C.P.M. 25th Anniversary

FOR RELEASE: January 25, 1999

CONTACT: Zenobia Daruwalla
  NAPM Media Relations
  602/752-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, Arizona) — This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) program for the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM).

The C.P.M. program is an internationally accepted standard of competence and knowledge for the purchasing and supply management profession. The program was originated by NAPM in 1974 to improve overall purchasing performance and to set a guideline for professional development. It also defines standards for the managerial, administrative, strategic, and tactical elements of the procurement process.

To date, NAPM has certified more than 30,500 professionals in the purchasing and supply management field. The certification gives professionals a chance to prove their dedication to their work.

"I decided to get my C.P.M. because it gives me an edge over others in the industry; it gives me a higher status with the vendors I currently deal with as well," says Debbie Broom, C.P.M., Purchasing Vendor Relations, Barton-Cotton, Inc.

C.P.M.s add value to the purchasing and supply management profession with the knowledge they have gained and the respect they have earned from employers and colleagues.

According to Purchasing magazine and Electronic Buyers' News, professionals with a C.P.M. designation earn, on average, 20 percent more than their non-certified colleagues.

To ensure C.P.M.s maintain their standards, individuals must recertify every five years. Industry and government alike recognize the C.P.M. as the most respected indication of purchasing competence.

NAPM's certification program is not restricted to the United States. In 1998, NAPM and the Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM) signed a licensing agreement to offer Indian versions of the C.P.M. The association has also developed relationships with Australia, Ireland, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region to introduce the C.P.M.

To learn more about the C.P.M. program, contact NAPM at 800/888-6276 or 602/752-6276, extension 3027.

Information on the C.P.M. program is also available on NAPM's Web site, and through NAPM's Fax on Demand service at 800/888-6276, document #0092.

The National Association of Purchasing Management is a not-for-profit association that provides national and international leadership in purchasing and supply management research and education. The association exists to educate, develop, and advance the purchasing and supply management profession. NAPM provides members and non-members alike with opportunities to expand their professional knowledge and skills. NAPM is comprised of 180 affiliates with more than 44,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

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