NAPM and JMMA Team Up to Offer C.P.M. Certification in Japan

FOR RELEASE: August 26, 1999

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

(Tempe, Arizona) -- The National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) announces the development of yet another international relationship for its Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) and Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.) programs.

The latest relationship formed is with the Japan Materials Management Association (JMMA). JMMA was founded in 1958 and promotes the rationalization of management practices in the field of supply management. JMMA is teaming up with NAPM to offer a certification program that sets a standard of excellence for those in the purchasing field.

Although JMMA does offer the Certified Materials Manager (CMM) certification in Japan, according to Takashi Miyazawa, Secretary General and Executive Director of JMMA, NAPM's C.P.M. and A.P.P. programs offer a more international, professional, and progressive understanding of the purchasing and supply management field. "The C.P.M. includes more items than the CMM; the C.P.M. contains international and current issues such as Internet purchasing and supply chain management."

The first C.P.M. review class will take place in October 1999, and will be conducted by former NAPM President, Dr. Robert Kemp, Ph.D., C.P.M. with Japanese translators present.

The JMMA will offer the exam in English, and will present the study materials to its candidates in Japanese.

Approximately 32,000 professionals have earned the C.P.M. designation around the world. To date, NAPM has formed professional relationships with purchasing associations in India, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Spain, Singapore, Ireland, and Kenya. Discussions are under way with France, the Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, the Bahamas, Mexico, and New Zealand. Collaborating with other countries allows NAPM to develop proactive strategies for the international and global business environments.

For more information on NAPM's Certification Program, call 800/888-6276 and ask for the Certification Department, or visit NAPM's Web site,

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 181 affiliates with more than 45,000 members throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and 65 foreign countries.