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Purchasing certifications and procurement certification programs offered by the American Purchasing Society are important to purchasing professionals for a number of valid reasons.

Business management recognizes the growing complexity and heavy demands of the purchasing operation. Executives need the assurance that their purchasing managers and buyers are adequately trained, reliable, and dedicated to their professions.

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There is a growing realization in the business world that only professionals can get the job done in a professional manner. The American Purchasing Society award of certification provides general management a degree of confidence in the ability and integrity of the people who have been or will be selected to do the job.

Secondly, there is ample precedent reflecting the benefits of professional certification in the history of other areas of business operation, such as engineering, accounting, law, etc.

Other facts supporting the need for certification of purchasing people include a marked degree of improvement in personal confidence, satisfaction, and pride which results from certification - and it is manifested by improved performance on the part of the certified individual. Also, certification permits closer control of spurious purchasing practices and offers opportunities for increased earning levels in purchasing operations based on recognition of professional competence and performance.

I would recommend getting a CPP, not just for prestige, but also for the knowledge that comes with studying for the specific requirements of the CPP exam. Purchasing people are expected to know about a wide variety of business subjects now, not just how to place orders.

Terry L. Drews
Purchasing Coordinator
Professional Products, Inc.
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