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ISM to Offer Supplier Diversity Qualification

FOR RELEASE: August 18, 2010

Pilot testing program underway for Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD).

(Tempe, Ariz.) August 18, 2010 — Institute for Supply Management (ISM) invites supply management professionals to take the next step in advancing their careers by obtaining the Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity (CPSD) designation. ISM's newest designation is intended for supplier diversity professionals and supply management professionals who hold diversity responsibilities. Offering a supplier diversity designation is a significant way for ISM to demonstrate commitment to supplier diversity and to respond to ever-growing requests from the supplier diversity community. The CPSD will deliver added value to business leaders and other team leaders who have an interest in, or participate in the development of, diverse supplier initiatives within their organizations.

Requirements for the Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity are:

  • Candidates must successfully pass CPSM® Exam 1. This requirement is waived if the candidate holds a current Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) or Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®).
  • Candidates must successfully pass the CPSD Exam.
  • Candidates must demonstrate three years of professional supply management or supplier diversity experience (not necessarily full-time) with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or five years of professional experience (not necessarily full-time) if they do not hold a bachelor's degree.

The full CPSD program will launch in early 2011. ISM is currently scheduling pilot testing, which has been a standard practice each time it has introduced a new professional credential. Pilot testing will be offered through ISM affiliates and participating companies on-site in early November 2010. Companies and ISM affiliates must have at least eight candidates interested in taking the CPSD pilot exam in order to register for the Pilot Testing Program. For more information on the CPSD pilot exam, contact Michelle Pattee at or +1 480-752-6276, extension 3074.

Visit ISM online at for exam specifications, to express your interest in the CPSD Pilot Testing Program or to register to receive e-mail updates on the CPSD. Select Professional Credentials, then Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity.

Note to Editors: According to the ISM Glossary of Key Supply Management Terms (5th Edition), Diversity and Inclusiveness — Supply Base signifies variety, including variety in the ownership of organizations. In supply management, diversity typically means an organization's efforts to include different categories of suppliers in its sourcing process and active supply base and to address the opportunities and challenges that arise from differences and similarities. Diversity and Inclusiveness — Workforce signifies variety, including variety in the types of people employed in an organization.

As the largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM is a not-for-profit membership association serving more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. ISM offers credentialing to professionals around the world with the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

Media Contact:
Jean McHale
ISM Public Relations
+1 480-752-6276, extension 3143