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When sales are down and costs are rising, supply chain management enables an organization to maximize resource utilization and cash optimization.

In summary, reflect on the following when considering supply chain optimization:

  • A 2.5% reduction in procurement costs produces the same amount of profit as a 10% increase in sales.
  • A supply chain consists of many different pieces of independent but related parts that need to be optimized in order to attain efficiency.
  • The leading companies in supply chain management, Wal-Mart, Dell Computer, and Toyota, focus on measuring all aspects of the supply chain.
  • Companies engaged in process standardization are able to manage complex value chains and are 73 percent more profitable than organizations that do not use standards.
  • Organizations need to certified Supply Leaders to employ metrics to identify and develop problems so that solutions can be implemented.
  • Results of supply chain analytics are a return on investment of 40 percent by lowering costs, improving productivity, and increasing opportunities.
  • By creating metrics, performance can be evaluated based on objective measures, instead of subjective opinions.
  • When metrics align with strategy, managers identify where to change in order to accomplish corporate goals.

Your procurement department will generate 8-10% more profits from your existing operations within 6 months of our supply management certification program.

Thank-you for considering us for your corporate training needs for a review course for the Certified Professional of Supply Management (CPSM®) Certification Exams provided by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Based on our understanding, we propose to provide a review course that prepares attendees to pass the CPSM® exams required for certification.

The benefit of this program is to establish a foundation of supply management professionals who are forward thinking with a broad understanding of the fundamental, tactical, and strategic components of the profession.

Our approach is based on our understanding of your needs and a focused approach to preparing people for certification exams.

The review course is based on three-day onsite course with online tutorials, weekly coaching calls, and value-added material that extends beyond the material required for the exam.

Understanding Your Certification Needs

 The Certified Professional in Supply Management® is the qualification that supply management professionals strive to earn. The CPSM® qualification identifies individuals with the competencies in the broader area of supply management and employees who hold these qualifications have a greater understanding about how to make more accurate and cost saving procurement decisions. This is a strategic level qualification required for professionals to effectively implement innovative supply strategies throughout their entire organization. A cadre of CPSM® qualified professionals within your company will perform and make decisions based on a clear understanding of the organization’s supply operation and enable managers to take a proactive role in strategic planning and cost savings initiatives.

Your company’s supply chain professionals benefit from earning CPSM® certification by improving performance throughout the supply chain and achieving cost savings. All members of your procurement departments can be certified as CPSM® because these are equivalent certifications.

The only difference is the education and experience requirements to qualify for the certification.

The CPSM® certification requires the following experience based on education:

  • Three years full-time, professional supply management experience (non-clerical, nonsupport);  a bachelors’ degree from an regionally accredited institution or international equivalent.
  • Three years of full-time, professional supply management experience (non-clerical, non-support) with an associate’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (or international equivalent).
  • If a person does not have a bachelors or associates degree, they need five years of full-time professional supply management experience (non-clerical, non-support).

Our objective is to provide a three-day review course with twenty-four hours of professional instruction that covers material on the exams that enables your procurement staff to pass each of the certification exams.

Key Goals and Objectives

The goal is to provide a program of instruction that produces CPSM® certified professionals. In addition, the program establishes a foundation of professionals who are forward thinking with a broad understanding of fundamental, tactical, and strategic components of supply management.

A related goal is to develop a program that enhances the capabilities of project teams to consider all aspects of the supply chain. From an execution standpoint, the overall objectives of the course are the following:

  1. Measurably improve the number of professionals who achieve the CPSM® certification
  2. Measurably improve the participants knowledge and skills in supply chain management
  3. Institutionalize a “cost savings” mentality that increases profits and sustains the organization.

Project Scope and Deliverables

Deliverables include:

  1. Review Course. The review courses will be provided as a course of instruction.
  2. Student Evaluation Report – At the end of each course, we will request students evaluate the course of instruction, the instructor, and their overall satisfaction of the review courses.
  3. Report of Results from Diagnostic Exams – Attendees will be required to complete a diagnostics exam prior to and at the end of each review course. Attendees will submit the results of the diagnostics exams to the instructor before each review course and at the end of each review course. We will assemble and summarize the results of the diagnostics exams to measurably demonstrate improvement in the participant’s knowledge and skills in supply chain management.
  4. Report of CPSM® and CSM Certification – Using student feedback and the ISM CPSM® and CSM database, we will provide a status update of participants in regards to their achieving certification. This report will provide data to measurably improve the number of professionals who achieve certification as a result of the review course.

