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December 2003, Volume 7

Issue Highlights:

  • Certification Market Study
  • Inside Supply Management
  • Members Save
  • Philip Morris U.S.A. C.P.M. Society
  • The 89th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit
  • Career Center
  • FAQs

Certification Market Study:

In order to stay ahead of the current trends and issues related to supply management, ISM routinely reviews its certification and accreditation programs. Currently, ISM is conducting an in-depth market study to review both programs.

This process will help us to determine the future focus of both the C.P.M. and A.P.P. designations. ISM has hired Knapp & Associates International, Inc. (K&AI) to conduct the study, with an unbiased view of the programs. Knapp & Associates is a consulting firm specializing in the conception, planning, development and implementation of programs designed to measure professional and occupational competence.

Knapp & Associates is conducting one-on-one interviews and surveys with current and potential certification applicants, industry leaders and top academics. All of this information will be compiled and reviewed by ISM to determine the future of both the C.P.M. and A.P.P. programs.

Inside Supply Management®

The December issue of Inside Supply Management® includes our Annual Article Index which categorizes all of this year's articles by topic. Along with each article listed, articles that contain an Exam Alert are indicated, with details on which module the article referenced. The Article Index makes it easy to scan for anything you've missed this past year, and it is now available online, to allow you to quickly review the articles on our Web site.

If you are interested in financial analysis, make sure to catch December's issue featuring two articles stressing the importance and steps of analyzing a supplier's financial health.

Members Save!

As both the C.P.M. and A.P.P. designation programs grow in popularity around the world, the exclusive ISM member discounts on exam preparation materials and testing become more important for those interested in saving money. When you become a member of ISM, you will receive:

In addition to the initial savings on application fees received during the certification/accreditation process, members also save on:

C.P.M. and A.P.P. related costs for ISM members vs. nonmembers (December, 2003)

Examination Fees (C.P.M. and A.P.P. — Computer-Based):

  Nonmember Rate Member Rate Member Savings
Domestic Fees $160/module $120/module $40/module
International Fees $200/module $165/module $35/module

* Onsite, paper testing is available when 50 or more modules are given. Contact the ISM Sales Department for more information.

C.P.M. Application Fee
Nonmember - $150 Member - $90 Member Savings - $60
A.P.P. Application Fee
Nonmember - $105 Member - $65 Member Savings - $40
C.P.M. Recertification Application Fee
Nonmember - $100 Member - $65 Member Savings - $35
A.P.P. Reaccreditation Application Fee
Nonmember - $80 Member - $50 Member Savings - $30

Philip Morris U.S.A. Purchasing Colleagues Form C.P.M. Society

In the last two years, two dozen purchasing professionals at Philip Morris U.S.A. (PM USA) have earned the Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) designation. What sparked this growth? And how did it lead to the creation of the company's own C.P.M. Society? Here is the story of the Philip Morris U.S.A. C.P.M. Society:

Given the extraordinary challenges faced by purchasing and supply management professionals, a small group of experienced employees having obtained their C.P.M. designations recommended the program to their less-experienced colleagues. The purchasing department embraced the program, and senior management endorsed and sponsored three onsite, instructor-led C.P.M. classes.

The success and enthusiasm expressed from the first class did not go unnoticed by colleagues, and within the year, a second class was formed, which then led to a third. The program was so successful that some employees, because of their unpredictable work schedules, chose to pursue their designation through independent study. In all, whether their path was classroom or independent study, those at Philip Morris who have obtained their C.P.M. designation endorse the curriculum and have recommended it to their colleagues.

The program has been a huge success, and the number of employees with the C.P.M. designation has grown from five in 1999 to 30 today, including two purchasing directors. Currently four or five more employees are preparing to take the exam.

In response to the success of the program and the sudden surge of C.P.M. recipients, the purchasing department formed its own "C.P.M. Society." The society, comprised of purchasing employees who have achieved the C.P.M./A.P.P. designation, promotes the professional growth and development of PM USA purchasing employees.

The C.P.M. Society meets every other month to discuss current trends and examine purchasing and supply chain management issues. Members suggest various topics to examine in further detail, and determine which are the most critical and timely to the organization and warrant further study. Each chosen topic is assigned to a two- or three-member committee that researches and recruits an internal or external subject-matter expert to conduct a seminar or class onsite. The committees also coordinate event logistics, internal advertising, and work directly with ISM to determine the credits awarded for attendance and completion of the seminar or class.

