NAPM Online Courses Make Education Convenient

FOR RELEASE: July 12, 1999

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

(Tempe, Arizona) — Whether sitting at home, at work, or in a classroom setting, the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) is using technology to make skill building in the supply management field as convenient as possible.

NAPM's online courses allow learners to enhance their skills and earn continuing education hours (CEHs) toward the Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) designation, whenever and wherever they choose. Because the courses are online, learners can participate in the classes via the Internet as time permits.

"The flexibility gives me the opportunity to work on the course work when I can. That means school is not interfering with my full-time job. Another plus with the online courses is that I am able to work with others in the class from all over the world. That is not usually typical of a classroom setting," stated Kay Adamski, senior buyer for The Pampered Chef.

Some of the online course topics include: Purchasing and the Law, Strategies of Cost Analysis, Supply Chain Management, and Fundamentals of Purchasing. The courses are four weeks long, and are structured to encourage convenience, and foster accessibility. The courses also allow learners to interact with others in the purchasing and supply management profession.

NAPM's supply management content valid certification program has helped approximately 32,000 professionals in the supply management field reach a level of excellence within their profession, and add value to organizations around the world.

Certified Purchasing Managers have met strict standards of knowledge and experience set by NAPM through continued education in the supply management profession. Todd Kane, C.P.M., a purchasing manager for Ben & Jerry's, states that certification has been an asset in his career. "One very strong point on my résumé has been the C.P.M. designation. It helped me to be hired at Ben & Jerry's."

To access detailed information on NAPM's online courses, visit NAPM's Web site at and select the Education link.

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 nonmembers 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. Visit the NAPM Web site at