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About MyUPPCC Accounts

The UPPCC application is available online and through the MyUPPCC portal. To access an application, you must first access your MyUPPCC account or create a new account. Once you have an account you will be able to access all available applications from the MyUPPCC dashboard area.

If you are currently certified, lapsed, expired, lifetime or retired – you already have a MyUPPCC account and should not create a new one. If you are or were ever certified, creating a new account will not permit you to access your certification information. If you applied or tested for certification in the past you too may already have a MyUPPCC and should also not create a new account. If you have never been certified or attempted certification in the past, you most likely do not have an account and will need to create one. The MyUPPCC system will prevent you from creating a new account if you attempt to use an email address to create your account that is already associated with an existing MyUPPCC account

You can click here or visit the UPPCC home page and click on the MyUPPCC button. You will be prompted to enter login information or use the Forgot Password/New Customer option. Clicking on the Forgot Password option will allow you to locate your existing account using an email address. If you are not able to access your account using the available options, you will need to contact a UPPCC Staff member by phone or email for assistance.

Visit the UPPCC home page and click on the MyUPPCC buttom in the upper right of the page. You will be prompted to enter login information, use the Forgot Password option or use the New Customer option. Clicking on the New Customer option will allow you to proceed with creating a new MyUPPCC account.

Absolutely! Having a MyUPPCC account and keeping your contact information current is the best way to receive updates and reminders about our certifications and upcoming deadlines.

 

Applying for Certification

Yes. Interested individuals can submit an application online through the MyUPPCC portal by the published application deadline. Only approved applicants will be eligible to continue to the next stage in the process which is to schedule an examination appointment. (View the Exam Schedule on the UPPCC Website for future testing dates and deadlines.)

Yes, but for a 2-week period following the regular deadline and for an additional fee. Following the 2-week late period the application submittals portal will be closed to any new online submissions.

For the spring testing window, applicants are able to log activities, upload documentation and submit an application from Nov 1 to the late deadline in mid-Feb. For the fall testing window, the dates are May 1 through the late deadline in late July.

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.

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.

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.

Applications are evaluated as they are received; however, applicants should allow up to 4-6 weeks following the application deadline for staff to complete the review process.

Applications are evaluated as they are received; however, applicants should allow up to 4-6 weeks following the application deadline for staff to complete the review process.

 

Changes to Certification Eligibility Requirements

If you opened an CPPO or CPPB application prior to July 15 and is in pending status but have not yet submitted, you can still submit the old application up until August 12.

MyUPPCC only allows one application to be in-process for each certification at any given time. You will need to contact UPPCC staff to have your current in-process application marked as invalid which will allow you to open and complete a new application under the new requirements.

No. Any previous applications will remain accessible from your MyUPPCC account for future access regardless of the status. You will be able to view all logged activities and access uploaded documentation; however, you will need to rekey and re-upload that information to the new application.

All pending status applications under the previous requirements that have not been submitted for staff review by the Aug 12 extended deadline, will be marked as invalid. If you have an application in pending status under the previous requirements and want to submit under the previous requirements, you must do so no later than Aug 12.

If you applied under the previous eligibility requirements, your application will be evaluated under those requirements; however, if your application cannot be approved under the previous requirements it will automatically be re-evaluated under the new requirements.

No. All submitted applications will be evaluated under the previous requirements. If the application cannot be approved under the previous requirements, it will be automatically re-evaluated under the new requirements.

The new eligibility requirements reduce the total number of contact hours that are required for coursework/training, but the timeframe in which activities must be completed has also been reduced. The previous requirements did not limit the timeframe in which education activities needed to be completed to qualify for credit, the new requirements limit the timeframe to the previous 10 years only. Applicants who were relying on older activities in order to meet the procurement-related coursework/training requirements, may want to apply under the previous requirements while they still can.

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

Yes, but for the CPPB program only. If you have not earned a formal educational degree you may now be eligible to apply for the CPPB program under the new requirements. If you have completed at least a 2-year, post-secondary educational program, 3 years of experience is required. If you have not completed at least a 2-year, post-secondary educational program, 5 years of experience is required. A Bachelor’s Degree or higher is still the minimum requirement for the CPPO program

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.

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

When the Bachelor's Degree requirement was added for the CPPO in 2014, it was meant to better align the CPPO eligibility requirements with hiring practices for management level positions in public procurement. The significant gap that was created by requiring a degree for the CPPB required UPPCC to either develop a new certification or modify the existing. After much consideration, the decision was made to not initiate a new certification but to broaden the eligibility requirements for the CPPB.

No, there is no requirement for the college or university to be accredited in order for the associated education to qualify for UPPCC Certifications; 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. This credit hour to contact hour ratio represents an increase from the ratio that had been used in the previous requirements which was 1 credit hour = 8 contact hours. The change was made to better align with the number of classroom hours that are associated with college-level courses. Typically, a 3 credit hour course meets for 3 hours per week over a 16 week period.

Yes! The recent changes to eligibility require that only 50% of the total years of experience be from public sector. The remaining years of experience may be from either public or private sector. For example, the CPPB no-degree option requires 5 total years of procurement experience. Under the new requirements, 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.

UPPCC has been administering the CPPO and CPPB since 1978. The CPPO and CPPB are widely recognized in the profession as the gold standard and they are the established benchmarks of excellence in the public procurement field. The announcement that we are making today reflects our ongoing commitment to ensuring that the CPPO and CPPB are as current as possible and reflective of emerging career trends and changes in the workplace. The CPPO and CPPB have long enjoyed the respect of the profession and will continue to be the leaders.

 

About The Exam

There are a total of 190 multiple choice questions (175 operational or scored and 15 pre-test or unscored).

Candidates will be permitted 3.5 hours of testing time to complete their exam.

