ISM recently announced the expansion of its Professional Credentials program to include the Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) designation, which debuts November 15, 2011.

The CSM™ offers a certification option for those with experience in supply management and procurement who do not have a bachelor’s degree.

Feedback from practitioners and employers indicated a strong need to test an individual’s mastery of a supply management body of knowledge. ISM responded to the feedback by developing the new CSM™.

ISM’s Professional Credentials program now tests one supply management body of knowledge with two certifications – Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) and Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™).

The new CSM™ tests the same body of knowledge as the CPSM® credential. Exam Review Courses are relevant for both credentials, and CPSM® and CSM™ candidates also use the same study materials to prepare for their exams.

Eligibility is dependent on a candidate’s educational background and work experience.

The following article from Supply Chain News explains the new credential and the differences between the CPSM and CSM:

Institute for Supply Management Announces New Certification Program for Purchasing Managers that Lack a Four-Year Degree