Be Among the First to Obtain the Top Professional Credential in the Expanding Field of Supply Management — the CPSM

FOR RELEASE: October 25, 2007

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ISM Announces Registration for CPSM Pilot Exams

(Tempe, Ariz.) October 25, 2007 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) invites supply management professionals to take the next step in advancing their careers by participating in ISM's Certified Professional in Supply Management Pilot Testing Program.

The CPSM represents the highest degree of professional competencies, containing the most comprehensive body of knowledge in supply management, and is designed to lead the profession by emphasizing the main components of supply management.

Pilot testing is a standard practice when introducing a new qualification. It ensures the exams will be both reliable and credible. All supply management professionals who want to achieve the CPSM are welcome to participate in the CPSM Pilot Testing Program.

Pilot testing will be offered through ISM affiliates and participating companies on-site in February and March of 2008. Affiliates and companies must have at least five exams to test (individuals may take multiple exams) in order to register for the pilot program. Keep in mind that the CPSM Bridge Exam will not be offered during the pilot testing period.

Professionals who participate in the CPSM Pilot Testing Program will get more than 70 percent off standard CPSM Exam pricing during the pilot testing program.

Endorsed by business and thought leaders across the globe, the knowledge, skills and abilities represented in the CPSM will enable professionals to excel in 21st-century strategic supply management.

For additional information on the CPSM program and to sign up for CPSM e-mail updates, log on to www.ism.ws/certification and select Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) Program.

As the 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 is proud to recognize professional excellence in supply management with awards such as the ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management and the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. 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).