ISM Certifications:

Certified Professional in Supply Management; Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity; Certified Purchasing Manager

The CPSM is supply management’s most prestigious designation. ISM launched the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) program in May 2008.

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The CPSD™ communicates the understanding of procurement and the entire supply chain, not just supplier diversity.

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The C.P.M.,  Certified Purchasing Manager,  is no longer available for testing and has transitioned into recertification-only status. You must have already successfully passed all four modules of the C.P.M. in order to apply and achieve the designation. Those already holding the C.P.M. designation may continue to apply for recertification or lifetime recertification.

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Education & Training

Besides the many local opportunities for professional development offered by ISM-LV through our meetings, we encourage members to take advantage of the resources available from the Institute of Supply Management, offered at no charge to ISM-LV members.    Please check the dates for the ISM-LV monthly professional development meetings here:  or on the calendar tab or our ISM-LV webpage.

ISM offers several different ways to enhance your knowledge and broaden your skills. Explore opportunities in face-to-face, online and customized education.

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There are several certifications offered through the ISM that will show your commitment to your profession and showcase your professional knowledge.

Additional information for the CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management), the CPSD, (Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity), and C.P.M. (Certified Purchasing Manager) is available at

The Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification is designed to lead the profession by emphasizing the major components of supply management. Endorsed by business leaders and thought-leaders across the globe, the knowledge, skills and abilities represented in the CPSM® reflect the expanded education, skills and experience needed to excel in strategic supply management.

The Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) is a professional designation for supply management professionals whose responsibilities include supplier diversity. This designation also delivers added value to business leaders and other team leaders who participate in the development of diverse supplier initiatives within the organization. The CPSD™ is the only professional designation for professionals whose responsibilities include supplier diversity and is supported by various diversity organizations. This designation gives you the tools to manage a comprehensive supplier diversity program.

Upcoming ISM Web Seminars or Affiliate Webcasts

These live streaming, one-hour Webcasts will feature content relevant to the supply management profession. ISM affiliates may choose to show the Webcasts in a group setting, and individuals will also have the ability to view these programs on their own computers. Participation in the live webcast counts for 1 hour of continuing education.  Webinars start at 1:00p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.  Pre-registration at ISM’s website is required for participation.

Next upcoming webinar:  None scheduled at this time.

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Lehigh University offers a Strategic Supply Chain Management Certificate Program in 2016.  See link for details.

17 Reasons for You to Join the Institute for Supply Management™

  1. Inside Supply Management®
    Our monthly magazine contains national and international information on new trends and developments in the profession plus insightful “how-to” articles. The magazine is published exclusively for ISM members.
  2. Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing ISM Report on Business® (ROB)
    Published in Inside Supply Management®, our monthly survey of purchasing statistics is the first of its kind. It’s considered by many economists to be the most reliable, near-term economic barometer available today.
  3. Unlimited Access to ISM’s Web Site
    Unlock the possibilities of this valuable research tool. Members can search an extensive database for information and articles on supply management issues, take part in professional forums, contact their local affiliates or other related organizations, and learn about ISM’s assortment of educational products and services. Members also have access to:

