Membership Requirements

Membership in ISM shall be open to the following:

  • A person who is involved in the purchasing or materials process, including without limitation, purchasing, purchasing research, value analysis, inventory control, materials management, supply chain management, or any other activity or function which is related to the purchasing or materials process.
  • An editor, secretary, or business manager employed by an Affiliated Association.
  • A person with a full-time appointment as a teacher, research specialist, department head, director or dean of a college, university, or other academic institution whose academic responsibility includes purchasing management or materials management or other related fields or subjects. You may qualify for dues free status.
  • A regular member whose dues are currently paid on a continuous basis who is unemployed shall continue to be eligible for membership.
  • A regular member whose dues are currently paid on a continuous basis who retires shall continue to be eligible for membership.
  • An undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full time in an accredited community college or four-year college or university. You may qualify for dues free status if you meet the requirements and can provide the requested documentation.
  • A person who is engaged in the business of providing consulting services primarily in the field of purchasing management and materials management on condition that such person does not solicit members of an affiliated association for consulting engagements.


Any person interested in the supply management field shall be eligible to be a Direct Member or Regular Member of an Affiliated Association provided that such person does not solicit business on behalf of such person or his or her employer during meetings of any ISM activity, including without limitation, meetings of Affiliated Associations (including chapters) ISM Committees and ISM groups and forums (as defined in Policy).

In principle and in practice, the Institute for Supply Management values and seeks a diverse membership. Individual viewpoints and contributions are pursued and respected. There are no barriers to full participation in ISM on the basis of ethnic background, gender, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. For ISM, diversity is valuing and respecting individual strengths, viewpoints and contributions. Diversity is viewed as a positive asset in ISM's growth and success. The association will value and embrace diversity in the membership. It is the policy of ISM not to be affiliated with an association which fails to adhere to the provisions of this statement of policy.

Categories of Membership

Option 1: Regular Membership includes national membership and membership in one of the local affiliated associations (ISM Nebraska). You receive the full value of membership both locally and nationally.

Option 2: Associate Membership includes membership in the local (ISM Nebraska) affiliate association only.

Option 3: Direct National Membership includes membership in the national association only. Membership in the local affiliate, local networking opportunities, and other local benefits are not included.

Option 4:  The ISM Corporate Program features a wealth of benefits to help your supply management team and company maximize their effectiveness and succeed on a global scale. The program provides unique leadership and skills enhancement opportunities, creating an environment in which your supply chain professionals can be more effective. It includes support for your supply professionals, insights into the business environment and Direct Membership in ISM for your entire supply management staff, including wholly owned subsidiaries globally, for one annual fee. For additional information on the ISM Corporate Program, email Alan Howick.

Option 5: The Regular Membership Volume Discount Program provides dues discounts to companies with 50 or more purchasing employees as members. For more information on the Volume Discount Program, please email ISM National customer service, call 800/888-6276, extension 3001, or write to:

ISM - Volume Discount Program

Customer Service Department P.O. Box 22160

Tempe, AZ 85285-2160