ISM Introduces Supply Line 2055: Certification Update

FOR RELEASE: April 9, 2002

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  ISM Media Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, Arizona) — The Institute for Supply Management™ is pleased to announce the release of its inaugural Supply Line 2055: Certification Update newsletter. The Supply Line 2055: Certification Update is a free e-newsletter geared to members and nonmembers alike, who either have their A.P.P. or C.P.M. or are interested in pursuing either designation.

The Supply Line 2055: Certification Update is designed to provide up-to-date information on the latest news within the certification and accreditation realm. For example, the first edition highlighted free exam offerings at the ISM 87th Annual International Supply Management Conference, information on exam material, certification and professional stats, and answers to the most frequently asked C.P.M. and A.P.P. questions.

Another special offer in Supply Line 2055: Certification Update is the granting of the C.P.M. designation to individuals who have earned the Certified Professional Purchaser (C.P.P.) designation through the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC). ISM will issue C.P.P.s the C.P.M. designation without their having to take and pass the exam portion of the C.P.M. requirements for a period of two years.

The Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) designation, introduced in 1974, is the most recognized designation worldwide for professionals in supply management. A C.P.M. represents the broadest body of knowledge in the dynamic and critical field of supply management. Professional organizations and enterprises around the world are adopting the C.P.M., with its rigorous testing and lifelong learning requirements, as the standard of achievement and excellence for the profession.

The C.P.M. designation is internationally recognized as the sign of the professional supply manager. To date, more than 38,000 individuals have gained certification both nationally and abroad. The program provides the opportunity to develop professional competence in supply management and is rapidly gaining recognition worldwide. The program is designed for individuals working in any economic sector: private, public, or not-for-profit.

With the release of the Supply Line 2055: Certification Update, the power of the certification and accreditation programs will continue to gain momentum and awareness, and will keep subscribers on the cutting edge of the supply management field. To subscribe to the Supply Line 2055: Certification Update, go to This publication is released on a quarterly basis.

The Institute for Supply Management™, established in 1915, is the world's leading educator of supply management professionals and is a valuable resource for decision makers in major markets, companies, and government. In May 2001 the membership of NAPM voted to change the association's name from the National Association of Purchasing Management to the Institute for Supply Management™ to reflect the increasing strategic and global significance of supply management. For further information, see the ISM Web site at

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