Institute for Supply Management Launches Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity

The CPSD is a professional designation for supplier diversity professionals and supply management professionals who hold diversity responsibilities

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Registration is now open for the newest qualification offered by Institute for Supply Management (ISM). Individual candidates may now register with ISM for the Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD).

The CPSD is a professional designation for supplier diversity professionals and supply management professionals who hold diversity responsibilities. More than 200 individuals participated in pilot testing the program in November 2010.

While the specific names of all the participating companies was not made public, ISM spokesman, Jean McHale told SCRM they were major multinationals.

“Those who hold responsibility for supplier diversity have for some time asked ISM to define the body of knowledge necessary to do this job professionally and successfully,” said ISM CEO Paul Novak, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., MCIPS. “We have captured the body of knowledge that is required for supplier diversity efforts not only in the United States, but also wherever efforts are practiced that are inclusive of minority and women suppliers.”

Earlier this month, ISM announced the first individual to earn the CPSD credential: Alex F. Alvarez, CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M., A.P.P., supplier diversity manager at CoreLogic headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif.,
Requirements for the Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity are:
• Candidates must successfully pass CPSM Exam 1. This requirement is waived if the candidate holds a current Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) or Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM).
• Candidates must successfully pass the CPSD Exam.
• Candidates must demonstrate three years of professional supply management or supplier diversity experience (not necessarily full-time) with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or five years of professional experience (not necessarily full-time) if they do not hold a bachelor’s degree.

For more information, fees, requirements and exam specifications, visit ISM online at

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