Because of how some other certifications in supply chain and other fields work, some people assume that they are not eligible to earn any procurement certification. But I want to dispel that assumption very clearly right here, right now.

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There are no educational or experience prerequisites for earning the SPSM Certification.

If you only have been in procurement a short time or don’t have a college degree, that is NOT a problem.

Some of today’s top performers in procurement did not come from a procurement background. Yet, some supply chain certification providers would deem them unworthy of a certification because those providers impose prerequisites like minimum number of years of experience, college degree requirements, or both.

At the Next Level Purchasing Association, we have worked with enough procurement professionals to know that there is not a perfect correlation between workplace performance and things like number of years of experience. After all, someone could be doing things wrong for 25 years!  Having fewer years of experience than “dead wood employees” should not make a candidate less certifiable if they are able to learn, prove, and apply SPSM methods.

In addition, some of the greatest business leaders of our time like Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Richard Branson and Steve Jobs didn’t earn college degrees. Can you imagine telling those gentlemen they were not worthy of a procurement certification?

So, with the SPSM Certification, there are no outside prerequisites for earning the SPSM Certification. We teach you what you need to know and test you on that.

So, now that it’s been confirmed that you are eligible, it may be the perfect time for you to enroll in the SPSM Certification Program.

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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