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UPPCC Certifications are applicable to all public procurement personnel in federal, state, provincial, territorial and local government organizations and are the recognized gold standard in public procurement. For over 40 years, the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO)® and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB)® have been respected by public procurement practitioners and their employers. Both designations demonstrate an individual’s comprehensive mastery of public procurement. Requisite levels of education and professional experience are required to apply.


Professional Certification is a voluntary, 3rd party validation of an individual’s qualifications. Qualifications for certification are typically based on established standards for formal education, continuing education and training, employment experience, and the knowledge, skills and abilities that are considered essential to successful job performance.

Education, training and employment experience are presented as eligibility requirements that are validated via an application process, while knowledge, skills and abilities are validated by examination. Those individuals whose qualifications meet or exceed the established standards become certified and are issued a credential, such as CPPO and CPPB and are authorized to hold themselves out to the public as certified. Certification requires periodic recertification to maintain the certification. Overtime, such credentials convey a level of excellence and prestige within a given field of practice.

The goal of certification is to increase professionalism in a field of practice. It identifies standards for practice, recognizes those who meet the standard and through recertification requires certified individuals to continue to meet standards as they evolve through ongoing professional development activities.

UPPCC is the only independent certifying organization for public procurement. The CPPO and CPPB are the only globally recognized certifications for the field and are widely recognized as the gold standard. UPPCC Certifications reflect established standards and competencies for those engaged in government procurement and attest to the procurement professional’s ability to obtain maximum value for the taxpayer’s dollar. The CPPO and CPPB designations communicate to government administrators and to the taxpayer that the public employee managing public funds has reached a specific level of education and expertise in government procurement.

UPPCC Certifications are based on best practices for all of public procurement, not just specific laws and regulations within a specific state. UPPCC Certifications are portable and carry value in any state or province.

Individuals and employers who have completed the certification process through the UPPCC have sited one or more of the following benefits:

  • Professional recognition
  • Personal satisfaction
  • Increased knowledge through exam preparation
  • New employment/advancement opportunities
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Increased credibility with clients


Best Suited For


For procurement professionals in leadership and management positions. Applicants for CPPO manage one or more aspects of the procurement cycle or supervise procurement staff and must demonstrate that a minimum of 3 years of the required years of experience are in a management/supervisory role.
 

 

Formal Education


CheckMark Bachelor's Degree


Experience


CheckMark 5 years of which 3 is in a management/ supervisory role


Coursework/Training


CheckMark 96 contact hours


Best Suited For


For procurement professionals responsible for performing essential functions within the procurement cycle but may or may not have management or supervisory responsibilities. Applicants for CPPB serve in responsible procurement positions with their organizations – clerical and administrative-support positions within procurement are excluded.

 

Formal Education


CheckMark 2-year, post-secondary education program


Experience


CheckMark 3 years


Coursework/Training


CheckMark 72 contact hours

Formal Education


CheckMark no degree


Experience


CheckMark 5 years


Coursework/Training


CheckMark 72 contact hours


*All applicable experience and coursework/training hours must be procurement-related and completed within the previous 10 years. A minimum of 50% of the required years of experience must be in public sector (remaining experience may be from either public or private sector).



The CPPO program is geared towards individuals in leadership and management positions within a public/governmental entity. These individuals may or may not be performing the buying for the public entity, but do either supervise a staff of buyers, the procurement department, the public agency, etc. or manage at least one essential function of the procurement cycle (i.e. contracting).

For Complete Program Details Review The Certification Guide

  • Eligibility Requirements

    • Bachelors Degree or higher earned from an accredited institution of higher learning
    • 5 years of procurement experience within the previous 10 years of which a minimum of 3 years is in a management or supervisory position. A minimum of 50% of the required years of experience must be in public sector (remaining experience may be from either public or private sector), and
    • 96 contact hours of procurement-related coursework/training completed within the previous 10 years
  • Application Process

