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UW-River Falls Employee Earns Certification

March 12, 1999

UW-River Falls Director of Purchasing Tom Weiss recently earned the status of lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager.

According to the National Association of Purchasing Management, the certification signifies the continued pursuit of education and contributions to the profession. Certification also assists management in identifying professionals who demonstrate a specific level of knowledge and experience.

Normally, a purchasing agent must re-certify every five years. This is broken down into 50 percent experience and college courses and 50 percent testing. Now that Weiss has received this certification he will not have to re-certify again.

Weiss traveled to St. Scholastica University and the University of Minnesota-Duluth to complete the four-part test. The test itself was a challenge to Weiss, who described it as very difficult and very deep.

Originally from Springfield, Minn., Weiss graduated from St. John's University and taught for one year as a foreign language teacher. He then moved to Superior and became a purchasing agent at an industrial supply company.

In 1984 Weiss became the Director of Purchasing at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Through the years the job has grown to include risk management, postal services, and capital inventory.

In 1990 Weiss earned his master's degree from UW-River Falls in supervision and leadership.

Weiss is also a member of the Army Reserves. In two years he managed to be promoted to the rank of colonel, an achievement he is very proud to have obtained.

Regarding the importance of his certification Weiss acknowledges, "continuing my education in both the Army and civilian sector has been very valuable."

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