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Certified Procurement Professional (CPP)

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The CPP On-line Training and Certification Program includes access to the On-line Learning Portal, Instructor Support, Exam and Certification. There are 228 modules in total that need to be completed for this certification course.

   Duration: 160 Hours
   Fee: US $700 or EUR 595 or CAD $935 or INR 35,000 (Including Exam)

The user id and password will be valid for 1 year from time of enrollment. Please note 160 hours is just an indication of effort in terms of hours to view all the 228 modules, Library and sample test papers. If you spare 2 hours a day, all the modules can be completed within 80 days (160 hrs/2 hrs = 80 days). That is approximately 3 months.

On an average, most members complete CPP Exam within 4 to 6 months depending on the hours spent per day. The modules can be viewed any number of times without restriction and access will continue to be valid for 1 year even if a member completes the Exam in the fourth month. The online exam is conducted on 14th and 28th every month. Members are expected to complete the online exam within the 1 year time frame.

  Who can do this course?
  • Individuals who have completed the CSCS exam or those having a minimum of 3 years work experience and currently working at a senior level or as a Team leader in Supply Chain/Procurement/Purchasing Warehousing/Distribution/Logistics Industry can do this course.
  • This certification is mainly for individuals who are already working in Supply Chain or Procurement Field at a Senior or Team leader level and helps them advance their career growth to a Managerial level.
  • This is one of the most preferred certification by companies looking to hire Managers in the Supply Chain Industry especially for areas such as Strategic Sourcing where you will be expected to handle products/services worth Billions of dollars including direct and indirect materials & services. It is one of the key challenging roles where the responsibility of the Manager is to reduce or optimize the company’s spend and help the company to achieve significant cost savings by means of strategies developed through research. This also calls for excellent Spend Management Skills, ability to negotiate with suppliers at ease and also exceptional analytical bent of mind. Need to be very good in number crunching and team handling.
  • This certification course helps the individuals to understand the depth and breadth of Supply Chain Management on a global scale. Special emphasis is given to Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Risk Management.
  • In many countries, it is mandatory for Supply Chain Managers and Strategic Sourcing Managers to be a CPP.

  How will this Certification help me in my professional career?

By passing the exam for Certified Procurement Professional, you will join an elite group of professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in Supply Chain Management. The CPP designation can be mentioned after your name just like a Ph.d. The CPP designation will also be a proof of your technical expertise and will enhance your credibility in the Industry.

   What is the Eligibility?
  • Should have a minimum of 3 years work experience in Supply Chain/Procurement/Purchasing Warehousing/Distribution/Logistics Industry or should have completed CSCS Exam
  • Should be a under graduate or Post graduate from a recognized University
  • Should have minimum 50% marks in school and college.

  I have completed my graduation in the year 2005. Am I still eligible?

Yes. The year of completion of the college degree does not matter.

  Is there an age limit to join this course?

No. Anyone interested in advancing their career in Supply Chain Industry can join this course.

  I had backlogs/arrears during college but cleared it now. Will that be a problem in finding a job?

The recruitment policy at each company is different. Hence it cannot be standardized. While some companies hire people who have had backlogs/arrears during college, certain other companies hire members who have not had any backlogs/arrears. So it depends on the company and its recruitment policies.

Some of the members who had backlogs/arrears during college and had a second class college degree have been able to find jobs in leading MNCs after they cleared this certification due to the huge industry demand.

  How will the course be delivered?

The classes for Certified Procurement Professional program will be by means of E-learning. The classes will be completely online. The classes can be taken either at your home or office provided you have a Internet connection and a computer.

  • IIPMR uses State of the Art Online Learning Management System called Moodle to deliver the classes. Moodle is considered to be the world class e-learning platform that adheres to SCORM International Standard. Members can view the video lectures, download study materials, case studies, take practice tests and also take the online exam on this platform.
  • Classes can be taken online 24*7 Anytime Anywhere.

  I would like to take the classes from home. I have a computer & an Internet connection. Do I           need a high speed net?

Yes. High speed connection is required. A minimum speed of 2 Mbps is required to view the classes.

  I may have doubts. Do we have doubt clearing sessions?

Yes. There will be doubt clearing sessions from 5 pm – 7 pm US EST on the 4th Sunday every month. During this session you can chat with the tutor face to face using webcam to ask any questions and get your doubts cleared.

  How will I get the access to view classes online?

