The Certified Purchasing Manager Designation

November 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

Farryn Melton is a Certified Purchasing Manager, a designation offered to qualified professionals through the Institute for Supply Management. Before applying for certification, professionals must have at least three years of experience in the field of supply management with a degree from an accredited institution. Once an applicant meets these qualifications, he or she must pass an extensive exam that covers cost and price minimization, acquisition methods, and supply sourcing, among other relevant topics. The exam consists of four distinct sections: Purchasing Process, Value Enhancement Strategies, Supply Environment, and Management. The Institute for Supply Management was founded in 1915 and remains the largest association of its kind in the world. Holding the supply management profession to high standards of excellence, the Institute promotes research endeavors, continuing education efforts, and offers a variety of different professional designations. At present, more than 40,000 supply managers in 75 countries are connected through the institute, which has become a central source for information, advice, and networking. The Institute also supports its members with a number of publications, including the quarterly Journal of Supply Chain Management, the monthly Inside Supply Management, and the monthly volunteer newsletter NewsLine. Each year, the Institute also sponsors an international conference for its members and makes the content of the conference’s workshops available online for the benefit of professionals around the world. In an effort to promote vital industry research, the Institute sponsors the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies, of which Farryn Melton is a Trustee.


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