In order to maintain certified status, recertification is required every five (5) years from the effective date printed on the individual's certificate for CPPO and CPPB. The intent of the recertification process is to ensure that the certificants remain active in the profession. The UPPCC Guide to Applying for Recertification and Certified Retired Status provides additional assistance in understanding and navigating the recertification process. Each candidate for recertification must complete the Recertification Application within the specified five (5) year time frame. The application consists of three (3) categories of involvement.

  • Accredited continuing education that is either prequalified or not prequalified,
  • Non-accredited continuing education that is either prequalified or not prequalified and/or;
  • Professional Contributions (maximum 20 contact hours)

Contact hours for recertification must be earned in a minimum of two (2) out of three (3) possible categories. All contact hours claimed must have been earned after the issue date of the original certificate or the date of last recertification. Total contact hours required to recertify are as follows:

  • CPPO or CPPB - 45 contact hours
  • CPPO Lapsed or CPPB Lapsed - 55 contact hours
  • Dual Status - 45 contact hours
  • Dual First Time (applying for dual for the first time, both certifications must be in an active/non-lapsed status) - 45 contact hours
  • Dual Lapsed Status (already dual and both certifications are lapsed) - 55 contact hours

Must I recertify both certifications separately or can I combine the process for my CPPO and CPPB?
Individuals who have earned both UPPCC certifications may combine the two recertifications into one simplified process only if both certifications are in an active/non-lapsed status. Applicants interested in combining their recertification should complete the current Dual First Time. Individuals who submit under Dual First Time  required to achieve 45 total contact hours. Upon approval, the two expiration dates will be consolidated into one expiration for both certifications and two new certificates will be issued. The closest expiration date will serve as the revised expiration date for both certifications.

When is the recertification application due?
The certified individual may submit the recertification application online at any time during the five (5) year certification period once the minimum number of contact hours has been attained. It is the responsibility of the individual to initiate the recertification process prior to the expiration of their current certification.

Early recertification will not alter the renewal period for subsequent recertifications. For example, if an individual is due to recertify by January 2019, but files an early recertification in July 2018, any activities the individual participated in between July 2018 and January 2019 could not be counted toward the next recertification cycle. The new certificate printed for this individual would indicate an expiration date of January 2024 and contact hours for the next renewal must have been earned between January 2019 and January 2024.

How do I submit my application and what fees are involved?
The recertification application should be submitted through your MyUPPCC account. Please refer to the UPPCC Guide to Applying for Recertification and Certification Retired Status for details. The current recertification fees may be accessed on the Certification Fees page.

Is public sector employment or current employment required?
The individual can either be retired or working in a non-procurement capacity, in either private or public sector and still recertify. There is no employment requirement for recertification.