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February 2000, Vol. 12, No. 2
In This Issue
In an effort to encourage growth in the C.P.M. and A.P.P. programs, and to promote the updated C.P.M. Exam and new A.P.P. Exam, NAPM has initiated a comprehensive certification and accreditation marketing plan. This commitment requires the allocation of additional financial and human resources. The 1999/2000 budget includes significantly increased resources for advertising, direct-mail campaigns (to potential candidates and management), trade shows, and other marketing activities. In addition, a full-time NAPM staff member is now dedicated solely to certification marketing.
C.P.M. and A.P.P. News
For more information regarding the changes to NAPM's certification program and the evolution of the updated C.P.M. Exam and new A.P.P. Exam, please visit the Certification area of our Web site at www.napm.org. Click on Evolution of the C.P.M. Program and the Updated C.P.M. Exam for the August 1999 issue of Professionally Speaking and the September 1999 Purchasing Today® article "Revised Certification Exam Reflects What You Do," which announce the changes taking place. You will also find the new and updated exam specifications and transition charts for the current and future C.P.M. and A.P.P. programs. These charts explain the new exams, and introduce the various combinations of the existing and updated exam modules that candidates can use when applying for the C.P.M. or A.P.P. designation. As further information becomes available, we will post it on NAPM's Web site.
The C.P.M. and Professional Development
Earlier this year, Dr. Michael McGinnis, C.P.M., A.P.P., professor of marketing and supply chain management at the University of South Alabama, prepared scenarios based on organizations that require or encourage their employees to earn C.P.M. certification. He worked with six purchasing managers to prepare scenarios of processes used by a range of organizations that require or encourage their purchasing professionals to earn their C.P.M.s as part of the organization's overall professional development program. The six managers work in a variety of industry categories, in purchasing organizations that vary greatly in size, and with a wide range of professional development strategies. This article shares Dr. McGinnis' findings.
Upcoming Revision to the C.P.M. and A.P.P. Examinations
Based on the results of a major investigation into the current nature of the purchasing/supply managers' and buyers' positions, NAPM will be introducing an updated version of the C.P.M. Examination and a new A.P.P. Examination. These exams will be made available via computer administration January 1, 2001.
NAPM's Knowledge Center is our new distance education, online learning, and information site. This new offering provides you with the opportunity to take self-directed online courses whenever it's convenient for you!
Watch your mailbox for the February issue of Purchasing Today®. Inside you'll find the first Purchasing Month poster of the new millennium.