CPSD Certification

Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity™ (CPSD™). ISM announces a new professional designation for supply management professionals whose responsibilities include supplier diversity. This designation also delivers added value to business leaders and other team leaders who participate in the development of diverse supplier initiatives within the organization.

What is the new designation?
The CPSD™ (Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity™) is a professional designation for supply professionals who demonstrate knowledge, skills and expertise in supplier diversity. CPSD™ is also for business professionals with responsibility for strategic diversity initiatives. This professional designation demonstrates to your employer, your colleagues, your suppliers and even your customers that you are serious about helping your organization and diverse suppliers succeed.

Why should you pursue this designation?
Successful organizations maintain an edge, especially in this competitive marketplace. The value of supplier diversity is that it gives your organization a distinction that shows your commitment to diversity through strong relationships with your suppliers and all stakeholders. A solid supplier diversity program creates opportunities to partner with innovative or otherwise untapped resources and markets. Additionally, having the CPSD™ designation is instant recognition that you and your organization are on the right track.
What are the requirements for the CPSD™?
Minimum of five years professional (non-clerical, non-support) supplier diversity or supply management experience (does not need to be full time), OR three years of professional (non-clerical, non-support) supplier diversity or supply management experience IF the candidate has a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Successfully pass Exam 1 of the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®). This requirement is waived if the candidate holds a current C.P.M. or CPSM.
Successfully pass the CPSD™ exam.

CPSD™ Exam:

Policies and Planning
Sourcing/Supplier Development
Finance/Budgeting
Metrics/Oversight
Training and Development
Advocacy/Marketing/Outreach

CPSM Exam 1:

Contracting and Negotiations
Cost and Finance
International
Social Responsibility
Sourcing
Supplier Relationship Management
Stand out among your peers when you earn the CPSD™.

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