Next Level Purchasing Launches SPSM3 Certification

New procurement certification enables enterprise-wide synergy

PittsburghJuly 1, 2012—Recognizing procurement as a common element for driving this enterprise-wide success, Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) launched the SPSM3 Certification to encourage procurement professionals to look beyond the four walls of the procurement department and learn how to influence and interact with other key areas of the organization.

“The procurement profession has been in a constant state of growth, with more and more strategic responsibilities falling under the procurement umbrella,” said Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, President and Chief Procurement Officer, Next Level Purchasing. “The launch of the SPSM3 Certification demonstrates Next Level Purchasing’s commitment to ensuring that the profession has a scalable family of qualifications that properly represents the steps in procurement professionals’ path to excellence.”

The SPSM3 Certification provides four online courses which enable procurement professionals to achieve a synergy between departments. By pursuing and earning the SPSM3 Certification, students will gain an understanding of other enterprise functions such as finance, inventory and quality and how procurement relates to them. This will enable those students to elevate the procurement department and bring even more value to their role.

The SPSM3 Certification is the third and highest level of the Senior Professional in Supply Management Family of Certifications, which are available entirely online. Recipients of the original SPSM Certification demonstrate a mastery of the core skills of procurement, and those having continued on to earn the SPSM2 Certification have proven an additional mastery of global procurement management skills. The SPSM Family of Certifications ensures procurement professionals that the content they are mastering is the most modern and up-to-date material available. The multiple level structure of the SPSM Family of Certifications also guarantees that qualifications for procurement roles will evolve and grow with the recipient and the procurement profession.