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ISM To Offer Exams for CPSD™ Following NMSDC Conference

FOR RELEASE: September 17, 2012

Register now to test on November 1, 2012, in Denver for ISM's supplier diversity designation.

(New York, NY and Tempe, Ariz.) September 17, 2012 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), along with National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.® (NMSDC®), has arranged for members of either organization to take the two required exams for the Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) certification following the 2012 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair. The two exams required are the CPSD™ Exam and either Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) Exam 1 or Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) Exam 1. Exams will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Advanced registration is required by October 12, 2012 at

The CPSD™ designation is for supplier diversity and supply management professionals who want to strengthen their knowledge in supplier diversity. Earning the CPSD™ demonstrates the understanding of procurement and the entire supply chain, not just supplier diversity.

NMSDC has been instrumental in working with ISM to include diversity subject matter experts in the development of the CPSD™ designation. As a supporter of ISM programs, NMSDC has arranged for these exams to be available for its corporate members on Thursday morning, November 1, 2012, in Denver.

Registration fee for the onsite exams at the NMSDC Conference is US$175 per exam. Non-ISM members save US$124 from the regular non-member rate. Advanced registration is required by October 12, 2012 at Contact with questions.

About Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) |
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 and organizations with an interest in supply management in more than 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) qualifications and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

About NMSDC |
The National Minority Supplier Development Council advances business opportunities for certified Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American business enterprises and connects them to corporate members. One of the country's leading corporate membership organizations, NMSDC was chartered in 1972 to provide increased procurement and business opportunities for minority businesses of all sizes.

The NMSDC Network includes a national office in New York and 36 Regional Councils across the country. There are 3,500 corporate members throughout the network, including America's top publicly-owned, privately-owned and foreign-owned companies as well as universities, hospitals and other buying institutions. The Regional Councils certify and match 16,000 minority-owned businesses with member corporations that want to purchase their products and services.

Media Contacts:

Jean McHale |
ISM Public Relations
(U.S.) 480-752-6276, extension 3143
(International) +1 480-752-6276, extension 3143
For information about Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM)

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Kim Brown |
Director of Communications
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc®
212/944-2430, ext. 116
For information about NMSDC and the 2012 Conference