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APMG International has created the Sourcing Governance Foundation certification in conjunction with International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® (IAOP®).

Best practice shows that implementing and operating a Sourcing Governance Function will require staff awareness and understanding of the key principles and concepts of outsourcing and sourcing governance.

Undertaking the course and successfully passing the examination qualifies an individual for COS-FP (Certified Outsourcing Specialist™ - Foundation Principles) certification from the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® (IAOP®).

Certify your ability to:

  • Develop positive, long-term, results-driven relationships with external service providers.
  • Gain exposure to and general knowledge of the basic principles and skills of the outsourcing industry.
  • Demonstrate knowledge against an independently developed set of industry-wide standards.
  • Understand the challenges of implementing and operating a sourcing governance function.
  • Earn PMI PDUs and IAOP certification points.

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FAQs

What is Sourcing Governance Foundation?

APMG International’s “Sourcing Governance Foundation” qualification aims to provide individuals with knowledge of the key concepts of Outsourcing and Sourcing Governance, and how they can be applied. Undertaking the course and successfully passing the examination qualifies an individual for COS-FP (Certified Outsourcing Specialist™ - Foundation Principles) recognition from the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals® (IAOP®).

How can I train for the Sourcing Governance Foundation examination?

Training for Sourcing Governance Foundation is available from the network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) who are assessed and certified by APMG International. To find a training course please choose a Sourcing Governance certification level to see the available ATOs. The full list of Sourcing Governance Foundation ATOs can be found here.

Do I have to receive training to sit the exam?

Yes. In order to sit the examination, candidates must first attend an accredited course with a Sourcing Governance Foundation ATO.

How do I sit the exams?

Sourcing Governance Foundation ATOs include the examination as part of the associated training course.

How much does it cost to sit the Sourcing Governance Foundation examination?

The cost of the exam is generally included in the associated training course fee.

Are there any pre-requisites for the Sourcing Governance Foundation examination?

Other than attendance on an accredited course, there are no pre-requisites for the examination, however some experience working in an IT organization is recommended.

What is the main supporting publication for Sourcing Governance Foundation and where can I purchase it?

Sourcing Governance Foundation has one main supporting publication, published by Van Haren Publishing, entitled IT Outsourcing - An Introduction. This can be purchased from APMG Business Books.

What languages is the Sourcing Governance Foundation examination available in?

The exam is currently only available in English and Japanese. Further translations may follow subject to market and regional demand.

What languages is the supporting publication available in?

The IT Outsourcing - An Introduction publication is currently available in English and Japanese. Further translations may follow subject to market and regional demand.

How long will it take to learn the Sourcing Governance Foundation material?

Supporting accredited training courses are generally delivered over 2 days, however it is well worth investigating with individual providers, as many will offer tailored and blended learning solutions. Courses are likely to involve a degree of pre-course work and homework during the course.

What is the pass marks for the Sourcing Governance Foundation examination?

Candidates must achieve a score of 28/40 (70%) to pass the examination.

How long is the Sourcing Governance Foundation qualification valid for?

Certification is valid for a period of two years. After this point, candidates must take (and pass) the exam again to remain certified.

When can I expect the result of my Sourcing Governance Foundation examinations?

Sourcing Governance Foundation examinations can be marked on location after the exam, but this is down to the discretion of the invigilator at the time. Confirmation of the provisional result is sent to the relevant accredited training organization within 7-10 days of the examination.

When will I receive my certificate?

A foundation certificate will be dispatched to you approximately 2 weeks after we have received your exam paper back into our offices.

Please note that if you have taken your examination via an ATO, certificates will be dispatched based on the preferences that the ATO selected when booking the exam. The ATO can select either an e-certificate or hard copy and whether this type is sent to the ATO or directly to the candidate.

If you have not received your certificate shortly after the above time frame please contact our Customer Interaction Team – servicedesk@apmg-international.com

What pass mark is required to be eligible to become a Sourcing Governance Foundation trainer?

To be eligible to apply to become a Sourcing Governance Foundation trainer, individuals must achieve a score of 70% (28/40) in the examination.

How do I find out if I scored enough to be eligible to become a trainer?

To find out if you scored enough to be eligible as a trainer, please email servicedesk@apmg-international.com noting your interest. A representative of the Service Desk will be able to advise.

Can I use the APMG International Sourcing logo?

Only organizations licensed to do so are allowed to use the APMG International Sourcing logo. Such organizations include Sourcing Governance Foundation ATOs (Accredited Training Organizations). Should you have a requirement to use the logo, please contact us on +44 (0)1494 452450, or at servicedesk@apmg-international.com, and we will be able to advise.

How do I become an Sourcing Governance Foundation approved trainer?

Trainers wishing to become a Sourcing Governance approved trainer should contact an Sourcing Governance Accredited Training Organization (ATO) - or contact their local APMG International office.

Where appropriate, an invoice will be raised and the organization will then be subject to APMG International's ATO assessment process.

A trainer application must be submitted by the sponsoring ATO to their relevant APMG International office.

How does my organization become a Sourcing Governance Foundation Accredited Training Organization (ATO)?

Organizations wishing to become a Sourcing Governance ATO should make an Accreditation Query or contact their local APMG International office. Where appropriate, an invoice will be raised and the organization will then be subject to APMG International's ATO assessment process. The organization will then be subject to APMG International's ATO assessment process.