According to Amber Pate, Executive Director at CLTC (NLPA’s Parent Company), “the release of the CPO Suite Programs is NLPA’s way of offering more clear career distinction to our audience.”
The CPO Suite Programs offer distinct levels based on career stage: Specialist, Professional, Manager, and Executive. Once you complete the certification program for your desired position, you will have the procurement and purchasing skills needed for that role, based on what the industry demands and expects. Instead of having an SPSM 1, 2, 3, and 4, your certification credential tier will now match your career and add an additional credential to your resume and LinkedIn profile.
SPSM 1= Level 1: Certified Procurement Operations Specialist (CPOS)
SPSM 2= Level 2: Certified Procurement Operations Professional (CPOP)
SPSM 3= Level 3: Certified Procurement Operations Manager(CPOM)
SPSM 4= Level 4: Certified Procurement Operations Executive (CPOE)
Feel free to use the CPO credential on your LinkedIn profile or resume that matches with your SPSM level.