Are you a public procurement professional looking to get certified and join the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) ranks?
UPPCC announced more inclusive eligibility requirements for their CPPO and CPPB certifications and updates to recertification in 2019. Ann Peshoff, executive director of UPPCC, expressed that they wanted to broaden their eligibility requirements to “better align [them] with the various ways in which mastery is developed by an individual.” The updates to recertification offer certificants flexibility and greater control over their own continuing education. These updates also further recognize the contributions of on-going employment experience.
The UPPCC is an independent certification entity. UPPCC’s public procurement certifications are widely recognized and valued by many procurement organizations, including state central procurement offices around the country. Many NASPO members hold one or both UPPCC certifications.
NASPO continues to support the UPPCC professional certifications, which provide credibility and attest to public procurement competencies and excellence. To keep our membership informed, we are going to highlight the major changes in both the eligibility requirements and recertification.
Changes to Eligibility Requirements for CPPB Certification
You no longer need to have an associate degree to be eligible for the CPPB certification. In lieu of education, you can have two more years of procurement experience above the minimum three-year experience required.
The applicable experience is no longer limited to the public sector. Now the years of experience an individual has gained in the private sector can be applied to the eligibility requirements. The minimum experience required is three years of procurement experience within the past 10 years. At least 50 percent of that experience must be in the public sector while the remaining experience may be from either public or private sector.
Another change is in the number of contact hours needed. You now need 72 contact hours of procurement-related coursework/training completed within the previous 10 years.
Changes to Eligibility Requirements for CPPO Certification
Bachelor’s Degrees earned from either a U.S. regionally or nationally accredited, post-secondary institution of higher learning (or the international equivalent) now satisfies the bachelor’s degree requirement. Previously, only degrees earned from U.S. regionally accredited institutions (or international equivalent) would satisfy the requirement. Additionally, you need 96 contact hours of procurement-related coursework/training completed within the previous 10 years. Just like the changes in the CPPB certification, UPPCC decided that up to 50 percent of the experience requirement for the CPPO certification can be fulfilled through experience in the private sector.
Changes to Eligibility Requirements for Recertification
On October 17th, 2019 UPPCC announced changes to their Recertification Requirements. Key changes to the recertification requirements include counting procurement experience towards credit hours, merging the categories of Accredited and Non-Accredited Continuing Education, and removing the requirement to earn contact hours across these different categories. No changes where made to the category of “Professional Contribution”. The UPPCC will allow for experience to count for up to 5 credit hours, where one credit hour is gained per additional year of experience. Credit hours will be prorated for periods of time that do not equal a year. Individuals seeking recertification no longer have to distinguish between “accredited” and “non-accredited” educational offerings. For more information about these changes to the eligibility requirements and how they apply, see the UPPCC’s FAQ section on the topic.
Make sure you review the FAQ page on the UPPCC website for complete information about the new eligibility requirements or contact UPPCC directly.
If you are interested in pursuing a CPPB/CPPO certification, NASPO is here to help! We offer exam prep courses to be used as a self-study tool, which we combine with facilitated reviews by instructors certified in the UPPCC Body of Knowledge.
Additionally, NASPO offers other Procurement U online curriculum that can earn you contact hours toward the UPPCC certification. Contact NASPO at [email protected] to learn how you can take advantage of these opportunities. We are happy to help with your training and education needs!