Eligibility

The UPPCC programs are designed specifically for government procurement professionals. Only those individuals who have government specific procurement experience are eligible. There are three essential components for eligibility:

Unlike most procurement certification programs, the UPPCC requires substantial work experience within the public sector. This work experience must be complemented by coursework/training specifically within the field of procurement as well as a formal educational degree.

The eligibility requirements for either certification are based on minimum requirements and are listed below.

Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO)

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Coursework/Training can be satisfied through the completion of 1 of the following 2 options:

    • OPTION 1: 3 credit hours of public procurement coursework AND 72 contact hours of "instructor-led" procurement training/education,  OR 6 credit hours of procurement-related coursework AND 72 contact hours of "instructor-led" procurement training/education;

    • OPTION 2: 174 contact hours of "instructor-led" procurement training/education.

  • 5 years of public procurement experience completed within the previous ten (10) years of which a minimum of 3 years is in a management or supervisory position

Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB)

  • Associate's Degree

  • Coursework/Training can be satisfied through the completion of 1 of the following 2 options:

    • OPTION 1: 3 credit hours of public procurement coursework AND 56 contact hours of "instructor-led" procurement training/education, OR 6 credit hours of procurement-related coursework AND 56 contact hours of "instructor-led" procurement training/education,

    • OPTION 2:158 contact hours of "instructor-led" procurement training/education.

  • 3 years of public procurement experience completed within the previous ten (10) years.