Educational Providers*

Use this area as a resource for learning of quality educational products available within the field of public procurement; certification preparation and continuing education.

UPPCC recognizes both NIGP and NASPO as providers of quality education products for the public procurement professional. Textbooks developed by both organizations are included in the listing of authoritative literature that supports the UPPCC Body of Knowledge for both CPPO and CPPB certification exams.

NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement

NIGP also offers intensive 2-day and 3-day courses based upon the specific NIGP textbooks that are included in the UPPCC listing of authoritative literature for CPPO and CPPB certification exams. These courses often include the actual textbook as part of the course. Although NIGP coursework is not required to achieve certification, it is one opportunity to review and/or reinforce a candidates' individual understanding of the UPPCC Body of Knowledge (BOK).

NIGP also offers CPPO and CPPB preparatory courses both in face-to-face format as well as online. For more information on NIGP courses and products offered by NIGP including upcoming dates and locations, access the link below to be redirected to the NIGP Website.

NIGP Prep Courses and Products*

National Association of State Procurement Officials, Inc. (NASPO)

Through its multi-faceted education platform, Procurement U, NASPO provides courses and certification resources that meet the high educational standards set by the UPPCC for public procurement professionals. NASPO's Procurement U courses are designed to provide instruction to learners at all levels of state government procurement, although other public procurement professionals (including federal, city and county government employees) may also benefit from the courses. Procurement U offers online certification exam prep courses, as well as other courses on market research, request for proposals, negotiation strategies, terms and conditions and more that exam takers might find helpful. Many Procurement U courses can be used to fulfill the continuing education contact hour requirements for UPPCC Recertification. CPPO and CPPB online study groups are also available through Procurement U at no cost to help any state procurement officials who are preparing for CPPO/CPPB certification exams. 

For more information on Procurement U courses and products offered by NASPO including upcoming dates and and additional available resources, access the link below to be redirected to the NASPO Website.

Procurement U Course Catalog*

*DISCLAIMER: The UPPCC provides information on organizations that offer education relating to public procurement, but provides this information only as a resource. The information is not intended as a specific endorsement of any particular educational product or provider. NIGP, NASPO and their associated staffs are not involved in the development of test questions for the CPPO or CPPB certification examinations, nor is the UPPCC or its staff involved in the development of CPPO/CPPB preparatory courses or products of NIGP, NASPO or any other educational provider. The UPPCC and its staff is solely responsible for the administration of and policies relating to the CPPO and CPPB certification programs.

Applicants and candidates pursuing CPPO and/or CPPB certification should perform his/her own research and should exercise discretion when selecting education. Ensure that when selecting coursework/education that the course addresses a specific personal professional development need and is aligned with the current UPPCC Body of Knowledge (BOK).

Other Educational Providers

In addition to NIGP and NASPO, the UPPCC also recognizes the following industry organizations as suppliers of quality procurement education. It is important to utilize the UPPCC Body of Knowledge (BOK) as the basis for formulating any test preparation plan. Since the BOK dictates the content that will be tested on the certification exams, the candidate should choose educational products that work to reinforce a topic found in the BOK. As the exam questions are kept secured at all times and are not shared with any organization, private entity or individual, use caution when selecting programs that claim to address actual CPPO and/or CPPB test questions.

California Association of Public Procurement Officials, Inc. (CAPPO)

Canadian Public Procurement Council (CPPC)

Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials, Inc. (FAPPO)

Institute for Supply Management (ISM)

National Contract Management Association (NCMA)

National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP)

National Procurement Institute (NPI)

Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA)