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About the ISM® Supply Chain Capability Model

Created in collaboration with leading global supply management practitioners, the ISM® Supply Chain Capability Model (formerly known as the ISM Mastery Model) is a comprehensive set of competency-based standards comprised of 16 core competencies and more than 70 sub-competencies. It defines anticipated skill levels at four stages of career maturity:

      1. Fundamental
      2. Proficient
      3. Advanced
      4. Mastery

Grounded by experience and guided by real-world insight, we developed the the ISM® Supply Chain Capability Model to assist the profession in achieving standardization. By creating a common language and defining core competencies, professionals, like you, now have the resources needed to be successful. Adopting the competency model will position you to achieve a higher level of proficiency. With the flexible learning model, you team can master skills at your own pace with engaging content you can easily retain. Competency-based learning programs ultimately help you and your organization save time and money.

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ISM® Supply Chain Capability Model – Assessment Levels

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


Basic and Fundamental Knowledge


Possesses Knowledge & Skill


Proficient, Knowledgeable, Decision-Maker


Strategic, Forward-Thinking, Results Focused


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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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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 for Corporate Program 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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