Prepare to boost your career status with ISM's newest professional credential

FOR RELEASE: December 11, 2006

Media Contact:
Jean McHale
ISM Public Relations
800/888-6276, extension 3143

ISM Certification:
800/888-6276, extension 3087

CPSM Exam and Bridge Exam specifications available on Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) Web site.

(TEMPE, Ariz.) December 11, 2006 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is committed to leading supply management and providing enhanced opportunities for business professionals to achieve marketable and globally relevant credentials.

Supply management professionals have long relied on ISM for study materials and certification testing. This month, Exam and Bridge Exam specifications for ISM's new Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) qualification are available on the ISM Web site.

ISM's CPSM qualification is set to debut in 2008. By creating the CPSM, ISM ensures that professionals have broad-based strategic expertise in the major segments of supply management. Criteria for the CPSM include a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and at least five years of professional supply management experience. The CPSM Exam will consist of three modules. The CPSM Exam specification document can be downloaded as a 45-page PDF file.

Individuals already holding the Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) designation and who have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution may be eligible to take the Bridge Exam to achieve the new CPSM. Current C.P.M.s holding a bachelor's degree must also have at least five years of professional supply management experience to be eligible to apply for the Bridge Exam. The CPSM Bridge Exam specification can be downloaded as a 27-page PDF file.

Visit the ISM Web site at and select Professional Credentials for detailed information on ISM Certification or to sign up for the newsletter, Supply Line 2055: Certification Update. Contact ISM Certification at 800/888-6276, extension 3027 or

As the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

ISM defines supply management as the identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources and related capabilities the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives. Further, supply management is: future oriented, senior-management critical, strategic in relation to the competitive imperatives of the organization, and a significant contributor to marketplace intelligence and profitability. Components included under the supply management umbrella are: purchasing/procurement; strategic sourcing; logistics; quality; inventory control; materials management; warehousing; transportation/traffic/shipping; disposition/investment recovery; distribution; receiving; packaging; product/service development and manufacturing supervision.