After you submit the application form on our website, the user id and password will be sent to your email within 2 hours. Detailed instructions on how to view the Modules (Video Lectures), Download Study Materials (PDF files), Download Case Studies (PDF files), take Practice Tests and procedure for the Online Exam will be provided in the welcome email. You can login at to view the modules, take practice tests and also the exam.

  Where should I login for the doubt clearing sessions?

The doubt clearing sessions will also take place at You can use the same login id and password to join the doubt clearing session.

  Can I view a demo of the online class?

Yes. Please click here.

  What are the course contents for Certified Procurement Professional (CPP)?

There are 228 modules in total that need to be completed for this certification course.

•  Introduction to Supply Chain Management
•  Examples of different Supply Chains
•  Goal of Supply Chain
•  Procurement (Supplier selection, Procurement policies, etc.)
•  Deep Dive on Procurement with Examples
•  How to use Precoro Procurement Software to improve efficiency
•  What is Reverse Auctions/How to use SAP Ariba tool to conduct Reverse Auctions
•  How to do Reverse Auctions using Easibuy tool
•  Step by step instructions to implement Procure to Pay (P2P) and Source to Pay (S2P)
•  Procurement Planning & Implementation - Spend Analysis, Kraljic’s Matrix, Measuring KPIs and Supplier    Performance Assessment
•  Blockchain, Big Data and IOT's Impact on Future of Procurement and Supply Chain
•  How to Leverage Procurement to Realize Cost Savings
•  Manufacturing/ Production (plant location, product line selection, capacity planning, production    scheduling etc)
•  Deep Dive on Manufacturing with Examples
•  Distribution (Warehouse location, Customer allocation, Demand forecasting, Inventory management,    etc.)
•  Deep Dive on Distribution with Examples
•  How to do Demand Forecasting with practical examples
•  Logistics (selection of logistics mode, selection of ports, direct delivery, vehicle scheduling, 3PL, 4PL    etc.)
•  Deep Dive on Logistics with Examples
•  First to Fifth Party Logistics (1 PL to 5 PL)
•  How to do Vehicle Route Planning and Scheduling using Open Door Logistics (ODL) Software
•  Global Logistics and Transportation (How to determine optimal costing and freight routing. One    domestic example and one overseas example for freight routing. Road, ocean and air services. How to    choose the best carriers depending on situations)
•  Emergence of 5 PL
•  Omni Channel Logistics & Retailing - Latest trends in Logistics
•  How to Financially Optimize your Company's Supply Chain
•  Global Decisions (product and process selection, planning under uncertainty, real-time monitoring and    control, integrated scheduling)
•  Knowledge on how to optimize back end operations. Key technologies : EDI (for exchange for    information across different players in the supply chain); Electronic payment protocols; Internet    auctions, e-bidding (for selecting suppliers, distributors, demand forecasting, etc.); E-logistics;    Continuous tracking of customer orders through the Internet; Internet-based shared services    manufacturing; etc.
•  United States Trade Compliance for Export and Import. Important US Customs regulatory compliance,    BIS/ITAR export control
•  Supply Chain Risk & Business Continuity
•  Commodities Exchange – Understanding its importance
•  Best Practices on Contract Management
•  How to Create a Effective Contract Strategy with Examples
•  Contract management including dispute resolution
•  Hedging – Futures & Contracts (How to use Hedging as a strategy to reduce cost and achieve savings in    procurement)
•  What is Green Supply Chain Management, how to reduce Carbon Footprint through Sustainable    Procurement and Logistics
•  End to End Supply chain in Global Health
•  What is Strategic Sourcing? (Examples & Case Studies)
•  Strategic Sourcing for a Major Oil & Gas Co
•  Global Sourcing – Do’s and Don’ts (Explained with real case studies on how to save costs)
•  Best Practices on Procurement
•  Supplier behavior and negotiations
•  Procurement Transformation - A Continuous Process
•  How to use Vizibl Tool for Supplier Collaboration and Innovation