To celebrate the formation of the society, the PM USA purchasing department held a "C.P.M. Recognition and Society Kickoff" event in June 2002. Faith Mathews, C.P.M. (Nabisco, Inc., former director, NAPM—Richmond Inc. Metro Chapter, and current program director, NAPM—Virginia Inc.) and Paula Varner, C.P.M., A.P.P. (Media General, Inc., president, NAPM—Richmond Inc. Metro Chapter), spoke at the event about the learning opportunities available through the local and state chapters and ISM. Their participation in this event helped to establish a strong connection between the society and the local chapter.

In summary, the PM U.S.A. C.P.M. Society is dedicated to promoting the professional growth and development of PM U.S.A. purchasing employees. "That's our goal. That's what we're about."

Ronald "Bud" Butler, C.P.M., President, PM USA C.P.M. Society
Kathy Olyha, C.P.M., Vice President, PM USA C.P.M. Society

The 89th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit
April 25-28, 2004
Philadelphia Marriott and the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

Interested in obtaining your C.P.M.? Don't miss this year's Conference — there are three workshop sessions directly related to the C.P.M. program:

Focusing Your C.P.M. and A.P.P. Study and Test-Taking Skills – Part 1 — Extended
This extended workshop provides an overview of the C.P.M. and A.P.P. Exam programs by demonstrating how the C.P.M. and A.P.P. Diagnostic Practice Exams can help you focus your study efforts. Gain additional practical test-taking tips. Continued in Session DA.

Focusing Your C.P.M. and A.P.P. Study and Test-Taking Skills – Part 2 — Extended
This extended workshop provides an overview of the C.P.M. and A.P.P. Exam programs by demonstrating how the C.P.M. and A.P.P. Diagnostic Practice Exams can help you focus your study efforts. Gain additional practical test-taking tips. Continued from Session CA.

C.P.M.: Best Warranty in the Marketplace
This workshop focuses on reviewing the four modules of the C.P.M. Exam. Time is spent understanding the context of questions to understand the points of knowledge being tested. Gain techniques to help you narrow the options.

In addition, don't miss this special offer!
Candidates who register for either the complete Conference or a 2-day Post- Conference seminar will receive HALF-OFF the applicable exam fee. Regular exam fees will apply to those not registering for the complete Conference or a 2-day Post- Conference seminar.

Register early. Seating per session is limited. Once a session is full, no additional candidates will be registered for that testing time.

Check Out ISM's Career Center

If you are seeking employment, or you are looking for qualified supply management professionals, visit ISM's Career Center. ISM's Career Center helps to link job seekers and employers. Both members and nonmembers can use this service.

To check out ISM's Career Center, click here.


Q:  What exam preparation materials should I use to prepare for the C.P.M. or A.P.P. Exam?

A:  While ISM does not make recommendations on which study materials you should buy, the C.P.M./A.P.P. Study Guide and C.P.M./A.P.P. Diagnostic Practice Exam are our best-selling study aids.

The Study Guide offers information on test specifications, examples of the testing format and question styles. It includes a general overview of the exam, the material covered and recommendations for further study.

The Diagnostic Practice Exam provides a full-length practice exam complete with a grading scale, correct answers and answer explanations.

Neither of these books is intended to be the only study material you use. Supplements to these may include any books you have from previous schooling or perhaps one of the many publications available through ISM. The knowledge that you bring to the exam as well as your ability to perform on a multiple-choice, standardized computer-based exam all play a factor in your grade.

ISM suggests that you only schedule one module at a time (at least when you're taking the exam for the first time) in case you aren't as prepared as expected. After taking your first module, you will have a better idea of whether you require more study aids.

Q:  I have passed all the required exam modules—now what?

A:  Once you have passed the required exam modules, you will need to submit an application with your score reports and supporting documentation of the work experience requirements outlined below:

C.P.M.: Five years of full-time professional (non-clerical; non-support) supply management experience OR three years of full-time professional supply management experience and a four-year degree from an accredited institution.

A.P.P.: Two years of full-time professional work experience OR have an associate's degree from an accredited institution and one year of full-time professional work experience. Purchasing and supply management experience can be a secondary component of the applicant's job.

Current application fees:

C.P.M. Original Application

$90    ISM member
$150  nonmember

A.P.P. Original Application

$65    ISM member
$105  nonmember

Q:  Can I submit a photocopy of my C.P.M. or A.P.P. application? What about my supporting documentation?

A:  The application and work experience documentation must be originals. However, ISM will accept photocopies of your exam score reports.

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