    - To apply for CPPO, you will need to create a MyUPPCC account or update your existing account if you are already certified or have applied previously. The online application is only available via a MyUPPCC account and will serve as your central communication portal for your certification. Make sure to keep your information current so that you receive important reminders and other information to help guide you through your path to certification.
    It’s a good idea to start the application process early and begin collecting the documentation that will be required for your application. Official position descriptions are required to support procurement work experience and completion certificates or other evidence of completion is required to support all coursework/training hours completed. An official sealed college transcript is required to document the Bachelor’s degree requirement or any formal college level coursework completed.
    Advance application is required. Applications are due in mid-July for the fall exam window and in late January for the spring exam window. Consult The Exam Schedule for specific dates
    Preparation is important and the CPPO BOK (Body of Knowledge) is your best resource. The CPPO BOK will guide your preparation efforts as it provides a comprehensive listing of the content that you will find on the exam as well as the number of questions that will be presented from each of the content domains that comprise the CPPO BOK.
    Allow up to 4-6 weeks for staff review and review results to be received. Approved applicants may then pay the Exam Scheduling Fee to move onto the test phase.
    Following payment of the Exam Scheduling Fee, the candidate will receive instructions on how to schedule an examination in the form of an Authorization To Test (ATT). ATT notifications are posted to MyUPPCC accounts.
    Be sure to follow the instructions provided in your ATT notification to schedule your testing appointment by the posted exam scheduling deadline. Candidates will be able to select a testing appointment at a Prometric testing center at a date and time of their choosing based on availability within the designated 2-week testing window.
    Arrive and sit for your scheduled examination appointment. Test results are made available and posted to MyUPPCC accounts within 6-8 weeks following the close of the scheduled testing window.
    Candidates who successfully pass the examination are issued the credential, a printed certificate, a lapel pin and digital badge for their achievement and are also listed as certified in the public directory of UPPCC Certified Individuals. Display your CPPO achievement proudly and maintain it by recertifying every 5 years.
  • Certification Fees

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    Application
    fee

    • $240 for members*
    • $365 for non-members

    Examination
    fee

    • $315 for members*
    • $315 for non-members

    *the member rate is for members of NASPO or NIGP-National

  • Exam Schedule

    All UPPCC certification examinations are administered via computer at a Prometric testing center. Examinations will be delivered daily, Monday thru Saturday at a time and location selected by the candidate. Fall examinations are administered during the last two full weeks in October. Spring examinations are administered during the first two full weeks in May.


    Click Here to view the exam schedule

  • Preparing for the Exam

    Candidates preparing for the CPPO examination should review the 2013 UPPCC Body of Knowledge (BOK). The BOK represents the identified knowledge, skills, and abilities that are essential to successful performance as 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.


    CPPO BOK CPPO Study Resources
  • The Examination

    The CPPO exam is a single, comprehensive assessment consisting of 190 multiple-choice questions covering the 6 content domain areas identified in the CPPB BOK (Body of Knowledge). Each test question presents a candidate with 4 options of which only one option is correct. Candidates are permitted a total of 3.5 hours in which to complete the exam. There are no scheduled breaks, but a candidate is not prevented from taking unscheduled breaks within the allotted 3.5 hours of testing time. CPPO exam questions are designed to test candidates on the content of the CPPO BOK as it relates to the role of a procurement manager and/or supervisor. The exam consists primarily of situational, process-oriented questions that require a candidate to be able to apply their knowledge of topics found in the BOK to responding appropriately to real world situations and problems.
  • FAQs

    Yes. Bachelor’s Degrees earned from either a U.S. regionally or nationally accredited, post-secondary institution of higher learning (or the international equivalent) satisfies the Bachelor’s Degree requirement.

    If you earned your Bachelor’s Degree from a college or university in Canada, your degree is considered equivalent if the institution where you received your degree is accredited by the Ministry of Education in the Canadian province or territory in which the institution is located. For Bachelor’s Degrees earned outside the U.S. and Canada, an evaluation from a 3rd party education evaluation service is required to determine if the earned degree is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from either a regionally or nationally accredited college or university in the U.S. Before incurring the expense of a formal education equivalency evaluation, WES offers a free, preliminary degree-equivalency evaluation tool on their website. To access the free tool, visit www.wes.org/wes-tools

    Yes, only 50% of the total years of experience required must be from public sector. The remaining years may be from either public or private sector. For example, if the total years of procurement experience required is 5 years, a minimum of 2.5 years must be in public sector, but the other 2.5 years may be from private sector as long as all experience is within the previous 10 years.

    No, there is no requirement for the college or university to be accredited for the associated education to qualify for credit; however, an official sealed transcript is still required as documentation of completion.

    Each credit hour of formal education is equivalent to 16 contact hours; therefore a 3 credit hour course is equivalent to 48 contact hours.

    Coursework/training completed more than 10 years prior is not considered relevant to the practice of procurement as it exists today and are therefore excluded for earning credit.



The CPPB program is designed for individuals who are responsible for performing essential functions within the procurement cycle for a public/governmental entity but may or may not have management or supervisory responsibilities. Clerical and administrative-support positions within procurement are excluded.

For Complete Program Details Review The Certification Guide

  • Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants for the CPPB certification program can choose one of two options for applying; Option 1 that includes a degree or Option 2 that does not include a degree. The application option without a degree requires 2 additional years of experience.


