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About the ISM® Supply Chain Capability Model

For more than a century, ISM® has impacted the supply management profession through best-in-class education, certification, leadership development and research. If you are serious about becoming a supply chain master, then you have come to the right place.  

Created in collaboration with leading global supply management practitioners, the foundation of ISM education is the Supply Chain capability model, a comprehensive set of competency-based standards comprised of 16 core competencies and more than 70 sub-competencies.  

ISM® Supply Chain Capability Model – Core Competency Areas

The ISM® Supply Chain Capability model evaluates 16 core competencies and more than 70 sub-competencies in the following areas:

Grounded by experience and guided by real-world insight, the ISM® Supply Chain Capability Model was developed to assist the profession in achieving standardization. By creating a common language and defining core competencies, organizations and teams like yours, now have the resources needed to be successful. 

Assessment Levels

The model defines anticipated skill levels at four stages of career maturity. This allows your team to gauge level of proficiency from fundamental to mastery and gain to insights needed to build a professional development plan to positively impact your teams career success.

ISM Talent Capability Assessment Model

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Get CPSM® Certified

Certified Professional in Supply Management®

CPSM is globally recognized as the gold standard of excellence for supply management professionals. Created from in-depth analysis of supply management functions, this premier supply management training experience addresses the changing realities of supply management. By earning a CPSM designation, you will have obtained a supply management certification recognized worldwide that will set you apart from your peers.

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Get CPSD® Certified

Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity®

The CPSD is one of the few certifications that exists in this growing and much-needed area of supply management. With a CPSD, you’ll have the knowledge and training to show an organization how supplier diversity can both meet requirements and improve the bottom line.

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Increase Your Skills

ISM Training

ISM offers a variety of supply chain education opportunities – all with the goal of ensuring your career knowledge, success and advancement. Choose from a wide-range of virtual classroom courses, in-person seminars, guided learning programs, webinars and certification prep courses. Our annual ISM conference is the place to be as a supply management professional for a jam-packed schedule of in-depth, hands-on learning.

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Bring to Your Organization

Corporate Program

The ISM® Supply Chain Assessment helps you understand your team’s strengths and skill gaps. Our team works with you to identify role types and levels, assign competency targets, and deliver the online assessment. At the end of the Assessment, you’ll receive a results report and we can help you create a plan for using Corporate Program resources to close skill gaps.

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Gauge Your Team’s Talent Capabilities

ISM offers many in-depth skill assessments on a variety of disciplines across the Supply Chain Capability Model. 

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