    • The Online Career Center – where you can search a database of employment listings from across the country, post your resume for organizations to see, or take advantage of other career-enhancing tools.
    • The ISM Online Info Center – members can search an expansive articles database via the Internet, access the Frequently Asked Questions table, search ISM’s Bid Specifications Database, and take advantage of free Resource Guides.
    • PEO Brokerage, Inc. (PBI) – a business-to-business broker of PEO (professional employer organization) services throughout the U.S.
  4. National Waste Network
    National Waste Network (NWN) is a business exchange that serves the solid waste industry. With a database of more than 12,000 solid waste collection companies in the United States, NWN is able to match your particular needs with information from their database of collection companies based on a variety of criteria provided by you. NWN claims an average savings of 18% for customers they have serviced in the past.
  5. Purchasing Advocate
    No one understands better than ISM how purchasing affects the bottom line. One of our objectives is to promote the purchasing profession. Members have access to all ISM printed and electronic materials to help promote purchasing within the organizational infrastructure. We can help you communicate your value-added contributions to the senior management of your organization.
  6. Affiliates
    Gain valuable contacts within your community during monthly meetings and educational functions. Keep on top of local industry changes and commodity trends. Be a part of a growing association run by and for purchasing and materials management professionals.
  7. C.P.M. and A.P.P. Programs
    ISM offers two professional designations. The Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.) program is for entry-level buyers primarily engaged in the tactical or operational side of purchasing/materials management. It is also available to those outside of an organization’s purchasing/materials management department with definite procurement (supply chain management) responsibilities. The Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) program focuses on the managerial, administrative, and strategic, as well as tactical aspects of the purchasing and materials management function. Both programs are designed for those working in any of the major private, public, or non-profit work sectors. Both programs are administered by ISM and members receive discounts on exams and study materials.
  8. Committees
    Acquire new skills in planning, managing, and organizing while developing your leadership potential. Some committee members report on economic conditions (the primary statistics become the highly-respected Report on Business®), direct ISM’s annual conference, assist in program development, and much more. Only ISM members can participate.
  9. Special Interest Groups and Forums
    Gain a deeper understanding of your purchasing specialty and develop valuable connections across the U.S. when you join an ISM special interest group or forum. ISM has groups in interest areas ranging from materials management to health care providers, to federal acquisitions. Only through ISM can you participate in the ISM special interest groups or forums.
  10. CAPS Research
    ISM members receive purchasing-related research studies and benchmarks free from CAPS, the only national not-for-profit research center in purchasing and materials management. CAPS sponsors three international round tables throughout the year in North America, Europe, and Asia. Participants include more than one hundred Fortune 500 companies.
  11. Seminar Discounts
    Enhance your professional development and job performance when you enroll in ISM seminars taught by experienced instructors. Over 90 seminars are conducted annually throughout the United States; intensive, one-week purchasing management programs are also conducted at selected universities. Members save up to $200 on each two-day seminar and $400 on each management program. Our satellite seminar series addresses different purchasing/supply management issues and is offered several times throughout the year. This live program allows you to interact with speakers and peers without leaving your city or affiliate area.
  12. Professional Development Resources
    Over 80 different audio/video programs and over 50 different books to choose from. All programs are designed to heighten your acumen in a variety of subjects, including: global sourcing, negotiations, legal issues, and supply management. Video tapes are easily adaptable to individual or group presentations. Publications include: textbooks, workbooks, the TECHnotes series, with subject matter covering purchasing topics plus general business information. These professional development resources accommodate your unique schedule and pace, and ISM members save on all purchases and rentals.
  13. Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit
    Network with 2000 peers at the only international conference devoted exclusively to purchasing and supply management. Examine emerging trends and challenges during comprehensive workshops conducted by your peers. Workshop presenters are selected as a result of ISM’s “Call for Presentations.” The conference attracts distinguished speakers to discuss current national and international issues and features several sessions highlighted by prominent corporate leaders. Members receive significant savings on registration fees.
  14. The Journal of Supply Chain Management
    The nation’s first scholarly journal devoted exclusively to purchasing and materials management research and development. New members receive more than one-half off the 1 year subscription rate.
  15. Recognition and Awards
    Earn recognition when you are rewarded for exemplary service to ISM and the profession at large. The J. Shipman Gold Medal, established in 1931, is the purchasing profession’s highest honor; other awards are given to ISM members for outstanding performance in the categories of Education/Learning, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Marketing/Communicating and Volunteerism.
  16. ISM Knowledge Center
    Members can enroll in a free course on cost/price analysis, or take one of the growing number of other self-directed online courses and earn Continuing Education Hours toward re-certification.
  17. Member-Get-A-Member Campaign
    Once you are a member, you can receive valuable rewards by recruiting others into your professional association – ISM. Campaigns are run each year, giving members a continual opportunity to win. For more information call 800/888-6276, EXT. 401, or send e-mail to customer service.