Certified Outsourcing Specialist – Foundation Principles™ (COS-FP)   

The Certified Outsourcing Specialist - Foundation Principles designation distinguishes individuals as grounded in the basic knowledge and skills in the field of outsourcing. It powerfully demonstrates that they possess exposure to and general knowledge required to design, implement, and manage outsourcing initiatives that have a high probability of achieving an organization’s intended outcomes.

This professional designation, which focuses on the basic processes of outsourcing itself, is equally valuable to individuals working as customers, providers, or advisors. It introduces individuals to an environment where all of the parties to an outsourcing business relationship have a common and shared professional knowledge, approach and commitment to mutual success. 

Additionally the Sourcing Governance Foundation course has been mapped to the Outsourcing Professional Standards and accredited with 25 points towards the COP Certification, 15 CEHs towards COP Recertification, and inclusion in the Outsourcing Professional Course Catalog. 

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To learn about being an accredited trainer for COS-FP, please contact APMG Service Desk at, +44 (0) 1494 452 450.





Organizations that work with COS-FPs can expect better, more consistent results specifically because these professionals have demonstrated their knowledge against an independently developed set of industry-wide standards. COS-FPs may command greater professional recognition and compensation than less qualified entry level practitioners.  Studies in other fields have found a 20-plus percentage salary differential for certified professionals and 79 percent of executive recruiters believe that certified professionals are better-qualified candidates.  COS-FP certified professionals will have knowledge and understanding in the following areas: 

  • Opportunities, Risks and forms of Outsourcing
  • Lifecycle approach to Outsourcing
  • Sourcing Srategy
  • Scoping
  • Selection and Due Diligence
  • Contracting
  • Transition
  • The Demand Supply Governance Framework (DMSG)



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The Sourcing Governance Foundation course is a qualifying COS-FP certification training.  The course and qualifying COS-FP certification exam are offered by accredited trainers through APMG-International. 2 day course provides a basic knowledge of what the main concepts of Outsourcing and Sourcing Governance are and how they can be applied. Outsourcing IT services has changed the management context for providing the business with the IT services it needs. Operational control is transferred into management of commercial relationships, contracts and coordination of the services from specialized suppliers. 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. In this course an interactive approach is used combining lecture, discussion and exercises. More details on this training can be found in our Outsourcing Professional Course Catalog.

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IAOP’s Outsourcing Professional Certification FrameworkTM (OPCF) is designed to address the needs of individuals who work across the global outsourcing industry from entry level positions focused on the delivery of outsourced services through to senior executives leading global outsourcing programs at customer, provider, and advisor organizations.  At each stage in an individual’s career there is an opportunity for both professional development and professional recognition.

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