Project Methodology, Staffing and Schedule

Methodology. The review courses will be based on material obtained through the Train the Trainer Course provided by the Institute for Supply Management. The instructional approach to passing the CPSM® exams uses the diagnostics exams, course materials, and test taking techniques in a way to enable the participants to focus on the areas that are most important for them to master in order to pass the exams. To date, the course has achieved an overall passing rate of 85% for all candidates who attended the CPSM® Boot Camp.

The CPSM Certification Boot Camp is an intense 3 day course where supply leaders are prepared to successfully answer the CPSM exam questions. Throughout the course we explore knowledge of the supply management industry and cover topics seen on the certification exam. We created and utilize some of the best instructional techniques in order to maximize the understanding of each student. CPSM Certification Study Guide information covered throughout the boot camp will be presented in a cumulative fashion, allowing attendees to build on previous understanding of supply management concepts. We incorporate different learning techniques and use different materials to help each attendee gain the most out of the workshop. The agenda for the workshop is the following:

Day One – Foundations of Supply Management – Day one examinees will be presented with areas of supply management that are essential to forming a generalized knowledge of a successful supply management chain. This portion of the course covers costs and finances, international business, social responsibility, supplier relationship management, sourcing and more.

Day Two – Effective Supply Management Performance – Day two is geared toward the managerial aspect of supply management, items that are intended to maximize customer values within any organization. This portion will cover issues like organization assessment, planning, project management, inventory management, product development, forecasting, and logistics.

Day Three – Leadership in Supply Management – Day three focuses on supply chain managers and what it takes to be a successful industry leader. This final portion of the Boot Camp will cover supply management in general, effective managerial performance skills, and leadership and communication skills in supply management.

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Staffing. The review courses will be presented and managed by instructors who have completed the Train the Trainer course presented by the Institute for Supply Management. The manager for this contract will be Dr. Randall M. Mauldin, USMC (ret), CPSM®, PMP®. Dr. Mauldin is a professional corporate trainer with experience teaching for Learning Tree International and Jack Quinn Solutions, LLC. Additionally, he has experience with online delivery with Kaplan University and Florida Institute of Technology. His experience includes over 20 years with in the United States Armed Forces, of which the last 12 years were focused on logistics and supply chain management. His experience includes serving as the Director of Supply for the School of Infantry, Camp Geiger, North Carolina; Director of Logistics for Combat Logistics Battalion 26, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and Deputy Program Manager for Logistics Information Systems, Marine Corps Systems Command, Albany, Georgia. Randall earned his MBA and DBA in international business and the title of his doctoral dissertation was “A Qualitative Analysis of Supply Chain Management Practices by the Marine Corps in Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Mauldin completed the Institute for Supply Management Train the Trainer Course in November 2009.

Schedule. Based on the scope, approach, and staffing described above, the CPSM®review program begins 30 days before the onsite training events with preparation coaching, diagnostic exams, and weekly coaching calls. We can begin the course of instruction within 30-days of a signed agreement, deliver onsite training within 90 days, and achieve certification of all attendees within 120 days.

Estimated Project Fees and Expenses

Materials. A key factor of success for CPSM® exam preparation is the appropriate study materials provided to each student. Required study materials are the following: ISM Professional Series (3-books), ISM Study Guide, ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms, and the Diagnostic Kit for Exams 1,2,3 or the Diagnostic Kit for the Bridge Exam are included as part of the tuition. The Course Binder with Slides, Student Workbook and Answers are provided as part of the onsite training. Additionally, attendees receive access to Supply Leaders Academy where video and audio recordings of previous review courses are provided for use before and after the onsite training.

Fees. Tuition for the course is dependent upon the number of people and available facilities for training.

Contact us at 877-680-0494 to discuss the details and plan your training event.

Study materials, training space, food, beverage, travel, living, and appropriate out-of-pocket expenses are included in the tuition.

We look forward to working with you.