ISM Offers New C.P.M. and A.P.P. Exam Preparation Material

FOR RELEASE: June 9, 2003

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

(Tempe, AZ) — Advance your career and increase your value by becoming a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) or Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.) Introduced in 1974, the Institute for Supply Management™'s (ISM) C.P.M. designation is the most recognized within the supply management industry. The C.P.M. is designed for experienced purchasing and supply managers. It focuses on managerial and leadership skills, plus a variety of specialized functions designed to enhance the value of procurement and supply management within an organization.

The A.P.P. program is for entry-level buyers or others primarily engaged in the operational side of the purchasing and supply function, such as identifying requirements, preparing solicitations and agreements, negotiations, technology, quality, and maintaining relationships. The A.P.P. is also relevant for those involved in purchasing and supply support activities and supply teams.

To aid supply management professionals in achieving a C.P.M. or A.P.P. certification, ISM has developed the Articles for Exam Preparation, 2003 edition that is an essential tool for exam preparation. Offered in both C.P.M. and A.P.P. versions, the 2003 edition offers study aids and job reference tools, and includes retired questions from previous C.P.M. and A.P.P. exams. Other C.P.M. and A.P.P. study materials currently available are:

  • Six C.P.M./A.P.P. Online Review Courses
  • C.P.M./A.P.P. Self-Study Paper-Based Workbook Courses covering all modules
  • Articles for C.P.M./A.P.P. Exam Preparation
  • C.P.M./A.P.P. Exam Specifications and Instructor's Guide
  • C.P.M./A.P.P. Study Guide (7th Edition)
  • C.P.M./A.P.P. Diagnostic Practice Exam, Print Version Volume 1
  • C.P.M./A.P.P. Diagnostic Practice Exam on Disk
  • C.P.M./A.P.P. Bibliographic Reference Key
  • Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms
  • C.P.M./A.P.P. Overview Video

In addition to these invaluable study materials, ISM produces Supply Line 2055: Certification Update newsletter. Supply Line 2055: Certification Update, a free quarterly e-newsletter, is designed to provide up-to-date information on the latest news within the certification and accreditation realm.

Purchasing and supply management, more than any other function, reaches throughout and beyond an organization into the extended enterprise making it the most strategic and cost leveraging function in the supply chain. Become a C.P.M. or A.P.P., become an industry expert, and increase your and your organization's potential.

Contact ISM's Customer Service department for more information on the C.P.M. and A.P.P. study materials at 800/888-6276, extension 401. You may also obtain information on the C.P.M. and A.P.P. by visiting the ISM Web site at To subscribe to the Supply Line 2055: Certification Update, go to

Founded in 1915, the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the largest supply management association in the world as well as one of the most respected. ISM's mission is to lead the supply management profession through its standards of excellence, research, promotional activities, and education. ISM's membership base includes more than 45,000 supply management professionals with a network of affiliated associations both domestic and international. ISM is a not-for-profit association that provides opportunities for the promotion of the profession and the expansion of professional skills and knowledge.

Back to Top