Certified International Category Manager (CICM)

Procurement certification

This certification focuses on equipping professionals with strategic and analytical skills to manage product categories effectively, optimize supplier relations, and leverage market data for business advantage.

Key Examination Areas

Foundations of Category Management

* Understanding the role and importance of category management within international business contexts.

* Introduction to the principles of category management, including category role, strategies, and lifecycle management.

Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)

* Building and maintaining strategic relationships with key suppliers.

* Leveraging SRM for innovation, continuous improvement, and value co-creation.

* Managing performance and collaboration within international supply networks.

Strategic Sourcing for Category Management

* Developing and implementing sourcing strategies tailored to category needs.

* Techniques for supplier assessment, selection, and segmentation based on category requirements.

* Strategies for global sourcing, considering international trade dynamics and market conditions.

Negotiation and Contract Management within Categories

* Advanced negotiation techniques specific to category management.

* Developing and managing contracts that align with category strategies and business goals.

* Ensuring compliance and optimizing contractual terms over the lifecycle of the category.

Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing

* Integrating sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) into category strategies.

* Ethical considerations and practices in international sourcing and category management.

* Developing policies and initiatives that promote sustainable and ethical sourcing.

Category Analysis and Market Intelligence

* Utilizing market research and consumer data to drive category decisions.

* Analyzing competitors and market trends to position the category advantageously.

* Tools and techniques for ongoing category and market analysis.

Financial and Performance Metrics

* Setting and monitoring key performance indicators (KPIs) for categories.

* Financial planning and analysis to ensure category profitability and cost efficiency.

* Techniques for reporting and communicating category performance to stakeholders.

Exam details




30 MCQ


1.5 hours

Passing score




Who should get this certification?

It is particularly suitable for those in roles such as category managers, procurement specialists, and strategic sourcing professionals who are involved in managing specific categories of goods and services across global markets.

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Immediate Check Your Answer

For each question, check whether your answer is
correct or incorrect to reinforce learning and address gaps in knowledge.

Score at least 70% to achieve certification (three attempts included).

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Format and Questions

The final exam contains 30 multiple-choice questions designed to thoroughly test your understanding of the Body Of Knowledge – BOK.

Three Attempts

You have a total of three attempts to pass the final exam and earn your certification, and you must finish it within one month of your purchase.

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Exam Result

Receive your exam summary & result instantly after submitting the final exam.


Once you pass, your lifetime certification will be immediately downloadable and shareable on LinkedIn and Facebook.


Frequently asked questions

How is this certification recognized in the industry?

This certification is globally recognized and accredited by IPSCMI and ACCEA, boosting your professional credibility and visibility within the supply chain industry.

How will obtaining this certification impact my career prospects?

Earning this certification demonstrates to employers your proficiency in applying critical supply chain management concepts, significantly enhancing your qualifications for advanced roles.

How long does it typically take to complete this certification?

The completion time varies by individual, but all candidates have one month of access to unlimited mock exam trials and three final exam attempts, allowing you to progress at your own pace.

When can I start practicing with the mock exams after payment?

You will gain immediate access to the mock exam system as soon as your payment is processed.

Is there any support available during the certification process?

While direct instructional support is not offered, you have unlimited access to mock exam trials, providing a substantial resource for self-guided preparation.

If I fail the exam for this certification, what are my options?

You can retake the exam up to three times within the one-month access period, providing ample opportunity to enhance your understanding and secure your success.

Can I fit this certification into a busy schedule?

This certification is designed with flexibility in mind, providing online access to mock and final exams over a one-month period to accommodate your personal and professional commitments.

What is the refund policy for this certification?

Refunds are not available for this certification due to the immediate access to digital content and resources upon payment.


Your next professional milestone awaits!

Receive your results instantly after completing the final exam. Once you pass, your lifetime certification will be immediately downloadable and shareable on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Unlock new career opportunities.

Validate your knowledge, demonstrate your professional growth with the CICM certification

Just $750

(Lifetime Certification)

Trusted by over 1,200 companies world-wide


What employers say?

Insights from top companies about the benefits they have gained from hiring our IPSCMI-certified professionals.

We've seen remarkable improvements in our logistics and distribution efficiency since hiring IPSCMI-certified experts. Their training aligns perfectly with our goals for global distribution.

Linda García

Senior HR Manager

Candidates with IPSCMI certification are invariably well-prepared to handle complex challenges in supply chain and procurement management, making them invaluable to our team.

Richard Allan

Vice President of Human Resources

The strategic insights and robust methodologies that IPSCMI-certified candidates bring to our procurement processes are instrumental in driving our healthcare solutions to new heights

Sarah Johnson

Global Head of HR

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