.5 CEHs)
- Powerful Negotiation For Successful Buying (8 CEHs)
- 14 Purchasing Best Practices (8 CEHs)
- Savings Strategy Development (7 CEHs)
Step #2: Pass the SPSM Exam. This online exam consists of 90 challenging questions covering material from the six aforementioned online classes. These questions comprehensively test your ability to apply skills to situations that you may face in your purchasing job. And, again, you take it online meaning that you DO NOT have to travel to a testing facility. You can take the exam from anywhere that you have access to a computer connected to the Internet.
Step #3: Submit Your SPSM Certification Application.
In addition to this change, Next Level Purchasing has also greatly expanded the material in Microsoft Project For Purchasing Professionals in creating the new online course “Professional Purchasing Project Management.” Going well beyond just teaching you how to use project management software, Professional Purchasing Project Management now teaches you everything you need to know to successfully manage modern purchasing projects.
Completing Professional Purchasing Project Management is now required to earn the SPSM2 Certification. The new requirements for SPSM2 Certification are:
Step #1: Earn the SPSM Certification. The SPSM2 an even higher level of achievement than the SPSM Certification. Similar to a master’s degree being a higher level compared to a bachelor’s degree, the SPSM2 will be an indication of your continued dedication to advancing your career. The SPSM2 Certification builds on the skills and knowledge that you have already acquired while earning the prerequisite SPSM Certification and adds training focused on the advanced skills of management and international procurement.
Step #2: Complete the four highly personal and interactive online classes of the SPSM2 Program. You earn 32 Continuing Education Hours (CEH’s) by successfully completing the following online classes, in this order:
- Expert Purchasing Management (8 CEHs)
- Professional Purchasing Project Management (8 CEHs)
- Basics of Smart International Procurement (8 CEHs)
- Executing A Global Sourcing Strategy (8 CEHs)
Step #3: Take the SPSM2 Exam. This online exam consists of 60 challenging questions covering material from the four aforementioned online classes. These questions comprehensively test your ability to apply skills to situations that you may face in your purchasing job. And, again, you take it online meaning that you DO NOT have to travel to a testing facility. You can take the exam from anywhere that you have access to a computer connected to the Internet.
Step #4: Submit Your SPSM2 Certification Application.
We believe that purchasing professionals like you will be tremendously excited about these changes. First, you can now pursue the prestigious SPSM Certification while simultaneously getting extensive training in negotiation – one of the most highly valued skills! Second, you now have a way of comprehensively learning project management as it applies to the purchasing field.
If you haven’t gotten started on enhancing your career by earning the SPSM Certification, now is the time to do so! For more information about earning your SPSM Certification, go to http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com/spsm.html.
If you have already earned or begun working towards the SPSM Certification, you have been sent an earlier message about being “grandfathered” into the old requirements. Being grandfathered means that you do not have to do any additional work to earn your SPSM or SPSM2 Certification. What you have already accomplished still counts! If you missed that email, please contact Next LevelPurchasing at email@example.com to update your email address. You can also read more about how “grandfathering” works at https://www.nextlevelpurchasing.com/grandfather.html.
If you have been waiting to learn effective purchasing project management techniques but just needed the right class to come along, learn more about Professional Purchasing Project Management at http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com/purchasing-class.php.
If you have any questions about these new requirements, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in letting Next Level Purchasing help you have a rewarding career.
To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.