Certification is the process by which the public purchaser demonstrates a standard of competency for the benefit of the public. Certification reflects established standards and competencies for those engaged in governmental purchasing, and attests to the purchaser's ability to obtain maximum value for the taxpayer's dollar.
The trend in governmental purchasing is for mandatory certification of procurement professionals. UPPCC certifications communicate to the taxpayer that the public employee who manages tax dollars has reached a specific level of education and experience and is knowledgeable about government purchasing.
"... the strategies I learned while preparing for my CPPO were invaluable... more and more employers require professional certification for management positions in public sector purchasing; evidence of the recognition this status holds."
- K.W., CPPO, CPPB, Purchasing Services Administrator
"Since I received my first certification, I have noticed that my opinions are taken more seriously by my superiors."
- L.Y., CPPO, C.P.M., Purchasing Agent
evidence of the recognition this status holds."It feels great to have earned this important [CPPB] designation that is recognized and respected within my profession."
- M.S., CPPB, Senior Procurement Officer