The National Association of Purchasing Management Introduces Updated C.P.M. and A.P.P. Exams

FOR RELEASE: February 27, 2001

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  NAPM Media Relations
  480/752-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, AZ) The National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) introduced an updated Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) Exam and a new Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.) Exam on January 1, 2001. The examinations are not simply a repackaging of old material. Rather, the content has been updated to reflect the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct the tasks and job duties assigned to the purchasing and supply managers of today.

Universality was one of the goals for the exams’ reconstruction. Thus, candidates who pass these exams not only demonstrate a proficiency within their own area of supply management but, if reallocated to another sector within the field, have the credentials to be successful there, as well.

Paul Novak, C.P.M., A.P.P., NAPM’s CEO, says, "NAPM is most often asked to help people ‘achieve recognition’ and ‘build the profession.’ Certification is an essential piece to meet these requests. First, the body of knowledge itself is indicative of the level of the profession, and second, certification provides a way to demonstrate mastery of that knowledge at an intellectual level. The pace of change in the profession is faster than it has ever been before. When a profession is fast-paced, the one quality that is needed by a professional is a demonstrated grasp of the fundamental knowledge of what the profession is about. The body of knowledge, and consequently the exams, have been leveled-up to match what the supply management professionals of today are doing. If you’re a supply management professional who hasn’t yet earned the designation of C.P.M. or A.P.P., consider the benefits, and include certification as one of your goals for the new year."

Also new as of January 1, 2001, all exam modules submitted with any application must have been passed within five years of the postmarked application date, with the exception of Module 4 of the old C.P.M. Exam scores, which will expire on all applications postmarked after January 1, 2002. In order to use the previous Module 4, your application must be postmarked by December 31, 2001. For additional information regarding the C.P.M. and A.P.P. programs and updated study material now available, please visit our Web site at or phone 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 401.

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