The National Association of Purchasing Management Certification Department says, "Time’s Running Out…"

FOR RELEASE: July 27, 2000

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

(Tempe, Arizona) — The National Association of Purchasing Management’s (NAPM) Certification Department says, "Time’s running out to take the C.P.M. exam using the current study materials." Supply managers, who have met the necessary requirements, will have up until December 31, 2000 to take the C.P.M. exam using the materials updated in 1997. As of January 1, 2001 the updated exams will be given.

Helpful Hints: What supply managers need to know…

The current certification exam will be available via computer and through testing tests through December 31, 2000.

If you are currently a C.P.M., you do not need to take the updated exam.

If you have completed some of the C.P.M. modules prior to January 1, 2001, modules will substitute one for one once the new exams are offered. (Please see NAPM’s web site for exceptions, C.P.M. and A.P.P. study materials including: study guides, Diagnostic Practice Exams, and videos, are still available for the current certification exams.

A transition chart is available at

NAPM understands that the changes being made to the C.P.M. program can be a bit confusing; so why make the changes? Paul Novak, C.P.M., A.P.P., NAPM's chief executive officer, says, "We didn't set out to change anything. We simply conducted the latest job analysis study to ensure the exam accurately reflects what purchasing and supply professionals do on their job." The revised certification exams reflect more specifically what supply managers are doing in the new millennium.

Scott Sturzl, C.P.M., ACA, NAPM's vice president for certification, also points out that the study has helped the certification program more carefully separate the C.P.M. and A.P.P. programs. For example, there will be both a C.P.M. and an A.P.P. exam, whereas under the existing structure, an A.P.P. candidate took a subset of the C.P.M. exam.

More information is available on the NAPM Web site at and click on Certification. Or, call Customer Service at 800/888-6276 or 480-752-6276, ext. 401. The certification department can be reached at 800/888-6276 or 480-752-6276, ext. 3094.