What is CPPO-Ret./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 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.
Who can apply for CPPO-Ret./CPPB-Ret.?
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.
Are there other requirements for CPPO-Ret./CPPB-Ret.?
- Applicants for retired status must be in good standing as either an active CPPO or CPPB.
- Applicants must be separated from and/or no longer employed within the field of procurement (public or private); this includes self-employment as an independent contractor or consultant.
- Applicants must complete the application form and include a one-time, non-refundable $200 for the retired status fee.
- Individuals with a retired status designation must adhere to the same UPPCC Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct policy as active certificants and may be subject to revocation in the event of a policy violation.
- If the individual with a retired status designation 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 below).
Can the CPPO and/or CPPB certifications be reactivated once they are Retired?
Yes, but the window is limited. A certification can be reactivated within the 5 year period that follows the certification period in which the active status was retired. Individuals in retired status may reactivate their certification(s) at any time up until the end of the 5 year period by successfully completing all the renewal application requirements currently in effect at the time of reactivation. Only those activities that were completed within the previous 5 year period would be applicable for a reactivation renewal. There is no opportunity to reactivate a retired certification after the 5 year period outlined above ends. The individual would be required to re-apply (meeting all necessary requirements in effect at the time) and successfully complete the exam to regain an active status.