The Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.) title and A.P.P. service marked initials are the exclusive and sole property of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM). The A.P.P. designation is granted by ISM to qualified applicants. Those who have obtained the A.P.P. can be proud of their commitment to professional and ethical standards as evidenced by their hard work to meet the program criteria established for the A.P.P.
Once qualified, ISM grants each A.P.P. the right to use the designation after his or her name on correspondence, business cards, and so forth, for as long as the applicant's certificate remains in force and effect. Use of the A.P.P. is an excellent way to announce the individual's achievement and help make others aware of the professional designation.
Periods must be used after each A, P, P letter. If the individual is also a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.), and using both sets of initials, the C.P.M. should be listed first, followed by a comma, and then the A.P.P. designation.
Once a current certificate has lapsed the individual may no longer use the A.P.P. initials.