SPSM® Certification

The purchasing certification for achieving your career potential

Are you tired of not getting enough opportunities, respect, and money out of your purchasing career? Well, guess what? Nothing will change unless you take action towards becoming a world-class certified purchasing/procurement professional.

You see, today’s employers refuse to reward employees for yesterday’s skills. They demand that purchasing professionals like you use the most modern skills and achieve unprecedented results. They want you to save more money, achieve better operational performance, and reduce risk.

So how can you acquire the most modern skills, achieve better results, and prove your value to today’s employers? There is an impressive purchasing certification that communicates that you are truly qualified for achieving success.

It is the SPSM® Certification.
To learn more, click on the short video below.

Download the SPSM Certification Information Guide

Your enrollment in the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program includes access to the following components for one year.

Please note that while you have up to a year to complete the Program, the average SPSM earned this certification in seven months. Some have earned it in two months or less.

Program components:

6 Online Procurement Courses

  • Mastering Purchasing Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Excel for Purchasing Professionals
  • Supply Management Contract Writing
  • Powerful Negotiation for Successful Buying
  • 14 Purchasing Best Practices
  • Savings Strategy Development

These courses comprise Level 1 of the SPSM-BOK®

Exam Attempt

A credit to take the SPSM® Certification Exam (a savings of $75).

If a participant is unsuccessful at passing on the included attempt, additional retakes are $75 US each.

Certification Application

The fee for processing your purchasing certification application is included (a savings of $89)

NLPA Library

During the duration of your access and when you become certified as an SPSM, as long as you are in good-standing, you will have access to all of the templates, resources, on-demand webinars, slide decks, and more that are included in the NLPA Library.

Instructor Access

One year of instructor access with prompt email responses. Ask as many questions as needed to assure that you understand the material.

Certificate of Completion

Once you earn this purchasing certification, a beautiful certificate will be sent to you by postal mail.

Engraved Award

After you earn the SPSM Certification, you’ll receive an engraved award you can proudly display on your desk.

A Modern Purchasing Certification Focused on Best Practices

Earning your SPSM® Certification will help you to bring the most modern purchasing practices into your organization and achieve your career potential. You’ll earn your SPSM® Certification by completing the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program entirely online. All of your courses and your exam can be done from any device with internet access. It couldn’t be more convenient!

The SPSM® Certification is not just about passing a test.  You’ll learn how to negotiate better. You’ll learn how to improve supplier performance. You’ll learn how to properly conduct strategic sourcing and implement procurement technologies. You’ll get step-by-step instructions on exactly how to deliver results for your employer. And when you make your employer more successful, your own career success is likely to follow!

Unlike other investments, this purchasing certification is a true win-win for both you and your employer. Just check out these mutual benefits of the SPSM® Certification:

Benefits to those who earn their SPSM® Certification

  • You’ll learn modern best practices that you can apply to your work (regardless of your industry) – enabling you to achieve outstanding results more easily
  • Procurement professionals with the SPSM® Certification earn an average of $20,028 (US) more than those who haven’t earned a purchasing certification*
  • You will be qualified for higher-level opportunities, as prestigious companies increasingly prefer or require the SPSM as a qualification for their most strategic procurement positions
  • You get to use the SPSM credential after your name, instantly earning you more respect from peers, management, internal customers, and suppliers

Carrie is an NLPA member earning her SPSM Certification

This procurement manager is getting his team certified in purchasing best practices

Benefits to Employer of an SPSM-Certified Procurement Professional

  • Procurement professionals with the SPSM® Certification achieve an average of $497,777 (US) more cost savings and avoidance per person per year than those who haven’t earned a purchasing certification**
  • Having an SPSM-Certified staff earns procurement departments more credibility with internal customers, management, and suppliers
  • An SPSM-Certified procurement professional has enhanced capabilities for handling the department’s more strategic work

Earning your SPSM® Certification is a three-step process.

Step 1: LEARN

Pass six self-paced online procurement courses. These courses cover Level 1 of the Strategic Procurement & Supply Management Body of Knowledge®.

Step 2: PROVE

Pass the SPSM® Exam. You can take this exam from any device with an Internet access. And, you will only be tested on the material you covered in the courses.

Step 3: APPLY

Apply what you’ve learned to achieve measurable results; save more money, improve performance, and more.

     You can earn the SPSM® Certification as quickly as you desire

If you’re like most purchasing professionals, you’ll be happy to know that it doesn’t have to take a long time to earn your SPSM® Certification and begin reaping the career rewards that come from being certified. You have up to 1 year to complete the Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program, but the self-paced nature of the program allows you to complete it and earn your SPSM® Certification much faster if you wish. Check out this table to estimate how long it will take you to earn your purchasing certification based on your personal study habits:

If you can dedicate
this amount of time to studying:
You can earn your
purchasing certification in:
More than 4 hours per weekLess than 3 months
4 hours per week3 months

Ready to Get Started?

SPSM® Certification

Number of Courses: 6

Length of Training: 48 hours

Duration of Access: 1 Year

Start Date: Access begins as soon as you enroll

Program Fee: $1,300 US

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ALL ACCESS Certification Programs

Number of Courses: 16

Length of Training: 150+ hours

Duration of Access: 3 Years

Start Date: Access begins as soon as you enroll

Program Fee: $3,057 US

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Thousands of supply management professionals from 100 countries have earned their SPSM® Certification.

Here is what some of them had to say:

"I am a relatively recent graduate of the fantastic SPSM Certification Program, in May 2015.  I would be remiss if I didn’t share my success story with the NLPA. In brief, shortly after my graduation from the Next Level Purchasing Association certification program, I was promoted from Director of Purchasing to Vice President of Purchasing at another company! Clearly I am indebted to several major mentors in my 40 year career along with a myriad of industrial and education experiences. However, I must add to that masterful list of opportunities and development the impressive Next Level Purchasing Certification Program. It was the finishing touch! Please extend a sincere “Thank You” to the entire Next Level Purchasing Association Certification Team."

Glenn E. Donell, SPSM
Vice President of Purchasing
United States
"I have successfully managed to earn a 35% increase in my salary, and the key for that is my enrollment into the SPSM® Programs, which gave me more skills and tactics. I have managed to show and prove how much benefit they gave my company." purchasing-certification-professional-charbel-1Charbel Frangieh, SPSM, SPSM2 Procurement Manager Dubai, United Arab Emirates
"I have worked in the procurement field for almost 30 years and I felt it was time I received some professional training to complement all my years of experience. NLPA's Senior Professional in Supply Management® Program was just the program for me. Even with all my experience, I learned something new in every single course. The value this program has brought will benefit both me and my employer for years to come, and for that I will be forever grateful. Thank you NLPA!"  

2011-dedicated-purchasing-member-may Catherine Shaw, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3
Purchasing Manager
California, USA


Have Questions?

Contact the NLPA by calling: +1 (412) 294-1990 or by emailing: support@nextlevelpurchasing.com

* This statistic is according to a survey of over 1300 procurement professionals. The results of the survey are documented in the report “Purchasing & Supply Management Salaries in 2016”
** This statistic is according to a survey of over 1100 procurement professionals. The results of the survey are documented in “The 2014 Purchasing & Supply Management Career & Skills Report”