•  How to reduce cost in Indirect Procurement such as HR services, Legal services, IT hardware and    software services, Contract Manufacturing Services, Chemicals and Packaging
•  Procurement fraud: detection and prevention
•  Public sector procurement and how to win government business
•  Developing e-procurement solutions
•  Importance of Market Research that every SCM Professional should understand
•  Deep Dive on Market Research. How to do Primary and Secondary market research? Examples and              practical demonstrations in creating a brief research report.
•  Quantitative and Qualitative Research: How do to Quantitative and Qualitative Research with Examples.    How to find Market trends?
•  How to do Market Sizing or Market Segmentation?
•  How to improve the efficiency of a company’s supply chain? (How to improve the purchasing,                       procurement, other supply chain functions of a company to lower cost, improve quality and achieve    savings)
•  Supply Chain Strategies - Design and Management
•  Commodity Sourcing & Risk Management (various Chemicals, Energy, Fuel)
•  Off-Shoring / Localization / Outsourcing Strategies & Risks (India, Middle East, Africa)
•  Supply Chain Synchronization & Statistical Total Cost of Ownership Tools (End-2-End)
•  Supply Chain Network Design - with Case Studies
•  Supplier Research: How to do In-depth analysis of specific companies which include a General Overview    and topics such as Products/Services Offered, Key Executives, Financials, Marketing/Advertising    Activity & Current News. How to use research databases such as One Source, United States Securities    and Exchange Commission?
•  Forecasting: How to forecast price of products/commodities/items. How to forecast or estimate market        trends of an Industry? With examples and practical demonstrations.
•  Industry Analysis (How to analyse the trends in your Industry to create strategies)
•  Traditional Procurement Process
•  What is E-Procurement
•  Key steps of the Purchasing Process
•  E-Procurement example
•  How to use spend analysis to improve your supply chain
•  Purchase Order template created in Excel
•  Create Purchase Order in Oracle E-Business Suite R12
•  Oracle - Purchase Order Creation
•  How to create a Purchase Order in SAP
•  SAP Netweaver - Purchase Order
•  Standard Purchase Order Creation in Oracle Purchasing
•  Master Production Scheduling - 5 Key Benefits
•  E-Sourcing
•  How to Navigate on Ariba sourcing tool
•  Step by Step demonstration of E-Sourcing using Ariba tool
•  How to Monitor a Sourcing Event on Ariba - Session 1
•  How to Monitor a Sourcing Event on Ariba - Session 2
•  Grading & Scoring Suppliers on Ariba
•  Savings Form Approvals and Prototyping on Ariba
•  Procure to Pay (P2P)
•  Source to Pay (S2P)
•  Reverse Auction
•  Practical Demonstration of how to do Reverse Auctions using Ariba (Ariba eSourcing Demo)
•  How to use Alternative Bidding on Ariba - Session 1
•  How to use Alternative Bidding on Ariba - Session 2
•  Spend Analysis on Ariba
•  Supplier Information and Performance Management on Ariba
•  P2P demonstration on Ariba
•  Driving Savings via e-sourcing
•  How to Mangage Contracts on Ariba
•  Quality Concepts
•  Introduction to Lean Manufacturing
•  Lean Manufacturing at Toyota
•  Lean Manufacturing Example at Toyota Plant Kentucky
•  5S Standard Work Video
•  Lean Manufacturing - Visual Management and 5S
•  Visuals of Warehouse, Fork lift etc from Toyota
•  Lean Manufacturing Tour
•  Toyota 5S
•  Kanban explained with example
•  Kanban Explanation
•  Kanban Pull Simple Demo
•  Pull System and Kanban Demonstrated
•  Seven Wastes Found in Manufacturing
•  Top 10 Reasons to Implement Kanban
•  Kaizen Overview (Lean Manufacturing)
•  Kaizen Workshop
•  Six Sigma Samurai
•  Toyota Production System - The 5 Ss in a Shop Environment
•  Value Chain Analysis
•  Spend Management
•  Inco Terms
•  Payment & Discount Terminologies
•  Top 5 Procurement Predictions
•  Top 5 Supply Chain Trends
•  Top 5 steps to Insuring your Supply Chain
•  Preparing Global Supply Chains Against Uncertainty
•  Strategic Procurement
•  Need for Market Research
•  Importance of Crude Oil
•  Important Economic Concepts
•  Sourcing Process
•  Sourcing Process in Pharmaceutical Industry
