ISM Announces New Supply Management Qualification

FOR RELEASE: September 12, 2005

CONTACT: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3143

(TEMPE, Ariz.) — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) continues to lead supply management by developing a new professional qualification that will be relevant internationally and reflect the expanded education, skills and experience needed to be a successful supply management professional. ISM's Board of Directors recently approved the recommendation by the ISM Certification Committee that ISM develop a new professional qualification that recognizes those expanded competencies. The ISM Board directed that the program be available in 2008.

"The new qualification will address the realities of supply management, workplace complexities including globalization, greater use of technology, and expanded competencies that supply management professionals employ to drive value in their organizations," states ISM Chief Executive Officer Paul Novak, C.P.M., A.P.P.

This initiative emerges out of a recommendation from ISM's Certification Committee and is supported by findings of the research study conducted with Knapp & Associates International Inc. Foremost among the study's conclusions is that pronounced changes in the field demand the new professional qualification must reflect higher skill levels across the entire spectrum of supply management.

"The recommendation to develop an expanded supply management qualification is also based on extensive job analysis of supply management competencies," says ISM Certification Committee Chair Susan I. Scott, C.P.M., A.P.P. "ISM has established a legacy of certification excellence through innovation and expertise. The new qualification will strengthen this legacy."

The new qualification will require more formal educational achievement and higher levels of competencies than previous designations. Look for additional details on assessment criteria, exam content and other processes early next year.

Visit the ISM Web site and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for detailed information on all new and current Certification programs. To sign up for e-mail updates on the new qualification go to Contact ISM Certification at or 800/888-6276, extension 3027.

As the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. ISM defines supply management as the identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) Visit ISM's Media Room at, Quick Search: QS130.

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