I had an interesting exchange with a colleague on LinkedIn recently. He was a mid-level procurement professional and was unsure if a certification would help him at his age (mid-40’s) or if he was just relegated to plodding along at the mid-level for the rest of his career.

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To me, a procurement certification matters just as much (and possibly more) when you’re in your mid-career compared to when you’re early in your career. A procurement certification shows that you’ve met a standard for excellence in your profession and that you have a qualification that other, less capable candidates do not.

But, at the mid-career point, not having a procurement certification says something that is perhaps even more powerful.

It says that you may not be all that serious about your career. It can communicate that there is a chance that you are not competent enough to earn a procurement certification. It may cause someone to question whether you have updated your skill set at all since you started in the profession or if you still think what you were doing in the early 1990’s is all that needs to be done today.

Maybe you can overcome these obstacles. That is, if someone important would even give you the time of day to discuss them…

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2
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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