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Senior sourcing manager with Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., Sandeep Dar, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., is the 1,000th person to earn the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®). He works at Winn-Dixie's corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida.
Dar has worked at Winn-Dixie, Inc. for more than five years, and says that given the dynamic nature of his industry, the tools and knowledge reflected in the CPSM® have proved to be very valuable. "Winn-Dixie's Strategic Sourcing Group has embedded understanding market dynamics, stakeholder analysis, change management, long-term supply-chain and environmental impact of sourcing decisions, and other tools into our culture," he says. "By encouraging supply professionals to align department goals with corporate goals, the CPSM® takes purchasing away from being a tactical group and instead makes us a strategic, cross-functional, value-enhancing partner in the company." Dar adds that the inclusion of social responsibility makes this certification very relevant with the times.
Dar is an affiliate member of ISM—Florida's First Coast and holds a bachelor's degree in higher mathematics from Vikram University in Ujjain, India and an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta.
ISM launched the CPSM® in May 2008. In a little more than one year, ISM has granted more than 1,000 CPSM®s to supply professionals in more than 15 countries. The content of the CPSM® Exam is based on the findings of a job analysis of the supply management professional position. The various topics covered are designed to reflect the knowledge areas needed to perform the important occupational duties of professionals employed in the field of supply management. For additional information on the CPSM® program, log on to www.ism.ws/certification. Contact ISM Professional Credentials at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are only a few weeks left to register your C.P.M. Exam Modules. The last day to register for a C.P.M. Exam is September 30, 2009. Don't miss this opportunity to earn a globally recognized credential that boosts your competitive edge in today's tough job market. Register now!
Make sure to schedule and take your C.P.M. Exams early. Avoid scheduling conflicts at the testing centers by giving yourself enough time to take all four C.P.M. Modules and any retakes before the exam deadline of December 31, 2009. Don't risk getting caught in the year end rush. Seating is limited and will fill up. You have until December 31, 2009 or one year from your registration date, whichever comes first, to successfully take and pass your C.P.M. Exams. No exceptions. After the exam deadline of December 31, 2009, the C.P.M. will be in recertification-only status.
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Young supply management professionals are increasingly pursuing — and securing — professional certifications such as the esteemed Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®). In this edition, we spotlight three driven CPSM®s setting the pace for their peers.
Considering her on-the-job experience totaled less than five years when she decided to take the CPSM® Bridge Exam, Leslie Waggoner, 25, recalls spending an inordinate amount of time studying.
"I needed to ensure I was up to speed on scenarios that don't currently exist, or haven't existed, in my career so far," she explains.
Obviously, her preparation paid off: Waggoner — a surplus asset analyst for Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona and a 2004 R. Gene Richter Scholar — submitted her CPSM® certification paperwork in February.
Having obtained her C.P.M. certification shortly before that, Waggoner says she was comfortable with the process and knew what to expect. The two certification processes were similar. Although the CPSM® Diagnostic Kit is now available, Waggoner says the lack of these tools at the time actually improved her comprehension of the CPSM® study materials. "When I was studying for this exam, I had to review all the content," she explains.
In pursuit of her CPSM®, Waggoner received plenty of support from Intel. The organization paid for her to take the Bridge Exam and for all her study materials. Less tangible — but equally vital — support came in the form of heartfelt congratulations from peers and higher-ups after she secured the certification.
"The folks who've taken [the exam] as well are extremely happy for me," she says. "And those who haven't taken it have shown interest in completing it for themselves."
In the future, Waggoner hopes her CPSM® certification will demonstrate her willingness to learn, and her interest in, all aspects of supply management. "I hope it shows that I understand the unique supply chain, and the various functions within it, on a broad level," she says.
For Jami Coop, 25, a 2004 R. Gene Richter Scholar and Creighton University MBA holder, the decision to pursue her CPSM® certification was made without hesitation. "I had no reservations at all," she recalls. "The main reason I pursued it was to show that education and my profession are important to me."
True to form, Coop had finished all four C.P.M. Exams in 2006, less than a year after receiving her undergraduate degree. "I knew it would never get any easier to take those [exams]," she explains. "I was still in somewhat of a study mode, so that helped."
Coop says she "definitely" found the CPSM® Exam more challenging than the C.P.M.
"It will be harder for folks who've focused solely on purchasing — there's a much stronger emphasis on supply chain integration in the CPSM®," she advises. "But then again," she adds, "I don't think many people out there are only thinking about purchasing all day anymore. [This profession] really takes an integrated skill set."
"I believe pursuing the certification early in your career shows ambition and dedication to your career," she says. "The CPSM®'s value doesn't diminish; it can only grow stronger — especially as you're looking to secure higher positions in your organization. It seems like, more and more, employers are listing 'C.P.M. preferred' or 'CPSM® preferred' on job requirements."
Coop is currently a procurement manager, focusing on packaging procurement, for ConAgra Foods in Omaha, Nebraska. Coop received support for her CPSM® pursuit from the upper management team. "Participation in ISM is supported and encouraged," she explains.
Now that "CPSM®" and "C.P.M." both appear in Coop's e-mail signature and on her business cards, she says coworkers and peers regard the certifications as attainable for themselves. "I think [they know] it's a value-add to a person's résumé, similar to having an MBA," she says.
