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Founded in 1968, the National Procurement Institute, Inc. is designed to establish cooperative relationships among its members and to develop efficient purchasing methods and practices in the areas of governmental, educational, and institutional procurement.  The mission of NPI is to facilitate the educational and professional development of its members. 

The National Procurement Institute, Inc. (NPI) is the Public Sector Affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management formerly known as the National Association of Purchasing Management.

NPI became an affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management (formerly NAPM) in 1990. NPI is recognized as the public sector affiliate of ISM. Membership in NPI is available to individuals engaged in purchasing for federal, state, county, and municipal government entities, public school systems, universities, and other public and nonprofit institutions in the United States.

Founded in 1915, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) is one of the most respected educational associations in the United States.  ISM is a communication link with more than 48,000 purchasing and supply management professionals.  ISM is a progressive association with a mission to provide national and international leadership in purchasing and materials management, particularly in the areas of education, research and standards of excellence.  Through various resources and a network of 180 affiliated organizations, ISM provides opportunities for expansion of professional skills and knowledge.  A not-for-profit association, ISM offers a wide range of educational products and programs.


The National Procurement Institute, the public sector affiliate of ISM, exists to promote the achievement of excellence in governmental and institutional procurement through education, certification, professional development and networking of its membership.


To be recognized as the leading national association of public procurement professionals dedicated to establishing and maintaining high standards of education, certification, professional development, leadership and ethics.