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Certified Purchasing Manager

Institute for Supply Management (ISM)

http://www.ism.ws/Certification/requirements.cfm

C.P.M: The Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) program is designed for experienced purchasing and supply managers. It focuses on managerial and leadership skills, plus a variety of specialized functions (e.g., sourcing analysis, supply and inventory management, forecasting) designed to enhance the value of procurement and supply management within an organization. It also covers the
operational aspects of the purchasing and supply function, such as identifying requirements, preparing solicitations and agreements, negotiations, technology, quality, and maintaining relationships.

C.P.M requirements: Applicants for C.P.M. certification must pass all four modules of the C.P.M. exam. In addition, the applicant must (a) have five years of full-time professional purchasing and supply management experience, or (b) have a four-year degree from an accredited institution and three years of full-time professional purchasing and supply management experience.

C.P.M exam cost: For domestic candidates (includes Canada), the computer exam costs $95 USD per module for members and $135 USD per module for nonmembers. International fees are $135 USD per module for members and $170 USD per module for nonmembers (candidates in Spain should contact ISM customer service for special provider information). Other costs vary according to the study
materials used and/or review classes taken.

A.P.P: The Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.) program is for entry-level buyers or others primarily engaged in the operational side of the purchasing and supply function, such as identifying requirements, preparing solicitations and agreements, negotiations, technology, quality, and maintaining relationships. The A.P.P. is also relevant for those involved in purchasing and supply support activities and supply teams.

APP requirements: Applicants for Original Accreditation must pass modules 1 and 2 of the new A.P.P. Examination Module 1 - Purchasing Process, Module 2- supply environment. In addition, an applicant must (a) have two years of professional (non-clerical, non-support) work experience, or (b) have an associate's degree from an accredited institution and one year of professional experience. Purchasing and supply management experience can be a secondary component of the applicant's
job.

A.P.P exam cost: For domestic candidates (includes Canada), the computer exam costs $95 USD per module for members and $135 USD per module for nonmembers. International fees are $135 USD per module for members and $170 USD per module for nonmembers (candidates in Spain should contact ISM customer service for special provider information). Other costs vary according to the study
materials used and/or review classes taken.



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