Tools and training for teams

NLPA wants to help your team learn and grow. We strive to provide you with relevant, impactful, and high-quality educational materials and resources. Whether you are looking for training for one team member or are looking to implement our materials as your training program for your entire department or company, we have what you need.

Our sales team will work with you hand in hand to find the solution that fits your need and budget. We are here to provide you the materials and support you are looking for to bring your business to the Next Level.

Skill Assessments

No two employees are the same; their experience and knowledge vary. We created our skills assessments as a diagnostic tool, providing insight on precisely what skills and knowledge each individual on your team has. A skill assessment includes a pre-assessment and one post-assessment. Use the pre-assessment to determine where knowledge and skill gaps lie and decide which certification programs, Individual Courses, or Express Courses are needed. After completion, a post-assessment will show how much improvement has occurred. Please contact our sales team to learn more.

Certification Programs

One of our company values is continuous improvement. We apply this value to ourselves, our business practices, and our mission of providing you with the best education and experience possible. It inspired us to re-develop our SPSM Certification Programs. We are proud to announce that we have re-developed these programs to release them as our Certified Procurement Operations (CPO) Suite Programs. Click here to read more about these changes.

Certified Procurement Operations Suite Programs. Each level
of our certification program serves to validate a student’s knowledge. Earning a certification credential demonstrates proficiency in crucial procurement skillsets at increasing levels of difficulty. Each certification credential earned qualifies you to advance to the next level. You will progress from being a CPO Specialist to being in the elite class of CPO Experts. Our certification programs are:

  • Level 1: Certified Procurement Operations Specialist (CPOS)

  • Level 2: Certified Procurement Operations Professional (CPOP)

  • Level 3: Certified Procurement Operations Manager (CPOM)

  • Level 4: Certified Procurement Operations Executive (CPOE)

Does your firm need custom, onsite training at your company location or multiple sites?

NLPA brings bespoke training to you! Gain hands-on experience with a live instructor for the ultimate in employee learning retention. We will collaborate custom course development with you, then schedule a live trainer to deliver at a time and place of your choosing.

Individual Courses

Individual Courses consist of 8 lessons taking approximately 30-60 minutes to complete. The design of these 18 different courses gives a comprehensive understanding of procurement topics such as spreadsheet analysis, sourcing, purchasing management, and more.

Express Courses

Express Courses are a great way to get a highly focused understanding of a specific concept or skill. They quickly bring students up to speed on procurement topics such as managing supplier performance, procurement talent management, and more. Each Express Course is 1 lesson long and requires a 30-60 minute investment of time. You can also use the courses as a quick way to glimpse the fantastic quality of NLPA’s education materials.


We are the world’s largest procurement association and network. Next Level Purchasing Association members will get access to webinars, newsletters, salary reports, and more. We offer exclusive features for our business memberships. Over 198,000 purchasing professionals have joined the Next Level Purchasing Association, and our network is growing every day.

Expert 1 on 1 Coaching for testing retakes
  • Results are important to us, as it is one of our company values. Being able to see progress and have an improvement plan is essential. If a student does not pass the certification exam, we will provide information about the sections they struggled on. This information creates an excellent starting point when preparing for the exam retake. To increase the likelihood of success, we also offer an exclusive opportunity to provide individualized support.

  • Our resident NLPA Subject Matter Expert (SME) is available to provide one-on-one coaching sessions focused on exam retake preparations. Each session is 30 minutes long. Together with our SME, students will dive into the exam’s specific areas where improvement is needed. We provide this service for $200 per session. If you are interested in scheduling a one-on-one coaching session, please click below to contact a sales representative.

Not sure which course to choose?

Let us help you determine which Next Level Purchasing Association online course is right for you.

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