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Canadian supply management professionals earn certified purchasing manager designation

Tempe, Arizona The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) continues to strengthen ties and broaden the influence o...


September 11, 2003
By MRO Magazine

Tempe, Arizona The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) continues to strengthen ties and broaden the influence of its professional certification within the supply management field as 234 Canadian supply management professionals who earned their Certified Professional Purchaser (C.P.P.) designation have received ISM’s highly respected Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) designation.

There are only a few months left for Canadian supply managers, who have previously earned their C.P.P. designation, to gain ISM’s C.P.M. designation without having to take and pass the exam portion of the C.P.M. requirements. This limited offer expires on January 31, 2004.

“This is a great opportunity,” states Christina Foster, SPHR, vice president of certification for ISM. “The C.P.M. is world renowned and represents the highest level of excellence within the supply management field. The C.P.M. and C.P.P. complement each other very nicely.”

To qualify, current C.P.P.s must submit a completed C.P.M. Original or Original Lifetime application, available at, by January 31, 2004. After January 31, 2004, applicants will be required to meet all C.P.M. requirements, including taking and passing all four modules of the exam.


The Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) designation, introduced in 1974, is the most recognized designation worldwide for professionals in supply management. A C.P.M. represents the broadest body of knowledge in the dynamic and critical field of supply management.

Professional organizations and enterprises around the world are adopting the C.P.M., with its rigorous testing and lifelong learning requirements, as the standard of achievement and excellence for the profession. To date, more than 40,000 individuals have gained certification both nationally and abroad.

For additional information on the conversion from the C.P.P. to the C.P.M. designation, contact ISM’s Certification Department at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3023, or by e-mail at

Visit the ISM Web site at for additional certification information.