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Introducing ... Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™)

FOR RELEASE: November 9, 2011

ISM's professional credential debuts November 15, 2011.

(Tempe, Ariz.) November 9, 2011 — Big opportunities are in store for people who want to build their careers and professional influence in supply management and procurement. Less than one week from today, Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) unveils the Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™).This new certification option allows a broad range of practitioners to demonstrate knowledge and expertise in supply management, regardless of whether they have a degree. Effective November 15, 2011, eligible candidates can register through ISM for the CSM™ Exam, and will have one year from the date they register to schedule their computer-based exam.

"The debut of the CSM™ is a defining event for ISM because it furthers our mission to lead and serve supply management," says ISM CEO Paul Novak, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., MCIPS. "Individuals and teams worldwide have expanded opportunities to build their professional stature and business credibility."

The new CSM™ joins ISM's globally-recognized Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) program to set a common standard of measurement for professionals to demonstrate mastery of supply management knowledge and skills. The CSM™ tests the same body of knowledge as the CPSM®. Eligibility for the CSM™ is dependent on a candidate's work experience and educational background, as well as successfully passing the required exam(s).

For more information on the CSM™ program, CSM™ Exam specifications, and registration link (available November 15, 2011), visit ISM online at Select Professional Credentials, then Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™). Opportunities for on-site CSM™ Exam testing and review are also available.

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals with an interest in supply management who live and work in more than 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®), Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) qualifications, and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

Media Contact:
Jean McHale |
Manager, Public Relations
Institute for Supply Management™
(U.S. only) 480-752-6276, extension 3143
(International) +1 480-752-6276, extension 3143