•  Low cost Country Sourcing
•  Distribution Channels
•  Distribution Channels by Dan Holland
•  Introduction to Distribution Channels by Brian K. McCarthy
•  Logistics Management
•  Logistics in Hong Kong and China
•  Logistics - International transportation export management
•  3 PL & 4 PL
•  10 Common 3 PL mistakes
•  ERP
•  Risk Management & BS25999
•  Supply Chain Risk Management Strategy
•  BS 25999 Business Continuity Management Certification Accreditation Overview
•  BS 25999 Plan Do Check Act
•  BS 25999 Planning BCM
•  BS 25999 Implementing and Operating the BCMS
•  BS 25999 Monitoring and Reviewing the BCMS
•  BS 25999 Maintaining and Improving the BCMS
•  Guest Lecture on Supply Chain Risk Management
•  Export & Import Management
•  Pallets & Fork Lifts
•  Warehousing & Distribution
•  Warehouse Management
•  How to manage warehouse
•  Warehouse Management System
•  Amazon Warehouses processing
•  Inventory Management
•  Inventory Management - An Introduction
•  Inventory and Carrying Costs
•  Economic Order Quantity
•  Economic Order Quantity Example
•  How to Calculate Economic Order Quantity
•  Stock Keeping Units
•  What is a SKU
•  Create Stockkeeping Units
•  RFID Introduction
•  RFID - Technology Video
•  What is RFID inventory management
•  Introduction to Market Research - Why is it extensively used in Supply Chain Management
•  Research Skills in SCM/Procurement Industry
•  Primary Research
•  Guest Lecture on Primary Research
•  Secondary Research
•  Primary Vs Secondary Research
•  Look At What Matters Before Doing Research
•  Top 5 Market Research Trends
•  How Should Social Media Be Used In Market Research
•  Current Market Research Trends
•  Porter's Five Force Analysis
•  Pestle Analysis
•  SWOT Analysis
•  Supplier Diversity
•  Magic Quadrant Analysis
•  Supplier Ranking & Capability Matrix
•  Competitive Intelligence
•  Financial Risk Analysis
•  Example 1 -The Four financial statements
•  Example 2- The Four Core Financial Statements
•  Financial Ratio Analysis
•  Ratio analysis - Additional Examples
•  The Accounting Equation
•  The General Ledger
•  Accounts, Debits, and Credits
•  Cash Ratio Analysis
•  Basic Concepts of Inventory Costing Methods
•  Demand Forecasting
•  Price Forecasting – CAGR & Linear Regression
•  Price Forecasting – Multiple Regression
•  Price Forecasting – Weighted average regression and Time series Analysis
•  Case Study On Amazon's Supply Chain
•  Case Study on Apple's Supply Chain
•  Case Study on BASF's Supply Chain
•  Case Study on BMW's Supply Chain
•  Case Study on British Petroleum's Supply Chain
•  Case Study on Dell's Supply Chain
•  Case Study on Ford's Supply Chain
•  Case Study on H&M's Supply Chain
•  Case Study on Ikea's Supply Chain
•  Case Study on McDonald's Supply Chain
•  Case Study on Samsung's Supply Chain
•  Case Study on Starbucks' Supply Chain
•  Case Study on Walmart's Supply Chain
•  Case Study on Zara's Supply Chain
•  Case Study on Strategic Sourcing - 3 Real Time Examples
•  Cost Reduction Techniques in Procurement
•  Example of How to Negotiate Price with Suppliers
•  Issues, Challenges and Solutions in Inventory
•  Issues, Challenges and Solutions in Logistics
•  Issues, Challenges and Solutions in Procurement
•  Issues, Challenges and Solutions in Warehousing & Distribution
•  Real Time Example of How Companies are using Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in their    Supply Chain
•  Real Time Example of How to Forecast Price of Commodities on Monthly, Weekly and Annual Basis
•  Real Time Example of Kanban, Kaizen, 5S, JIT and Six Sigma Quality Principles
•  Real Time Examples of Demand Forecasting
•  Real Time Examples of How Blockchain Is used in Supply Chain
•  Best Practices in IT Procurement & SCM
•  Best Practices in Supply Chain of Apparel Industry
•  Best Practices in Supply Chain of Automobile Industry
•  Best Practices in Supply Chain of Chemical Industry
•  Best Practices in Supply Chain of FMCG Industry
•  Best Practices in Supply Chain of Food Industry
•  Best Practices in Supply Chain of Footwear Industry
•  Best Practices in Supply Chain of Pharmaceutical Industry
•  10 ways to get a high paying job in Supply Chain
•  Practice Test-1 (It has 200 questions)
•  Practice Test-2 (It has 200 questions)
•  Exam

