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CatManTraining Program, Level 3 CPSA

This advanced training program is designed to build skills in areas like shopper and product supply. It includes a set of on-demand courses that gives participants the skills to function at an advanced level in their role in retail / CPG / FMCG.  This program meets all learning requirements for the CPSA designation.    Who should take this course? For those looking for an advanced understanding of Category Management - and/or who is looking to achieve CMA designation at the CPSA level.   Program Details   Approximately 20 hours course time  Prerequisite: Intermediate category management understanding and/or CPCM Designation (if you are looking for CMA certification).  Note that the CPSA level does not include exam preparation materials as certification is by an essay-based exam that also considers the candidate's experience.  Buy Advanced / CPSA Category Management Training Program ($499) from CMKG.ORG  

CatManTraining Program, Levels 1-2 CPCA-CPCM

This category management training program spans the foundations of Category Management from the foundational to the intermediate level with a focus on in-depth data and analysis. It's a great program if you have a limited background or need a refresher in the foundations, if you want a good general knowledge of CatMan data and analytics, or if you are seeking certification at the Certified Professional Category Manager (CPCM) level with the Category Management Association (CMA). Buy Foundational / CPCA + Intermediate / CPCM Category Management Training Program ($1,549) or Certification Package ($1,699) from CMKG.ORG

CatMan Training Program, Level 2 CPCM

This training program is designed to build category management skills at an intermediate level, including in-depth data and analytics across key data sources and the category tactics.  It includes a set of on-demand courses that will give participants skills to function at an intermediate level in their catman or sales role in retail / CPG / FMCG.  This program meets all learning requirements for the Certified Professional Category Manager (CPCM) designation with the CMA for those who are interested.   Who should take this course? Retail, catman, sales and shopper teams looking for an intermediate understanding of Category Management and/or who is looking to achieve CPCM certification.   Program Details   Approximately 30-35 hours course time  Prerequisite: Foundational / CPCA  Buy Intermediate / CPCM Category Management Training Program ($999) or Certification Package ($1,099) from CMKG.ORG

CatMan Training Program, Level 1 CPCA

This set of foundational courses gives a solid grounding in the catman process, analytics and presentation skills. This program meets all learning requirements for the designation of Certified Professional Category Analyst (CPCA) designation for those who are interested in certification.   Who should take this course? Retail, catman, sales and shopper teams looking for an intermediate understanding of Category Management and/or who is looking to achieve CPCA certification.  Program Details   Approx. 30-35 hours course time No prerequisites Available in Spanish

Shopper Insights Training Program, Levels 1–3

This set of courses builds important strategic foundations that help participants better understand the Shopper focus in category management, retail, shopper insights, and shopper marketing.    Who should take this course? Individuals and teams looking for a more strategic approach within shopper insights.  Program Details   Approx. 30 hours course time No prerequisites Includes access to Annual Learning Subscription, including 6, live Virtual Training sessions, 25+ recorded Virtual Training sessions, and CMKG-exclusive resources.

Shopper Insights Training Program, Level 3

This set of courses builds important strategic foundations that help participants better understand the Shopper focus in category management, retail, shopper insights, and shopper marketing.    Who should take this course? Individuals and teams looking for a more strategic approach within shopper insights.  Program Details   Approx. 10 hours course time No prerequisites Includes access to Annual Learning Subscription, including 6, live Virtual Training sessions, 25+ recorded Virtual Training sessions, and CMKG-exclusive resources.

Shopper Insights Training Program, Level 2

This set of courses builds important strategic foundations that help participants better understand the Shopper focus in category management, retail, shopper insights, and shopper marketing.    Who should take this course? Individuals and teams looking for a more strategic approach within shopper insights.  Program Details   Approx. 10 hours course time No prerequisites Includes access to Annual Learning Subscription, including 6, live Virtual Training sessions, 25+ recorded Virtual Training sessions, and CMKG-exclusive resources.

Shopper Insights Training Program, Level 1

This set of courses builds important strategic foundations that help participants better understand the Shopper focus in category management, retail, shopper insights, and shopper marketing.    Who should take this course? Individuals and teams looking for a more strategic approach within shopper insights.  Program Details   Approx. 10 hours course time No prerequisites Includes access to Annual Learning Subscription, including 6, live Virtual Training sessions, 25+ recorded Virtual Training sessions, and CMKG-exclusive resources.

Proficiency In Excel

This accredited program builds your Excel skills, no matter where you are in your learning process to help you become more proficient in developing and analyzing Excel spreadsheets using category management data. Your program is broken into different mini-modules that start with the basics, followed by intermediate and advanced topics. Each mini module includes a how-to video, followed by a workshop where you will complete examples that were taught in the video.  Proficiency In Excel ($149) from CMKG.ORG  

30-Day Learning Subscription Trial

The 30-Day Learning Subscription Trial includes lets you test out CMKG’s Annual Learning Subscription. The 30-Day Learning Subscription Trial includes access to CMKG’s Virtual Training Library (29+ courses), plus resources, tools, and microlearning. Explore category management, sales, shopper, space management and more while trying out CMKG’s approach to continuous learning! This low risk option is perfect for those just entering the industry in a retailer or supplier organization. 

Sales Training Program

On-Demand training to build a more diversified skillset need to grow beyond a traditional sales approach. Learn new skills in critical areas of Retail Understanding, Data & Analytics, Presentations & Storytelling, and Staying Relevant. Create a path for greater business success by learning to develop better solutions and presentations for your retail customers. Learn more about Sales Training & Assessment Solutions.

