Coursework/Training Requirement

Documentation is required for any and all coursework/training submitted to the UPPCC for consideration. Acceptable forms of documentation are listed within the description of each type of coursework/training below. 

Formal Coursework

Option 1 for satisfying the coursework/training requirement for certification eligibility applies to formal coursework obtained at the higher education level. This may or may not be coursework completed by the applicant as part of a formal educational degree or certificate program. In order for the coursework to be considered:

  • the college/university must be regionally accredited*,
  • the applicant must have fully completed and earned a passing grade for the course (a grade of "C" or better or an indication of "pass" or "complete" for credit only courses), AND
  • an official, sealed transcript must be provided that clearly indicates the course name, the date or semester in which the course was completed, number of credit hours earned and grade earned along with an official course description if applicable.

*Only courses taken from regionally accredited colleges or universities are applicable toward satisfying the formal coursework requirements, although credit for non-accredited coursework may be applicable under the Procurement Training/Education category (see next section). Regional accreditation means that the college or university is recognized by at least one of six U.S. accrediting organizations listed with the U.S. Department of Education; Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE), Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NCCU), and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Completion of coursework at the higher education level typically results in "credit hours." The coursework/training requirement is measured in contact hours. For those applicants who choose Option 3 for meeting the coursework/training requirement or have additional coursework beyond the Option 1 and Option 2 requirements will need to convert "credit hours" to equivalent "contact hours" in order to apply those hours to the "instructor-led" procurement training/education requirement. Applicants may convert credit hours into contact hours by simply multiplying the total number of credit hours by 8 to determine equivalent contact hours for a given course. For example, a 3 credit hour course equals 24 contact hours (3 credit hours x 8 = 24 contact hours).

Procurement-Related Courses

Any course that meets the guidelines for formal coursework as outlined above, contains one or more of the following procurement keywords in the course title AND can be linked to the current Body of Knowledge (2013 UPPCC Body of Knowledge), will be applicable for credit as a procurement-related course. The procurement keywords are: acquisition, business ethics, business law, commercial law, contracting, distribution, ethics, finance, inventory, legal, logistics, management, material, negotiation, organization, personnel, procurement, purchasing, supplier, supply-chain, supply, transportation.

Although previously included, coursework topics in accounting and economics are no longer applicable for credit.

Public/Government-Specific Procurement Courses

Any course that meets the guidelines for an applicable procurement-related course as outlined above AND contains one or both of the following two keywords in either the course title or the course description will be applicable for credit as a public/government-specific procurement course. The two additional keywords are: public and government(al).

Procurement Training/Education

Regardless of which of the three available options an applicant chooses to satisfy the coursework/training requirement, there is a specific number of contact hours of "instructor-led" training/education that is required in each of the options. The following will assist applicants in determining which educational activities are applicable for credit in this category and which ones are not.

In order for the educational activity to be considered:

  • the activity must be procurement specific,
  • the activity must be instructor-led**
  • the applicant must have fully completed and earned a passing grade for the course (a grade of "C" or better or an indication of "pass" or "complete" for credit only courses), AND
  • documentation is required for any and all education/training activities submitted for consideration. Acceptable forms of documentation for procurement education/training include: a transcript from the training/education provider which may include the applicant's employer for any internal training, certificates of attendance, participation, completion, etc. This documentation must be in the applicant's name and include: the title of the activity/event, the date and location of the activity/event, the name of the training/education provider, and the duration of the activity (contact hours). Members of NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement may submit a copy of the his/her member profile in place of individual certificates of completion for NIGP, non-chapter education attended. Applicants should contact NIGP Headquarters directly to obtain instructions on how to access the member profile or to obtain a NIGP transcript of procurement training/education completed.

**Instructor-led training/education activities include live conferences, workshops, seminars, or classes (including face-to-face, audio/videoconference, and on-line delivery), and earn 1 contact hour per actual clock time of qualifying training/education including partial hours, up to a maximum of 8 contact hours per day. Example: 1 and 1/2 hours of qualifying instructor-led training/education equals 1.5 contact hours. General software training courses are not acceptable courses.

For most programs, the recorded version of a live program will not qualify for contact hours. To qualify for credit for self-study, the program would need to meet at least one of the following criteria to satisfy the instructor-led requirement: 1) Self-study programs that qualify for IACET CEUs and meet procurement content requirements earn ten (10) contact hours per 1 IACET CEU; 2) Self-study programs that qualify for CEUs from a duly accredited U.S. college or university and meet procurement content requirements earn contact hours on an hour equivalency basis in accord with the college or university's calculation guidelines; 3) Programs that meet the procurement content requirements and are approved for self-study by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), or state licensure programs (such as the State Bar), or credentialing or licensing programs accredited by these organizations, are eligible on a clock-hour for contact hour basis; OR 4) Audio recordings of live programs that qualify for contact hours would also qualify for contact hours on an hour-for-hour basis provided that the recordings include all handouts distributed at the original event, the reactive discussion that occurred, and an interactive component (e.g., quiz or other learning assessment exercise) by which a participant demonstrates comprehension of the covered content areas.

For attendance at industry meetings, conventions and other events such as the annual NIGP Forum & Products Exposition, applicants may only claim contact hours at a rate of eight (8) contact hours per day maximum, but only for sessions and workshops that are specific to procurement and include a speaker, instructor, trainer, facilitator or moderator. Example: 1 and 1/2 hours of qualifying instructor-led training/education equals 1.5 contact hours. Networking, tradeshows, entertainment and social events are excluded and are not applicable for contact hours. This exclusion applies to stand alone events as well as those that are part of larger events such as the annual NIGP Forum & Products Exposition.

Procurement Education/Training Providers

The UPPCC recognizes that there are numerous sources for applicants to receive quality procurement education. Although the UPPCC does not itself offer education, it recognizes the following industry organizations as suppliers of quality education.

NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement
http://www.nigp.org

National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO)
http://www.naspo.org

National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP)
http://www.naepnet.org

Institute of Supply Management (ISM)
http://www.ism.ws

National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
http://www.ncmahq.org

Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA)
http://www.scmanational.ca

Canadian Public Procurement Council (CPPC)
http://www.cppc-ccmp.ca

California Association of Public Procurement Officials, Inc. (CAPPO)
http://www.cappo.org

Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials, Inc. (FAPPO)
http://www.fappo.org

National Procurement Institute (NPI)
http://www.npiconnection.org