Certification is the process by which the public purchaser demonstrates a standard of competency for the benefit of the public. Obtaining a designation reflects established standards and competencies for those engaged in governmental purchasing, and attests to the purchaser's ability to obtain maximum value for the taxpayer's dollar.
The CPPB level applies to individuals who have demonstrated prescribed levels of professional competency as a buyer in public and governmental purchasing.
The CPPO level applies to individuals holding supervisory and/or managerial positions within a public agency. These individuals may or may not be performing the purchasing for the governmental entity, but do either supervise a staff of buyers, the purchasing department, the agency, etc. or manage a minimum of one essential function of the procurement cycle (i.e. contracting.
or more information on obtaining your CPPB or CPPO certification, visit the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC) website at www.uppcc.org.