Professional Certification

For the education and continuing professional development of those who work in public procurement, professional certifications are available through the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC).  

To more effectively promote and elevate professionalism and ethical conduct in public sector procurement, in 1978 NIGP and NASPO jointly established the UPPCC as a separate entity to independently and objectively administer certification to the public profession.  

Benefits of certification to the individual include:

  • Professional recognition through 3rd party verification of knowledge
  • Professional growth and development
  • Provides leverage of the importance of the employee to his/her employer
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the profession
  • Enhanced job opportunities, career advancement and personal marketability
  • Greater respect from superiors, co-workers and customers 

Benefits of certification to the employer/public agency individual include:

  • Enhanced knowledge and expertise
  • Increased productivity and departmental efficiency which could lead to increased agency cost savings
  • Reduction in training time required to get employees “up to speed”
  • Allows for public entity to promote its expertise through a highly qualified and credentialed workforce

Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Program

The CPPB program applies to individuals who have demonstrated prescribed levels of professional competency as a public sector buyer in a non-managerial and/or supervisory position.

Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) Program

The CPPO program applies to individuals holding supervisory and/or managerial positions within a public/governmental agency.  These individuals may or may not be performing the buying for the governmental entity, but do either supervise a staff of buyers, the procurement department, the public agency, etc. or manage at least one (1) essential function of the procurement cycle (i.e. contracting).


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. 

Additional Information

For more information on obtaining your CPPB or CPPO certification or Recertification, visit the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) website at

If you have questions on how to prepare for the exam or are interested in heading or joining in on a study session, feel free to reach out to our Professional Development chair here: [email protected].