  What is the course duration?

It is 160 hours totally. You may complete all the modules as per your convenience and once you are well prepared you can take up the exam at The user id and password will be valid for 1 year from time of enrollment. Please note 160 hours is just an indication of effort in terms of hours to view all the 228 modules, Library and sample test papers. If you spare 2 hours a day, all the modules can be completed within 80 days (160 hrs/2 hrs = 80 days). That is approximately 3 months.

On an average, most members complete CPP Exam within 4 to 6 months depending on the hours spent per day. The modules can be viewed any number of times without restriction and access will continue to be valid for 1 year even if a member completes the Exam in the fourth month. The online exam is conducted on 14th and 28th every month. Members are expected to complete the online exam within the 1 year time frame.

  What is the course fee?

It is US $700 or EUR 595 or CAD $935 or INR 35,000 (Includes Online Exam)

  What is the minimum score to pass the exam?

A minimum score of 60% is required to pass the exam and be eligible for certification.

  I did not pass the exam on my first attempt. Is there a second attempt?

Yes. If you have not passed the exam in the first attempt, you are permitted to take up the exam again.

  How many re-attempts are allowed?

There are no limits to the number of attempts one can take. The first two attempts are free of cost. However from the third attempt onward there is an exam fee of USD 50 for each attempt thereafter. Please note 90% of our members pass the exam in the very first attempt. With good preparation and by utilizing the practice tests available on the training portal, one can definitely pass the exam with ease in the first attempt.

  I did not pass even the second attempt. What should I do now?

You will have to view all the modules again (Free) and take the exam as a third attempt. However USD 50 will be charged for this re-exam.

  What is the question pattern in the exam?

   There will be totally 370 questions with multiple choice answers.

  What is the time duration for the exam?

    2 hours 45 minutes (Total: 165 minutes)

  When will I know the results? How will I know what is my score in the exam?

Your score will be displayed immediately after you submit answers to all the questions.

  When and Where will I take up the exam?

The online exam is conducted on 14th and 28th of every month. You need to register in advance and inform your preferred date by e-mailing a request to Once you choose the date, your account will be configured for the exam and an e-mail confirmation will be sent to you. On the day of the exam, you need to login with your user id and password at to take up the exam. The exam can be taken online from your home/office. Please note that you may login anytime of the day to take up the exam.

  I have scored 60% and passed the exam. When will I receive the certificate?

The certificate will be mailed by express delivery via FedEx or DHL to the address provided during the time of registration. For residents in USA, Canada, UK, Cameroon and India, the Certificate will reach you within 10 business days. For residents in other countries, it will take 15 business days to reach your address. In case there is any change in the address, please write to clearly mentioning your membership id number and user name.

  Do you offer placement services to certified members?

Yes. We do. Please click here to view the partial list of members who have been placed after becoming certified. Most of the times, many MNCs usually contact us in order to recruit people with CPP certification and during those times we share the CVs of our members with these companies.

   Do you guarantee a job after I pass the exam?

The CPP Certification is widely recognized by the Supply Chain industry & most of the Experienced individuals are able to get in to Managerial positions in companies because of the Professional certification. The starting salary of an individual with a CPP certification in USA is $120,000 to $150,000 per annum. The starting salary of an individual with a CPP certification in Canada is CAD $115,000 to CAD $130,000 per annum. Whereas the starting salary in Europe is in the range of EUR 100,000 per annum to EUR 120,000 per annum. The starting salary of an individual with a CPP certification in India is Rs.8 lakhs/year – Rs.15 lakhs/year. We do not guarantee a job. However we do provide the latest job openings. Please click here to view the latest job openings.

  Are there any opportunities abroad in the Supply Chain Industry?

The Demand for Strategic Sourcing Managers is at an all time high across the world. Companies today have a clear agenda to eliminate bottlenecks and save costs to remain competitive and also keep their stakeholders happy. Consequently the demand for CPP is expected to be exponential. There are lots of opportunities abroad in the Supply Chain/Procurement/Purchasing Industry in almost all the countries especially Australia, USA, New Zealand, Canada, UK and the Middle East.

   Do you offer Interview Guarantee?

We do not guarantee Interviews. However we do share the CVs of our members when employers approach us for recruitment. We also bring you the latest jobs available in 24 countries that can be accessed at the Job Openings section in the menu panel. Please click here to view the latest job openings.