Examinations are offered twice per year. For the first two full weeks in May and the last two full weeks in October.

 

Scheduling an Exam Appointment

Yes, an examination can be rescheduled with Prometric directly during the current testing window only; however, a rescheduling/cancellation fee will be assessed for rescheduling/cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the scheduled examination. The fee assessed will be determined based on the amount of advanced notice provided to the testing agency. No fee will be assessed for rescheduling/cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the scheduled exam appointment.

 

Exam Results Notification

No, results will be available to all candidates via their MyUPPCC account within 6-8 weeks following the close of the testing window. When results are posted the candidate will receive notification by email to the preferred address on their MyUPPCC account.

Yes. Examinations are offered two times per year, which amounts to 2 opportunities to test under the 1-year life of an application. If re-testing is necessary, an additional exam scheduling fee will be required.

 

About Recertification

An application for recertification is due every 5 years to maintain an active status and to prevent additional contact hours and fees required if the certification lapses. Recertification is due before the end of the current 5-year certification period or the expiration date of your certified status. The expiration date is printed on the paper certificate and is also accessible from your MyUPPCC account or without login using the publicly available certification directory on the UPPCC website

UPPCC sends notifications to all certified individuals with valid email addresses advising them of their approaching recertification date as a courtesy. UPPCC begins sending these reminders at 1-year prior and continues with subsequent reminders at 9 months, 6 months, 3 months and 1 month prior; however, these reminders may not be received due to security firewalls, spam filters or invalid addresses. Certificants should maintain accurate contact information in their MyUPPCC account to increase the likelihood of receiving these reminders; however, it is ultimately the responsibility of the certified individual to initiate and complete the recertification process.

UPPCC advises certificants to begin the recertification process as soon as possible and log activities regularly via the MyUPPCC account. This will allow the certificant to easily track their progress towards meeting the recertification requirements.

The application for recertification is available to complete and submit online through your MyUPPCC account. Through your MyUPPCC account, certificants can log activities and upload documentation in real time and submit the application whenever the minimum requirements are met.

No, early recertification will not alter the certification period. For example, if an individual is due to recertify by May 15, 2020, but completes the recertification process on December 1, 2019, any activities the individual completes between December 1, 2019 and May 15, 2020 could not be counted toward the next recertification. Contact hours for the next recertification could only be earned for activities completed between the start and end date of the new 5-year certification period (May 16, 2020 - May 15, 2025), regardless of the date the last recertification application was submitted.

Individuals who have earned both UPPCC certifications may combine the two recertifications into one, simplified process and at a reduced cost. Both certifications must be active/non-lapsed to be eligible. See Dual Certification for further details.

No, ongoing employment within public sector procurement is not a requirement to recertify; however, certificants may earn and apply credit for continued employment in a public sector procurement position towards recertification. Certificants may earn 1 contact hour for each year of public procurement employment within their 5-year certification period. Employment time less than 1 year will be pro-rated at a rate of 0.083 contact hour for each month employed during the 5-year period.

No, only ongoing procurement experience in the public sector can earn contact hours towards recertification. Private, part-time, and consultant experience is excluded.

Yes, you may include any and all activities (including experience) from the date that your certification entered lapsed status through until the application is submitted.

Individuals who have earned both UPPCC certifications may combine the two recertifications into one, simplified process at their next recertification. The individual requests Dual Certification by completing and submitting the Dual First-Time application type for their recertification. Both certifications must be active/non-lapsed to be eligible.

Both certifications must be active/non-lapsed to be eligible for Dual Certification status at your next recertification. If one of your two certifications is in a lapsed status, you will need to first bring the lapsed certification back to current by completing a lapsed recertification application for the certification that has lapsed. Once both certifications are active/non-lapsed, you will be able to apply as Dual First-Time with your next recertification.

 

Changes to Recertification Requirements

All activities logged in the previous application for recertification under the previous requirements have been automatically synched to the new application and requirements. Certificants may log into their pending application and view their previously logged activities against the updated requirements.

You can still continue with completing the course and it will still be applicable for credit towards recertification; however, if you only registered for the course to meet the previous requirement to earn contact hours in a minimum of 2 out of 3 categories the course may no longer be necessary to meet recertification requirements.

Yes. Experience is not required to recertify. On-going public procurement experience is just another opportunity to earn contact hours towards the recertification of your CPPO or CPPB. For your experience to be applicable for credit towards your recertification the procurement experience must be on a full-time basis and within the public sector. Private sector and consultant experience are excluded.

No. On-going public procurement experience is just another opportunity to earn contact hours towards the recertification of your CPPO or CPPB. To earn contact hours for your experience, UPPCC only requires that the employment be in a procurement role within public sector. There is no additional requirement to have management or supervisory responsibilities for the purposes of recertification credit.

 

About CPPO-Ret. and CPPB-Ret. (Retired Status)

No, certified individuals may apply for Retired Status at any age.

An individual in Retired Status can return to active certified status, but only for a limited period of time. A certification can be reactivated within the 5-year period that follows the certification period in which the active status was retired. If the Retired Status is not reactivated to active certified status at the end of the 5-year period, the Retired Status becomes permanent.

Yes. The original certification number will be retained; however, a new expiration date will be issued 5 years from the date the individual is approved to return to active status. For example, if the application was approved March 2, 2022, the new certification period would be March 3, 2022 – March 2, 2027.

No, any type of employment within the field of procurement cause the individual to be ineligible for Retired Status. This includes public or private sector and self-employment as an independent contractor or consultant.

If the individual in Retired Status becomes re-employed with the procurement profession, he/she must notify UPPCC and discontinue use of the Retired Status designation immediately. If still eligible to do so, successfully complete the current recertification process to return to active certified status.