PITTSBURGH, PA – July 1, 2009 – The purchasing certification space has been forever changed by the addition of a new certification offering, the SPSM2 Certification. Recognizing that the world of purchasing and supply management is constantly changing and that standards for the performance excellence of purchasing professionals are continually being raised, SPSM Certification provider Next Level Purchasing is releasing the SPSM2 Certification as a higher-level complement to the original certification. This release occurs on the fifth anniversary of the SPSM Certification, which has been earned by purchasing professionals in 49 countries worldwide.

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The SPSM2 is not a replacement for the original SPSM Certification, but a higher level of achievement, similar to a master’s degree being a higher level compared to a bachelor’s degree. Building on the skills and knowledge that a purchasing professional acquires while earning their SPSM Certification, the SPSM2 adds training on processes that are becoming more significant in the purchasing field – international procurement, advanced negotiation, and managerial skills. The addition of the SPSM2 Certification will allow a purchasing professional’s certification to evolve with them and their career.

With unemployment rates on the rise, many purchasing professionals are pursuing purchasing certifications to provide them with an added edge for job retention and acquisition. In the past year, the purchasing field has seen other purchasing certifications become outdated resulting in the providers discontinuing the award of those certifications and replacing them with different designations, causing confusion in an already challenging job market. The SPSM Certification is designed to be a sustainable certification and by offering advancing levels, a purchasing professional can be assured that the investment they make in earning the purchasing certification is long-lasting.

“The scope of purchasing and supply management has been rapidly expanding and will continue to evolve, so the leading certification in the profession must be scalable,” said Charles Dominick, SPSM, President and Founder of Next Level Purchasing. “With the introduction of the SPSM2 Certification, the SPSM family of certifications provides purchasing and supply management professionals with a clear path to higher levels of excellence in their work and success in their careers.”

Next Level Purchasing is a leading provider of online training for purchasing professionals. Its training includes the globally-recognized SPSM® Certification for world-class supply management success. Its services enable organizations to lower costs, support operations, and reduce risk by improving purchasing processes and expanding the capabilities of supply management organizations. Visit Next Level Purchasing at:


Stay tuned – throughout the day today on this blog, I will be introducing the first purchasing professional who has earned the SPSM2, including photos and video, plus talking more about what the SPSM2 means for you.

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
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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