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Let our highly-developed certification program bring more opportunities to both you and your students by adding our Certified Procurement Operation – Body of Knowledge® to your curriculum.

Your students will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the procurement industry.

Training in a Box

As one of NLPA’s valued Academic Partners, you will receive customized training packages to suit your specific needs. Below are the 3 options we offer:

These products are ready to go and can be added to your curriculum as is.

  • Certification Programs
  • Individual Courses

Pick from our current certification programs and individual courses to mix-and-match to make the perfect fit for you. You have the flexibility to use our CPO BOK as a supplement to your current business/procurement curriculum. Your school can offer full certification programs or provide specific courses to cover knowledge gaps in your curriculum.

We collaborate with our academic partners to offer the customization they need. We can brand our learning management system to match your educational institution, allowing it to appear as an extension of your school.

We provide the instructors with all of the tools they need to teach our material. Please contact our sales team to learn more. 

Certification Programs

We recently updated our SPSM program and are rereleasing it with new information as our CPO Suite of Certifications. Click here to read more about these changes.

Certified Procurement Operations. The CPO Suite of Certifications are distinct by both name and curricula. Each CPO level offers validation & recognition for key Procurement and Purchasing skill sets at their respective levels. The different certifications are:


Essential Procurement Skills


Advanced Procurement Skills


Procurement Function Management Skills


C-Level Procurement


Essential Procurement Skills

CPOS stands for Certified Procurement Operations Specialist, and it is our level 1 certification program. It covers the “Essential Procurement Skills” of the CPO – Body of Knowledge (CPO-BOK). Earning your CPOS Certification Credential will provide you with the foundational knowledge you need. It is the first step in becoming a Certified Procurement Operations Expert. There are no educational or experience pre-requisites required for enrollment. Click here to learn how the certification process works.

CPOS Program: What You’ll Learn

Whether you are new to purchasing or a seasoned veteran, these procurement fundamentals walk you through the purchasing process step-by-step.

Utilizing every available tool leads to sound purchasing decisions and the delivery of top-notch presentations. We use exercises based on real-life-industry situations to explain sophisticated purchasing analysis techniques.

Being unfamiliar with advanced contract writing techniques puts your organization at risk. You could be committing to an under-performing supplier for years. Through simplified examples, interactive exercises, and access to a sample contract, you will learn how to negotiate correctly and write effective iron-clad agreements.

To properly negotiate contracts with fair pricing and terms, you need to arm yourself with the right strategies. Knowing the latest and most influential negotiation techniques will impact your bottom line. Learn actionable skills you can use on the job to create lasting, mutually beneficial agreements.

Improving your purchasing results and efficiency is possible. This course gives you the tools you need to adopt performance practices the world’s top corporations use daily.

Developing a comprehensive savings strategy is crucial to a successful procurement system. It must cover everything from analyzing your spending and strategic sourcing to continually improving cost-saving processes. You’ll learn how to calculate, achieve, and report cost savings effectively, among other essential skills.

These Individual Courses comprise level 1 of the CPO-BOK.


Advanced Procurement Skills

CPOP stands for Certified Procurement Operations Professional, and it is our level 2 certification program. It covers the “Advanced Procurement Skills” competencies of the CPO – Body of Knowledge (CPO-BOK). The path to earning the CPOP Credential involves completing the CPOS program and being in “good standing.” Click here to learn how the certification process works.

CPOP Program: What You’ll Learn

Basing inventory decisions on guess-work or informal tactics can lead to devastating supply problems. We provide time-tested practices that enable you to make inventory decisions that maximize your organization’s success.

Project management is a booming career path that has roles in every industry across the world. You will learn to apply project management principles to procurement environments resulting in projects free from delays, unpleasant surprises, and disorganization.

International purchasing is more complicated than its domestic counterpart. There are many unforeseen pitfalls, challenges, and risks that can complicate matters. It is imperative you develop a good understanding of the differences in cultures, law, currency, and more to run an international purchasing program effectively.

Successful global sourcing involves coordinating logistics, dealing with custom agencies, and arranging payment. You must identify ideal countries for sourcing, find suppliers, calculate landed costs, assess risks, and implement global contracts.

These Individual Courses comprise level 2 of the CPO-BOK.


C-Level Procurement Impact

CPOE stands for Certified Procurement Operations Executive, and it is our level 4 certification program. It covers the “C-Level Procurement Impact” competencies of the CPO – Body of Knowledge (CPO-BOK). As our highest level of the certification programs, earning this credential declares to the world that you are indisputably an expert in procurement operations. To enroll in this program, you must obtain CPOS, CPOP, and CPOM credentials and maintain them in “good standing.” Click here to learn how the certification process works.

CPOE Program: What You’ll Learn

Having a supply chain that is not socially responsible puts your organization at extreme risk. In our current global landscape, social responsibility is more complicated and necessary than ever. We are dealing with unprecedented situations. The ability to navigate them and flawlessly execute a social responsibility program for your supply chain will make you an irreplaceable resource.

Supplier diversity is a growing and evolving procurement strategy among today’s forward-thinking organizations. When implemented and managed well, this strategy can make a measurable impact on your company.

Operational volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity are the new normal. Learn the practical supply disruption management tools, systems, and skills to deploy effective countermeasures in the face of supply disruption.

The Supply Executive Leadership Model serves as a road map for senior supply management leaders to transform their operations to support strategic objectives, enhance customer value, and implement pre-emptive measures to reduce supply risks. Learn the tools, systems, and skills to lead successful supply management transformations with confidence.

These Individual Courses comprise level 4 of the CPO-BOK.


Procurement Function Management Skills

CPOM stands for Certified Procurement Operations Manager, and it is our level 3 certification program. It covers the “Procurement Function Management Skills” competencies of the CPO – Body of Knowledge (CPO-BOK). The path to becoming a CPOM involves first earning your CPOS and CPOP credentials and being in “good standing.” Click here to learn how the certification process works.

CPOM Program: What You’ll Learn

Today’s companies are expecting more than ever from their purchasing managers. The global environment is also presenting an increasing number of challenges. To ensure you succeed, we teach you how to excel at balancing these different parts of your role.

Learn how finance executives measure business performance and how you can apply this knowledge to your procurement work.

In our second part of this course, we continue diving into integrating your decision-making process with the financial principles and approaches that your CEO or CFO expects to see.

By improving the quality of your supply chain, you can gain a competitive advantage. You will learn the intricacies of quality assurance and discover how to increase your entire supply chain’s quality.

These Individual Courses comprise level 3 of the CPO-BOK.

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.