I receive questions once in a while asking about the difference between the SPSM Certification and the CPIM certification.

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The comparison is actually pretty simple.

The SPSM stands for “Senior Professional in Supply Management” and it is awarded by the Next Level Purchasing Association. So it is an appropriate certification for individuals in the field of purchasing and supply management: purchasing managers, buyers, procurement specialists, supply chain managers, contracting agents, sourcing representatives, etc.

The CPIM stands for “Certified in Production and Inventory Management” and it is awarded by APICS/ASCM, which stood for the American Production and Inventory Control Society. So it is an appropriate certification for individuals in the field of production and inventory management: production schedulers, inventory analysts, etc.

These are two very different certifications for two different types of jobs.

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Charles Dominick, SPSM
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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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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