WHY COME TO ACI FOR CERTIFICATION??
Practical Learning Experience
certification training programs out there use professors with little or no
experience in sourcing and procurement. ACI instructors and facilitators are first and foremost experienced
practitioners with the secondary ability to impart their knowledge and
experience to students who themselves come to the training program with
significant practitioner experience. All ACI instructors are certified in the program they are teaching. This is not always the case for
is a professional certification institute with operations world-wide, it prides
itself on its global instructor cadres. These instructors are chosen not only for their practitioner and
teaching ability, but also for their deep knowledge and experience in the
specific country and region they reside within. This is a major competitive advantage
for ACI and a major asset for its world-wide students.
instructors are available not only during formal and/or online training
programs, but also after students have graduated and received their
certifications. ACI and its
partners have “after-market” service which is second to none. Many ACI partners conduct periodic conferences
for certified students. These
conferences typically provide presentations by industry leaders and previous
instructors which are free to the students. In addition, ACI instructors are
available for on-line consulting long after course and certification
completion. This is virtually “free
consulting” and is a hallmark of ACI certification programs.
addition, many ACI certification graduates have received free VIP membership by
virtue of their participation in programs taught by the ACI President and all
ACI certification graduates are eligible to receive nominal cost VIP
membership. VIP members access
substantial discounts on ACI courses and materials and receive periodic free
mailings of “current events” of interest o the procurement and sourcing
3. Multi-Level Programs
certification programs are multi-level. The first (Practitioner) level is for professionals just beginning their
career or within 3 years of that beginning. The second (Manager) level is for those
currently in management positions or aspiring to such a position. The third
(Consultant or Executive) level is for the practitioner who aspires to top
management or consulting. Each
level has appropriate training materials and examinations. Many ACI graduates have progressed
through all three levels as they proceed through their careers.
Priced Training, Examination, and Certification
institutes and certification-granting bodies require extensive training as part
of the certification program. Although ACI frequently provides certification-specific training, ACI
does not REQUIRE such training in order for candidates to sit for an
examination. Candidates who have a
strong grasp of the BODY OF KNOWLEDGE are encouraged to proceed directly to the
certification preparation training courses are priced according to local market
conditions. Four week ACI online
certification preparation courses are typically $220 with 8 week online courses
priced at $470. ACI knows no
competitors that meet or beat these prices.
the competition charges as much as $329 per examination, ACI charges a nominal
$100 for a conventional examination. Some competitors require multiple examinations, so the cost is very
high. ACI requires only one
examination per certification. For
online students the ACI examination fee is included in the online training
some certification bodies charge from $75 to $329 for an examination retake, ACI
only charges $50.
are priced according to the market where training is provided. “Standard” (US-based) ACI prices are $200
for Level 1, $250 for Level 2, and $300 for Level 3. ACI prices have been determined to be
lower than competitor prices in all markets where ACI conducts programs.
certification competitors require a BS degree from an accredited
university. ACI has no such
certification bodies, ACI requires “recertification” – a process that involves
documenting continuing education to remain on top of the ever-evolving
procurement field. Several certification bodies require recertification every 3
or 4 years. ACI requires
recertification every 5 years.
certification bodies award points for college courses and continuing education
courses and the requirements for total points are similar. ACI charges $100 for recertifcation
while a competitor charges $89 every four years and still another charges $99
every 3 years. The annualized cost
for ACI is thus $20, while the annualized cost for the 4 year required
certification is $22.25 and the annualized cost for the 3 year required
certification is $33.
of Knowledge Constantly Updated to Reflect Changes In The Profession
competitors claim their Body of Knowledge is contained in textbooks. Most textbooks are updated every 5 to 10
years. The ACI Bodies of Knowledge (in
digital form) are continually updated based on recommendations and advice from
Instructors and members of the Board of Advisors.
competitors have contracted with testing organizations which require candidates
to take exams at their locations; ACI conducts testing either online at
candidate convenience or conducts testing at the end of conventional training
for all candidates.
Requirement for Association Membership
competitors charge a fee for required Association Membership. ACI has no such requirement and affords
all potential candidates and students equal and unlimited access to training,
testing, and certification.
10. A Fun
World-wide cadre of conventional instructors know that students expect
instructors to be “entertaining” as well as knowledgeable and enthusiastic. This must be the case, because many of
our students come back again and again for follow-on training and secondary certifications.