High Marks Given for CPSM Pilot Exam

FOR RELEASE: March 28, 2008

Media Contacts:
ISM Public Relations
Lindsey Yentes
800/888-6276 extension 3087

Jean McHale
800/888-6276, extension 3143

Exam participants pioneer successful launch of ISM's latest professional credential.

(Tempe, Ariz.) March 28, 2008 — With more than 2,700 registrations, the Institute for Supply Management™ Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) Pilot Exam program has been an overwhelming success. The CPSM Pilot Exam Testing Program has paved the way for a successful launch of the CPSM.

Participants in the Pilot Testing Program included individuals from 56 affiliates and represented more than 30 companies in the United States and internationally. Pilot testing, a standard practice when introducing a new qualification, ensures exams will be both reliable and credible.

"The CPSM marks a new and important era in having a qualification in the supply management profession," says ISM CEO Paul Novak, C.P.M. "Individuals who obtain this qualification will have demonstrated that they possess the knowledge to carry out their work using the highest standards of skills and knowledge."

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. Endorsed by business leaders 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.

CPSM Exam and Bridge Exam testing will kick-off in May 2008 at the 93rd Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in St. Louis May 4-7, 2008. The Bridge Exam is a single exam for C.P.M.s in good standing who wish to earn the CPSM designation. Supply management professionals seeking to advance their career can register now by contacting ISM Customer Service at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276 extension 401.

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).