New UPPCC Certification Eligibility Requirements - Effective January 1, 2014
In November 2010, the UPPCC announced new certification eligibility requirements that will go into effect for all applicants January 1, 2014. The new eligibility requirements will be based on minimum requirements. These minimum requirements will replace the current eligibility schedules which are based on a sliding scale directly related to the applicants' level of formal education.
In April 2012, the UPPCC made further modifications to the 2014 eligibility requirements and created an alternative option for meeting the procurement coursework requirement. When the 2014 requirements were initially announced, the UPPCC Governing Board included a requirement for either 3 credit hours of public procurement coursework or 6 credit hours of procurement-related coursework taken at an accredited college/university for both CPPO and CPPB certifications.
While there are a number of colleges and universities who now offer procurement courses on-line making them highly accessible, there are also many reputable organizations in the marketplace that offer face-to-face options that provide significant educational value to the potential candidate for certification and require less of a time commitment for each individual course. The Governing Board is interested in raising the standards for achieving professional certification through the UPPCC, but also wants to ensure that it gives prospective candidates a range of options and educational formats in which to choose from that will best fit their personal education needs.
The Governing Board created an option to complete 158 contact hours for CPPB and 174 contact hours for CPPO of instructor-led procurement training as an alternative to the 3-6 credit hours of coursework and 56-72 hours of instructor-led training.
The Board also made a slight reduction in the total number of years of experience required for both the CPPO and the CPPB. The new 2014 eligibility requirements as modified are scheduled to go into affect January 1, 2014.