ISM Expands Requirements for Its Procurement and Supply Chain Certification

New pathway to CPSM opened for practitioners without a degree

Tempe, Ariz.March 11, 2013—The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) now calls for new requirements for its Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) program. Effective immediately, ISM expanded the eligibility requirements for the CPSM certification to include a pathway for individuals who do not have a qualified degree. Qualified professionals without a degree who meet a higher threshold of applicable years of work experience may now obtain the CPSM credential.

Pathways to the CPSM opened for degreed and non-degreed professionals alike, stated Thomas W. Derry, Chief Executive Officer, ISM.

“The expanded CPSM eligibility requirements acknowledge the value of the expertise practitioners acquire with experience,” said Derry. “A broader range of procurement and supply chain practitioners now have the opportunity to possess a globally recognized credential to strengthen their position in the global marketplace.”

New CPSM requirements are as follows:

  • Three years of full-time, professional supply management experience with a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree or international equivalent;
  • Or Five years of full-time, professional supply management experience without a qualified degree AND,
  • Pass three CPSM Exams, or one Bridge Exam for current C.P.M.s


Additionally, individuals who hold an active Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) certification, regardless of their degree status, may now explore the path to achieve the CPSM as long as they pass one exam that bridges the content from the C.P.M. to the CPSM.

ISM’s decision to modify the CPSM requirements expands the global strength of the CPSM program for procurement and supply chain professionals. With the expansion of the CPSM requirements, testing for the Certified in Supply Management (CSM) certification is no longer available.

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