Membership Benefits

Our membership in a procurement or supply chain can provide a variety of benefits, including access to industry-specific information and resources, networking opportunities with other professionals in the field, training and development programs, and opportunities for professional certification. Additionally, many organizations offer discounts on industry-related products and services, as well as access to a job board or other career resources. Some organizations may also provide access to research and data on industry trends, as well as advocacy and representation on policy issues related to procurement and supply chain management.

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The time and effort invested in professional certifications often results in increased income. Most clients or employers will understand the higher costs associated with specialized training and are willing to pay for consultants who have industry certifications. For example, APSCMP certification recipients report median salaries that are 26% higher than those who are not certified by APSCMP.

When you have APSCMP training or Certification that your competitors don’t, it sets you aside. Certifications can differentiate you from other professionals in your field, showing that you have a demonstrated commitment to understanding and excelling in your profession. This can give you an advantage, which is particularly important in today’s competitive market.

APSCMP Certifications can also help give your independent business a solid foundation. The advanced training, information, and knowledge you gain from specialized coursework can provide you with up-to-date tools and technical strategies that will serve to guide and direct you in the execution of your projects, allowing you to manage all aspects of your work more effectively.

By acquiring new and updated industry information or techniques, you can hone current work habits that may be causing inefficiencies or quality issues with your output while increasing your competencies. This can help give you the skills and confidence to try something new such as establishing the groundwork to implement a more sophisticated working environment for your consultancy.

There are an increasing number of companies, non-profits, and government organizations that, when working with independent consultants, want (or may even be required) to engage those who have certain certifications from recognized programs. Certification demonstrates your commitment to superior professionalism, upholding industry standards, and continued learning. These merits can help boost your professional credibility and prestige within your network, with your current clients, and when pursuing new business opportunities or bidding on projects.

APSCMP Certifications are often a worthwhile investment because of the many advantages they can provide throughout your career. As you move forward and as your business evolves, be sure to keep your certifications up-to-date so you can continue to realize these benefits. Also, be sure to publicize your certifications on your website, your marketplace profile, and your LinkedIn profile.