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Professional Certification

NIGP has chosen to align itself with the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC) program of professional certification which is applicable to all public and/or governmental organizations and agencies. The program offers two designations, a Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) and a Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB).

Certification is the process by which the public purchaser demonstrates a standard of competency for the benefit of the public. Certification reflects achievement of established professional standards and a competency for those engaged in governmental purchasing, and attests to the purchaser’s ability to obtain maximum value for the taxpayer's dollar.

The trend in governmental purchasing is for mandatory certification of procurement professionals. This designation communicates to the taxpayer that the public employee who manages tax dollars has reached a specific level of education and experience and is knowledgeable about government purchasing.

Learn more about how you can earn your CPPO or CPPB certification, visit the UPPCC website.

The National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) is recognized by the UPPCC as a provider of quality education for public procurement professionals. The UPPCC recommends the many NIGP textbooks as suggested reading for exam preparation. NIGP also offers intensive two and three day face to face courses aligned with many of the textbooks. Similar resources are also available in the study and review process. Although NIGP coursework is not required to achieve certification, it is one opportunity to review and/or re-enforce an individual’s understanding of the Body of Knowledge.

NIGP offers CPPO and CPPB informational webinars and review courses. For detailed program descriptions, visit CPPB Review or CPPO Review.

Text and review books are available for purchase through the NIGP Store.

Educational Opportunities

Please visit NIGP's website for other Continuing Professional Education opportunities. Also please see Schedule of Events on MTPPA's homepage for Nashville, TN area events.