SPLP – The Strategic Partner Leadership Professional

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Strategic Partner Leadership Professional®
(SPLP®) Certification
The University of Central Missouri

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In today’s hypercompetitive business world, forming and leading strategic partnerships with complementary organizations is a key to significant growth, regardless of a company’s size or industry. Knowing how to architect, negotiate, and lead successful partnerships has become the difference between success and failure for many organizations. According to a recent KPMG study, 38% of CEOs claim their #1 strategy for growth is through strategic partnerships, but 70% of these partnerships are deemed a failure within 2 years (Gartner, McKinsey). 

What does this mean to you? There is a right way and a wrong way to execute and manage strategic partnerships. The Strategic Partner Leadership Professional®️ (SPLP®️) certification validates your knowledge to lead partnerships to success.

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3 Courses & exam

This course teaches foundational topics, concepts, and terms that set the stage for an in-depth exploration to the art and science of developing successful strategic partnerships.

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This course teaches our proprietary Strategic Partner Leadership Model (SPLM), a revolutionary framework to help your organization effectively operationalize its strategic partnerships.

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This course teaches our proprietary 5-Phase Partnering Process, a methodical system for going from a partnership “concept,” through a successful negotiation, to a long-term beneficial strategic partnership.

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Prep Exam

The SPLP® Prep Exam is a culmination of over 100 true/false questions that provides learners with a clear understanding of what to expect when taking the official SPLP® Exam. The fee for the Prep Exam is $195.

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SPLP® Exam

The Strategic Partner Leadership Professional® (SPLP®) Exam is a 75 question multiple-choice assessment that is proctored via the University of Central Missouri’s Online Testing Center. Learners will have up to 90-minutes to complete the exam and a passing score is 75% or higher.

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Recertification Exam

To remain a top-tier partnering professional, you must possess cutting-edge skills and knowledge in the partnering profession. Maintaining your Strategic Partner Leadership Professional® (SPLP®) certification demonstrates your commitment to continuing competence, not only at the initial certification, but throughout the advancement of your partnering career.

After earning the Strategic Partner Leadership Professional® (SPLP®) certification, your credential will be active for three years. All SPLP® members are required to earn recertification every three years. Members achieve this by completing the SPLP® Recertification Exam which consists of a 30 question multiple choice exam and costs $49.

Expert Contributors

Learn the core success practices that are shared by best-selling authors, CEOs, and organizational leadership experts from around the world. Each course includes exclusive video interviews (30-45 minutes each) with global thought leaders on topics that are vital to organizational development.

Paul Zak

Neuroeconomist, Bestselling Author

Chris McChesney

Keynote Speaker, Bestselling Author

Mike Michalowicz

Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author

Jay Papasan

Keller Williams Exec, Best Selling Author

Bernie Brenner

Founder of TrueCar, Bestselling Author

Nathan Furr

Professor, Bestselling Author

learning outcomes

Skills & Competencies Learners Gain

Choose your plan


DIY (Do It Yourself)

$ 2485
  • Partnering Foundations
  • Strategic Partner Leadership Model
  • 5-Phase Partnering Process
  • SPLP® Exam (Not Included-$395)

Guided Approach

$ 3480
  • Partnering Foundations
  • Strategic Partner Leadership Model
  • 5-Phase Partnering Process
  • 15 Weeks of Coaching With a Cohort of Partnering Professionals
  • SPLP® Exam (Not Included-$395)


partnering Analysis expert MCBain


Principal Analyst - Channels, Partnerships & Ecosystems - Forrester

I think there's an opportunity for PARTNERNOMICS to play a huge role in the partnering ecosystem. Partnership executives and managers need to get educated on the processes and success practices that accelerate success and significantly reduce points of failure. These professionals also need to get certified to show the industry that they meet an objective evaluation of their skills and knowledge.

Rich Gravelin COB1


Harvard Business Publishing

"As someone responsible for both corporate learning alliances and the channel at Harvard Business Publishing, I've found this cohort experience to be invaluable. If you think you know everything there is about the channel, this course will challenge those assumptions. From Mark Brigman's vast experience and network of experts, to meeting amazing new peers, to having access to a library of tools I use often now, I assure you that you'll take away something from this experience, and you'll reap immediate outcomes in your business and longer-term value for your career."

Molly Connolly COB



"From personal experience, I can tell you that even seasoned professionals can learn more on being better strategic leaders in partnering. The Strategic Partner Leadership training program from Partnernomics crystallized important theories and provides you with tools and a methodology for achieving better business results through partnerships. I highly recommend this program and I had my team take the program too. From my perspective, it was good to go through the training as a team. Together we learned, questioned, and found value."


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