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Course Overview

The Certified Purchasing Management Expert (CPME)

This program is a professional certification tailored to fit the schedules of busy professionals. With our 100% online learning platform and multimedia study materials; this program provides participants with our easy-to-access and revolutionary training platform. This platform includes audio interviews with industry experts, instructional videos covering the best practices, fundamentals and insights. Cover purchase ordering management, the relationship between IT and purchasing, and the purchasing organization and its structure. The program develops skills that participants need for successfully managing purchases.

  • Understand the importance of the purchasing function within an organization. The role of purchasing within an organization, not only as a buying unit, but also as a value added unit.
  • The strategic role of purchasing and how to align with the corporate goals.
  • The importance of purchasing involvement in the early stages of design and product development.
  • How to select the right suppliers and how to continuously improve their performance to meet the needs of the organization.
  • The significance of the structure of a purchasing organization: a centralized or decentralized organization, the purchasing functions at the strategic level, tactical level, and operational level.
  • How ethical practices and social responsibility are important to the purchasing function.
  • Understand what constitutes a contract, the various types of contracts involved in the purchasing process
  • New developments in purchasing: outsourcing and global supply, electronic data interchange (EDI) and e-hubs.
  • How to successfully negotiate with the supplier.
  • Purchasing management professionals looking to improve their purchasing management expertise and knowledge.
  • Students with some professional experience who are looking for continuing education opportunities.
  • Seasoned professionals looking for professional self-improvement training in purchasing management.
  • Current business professionals looking to improve their purchasing management knowledge and leverage the changes the purchasing management professionals have experienced in the past 10 years.
  • Employee groups looking to enhance their purchasing management knowledge.
  • Advance your purchasing management career by raising your level of purchasing management knowledge and increasing your ability to work quickly and effectively. Specialized knowledge is valuable and an asset in our knowledge economy.
  • Lifetime access to tools and multimedia training resources found online within the CPME Certification Program.
  • Speak the purchasing management language – Earning the CPME Designation assures that you can attend conferences, interviews and other networking events while being able to contribute to conversations and understand discussions about current events or trends within the industry.  Our program will help you to understand the terms and implement the tactics and tools of leading purchasing management professionals.
  1. Register for the program and receive login details.
  2. Purchase and begin reading the textbooks.
  3. Listen to and watch all the audio and video content in the classroom
  4. Complete your Strategic Project and prepare for the exam with the Study Guide and Practice Exam
  5. Schedule and Pass your exam to earn your certification

Expert Interviews

Sample Video

Sample Audio Interview