Annual Learning Subscription


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Future-proof your career by keeping current and upgrade your skills the easy way — with CMKG’s Annual Learning Subscription! The Annual Learning Subscription includes 12-month access to CMKG’s Virtual Training Library (29+ courses), plus resources, tools, and microlearning. Subscribers get so much from us without breaking their budgets. Subscription learning is the perfect way to build skills over time, stay current with the industry, continue to grow your career in our ever-changing industry — whether your part of a retailer or supplier organization. 

Understanding Retailer Strategy and Category Management 2

This accredited program builds proficiency in the category management process at a deep level, including category definition, roles, strategies, and implementation of the plan.  By moving into more depth about the category management process, you will learn to effectively set up your categories for success through these more detailed foundations in category management. Buy Understanding Retailer Strategy and Category Management 2 ($369) from CMKG.ORG  

Advanced Retailer Understanding

This accredited skill development training program builds proficiency in understanding Retailer's business goals and objectives. Understanding a Retailer’s income statement, product supply measures, and the product supply chain will give you new perspective that you can apply to future decisions and recommendations that you make. Buy Advanced Retailer Understanding ($198) from CMKG.ORG  

Proficiency in Understanding and Using Data 1

Learn about how to use key category management data sources (including panel data, interaction data, retail POS data, scanned sales data), so that you will be confident when using these important data sources in your own work. Buy Proficiency in Understanding and Using Data 1 ($198) from CMKG.ORG  

Proficiency in Understanding and Using Data 2

Learn about the key category management data sources (including retail scanned sales, syndicated, consumer panel, shipment, big data) from a topline perspective, so that you can be confident when using any data sources in your work. Buy Proficiency in Understanding and Using Data 2 ($198) from CMKG.ORG  

Category and Business Insights 1

Learning how to turn data into insights and insights into action can be done in simple yet powerful ways — a truly important skill for sales, marketing, and category management professionals. Buy Category and Business Insights 1 ($198) from CMKG.ORG  

Category and Business Insights 2

Complete health checks on your categories/brands are truly necessary to understand the big picture perspective of overall performance. This includes an in-depth understanding of consumer trends, the economy, competitive environment, and each tactic. A deep understanding will highlight strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for your categories or brands that may not be apparent from a topline look at the data. Buy Category and Business Insights 2 ($198) from CMKG.ORG  

Assortment & Space Management Skills

This program builds your skills to help you make better recommendations or decisions that affect product assortment and the retailer's shelf through a better understanding of each of these tactics.  Do you ever think how the decisions or recommendations that you make affect product assortment or space management for the retailer (like innovation, product lineup changes, promotion, display)? Learn how to make more strategic decisions or recommendations by better understanding these two important tactics.  Buy Assortment & Space Management Skills ($297) from CMKG.ORG  

Consumer and Shopper Analytics and Insights

This program builds your skills in the area of shopper understanding, with a focus on the retailer's shopper and approaches to market to their shopper. Understanding the Shopper is a priority for most Retailers and Suppliers. By building these skills, you will learn to consider different approaches to understand and reach the Shopper, ultimately creating more effective solutions that result in Shopper satisfaction.  Buy Consumer and Shopper Analytics and Insights ($396) from CMKG.ORG  

Selling Skills 1: Developing Fact-Based Powerpoint & Presentation Skills

Build proficiency in developing compelling PowerPoint presentations using a fact-based approach with logic and flow.  Learn how to take the analytic work you've completed and turn it into a fact-based presentation that looks good, is relevant for your audience, has logic & flow and tells a story. This is where art and science meet. Buy Selling Skills 1: Developing Fact-Based Powerpoint & Presentation Skills ($198) from CMKG.ORG  

Creating Category Reviews to Reflect the Omni-Channel

In today’s world, both retailers and manufacturers must gain a deep understanding of shopper needs and behaviors to better inform their marketing activity. Category reviews focused on a single channel are no longer sufficient to meet changing Consumer and Shopper needs, and this requires organizations to move beyond traditional data sources into some new and exciting territory. In this course learners will see examples of new data, measures and insights that are available for a deeper Shopper understanding and how they affect the category review process. 

CatMan Training Program, Level 4 Master’s

The CatMan Master's Series is a set of 12 virtual courses (recorded) with information about CatMan 2.0™ that will impact individuals’ day-to-day and futures role using an updated, advanced category management process. Get yourself or your team ready with topic-based recorded virtual courses that help learners apply new & refreshed Catman 2.0 principles through examples, strategies and tips. Who should take this program? Category management practitioners, analysts, sales, marketing and other roles who want to move to more advanced. What will I learn? How each topic is, or will be, affected by changes in the industry, Shopper, and CatMan 2.0. How to incorporate the most relevant topics into participants existing category management framework. How to apply new concepts in day-to-day work. How to speak to one’s manager, peers, and customers about the changing dynamics across different topics with clarity and understanding. How to determine which topics are the biggest priorities and opportunities for learners and their role. 

CatMan Training Program, All Courses

This category management training program gives you access to all of our accredited and non-accredited category management courses at the Foundational, Intermediate and Advanced levels, plus an additional 6 non-accredited courses.  Learn everything you possibly can about category management in this expanded set of accredited and non-accredited courses. If you are serious about category management and want to become proficient at all levels, this program is ideal for you, and gives you the best bang for your buck. An "all course access" gives you access to 34 courses (29 accredited and 5 non-accredited), with two years access to the full program in our Online Training & Resource Center. Buy All Course Category Management Training Program ($2,149) from CMKG.ORG