The Supply Management Certification for Students

Launch Your Professional Career with the APSM™

The Associate Professional in Supply Management™ (APSM™) certification allows active ISM student members to take control of their career development. During the beginning of a supply chain career, an APSM certification helps you stand out from the professional competition.

Ideal for those with one to two years left in their academic career, the APSM certification—which is valid for five years—gives you the first step toward achieving the globally recognized gold standard Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) certification, which requires at least three years of professional experience.

The APSM emphasizes the major competencies of supply management including:
  • Sourcing
  • Category Management
  • Negotiation
  • Legal and Contractual
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Cost and Price Management
  • Financial Analysis

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A Path to CPSM® Certification

The APSM exam (Supply Management Core) is the same Supply Management Core exam it takes to earn a CPSM certification. This makes the APSM a step toward earning a CPSM. Once you have your APSM and meet CPSM requirements, you will only need to take and pass the remaining two CPSM exams to earn your CPSM certification.

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