Institute for Supply Management™ Offers Valuable Learning Opportunities

FOR RELEASE: September 11, 2008

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

Jean McHale
800/888-6276 extension 3143

Courses help supply management professionals take career to the next level.

(TEMPE, Ariz.) September 11, 2008 — The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is accepting registrations for educational courses aimed at helping supply management professionals seeking to earn their Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM®) qualification. The following courses will be offered for professionals who wish to take both the CPSM® Exam and the CPSM® Bridge Exam.

CPSM® Bridge Exam Review: This course is designed as a review for current C.P.M. holders as part of their preparation for taking the CPSM® Bridge Exam. It is intended to enable candidates to assess the knowledge they have acquired through education and experience against the content areas covered by the CPSM® Bridge Exam. It is not intended for those who are not planning to take the full CPSM® Exam. Participants will gain an understanding of the CPSM® program and of the breadth of content covered in the CPSM® Exam. Through case studies, questions and group discussions, CPSM® candidates will have the opportunity to cement their learning and to identify areas for further study. The first two-day course will take place October 16-17, 2008 in Las Vegas.

CPSM® Exam Review: This course is a review to help prepare supply professionals before taking the CPSM® Exams. Participants will gain an understanding of the CPSM® program and of the breadth covered in each of the three CPSM® Exams. The course will begin with a brief overview of exam content areas, question format and types, exam characteristics and test-taking tips. CPSM® candidates will spend the majority of the time working on activities tied to the tasks weighted most heavily on the exams. The first three-day course will take place October 27-29, 2008 in Orlando, Florida.

Registration fees and lodging information vary for both courses. For details on a specific course, log on to Select Education, then Seminars, then Public Seminars. To register by phone, contact ISM Customer Service at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 8. Please have your credit card number ready.

The CPSM® represents the highest degree of professional competencies, containing the most comprehensive body of knowledge, and is designed to lead the profession by emphasizing the main components of supply management. Professionals who obtain the CPSM® will have an advanced-level of broad-based skills to make better decisions regarding their organization's supply network, including how to take full advantage of opportunities around the world.

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).

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.

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