Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) Recertification FAQs



Common Certification Forms

  1. CPSM® Exam Registration
  2. CPSM® Exam Information and Registration Brochure
  3. CPSM® Recertification Application
  4. Conference Documentation Forms
  5. Continuing Education Documentation

How long is my CPSM® valid?

The CPSM® qualification is valid for a three (3) year period. To maintain the CPSM®, you must recertify by submitting a recertification application with proof of continuing education completed. Individuals with a CPSM® that has been expired for more than a year must retake all of the exams to recertify.

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Once earned, how do I maintain my CPSM®?

CPSM®s will be required to recertify every three years with 60 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs). CPSM®s are encouraged to recertify within the 60 days prior to the expiration date. Once your certification has expired, you will be given a one year grace period in which you can recertify with no penalty. Candidates in their grace period will not be recognized as a CPSM® nor will they be allowed to use the designation. Certificate dates will appear on the certificate as if the recertification had been completed prior to the expiration of your previous certificate.

Please notify ISM Professional Credentials when you move or change jobs in order to keep your records current, as we may attempt to notify individuals when their designation has expired.

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How do I earn Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)?

To recertify, applicants must earn 60 Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) during their current certification period. At least two-thirds of the points must be educational in nature. One-third may be earned in the professional contributions category. Candidates will be able to retake CPSM® Exams for 20 CEHs each, but only in their last year of qualification or during their grace period. ISM does not pre-approve CEHs for recertification.

Categories for earning CEHs are:

  1. College Courses (Taken or Taught)
  2. Continuing Education (Taken or Taught)
  3. Contributions to the Profession
  4. CPSM® Exams (20 CEHs each in the last year of qualification or during the grace period)

The options for obtaining CPSM® CEHs are similar to the alternatives for C.P.M. CEHs.

Please notify ISM Professional Credentials when you move or change jobs in order to keep your records current, as we may attempt to notify individuals when their designation has expired.

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Are there any low cost ways to earn CEH's?

Need to earn Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)? Short on funds to pay for training? Don't despair. ISM has several low-cost options to keep your CPSM®, C.P.M. or A.P.P. certification current. Some are even free. Click here for the complete list.

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Will it be possible to achieve Lifetime status for the CPSM®?

No. Lifetime status will not be offered for the CPSM®. Since the profession is continuing to increase in complexity, continuing education will play a major role in making sure supply managers stay current on the latest supply management best practices.

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How can I keep updated on ISM's credentialing programs?

Information will be provided on the ISM website, in Supply Line 2055: Certification Update, in NewsLine, through affiliate leadership and via e-mail updates to subscribers. Be sure to sign up to receive CPSM® updates.

If you have questions or comments, contact ISM Certification at: certification@ism.ws.

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