Empower your employees with the Global Standard Certification


Procurement Academy is a proud holder of the Global Standard granted by the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM). As the first commercial training provider to receive this prestigious accreditation, we wholeheartedly guarantee an unrivaled level of practical learning for your team.

Upon successful completion of their comprehensive program, your employees obtain a highly regarded and internationally recognized procurement certificate. Procurement Academy delivers two types of accredited programs:

  • Certified Procurement Professional (CPP)
  • Certified Advanced Procurement Professional (CAPP)
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About the IFPSM

The IFPSM is among the leaders of its industry and sets an unparalleled example for peers and competitors. It is a world-renowned international organization that upholds its status as a non-political, independent, and non-profit entity. Acting as an umbrella entity for 45 national and regional purchasing associations worldwide, the IFPSM actively supports and guides buyers from all over the world to effectively strengthen and further improve professionalism in the procurement sector. The organization’s  mission of driving knowledge development and sharing is possible thanks to over 250,000 purchasing professionals associated within the organization. Visit  www.ifpsm.org to find out more about the IFPSM.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Global Standard is the point of reference for the entire sector of purchasing and supply, providing criteria and guidance that IFPSM uses as a benchmark for learning and development programs. Considering the increase in global procurement and supply chain needs, it was time to instill more professionalism and the highest standards of excellence into the market. To achieve this objective, the IFPSM has assembled a team of globally renowned academic and field experts to create a unique set of universal standards and best practices that help procurement professionals around the world. Reinforced by the Global Standard, purchasing and supply specialists gain a full understanding, intimate knowledge, and a clear vision of what is required to be a top performer.

An expert team of independent auditors appointed by the Global Standard Board evaluates programs on a global scale to ensure that content, delivery, and grading meet the highest standards regardless of their location. The Global Standard is awarded only to those providers and programs that successfully pass a rigorous audit process and qualify based on the stringent criteria established by the Board.
Organizations that are granted the Global Standard accreditation become authorized to teach as officially licensed learning and development providers offering:

  • extensive and advanced procurement programs to help procurement specialists become experts in their field
  • tools and knowledge to enable procurement professionals to comply with the highest global standards
  • a set of rigorous processes and strict procedures to develop, deliver, and evaluate courses
  • procurement programs developed by field and academic experts to ensure a top university, bachelor’s degree level of education
  • Unique, unequaled, and world-class content and learning aids.

Yes, our certification programs are developed and available for both organizations and individuals. However, the main requirement for individuals considering enrollment in the CIPP and CIAPP programs is to be working and actively pursuing their careers in the field of procurement. If interested in applying, read more on our dedicated webpage.

Typical procurement courses and learning sessions mainly provide theoretical knowledge, for the most part leaving out real-life case studies, hands-on experience, and practical exercises. They are generally built around main topics and themes without actually diving deep into the subject and the intricacies of procurement and supply chain management. A vast majority of acquired certificates is just a representation of having been enrolled, gaining a vague understanding, and successfully finishing a procurement course rather than a proof of being able to put knowledge into practice.

The Procurement Academy/IFPSM certificate is not just a diploma but a meticulously developed educational program. Field and academia experts created an exceptional learning and advancement path for procurement professionals to learn how to turn theory into practice.

The main value-adding factor is that enterprises gain a certified procurement expert that knows global best practices and will effectively comply with the highest industry standards. While our learning programs greatly benefit individuals, they are designed to enable enterprises to capitalize on and draw from their employees’ broadened knowledge and expertise. Our global accreditation means enterprises are guaranteed their employees complete top-quality certification programs that transform talented professionals into high-performing experts. To put it simply, the value added for enterprises is a procurement talent pool that will drive a competitive edge.

Yes, our courses are valid for recertification to grant you the flexibility to grow and be a well rounded professional. Procurement Academy has the IFPSM accreditation and therefore the courses are applicable toward continuing education hours for all associations. Our certificates meet the requirements of various recertification and reaccreditation programs, including ISM CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M, or A.P.P. At Procurement Academy, our objective is not only to provide the best possible learning and development programs but also to empower individuals to become experts holding several certificates.

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