New ISM Certification Requirements
March 2013

After review of the ISM certification program and research with an outside consultant, ISM found that instead of dividing resources into two certifications, it could better serve procurement and supply chain professionals by having one certification, regardless of whether or not they have a degree.

Effective immediately, ISM expanded the eligibility requirements for the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (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.

New CPSM® requirements are:

    •  Three years of full-time, professional supply management experience with a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree or international equivalent


    •  Five years of full-time, professional supply management experience without a qualified degree


    •  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 can demonstrate the required years of applicable work experience.

ISM CEO Thomas W. Derry stated that pathways to the CPSM® have been opened for degreed and non-degreed professionals alike. "The expanded CPSM® eligibility requirements acknowledge the value of the expertise practitioners acquire with experience." Derry said. “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.”

With the expansion of the CPSM® requirements, testing for the Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) certification is no longer available. The Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) has now been incorporated into the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) program to meet the needs of practitioners with, or without, a college degree.

ISM is now in the process of contacting those who currently have a CSM™ certification, those who have taken a CSM™ Exam and those who have registered for untaken CSM™ Exams. ISM is providing these CSM™s and CSM™ candidates with a pathway to obtain the CPSM® certification. They should receive instructions in the next 48 hours.

Here are a few links that may answer some of your questions:

Please also feel free to contact me on how the new eligibility requirements can help your members in their careers.

Many thanks,

Jan Miller
Vice President, Membership, Institute for Supply Management™

Institute for Supply Management™, 2055 E. Centennial Circle, Tempe, AZ 85284