I often get asked: “What exactly is it that Next Level Purchasing offers – a supply chain certification, a supply chain degree, or a supply chain diploma? And what are the differences?”

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We offer a supply chain certification, not a supply chain diploma or degree. There are several differences between a diploma/degree and a certification.

A supply chain/purchasing certification is generally 100% focused on a single professional topic. Supply chain degree and diploma programs typically require the completion of “non-core” curriculum. This often makes supply chain certifications more specialized and, therefore, valuable in the field.

Also, a supply chain certification generally requires maintenance and recertification through continuing education. This ensures that the certified person continues to keep his or her supply chain skills up-to-date. Thus, a supply chain certification retains its value for the entire time that the certified person maintains it. Supply chain diplomas and degrees are usually earned at one point in time and do not require maintenance. That theoretically results in the diminishing of the value of supply chain diplomas and degrees as time passes.

I hope that this helps.

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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