The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) Examinations measure professional competence and the understanding of the body of knowledge surrounding public procurement. Certification is a voluntary action by a professional group to establish a system to grant recognition to professionals who have met a stated level of training and work experience.
Certified individuals are issued a certificate attesting that they have met the standards of the credentialing organization and are entitled to make the public aware of their credentialed status, through the use of the certification initials after their name and in all forms of address. The UPPCC offers the CPPB and CPPO designations.
Obtaining a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) or Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) designation demonstrates a standard of competency in the public procurement profession.
A CPPB and CPPO designation indicates to the public that, having mastered a body of knowledge, one can make sound decisions that reflect maximum value for the taxpayer's dollar.
The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC), the issuer of the CPPB and CPPO designations, is accredited by the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management.
Many local and state governments formally recognize the CPPB and CPPO designations as meaningful standards for employment and advancement of public procurement personnel.