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Global standard for procurement qualification near

[News item courtesy of The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) Newsletter]
October 2011 | Charles Holden

The introduction of a global standard for procurement qualifications moved a step closer last month with a leading procurement association undertaking a trial to assess whether its qualifications “make the grade” for the new IFPSM-administered benchmark.

The development of The Global Standard for Professional Competence in Purchasing and Supply will see member institutes, among other interested agencies, sign up to a common benchmark for their individual education and qualification programmes. The standard will provide a transferable level of qualification for buyers whose local institutes take part. “It will create a global objective benchmark and develop programmes to help professionals around the world,” said Dr Paul Davis, president of the Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management, and one of the architects of the new standard. “It will also recognize the changing nature of educational and professional development”.

Speaking at the IFPSM World Summit in Stockholm last month, both Davis and fellow programme leader Nora Neibergall of America’s Institute for Supply Management, were keen to stress that the standard would not be a new examination for individual purchasing and supply management professionals but rather a measurement of an institute’s education model based on agreed criteria.

The trial is part of that development and once the standard has been established member associations will apply to have their education offering assessed.

Neibergall pointed out that the standard would not be prescriptive over topics or duration of IFPSM members’ qualifications, but will include “essential content areas” and will retain the flexibility for variations between sectors.

The “guinea pig” project will be complete by December 2011 and under current plans, the standard will be launched formally in January 2012.

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