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Worldwide there are currently five certification programs offered by the American Purchasing Society. These include the Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP), the Certified Professional Purchasing Consultant (CPPC), the Certified Professional in Distribution and Warehousing (CPDW), the Certified Green Purchasing Professional (CGPP), and the Certified Professional Purchasing Manager (CPPM).

This article provides you with comprehensive information on becoming a CPPM.

What is CPPM?

CPPM is a certification program which equips its candidates with the latest practices and requirements of the purchasing managerial profession. It covers topics including Managing Human Resources, Leading the Procurement Organization, Providing Added Value, Managing Quality, Managing Systems and Relationships, and Operating Purchasing Practices.

A candidate who has successfully completed this program will be able to effectively handle the heavy demands and growing complexity of the supply and purchasing chain operation. He will be to carry out his managerial role in a professional manner with high degree of confidence, integrity and ability.

Who is eligible to apply for the CPPM program?

The CPPM program can be pursued by anyone in the purchasing managerial position. The applicant, however, should have previously earned the CPP designation or should earn that credential simultaneously with the CPPM. The candidate has to submit his management experience document, and pass a certification exam which assesses his understanding of management and business issues.

What are the prerequisites for applying to the CPPM program?

The applicant has to adhere to the Code of Professional Ethics and Professional Conduct advocated by the American Purchasing Society.

Code of Ethics

Every candidate pledges to:

  • Be loyal to his employer. Pursue the objectives of his organization which are consistent with the code as long as there is no violation of the state, federal, or local laws.
  • Purchase from suppliers without any personal prejudices, taking into consideration only the optimum value offered by them in all factors.
  • Be honest and urge others to be honest as well. Condemn all sorts of fraudulent business practices.
  • Avoid all interest disputes which would bring in partiality in your business transactions.
  • Be genuine with everyone with whom you do business, including your suppliers and potential suppliers.
  • Decline any gratuities offered by suppliers and potential suppliers.
    Maintain high personal conduct standards.

Code of Conduct

Every candidate pledges to:

  • Constantly strive to enhance his knowledge of materials, processes and methods that influence the purchasing performance.
  • Emphasize on and practice sound business principles in conducting all transactions.
  • Be open to proficient advice from colleagues and display willingness to share your ideas supporting the profession.