Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) unveiled its new CPSM® Learning System during ISM2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. An innovative approach to studying that allows CPSM candidates to tailor their study plan to their individual needs, the new CPSM Learning System addresses the fact that the fundamental competencies for success in supply management are continually evolving — from category management to sales and operations planning (S&OP).

In addition, ISM has updated its course content for the CPSM designation. The update to the CPSM exam content ensures the certification’s relevancy to the modern supply management professional.

“As an organization dedicated to advancing supply management professionals and their companies, we are committed to meeting practitioners’ current needs. The latest CPSM updates reflect the rapid transformation of the profession, and open up new opportunities for supply management professionals to add value,” said Thomas W. Derry, Chief Executive Officer, ISM.

To meet the individual preferences of today’s mobile supply management professionals, the “delivery” of the program has also changed. For the first time, ISM is aggregating all of its CPSM study material through one convenient, all-inclusive, digital application. Connecting from their computers, tablets or phones, candidates can build a customized a study plan, and interactive tools will remind them of deadlines and keep them on pace. Comprehensive study guides and exam overviews, practice exams, games, and flashcards are all available for a highly customized learning approach.

The CPSM certification from ISM demonstrates mastery of critical competencies in procurement and sourcing, negotiating, contracts and leadership, and is considered the global gold standard for supply management expertise and achievement. Updated every few years, based on input from thousands of practitioners, the program includes new content on global supply management, technology, and risk and business acumen, in addition to S&OP and category management. It closely aligns with the ISM Mastery Model®, which provides a roadmap for supply management success at all career stages.

Those practitioners interested in finding out more information about the CPSM program, can visit Corporate leaders wanting to bring the program to their global teams can contact ISM Corporate Services at

14 thoughts on “ISM® Unveils New CPSM®
Exam Content and Learning System

  1. I have pre-purchased exams (cost savings opportunity) under the current course material. I even attended 13 week training course for all 3 exams. However, I will not be able to complete taking the CPSM exams prior to the new material/exams being implemented this year. What is ISM plan to either reimburse people like me or provide new training materials and reschedule of exams to new material?

    Glad ISM works to stay current or innovative, however should never be at the cost of items members. We have options too.

    1. Hello William,

      Thank you for reaching out. You originally purchased the exams August 1, 2017, at that time, exam eligibilies were valid for 12 months from the date of purchase (as of May 2018, exam eligilities are now valid for 6 months) . Since they are not yet expired, I will have someone from our member services department contact you to discuss your options. The current exams are available until the beginning of 2019, Hopefully you will have time to take them prior to this time (definitely doable). If not, you will need to purchase the new learning system to best study for the updated exams.

  2. Hi,

    Am I still able to present exams with learning system from 2017? is there a deadline to make the change to the exams to the new learning system?
    Please let me know.

  3. Hello Elias, Yes you are still able to take the current exams until the end of 2018 with the current study materials. You will however need to purchase your first exam prior to September 4, 2018. After that time, you will need to complete all three by the end of the year. If you complete 1 or 2 of the current version, you can complete the 3rd exam in the new version (you can mix old and new). However, you will need to purchase the new Learning System to study for the new exams.

  4. I am planning to register for August 2018, as I want complete all 3 exams by Dec 2108. Should I prepare with old materials or new?

    1. It is up to you right now — today you could do either. However, you must register to take one of the exams prior to September 2018. Starting in September, new candidates will only be able to register for the new exams. Only candidates who have already taken or have scheduled for one of the three exams will be able to continue testing on the previous versions of the exams through the end of 2018.

  5. Hello, with the New! CPSM® Learning System am I able to print out the materials from the system? And if I buy the Print version, am I allowed to use another functions of the online learning system, i.e. flashcard or minigame? Thank you.

    1. Currently the CPSM® Learning System can be purchased either online or in print –they are not interchangeable. The list of flash cards can be printed while using the online system but the study sections may not be printed.

  6. Dear Sir,
    I am planning to write CPSM exams in 2019. Where, how and how much can I get the study materials? If I choose to go for lectures, which tutorial centers are available in Nigeria. Also, how can I be a member?
    Thank you.

  7. Hi,
    I have passed one of the three exams on the old syllabus, is there a specific cut off date for me to complete the remaining two exams. If I cannot complete the remaining exams (based on the old syllabus) before the cut off time, can I write the remaining two exams on the new syllabus or I have to start all over?

    1. HI Arigbabu,
      You will need to complete all three exams prior to the end of February 2019. If you complete 1 or 2 of the current version, you can complete the remaining exams in the new version (you can mix old and new). However, you will need to purchase the new Learning System to study for the new exams.

  8. Hi Tolu,
    The study materials are available through the ISM website:

    The best place to attend lectures in Nigeria would be online. ISM offers Guided Learning courses that can be purchased through ISM’s website:

    You can become a member on ISM’s website. It is in your best interest to do so first so all other purchases are at member rates:

  9. When exactly is the last exam date for the old version? I’ve taken exams 1 & 2, but don’t know if I can squeeze 3 in by the end of December.

    Thank you.

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