Monday, December 3, 2012

Purchasing Association in Canada Announces its Supply Chain Management Professional Designation Receives Recognition from an International Purchasing Management Association

December 3, 2012 - (Toronto, ON) – The Purchasing Management Association of Canada’s (PMAC) professional accreditation program, which leads to its Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation, has received global recognition from the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) as meeting the highest standards in supply chain education. PMAC’s program is the first in North America to receive this honour, and only the second in the world.

The new Global Standard for Professional Competence in Purchasing and Supply, created by the Global Standards Board of the IFPSM, evaluates degree-equivalent programs against clear and transparent criteria for content, delivery and assessment. It allows associations and organizations to certify the relevance and integrity of their educational programs in purchasing and supply management against internationally recognized benchmarks for degrees, credentials and certifications.

“This endorsement from the IFPSM’s Global Standards Board is welcome news for PMAC and further differentiates our strategic SCMP accreditation program from other designations in the marketplace,” said Cheryl Paradowski, president and CEO, PMAC.
“As the importance of strategic supply chain management increases, the options for supply chain education and training will continue to grow in the marketplace. Global Standard recognition will help the SCMP program stand out from the pack and assure companies that SCMP-accredited professionals are world-class.”

This certification also coincides with the renewal of accreditation for the SCMP designation program from the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC), through its National Accreditation Program (NAP). Originally granted in 2009, the accreditation is reviewed every three years to ensure that accredited programs still meet the Council’s standards. The CSCSC also renewed its accreditation of PMAC’s Supply Management Training (SMT) program, which develops tactical skills in supply management, at the same time.

Similar to the NAP, the SCMP designation program’s Global Standard accreditation will be subject to regular reassessment to verify that it continues to meet the rigorous criteria set out by the Global Standards Board.

“This external recognition certifies that the SCMP designation program is amongst the best in the world,” said Mike Whelan, SCMP, chair, PMAC National Board. “Just as designation programs act as quality control for supply chain professionals, Global Standard accreditation validates that PMAC’s program develops the essential skills and knowledge required of strategic supply chain practitioners.”
About PMAC

The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) is the leading, and the largest, association in Canada for supply chain management professionals. The national voice for advancing and promoting the profession of supply chain management, PMAC sets the standard of excellence for professional skills, knowledge and integrity. With 6,500 members working across private and public sectors, PMAC is the principal source of supply chain training, education and professional development in the country, requiring all members to adhere to a Code of Ethics. Through its 10 Provincial and Territorial Institutes, PMAC grants the SCMP (Supply Chain Management Professional) designation, the highest achievement in the field and the mark of strategic leadership.


The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) is the union of national and regional purchasing associations worldwide. Within this circle about 250,000 purchasing professionals can be reached. IFPSM facilitates the development and distribution of knowledge to elevate and advance the procurement profession, thus favourably impacting the standard of living of citizens worldwide through improved business practices. The term ‘procurement’ is taken to embrace purchasing, materials management, logistics, supply chain management and strategic sourcing. IFPSM is a non-political, independent and non-profit oriented international organization.