NLPA recently announced it partnership with Advanced Purchasing Dynamics (APD) to introduce a Cost Management Certification program for professionals at all levels to master the craft of costing.

Advanced Purchasing Dynamics is a leader in cost management and purchasing development. Under this agreement, APD will be introducing its expertise to NLPA’s standard curriculum for its growing procurement community.

APD’s Cost Management Certification is a step-by-step approach to increase cost knowledge for Purchasing, Sales, Engineering, Finance, and other cost focused stakeholders in the organization.

The Cost Management Certification Program:

  • Combines 4 monthly live web-based training sessions with online learning
  • Is designed to provide attendees with the knowledge, skills, and take-away tools required to understand and achieve should-be material costs
  • Was originally designed to increase costing skills in purchasing, but our customers find great value in sending sales, finance, engineering, and other team members of companies with a cost focus

“NLPA has made a significant impact on uplifting the skillset of purchasing professionals on a global basis. Adding Cost Management Certification to NLPA’s standard curriculum gives the tools and techniques for buying organizations to take advantage of modern cost management concepts. This is especially important as companies are focusing on cost now more than ever, and they will look to people who understand proper costing techniques to lead the way,” commented Mike Betz, CEO and Managing Partner of Advanced Purchasing Dynamics.

NLPA’s mission is to create an association focused on educating, developing, and empowering purchasing professionals. The team members are industry experts in supply chain management, procurement, and logistics. “NLPA’s vision is to be the global leader in educational materials and certification programs for the entire supply chain, procurement, and purchasing industry. We are pleased to partner with Advanced Purchasing Dynamics to bring Cost Management Certification to our members,” said Amber Pate, NLPA Executive Director.

About Advanced Purchasing Dynamics

Founded in 2004 by Jeoff Burris to feed his passion for understanding costs and working collaboratively with suppliers, APD has a 16-year history of helping clients find answers to the four fundamental cost questions:

  • What does it cost?
  • What should it cost?
  • What is the plan to close the gap?
  • What is the plan to reduce the should-be cost?

Jeoff has been joined by Managing Partners Michael Betz and Wolfgang Greil who bring a wealth of costing, AI and machine learning experience to the APD team.

Together, Jeoff, Mike, and Wolfgang are plotting the course for Purchasing 4.0 where vast sums of cost and pricing data are leveraged with AI and machine learning to provide predictive cost and pricing analytics.

For more information on Advanced Purchasing Dynamics, please visit

About Next Level Purchasing Association

Next Level Purchasing Association (NLPA) is the world’s largest procurement association and network. As the leading procurement education provider, NLPA helps leaders develop successful teams and gives professionals the tools to build rewarding careers.

With over 20 years of experience in procurement education, NLPA programs and resources will equip your team with the most up-to-date purchasing and procurement methods and practices. They will be able to exceed expectations, cut costs, and negotiate better contracts. The NLPA brand is recognized internationally, adding prestige to anyone who holds a certification from NLPA.

Advanced Purchasing Dynamics Contact
Mike Betz
CEO and Managing Partner
(248) 977-0918

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Published On: March 29th, 2021Comments Off on NLPA Partners with APD for Cost Management Certification
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