    • Completion of a 2-year, post-secondary education program that results in a degree, diploma or certificate
    • 3 years of experience within the previous 10 years. A minimum of 50% of the required years of experience must be in public sector (remaining experience may be from either public or private sector)
    • 72 contacts hours of procurement-related coursework/training completed within the previous 10 years

    • 5 years of experience within the previous 10 years. A minimum of 50% of the required years of experience must be in public sector (remaining experience may be from either public or private sector)
    • 72 contacts hours of procurement-related coursework/training completed within the previous 10 years
  • Application Process

    To apply for CPPB, you will need to create a MyUPPCC account or update your existing account if you are already certified or have applied previously. The online application is only available via a MyUPPCC account and will serve as your central communication portal for your certification. Make sure to keep your information current so that you receive important reminders and other information to help guide you through your path to certification.
    It’s a good idea to start the application process early and begin collecting the documentation that will be required for your application. Official position descriptions are required to support procurement work experience and completion certificates or other evidence of completion is required to support all coursework/training hours completed. An official sealed college transcript is required to document the 2-year, post-secondary degree requirement or higher of Option 1 or any formal college level coursework completed.
    Advance application is required. Applications are due in mid-July for the fall exam window and in late January for the spring exam window. Consult The Exam Schedule for specific dates
    Preparation is important and the CPPB BOK (Body of Knowledge) is your best resource. The CPPO BOK will guide your preparation efforts as it provides a comprehensive listing of the content that you will find on the exam as well as the number of questions that will be presented from each of the content domains that comprise the CPPB BOK.
    Allow up to 4-6 weeks for staff review and review results to be received. Approved applicants may then pay the Exam Scheduling Fee to move onto the test phase.
    Following payment of the Exam Scheduling Fee, the candidate will receive instructions on how to schedule an examination in the form of an Authorization To Test (ATT). ATT notifications are posted to MyUPPCC accounts.
    Be sure to follow the instructions provided in your ATT notification to schedule your testing appointment by the posted exam scheduling deadline. Candidates will be able to select a testing appointment at a Prometric testing center at a date and time of their choosing based on availability within the designated 2-week testing window.
    Arrive and sit for your scheduled examination appointment. Test results are made available and posted to MyUPPCC accounts within 6-8 weeks following the close of the scheduled testing window.
    Candidates who successfully pass the examination are issued the credential, a printed certificate, a lapel pin and digital badge for their achievement and are also listed as certified in the public directory of UPPCC Certified Individuals. Display your CPPB achievement proudly and maintain it by recertifying every 5 years.
  • Certification Fees

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    Application
    fee

    • $240 for members*
    • $365 for non-members

    Examination
    fee

    • $315 for members*
    • $315 for non-members

    *the member rate is for members of NASPO or NIGP-National

  • Exam Schedule

    All UPPCC certification examinations are administered via computer at a Prometric testing center. Examinations will be delivered daily, Monday thru Saturday at a time and location selected by the candidate. Fall examinations are administered during the last two full weeks in October. Spring examinations are administered during the first two full weeks in May.


    Click Here to view the exam schedule

  • Preparing for the Exam

    Candidates preparing for the CPPB examination should review the 2013 UPPCC Body of Knowledge (BOK). The BOK represents the identified knowledge, skills, and abilities that are essential to successful performance as a public procurement buyer.

    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.


    CPPB BOK CPPB Study Resources
  • The Examination

    The CPPB exam is a single, comprehensive assessment consisting of 190 multiple-choice questions covering the 6 content domain areas identified in the CPPB BOK (Body of Knowledge). Each test question presents a candidate with 4 options of which only one option is correct. Candidates are permitted a total of 3.5 hours in which to complete the exam. There are no scheduled breaks, but a candidate is not prevented from taking unscheduled breaks within the allotted 3.5 hours of testing time.

    CPPB exam questions are designed to test candidates on the content of the CPPB BOK as it relates to the role of a buyer. The exam consists primarily of situational, process-oriented questions that require a candidate to be able to apply their knowledge of topics found in the BOK to responding appropriately to real world situations and problems.

  • FAQs

    Yes, individuals without a formal education degree may apply under Option 2 for the CPPB program. Option 2 requires 2 additional years of procurement experience but does not require a formal degree.

    The completion of an educational program that consists of a minimum of 4 full-time semesters or the part-time equivalent of post-secondary study and results in a degree, diploma or certificate being earned. The 2-year, post-secondary educational program is the minimum requirement. Higher levels of formal education such as an Associates, Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate will also satisfy this requirement.

    No; however, an official sealed transcript is required to support 2-years of full-time study or the equivalent of part-time study.

    No, there is no requirement for the college or university to be accredited for the associated education to qualify for credit; however, an official sealed transcript is still required as documentation of completion.

    Each credit hour of formal education is equivalent to 16 contact hours; therefore a 3 credit hour course is equivalent to 48 contact hours.

    Yes, only 50% of the total years of experience required must be from public sector. The remaining years may be from either public or private sector. For example, if the total years of procurement experience required is 5 years, a minimum of 2.5 years must be in public sector, but the other 2.5 years may be from private sector as long as all experience is within the previous 10 years.

    Coursework/training completed more than 10 years prior is not considered relevant to the practice of procurement as it exists today and are therefore excluded for earning credit.


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