Earn valuable certification at the end of your Procurement training!

Certification For Procurement Experts


Today, employees are more than ever concerned about their professional growth. At the end of the in-depth program, successful learners receive a valuable procurement certificate that formally recognizes their efforts and the progress they have made.

The valuable certification issued at the end of the training is an enticing part. Some of the benefits are:

  • Recognized internationally
  • Certified procurement professional
  • Accredited under the global standard criteria by IFPSM
  • Recognition for high quality courses
  • Guarantees professional growth
  • Excellence in procurement roles
  • Represents an achievement which will stays for a lifetime


With the 2015 recognition by the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM), Procurement Academy now offers the best of both worlds: the high quality procurement courses CPO’s are looking for and the external recognition learners want to achieve.



  • Umbrella association of 45 national and regional purchasing associations worldwide.
  • Over 250,000 purchasing professionals
  • The largest and most global representation in the procurement and supply chain industry.
  • Aim to increase procurement professionalism of all buyers across the world.

For more info visit www.ifpsm.org


The Global Standard – What it means for you?

In May 2015, after a year of hard working and an in-depth audit by an international team of renowned professors, commissioned by the Global Standard, Procurement Academy became the first commercial training provider in the world to receive this global recognition for its

  • Certified Procurement Professional (CPP) and
  • Certified Advanced Procurement Professional (CAPP) programs.

This puts us on the same level as a select number of universities and procurement associations that have been accredited to date. We are proud to bring university rigor to the world of corporate training.

What it means for employers and employees?

  • Staff will achieve a core level of underpinning knowledge, and that it has been effectively taught and assessed.
  • High quality courses, covering the key knowledge required for all purchasing and supply professionals.
  • Employees contribute effectively towards organizational goals.
  • The orgonization receives a solid understanding of world-class procurement practices.
  • Learners receive knowledge and skills that meets international standards.


Want more information about IFPSM and the Global standard? Find all the answers to your questions below:

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the IFPSM?

The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) is the union of 48 National and Regional Purchasing Associations worldwide. Within this circle, about 250,000 Purchasing Professionals can be reached.
IFPSM facilitates the development and distribution of knowledge to elevate and advance the procurement profession. It is favorably impacting the standard of living of citizens worldwide through improved business practices. IFPSM is a non-political, independent and non-profit oriented International Organization.
For more info visit www.ifpsm.org.

  1. What is the Global Standard for Professional Competence in Purchasing and Supply?

The Global Standard provides a set of objective and challenging criteria against which educational programs can be benchmarked. To reply to the need to have a world-wide high-quality standard for the procurement and supply chain profession, the IFPSM has commissioned a board of top-class supply chain practitioners and academics from around the world to develop a global standard that reflects current and future needs of procurement professionals wherever they operate. This Global Standard sets an expectation of national performance in an international environment and has become key to building a common platform for the industry.

  1. How is the Global Standard awarded?

A team of professors appointed by the Global Standard Board assess programs from around the world against the standard’s clear and transparent criteria for content, delivery and assessment. It is the only independent audit in our industry.
Providers and programs passing the comprehensive audit will be recognized and accredited as holders of the Global Standard.
The accreditation means, that the audited training providers have:

  • Rigorous company Processes & Procedures to develop, manage and assess educational programs of bachelor level, similar to top education institutions;
  • World-class content for procurement staff;
  • Comprehensive procurement programs to upskill procurement professionals to the highest global procurement standards.
  1. Who is holder of the Global Standard?

As it is the highest global accreditation, achieving the standard is not easy. To date, only a handful of universities and associations have achieved it. While everybody can use the name global standard in their marketing materials, there is only one “Global Standard” endorsed by IFPSM.

A list of organizations that are holder of the Global Standard can be found on www.ifpsm.org.

  1. Are all providers holding the Global Standard, alike?

No. It only means they all deliver world-class content and programs coupled with first-class educational processes. You should see it as a minimum level.
The providers will however differ in terms of focus (e.g. more theoretical/corporate), quality of delivery, reputation, … etc.
Which provider will have a better fit for you is something you should check in detail.

  1. What is the value of Procurement Academy’s certificate?

The CIPP and CIAPP reflect established standards and competencies for those engaged in an active procurement role. The designations are recognized credentials throughout the world and signify that the individual learner has achieved a specific level of world-class training (read not “education”) and experience. It has demonstrated an established level of knowledge necessary to competently perform the work of a corporate buyer.

  1. Is this certification more valuable than some of the other well-known certifications in the market?

No, it is not necessarily better. It is different. Procurement Academy does not graduate students. We graduate practitioners of which employers can be sure that they will get the work done.
The more student-oriented programs and certifications will teach you lots of good procurement knowledge. The Procurement Academy programs will teach you how to put the learning in practice. They are clearly complementary.

  1. What are the admission criteria for learners to access the accredited programs?

Depending on program, there are different admission criteria but as a minimum our learners need to be part of a corporate procurement team. The application focused design coupled with real application of the learning in a real job is of utmost importance to deliver graduates that excel in their job. It is also the only way to preserve the integrity of the Procurement Academy certificate.

  1. Are the certification programs available for individuals?

Yes, provided that you are an active procurement professional, you can apply for the CIPP and CIAPP programs on an individual basis. For more details, please visit the webpage below:

  1. What is the benefit of the certification for learners?

A traditional certificate is often only about passing an exam. It does not automatically make you a procurement expert. It actually means that you passed a test and that you understand the important ins and outs of the procurement process. It merely indicates that you have the education, not necessarily the skills to use them in practice. That is what the CI(A)PP certification does.

  1. What is the added value of the certification for corporations?

Our courses and services are designed specifically for companies. With the global accreditation we can ensure the quality that companies are looking for and the certification that your learners are expecting. A perfect marriage.

  1. Are Procurement Academy courses valid for ISM, … re-certification?

Yes, as we are accredited by the IFPSM, our courses are valid for continued education hours for virtual all associations out there. Simply ask us for a certificate at the end of your program, which you can use for ISM CPSM re-certification, CPSD re-certification, C.P.M. re-certification, and/or A.P.P. re-accreditation program requirements.
Note: ISM does not endorse, certify or sponsor this program or its content.

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