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An Unavoidable ‘Global Threat’

March 23, 2021

Being certified by ISM, whether it's a CPSM or CPSD, is one of the most important decisions you will make.

Those four letters after your name carry a lot of weight in the global supply management field because ISM certification has been respected as the foundational benchmark by the profession for nearly 40 years.

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An Accelerated Path To CPSM Certification

Ready to enhance your career with a CPSM designation to take control of your career development and create more agility in your professional life? The CPSM Guided Learning Accelerated Bundle helps keep you on track through the certification process. Each course is six weeks long and provides you with self-study reading and activities. Plus, you’ll have weekly webinars with your instructor that you can view live, online or on-demand. Register now and set yourself on the path to achieving CPSM certification.

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Upcoming Education

  • April



    When it comes to contracting, understanding supply chain terms and conditions is an essential part of the job. This skill is so critical that without it, supply management professionals can place their organization in jeopardy. This popular and essential supply chain course thoroughly addresses many of the standard terms found in most contracts and also examines the impact of electronic purchasing. Discussions delve into key terminology, clauses that can be used in drawing up agreements, and examples of contract language. As with all our supply management courses, you will have the opportunity to put your knowledge into action. In this course, you are encouraged to bring your own contracts, clauses, and/or purchase orders for review and hands-on practical learning and application.

    Helen M Pohlig, J.D.
  • April



    The world is changing at a rapid pace; what was new, better, and different a year ago is already obsolete. Periodicals, trade journals, and industry leaders are all advocating the new, the better and the different but what does this mean for us as supply management practitioners? This session will identify what these tools of the “future” are, when they best can be applied and how practitioners can stay at the forefront of technology. The COVID-19 Pandemic allowed tools we have had for years, like remote access, online learning, and e-negotiation, to be utilized like never before. The same applies to business analytics, Big Data, Data Mining, as well as Artificial Intelligence. Now, we are embracing and using more tools to avoid shortages, improve materials planning, delay or abate future price increases. We are placing more confidence in the computers’ ability to assist if we develop the right questions and parameters. If you’re ready to embrace the “latest and greatest” and accelerate your decision-making to the benefit of your organization, this course is for you.

    William D Agee JR, C.P.M.
  • Apr-May



    Guided Learning

    Negotiating for Excellence

    The process of successful negotiation is both an art and a science. Enhance your negotiation skills with this ISM course and influence the outcome of individual transactions, relationships with suppliers and your organization’s overall success. When planned appropriately, your organization can gain a significant advantage in position power in both the short and long term. Led by an ISM subject matter expert, this course covers negotiating with excellence through weekly webinars and daily online training modules that consist of multimedia, knowledge checks and practical application activities.

  • May-Jun



    Get prepared for the Leadership and Transformation in Supply Management exam with ISM's Guided Learning course. Designed with today's busy professional in mind, this comprehensive, self-paced course will provide a deep understanding of core supply management competencies and set you up for success on the exam.

  • May




    Statements of Work (SOW)

    Statements of work are often not defined, and the impact can be significant. Supply management professionals bring value to organizations through proper differentiation of statement of work and scope of work. Learn different types of SOW and gain insight on the step-by-step process, from initiation to contract completion, including how to most effectively engage with key stakeholders and legal department representatives.

    *** Please Note: ISM uses Zoom Meeting for its virtual learning sessions, this free application is required to participate


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