Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) Exam Prep

The CPPO exam requirements under the 2013 UPPCC Body of Knowledge is a single assessment consisting of 190 multiple-choice questions (175 scored questions and 15 pre-test or unscored questions) and is administered in a network of professional testing centers in a computer-based format. Each question presents the candidate with four possible options of which only one is correct. Candidates are allotted a maximum of 3.5 hours in which to complete the examination.

Candidates preparing for the CPPO examination should review the 2013 UPPCC Body of Knowledge (BOK). The BOK represents the knowledge and skills that an individual possesses or should possess in order to competently perform the duties of a manager or supervisor of the public procurement function.

The CPPO examination covers the six (6) major content domain areas found in the current BOK. The percentage listed to the right of each major domain area represents the percentage of the exam that will cover topics from that specific domain area.

Candidates should keep in mind that the certification examinations are based on a broad body of knowledge in the field of public procurement, representing a variety of positions within the profession. The candidate may have expertise in their specific job, but should consider all the other positions that are part of the procurement cycle when preparing for testing.

Candidates should review the BOK while performing a self-assessment of their individual strengths and weaknesses of the subject matter to be tested. Candidates should study all six domain areas, concentrating on those areas identified by the candidate as areas of weakness and those areas that are heavily weighted on the exam.

Questions generated for the CPPO exams are designed to test a candidates knowledge of concepts presented in the BOK as it relates to the role of a public procurement manager and/or supervisor. Conversely, the CPPB exams are designed to test a candidates knowledge of the same concepts that are presented in the BOK, but as it relates to the role of a public buyer.

The exams consist primarily of situational, process-oriented questions. Situational questions require a candidate to be able to apply knowledge to responding appropriately to real world situations and problems.

UPPCC provides a few samples of situational questions and test taking tips for candidates.

For re-enforcement of the public procurement BOK, the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) recommends the following textbooks for preparation for the CPPO examination:

  • Principles and Practices of Public Procurement: Values and Guiding Principles - (click to view the document or access the following site for additional information on this important initiativehttp://principlesandpractices.org)

  • Fundamentals of Leadership and Management in Public Procurement - Clifford McCue, Ph.D. and Jack T. Pitzer, Ph.D., CPPO, C.P.M., NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-06-3 (item is available for purchase from NIGP atwww.nigp.org)

  • Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In - Roger Fisher and William Ury, 1991, ISBN 978-0140157352 (item is available for purchase at www.amazon.com)

  • Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms - NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-13-6 (item is available for purchase from NIGP at www.nigp.org)

  • Introduction to Public Procurement - Khi V. Thai, Ph.D., NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-20-9 (item is available for purchase from NIGP at www.nigp.org)

  • Legal Aspects of Public Procurement - Kirk W. Buffington, C.P.M. & Michael Flynn, Esq., NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-01-2 (item is available for purchase from NIGP at www.nigp.org)

  • Strategic Procurement Planning in the Public Sector - McCue, C.P. and Johnson, B.R., NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-30-6 (item is available for purchase from NIGP at www.nigp.org)

  • State & Local Government Procurement: A Practical Guide - NASPO (item is available for purchase from NASPO at www.naspo.org)

  • Sourcing in the Public Sector - Ken S. Babich, BCom., CPPO & Carole Pettijohn, Ph.D., NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-17-9 (item is available for purchase from NIGP at www.nigp.org)

  • Developing and Managing RFP's in the Public Sector -   Khi V. Thai, Ph.D., NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-16-7(item is available for purchase from NIGP at www.nigp.org)

  • Contract Administration - William D. Davison, CPPO & Elisabeth Wright, Ph.D., CPCM, NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-05-9 (item is available for purchase from NIGP at www.nigp.org)

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Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Exam Prep

The CPPB exam requirements under the 2013 UPPCC Body of Knowledge is a single assessment consisting of 190 multiple-choice questions (175 scored questions and 15 pre-test or unscored questions) and is administered in a network of professional testing centers in a computer-based format. Each question presents the candidate with four possible options of which only one is correct. Candidates are allotted a maximum of 3.5 hours in which to complete the examination.

Candidates preparing for the CPPB examination should review the 2013 UPPCC Body of Knowledge (BOK). The BOK represents the knowledge and skills that an individual possesses or should possess in order to competently perform the duties of a manager or supervisor of the public procurement function.

The CPPB examination covers the six (6) major content domain areas found in the current BOK. The percentage listed to the right of each major domain area represents the percentage of the exam that will cover topics from that specific domain area.

Candidates should keep in mind that the certification examinations are based on a broad body of knowledge in the field of public procurement, representing a variety of positions within the profession. The candidate may have expertise in their specific job, but should consider all the other positions that are part of the procurement cycle when preparing for testing.

Candidates should review the BOK while performing a self-assessment of their individual strengths and weaknesses of the subject matter to be tested. Candidates should study all six domain areas, concentrating on those areas identified by the candidate as areas of weakness and those areas that are heavily weighted on the exam.

Questions generated for the CPPB exams are designed to test a candidates knowledge of concepts presented in the BOK as it relates to the role of a buyer. Conversely, the CPPO exams are designed to test a candidates knowledge of the same concepts presented in the BOK, but as it relates to the role of a public procurement manager and/or supervisor. the same concepts that are presented in the BOK, but as it relates to the role of a public buyer.

The exams consist primarily of situational, process-oriented questions. Situational questions require a candidate to be able to apply knowledge to responding appropriately to real world situations and problems.

UPPCC provides a few samples of situational questions and test taking tips for candidates.

For re-enforcement of the public procurement BOK, the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) recommends the following textbooks for preparation for the CPPB examination:

  • Principles and Practices of Public Procurement: Values and Guiding Principles - (click to view the document or access the following site for additional information on this important initiativehttp://principlesandpractices.org)

  • Fundamentals of Leadership and Management in Public Procurement - Clifford McCue, Ph.D. and Jack T. Pitzer, Ph.D., CPPO, C.P.M., NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-06-3 (item is available for purchase from NIGP atwww.nigp.org)

  • Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In - Roger Fisher and William Ury, 1991, ISBN 978-0140157352 (item is available for purchase at www.amazon.com)

  • Public Procurement Dictionary of Terms - NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-13-6 (item is available for purchase from NIGP at www.nigp.org)

  • Introduction to Public Procurement - Khi V. Thai, Ph.D., NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-20-9 (item is available for purchase from NIGP at www.nigp.org)

  • Legal Aspects of Public Procurement - Kirk W. Buffington, C.P.M. & Michael Flynn, Esq., NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-01-2 (item is available for purchase from NIGP at www.nigp.org)

  • Strategic Procurement Planning in the Public Sector - McCue, C.P. and Johnson, B.R., NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-30-6 (item is available for purchase from NIGP at www.nigp.org)

  • State & Local Government Procurement: A Practical Guide - NASPO (item is available for purchase from NASPO at www.naspo.org)

  • Sourcing in the Public Sector - Ken S. Babich, BCom., CPPO & Carole Pettijohn, Ph.D., NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-17-9 (item is available for purchase from NIGP at www.nigp.org)

  • Developing and Managing RFP's in the Public Sector -   Khi V. Thai, Ph.D., NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-16-5(item is available for purchase from NIGP at www.nigp.org)

  • Contract Administration - William D. Davison, CPPO & Elisabeth Wright, Ph.D., CPCM, NIGP, ISBN 1-932315-05-9 (item is available for purchase from NIGP at www.nigp.org)

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