What is CPSM?

The Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) designation is a professional certification administered by The Institute for Supply Management (ISM), who publishes the world renowned Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) in US. CPSM qualification is created for supply management professionals who are forward thinking and wish to boost knowledge, skills and career through a greater understanding of all supply chain related components.



The Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) certifies that you have key knowledge and skills in areas such as finance, supplier relationship management, organization global strategy and risk compliance and that you are a leader in the supply chain management profession.



The CPSM consists of 3 papers in total:

Supply Management Core — Exam 1 (180 questions, 3 hours)

Coverage: sourcing, category management, negotiation, legal and contractual, supplier relationship management, cost and price management, and financial analysis.

Supply Management Integration — Exam 2 (165 questions, 2 hours and 45 minutes)

Coverage: supply chain strategy, sales and operations planning – demand planning, sales and operations planning – forecast planning, sales and operations planning – product and service development, quality management, logistics and materials management, and project management.

Leadership and Transformation in Supply Management — Exam 3 (165 questions, 2 hours and 45 minutes)
Coverage: strategy development, stakeholder engagement, people development and coaching, systems capability and technology, risk and compliance, corporate social responsibility and ethics.

Who can achieve the CPSM certification?


1. A minimum of 3 years full-time, professional supply management experience (non-clerical and nonsupport) with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent.




5 years of full-time, professional supply management experience (non-clerical and nonsupport) without a qualified bachelor’s degree; and


2. Pass in 3 modules of CPSM® Exams.


CPSM®s indicate that they have mastered the supply management body of knowledge.


Current evolution of the profession dictates that a strategic level certification is needed for professionals to effectively implement innovative supply chain strategies throughout their entire organization.


The CPSM® is a milestone for those professionals who take ownership of their careers. Surveys indicate those with professional certifications report higher annual compensation than those without. Pursuing the CPSM® is your chance to leverage your knowledge and experience into career advancement.

CPSM Exam Preparatory Course

ISM-HK CPSM Exam Preparatory Course prepares you for the 3 modules of CPSM exams. Our course aims to explain the theories and practical implications of the modules, provide exam skills tips and practices for candidates to ace the three exam papers. Our instructors include CPSM trainers, CPSM qualified professionals and industry experts. 

Details of the CPSM Exam Preparatory Course


Timetable (tentative):

Module 1 (18 hours): December 2020 and January 2021

Module 2 (18 hours): March 2021

Module 3 (18 hours): May 2021 

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Online 

Format: & language: Online classes in English

Instructors: CPSM Trainer, CPSM qualified professionals and industry experts.

Admission: Anyone who is keen to build a career in supply management and would like to obtain the CPSM qualification. Masters students and final year undergraduate students are highly recommended.

Application Procedures for ISM-HK CPSM Preparatory Course 2020-2021

1. Download the registration form HERE


2. Complete the registration form and submit the form together with the pay-in slip via email to ismprd1@gmail.com. The payment should be directly made to “Institute for Supply Management Hong Kong Limited”, Hang Seng Bank, account number 359-243003- 668.

(Please note that the CPSM Preparatory Course fee does not include the CPSM exam fees.)

CPSM Preparatory Course Information Session
You are most welcome to join us and learn more about the CPSM certification, exam, and our preparatory course in our Information Session. We will answer any inquiries that you may have. Please register to reserve your seat. Details are as follows:

Date: 14th November 2020 (Saturday)

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Zoom link: https://polyu.zoom.us/j/99142728772?pwd=UjlzQmdtRXUrSi9uSHNIcUp3MlRoZz09 (Meeting ID: 991 4272 8772, Passcode: 657937)

Charge: Completely free of charge for the Info Session

Registration: https://forms.gle/xTZ8QyCCPqhHYZar7