Retired Status Designations - CPPO-Ret. and CPPB-Ret.

The CPPO-Ret. and the CPPB-Ret. retired status designations are offered to active CPPO and/or CPPB certificants in good standing who are currently or are preparing to retire from the procurement profession. It allows individuals to continue to be recognized for achieving CPPO/CPPB certification(s) after officially leaving the profession. Retired status does not require the on-going professional development of the active status certifications, which may no longer provide value to an individual who has retired. Individuals who qualify for retired status may use the active designation followed by the retired designation after their name and all forms of address to indicate their status. For example, John Smith, CPPO-Ret., which signifies a retired status CPPO certification. Retired status designees are not entitled to use or hold themselves out to the public as an active certificant.

Any active CPPO and/or CPPB certificant in good standing that is or soon will be separated from employment within the procurement profession is eligible. Not just retirees, but certificants who temporarily suspend their careers in public procurement may also apply for retired status. The status allows individuals in various stages of their careers to suspend their active status certification.

Suspending active status prevents the certification from lapsing or expiring due to a personal/temporary situation, which may make it difficult at the time to meet the active renewal requirements.

Retired Status Requirements

Applicants for retired status must:

·    be in good standing as either an active CPPO or CPPB.

·    be separated from and/or no longer employed within the field of procurement (public or private) and maintain the separation at all times while in retired status; this includes self-employment as an independent contractor or consultant.

·    complete the application form and include a one-time, non-refundable $200 fee.

·    adhere to the same UPPCC Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct policy as active certificants.


Retired Status Limitations 

An individual in retired status must maintain the separation from employment within the field of procurement (public or private) at all times. This includes self-employment as an independent contractor or consultant. If the individual in retired status becomes re-employed within the procurement profession, he/she must either discontinue use of the retired status designation or successfully reactivate the designation if still eligible to do so (see next section).

Returning to Active Status - Time-Limited

A certification can be reactivated within the 5-year period that follows the certification period in which the active status was retired. For example, an active CPPO’s certification period is May 11, 2014 – May 11, 2019. He/she applies for and is granted retired status in 2017, he/she would have until May 11, 2024 to return to active CPPO status. After May 11, 2024, his/her retired status would become permanent and he/she would be required to re-apply (meeting all necessary requirements in effect at the time) and successfully complete the exam to regain an active CPPO status once again. There is no opportunity to reactivate a retired status designation after the 5-year period outlined above ends.

Individuals in retired status may reactivate their certification(s) at any time up until the end of the 5-year period that follows the certification period in which the active status was retired. To do so, the individual must apply for and successfully complete all the recertification requirements currently in effect at the time of reactivation. Only those activities that were completed within the previous 5-year period would be applicable towards a reactivation application. The original certification number, effective date and 5-year certification cycle for the certificant will remain unchanged.