After 29-year-old Zachary Andersen, a supply chain administrator for Springville, Utah-based aircraft parts distribution and PMA development organization Wencor, received his C.P.M. certification in September 2007, pursuing his CPSM® seemed like the next logical step. After all, many of the test concepts were still fresh in his mind.
Just 14 months later, Andersen was a CPSM®.
Even more ambitious than his time line, however, was his all-in-one approach. Instead of taking all three CPSM® Exams as part of the pilot process, he decided to try his hand at the Bridge Exam — and passed.
"The format for the CPSM® Exam wasn't like the C.P.M.," he recalls. "In the CPSM®, there was a broader topic range, with more emphasis on application of the concepts. That made real-world experience (which I didn't have a lot of) more valuable."
Even so, with a college degree in supply management, Andersen remembers feeling at least somewhat prepared to pursue his CPSM®. In lieu of on-the-job experience, he decided to study as hard as possible for the Bridge Exam.
It paid off — plus, he had plenty of organizational support. Because ISM certifications are highly valued at Wencor, his supervisor gave him paid time off to take the exam and also paid all associated fees.
Today, Andersen is grateful for the support and happy with the results. "By obtaining my CPSM®, I feel I've gained respect from my higher-ups," he says. "I'm sure, as the years go by, I'll reap additional benefits from this designation. The satisfaction of knowing I'm certified in what I do makes me feel good."
Need to earn Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)? Short on funds to pay for training? Don't despair. ISM has several low-cost options to keep your CPSM®, C.P.M. or A.P.P. certification current. Some are even free.
For details on CEH qualification, visit the ISM Web site in the Professional Credentials section or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Get your copy of the much anticipated CPSM® Diagnostic Kit, in Web or print version. The CPSM® Diagnostic Kit helps you focus your study efforts by identifying any areas of supply management that need strengthening — right from your own computer. You get a sample test for the CPSM® Exam (may take up to three practice tests within one year) with a scoring chart and correct answers, including justifications and references. Use with the CPSM® Study Guide. Note: Content in the Web version is equivalent to the print version. However, the Web version more closely simulates the test taking environment.
Print version — Exam 1, 2 & 3: USD $79 members/USD $99 nonmembers
Web version: USD $49 ea. Exam members/USD $69 ea. Exam nonmembers
Web version, set — Exam 1, 2 & 3: USD $129 members/USD $169 nonmembers
C.P.M.s with a bachelor's degree, get your copy of the CPSM® Bridge Exam Self-Study Workbook course.
Especially designed for C.P.M.s with a bachelor's degree studying for the CPSM® Bridge Exam, this workbook uses the CPSM® Study Guide to provide an overview of the material covered on the CPSM® Bridge Exam. It includes supplemental content developed by subject-matter experts, review questions and case studies for selected Bridge-specific tasks. There is a post-test to evaluate your increased knowledge. Use with your CPSM® Study Guide. Not for candidates taking the full CPSM® Exams. (21 CEHs) Note: This self-study course is equivalent to the CPSM® Bridge Exam Online Review course in the ISM Knowledge Center.
Self-study workbooks for each CPSM® Exam will be available in fall 2009.
Item #6001 — USD $79 ea. members/USD $99 ea. nonmembers
There are more than 300 new supply management terms included in the fifth edition of the ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms. The ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms is a valuable reference tool for supply professionals, academics, researchers and students. Greatly expanded, the fifth edition includes information from all disciplines within supply management. What a great study tool for the CPSM® Exams.
Item #GL5 — USD $30 members/USD $50 nonmembers
Take online review courses for the CPSM® Bridge, Exam 1, Exam 2 and Exam 3 in the ISM Knowledge Center. Get an in-depth review and assessment of the material in the CPSM® Study Guide by tailoring the course to your specific study needs. This interactive course includes sample test questions, case studies and bonus supplemental content developed by subject-matter experts. This bonus content gives candidates additional study material for tasks with the most questions on the exam. Get immediate feedback with this online review course to customize your personal study program. Register today at www.ism-knowledgecenter.ws.
USD $195 members/USD $295 nonmembers
Since most exam candidates have been out of college for a few years, here are some tips on studying for the exams. According to the experts at Study Guides and Strategies, these basics will help you stay on track:
CPSM® review instructors have another resource to assist them in teaching CPSM® Exam and CPSM® Bridge Exam Review courses. The new CPSM® Instructor Kit is a series of CDs that include customizable PowerPoint slides for each exam with embedded summarized CPSM® Study Guide content by task, knowledge checks from the current CPSM® Courseware, and also a summary and review highlighting key points by task. Included in each exam are worksheets for task review exercises, case studies from the current CPSM® Courseware to reinforce learning and a participant answer key with Q&A and discussion notes to the knowledge checks and case studies. The CDs are available by individual exam or as a set. Note: Product content may only be used for delivery of face-to-face review courses and may not be used in online formats.
CPSM® Bridge Exam: USD $450 members/USD $650 nonmembers
CPSM® Exam 1: USD $250 members/USD $450 nonmembers
CPSM® Exam 2: USD $250 members/USD $450 nonmembers
CPSM® Exam 3: USD $250 members/USD $450 nonmembers
Set — CPSM® Exams 1, 2 & 3: USD $650 members/USD $850 nonmembers