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Become A Supply Management Master

Do you have the critical skills and knowledge needed to be a supply management master?

Supply management is more than just a profession. It is an integral part of the global economic network. 

With rapid advancement of the profession, individuals must quickly adapt to the changing landscape and continuously prepare for the next generation of job functions. For over 100 years, ISM has led the supply chain profession in education and certification utilizing a framework that captures the core competency areas of our work. We continuously update our education and certification materials to stay current with advancements across these critical competency and sub-competency areas.

ISM’s Mastery Model® serves as the framework for supply chain certification and education. Most important, it’s your roadmap to ensure you have the skills most critical to success and advancement as a supply management professional.

About the ISM Mastery Model®

Created in collaboration with leading global supply management practitioners, ISM’s 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 Mastery 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 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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Assessment Levels

The ISM Mastery Model is a comprehensive set of competency-based standards for high-performing supply management practitioners worldwide. The assessment 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

Strategic, Forward-Thinking, Results Focused

Proficient, Knowledgeable, Decision-Maker

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Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®)

CPSM is globally recognized as the gold standard of excellence for supply management professionals. Developed by ISM, the industry leader in supply management education, the CPSM credential is recognized across industries. 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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ISM Education

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 online seminars, guided learning programs, webinars and certification prep courses. Prefer to learn in-person? We’ve got you covered with in-depth on-site seminars and events in many locations. Our annual ISM conference is the place to be as a supply management professional for a jam-packed week of in-depth, hands-on learning.

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