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UPPCC Announces Exciting New Collaborative Partner Program and Welcomes NASPO As the First Official UPPCC Partner



Lexington, KY - June 9, 2020 - UPPCC is pleased to announce a new opportunity for professional membership organizations to collaborate with UPPCC to ensure the continued growth, development and global recognition of the Certified Public Procurement Officer® and Certified Professional Public Buyer® certification programs. The UPPCC Partner Program was established by UPPCC to build a stronger communication network between professional procurement membership organizations and the UPPCC.  It will provide UPPCC with a broader audience in which to communicate the value of the professional certifications it offers and will provide the UPPCC Partner with an active voice for their membership in the development of the CPPO and CPPB certifications.

In appreciation of its long-standing relationships, UPPCC first extended invitations to partner to its two original founding organizations, the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) and National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. (NIGP).  NASPO and UPPCC recently formalized their commitment to work together by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and UPPCC is proud to welcome NASPO as an early adopter and the first official UPPCC Partner. 

Olivia Hook Frey, NASPO’s Director of Membership and Partnerships said, “We are excited to formalize the partnership between NASPO and UPPCC. We have seen the immense benefit CPPO and CPPB certifications have provided the public procurement community over the years, as well as its role in elevating the profession. NASPO recognizes UPPCC as the gold standard in certification for our industry.”

In recognition of the collaborative partnership, UPPCC will extend discounted rates for certification and recertification to the membership of all UPPCC Partner organizations. Since UPPCC’s inception, this discount had been reserved exclusively for the members of NASPO and NIGP.

“This is exciting news and the UPPCC is grateful for NASPO support of universal standards of procurement competency. Trusted and reliable partnerships are foundational to UPPCC and our profession overall so we look forward to working with NASPO and their membership to help us drive our vision for excellence in the global public procurement profession,” said Kathleen Muretti, CPPO, CPPB, CPCP, Chair of the UPPCC Board.

UPPCC partners are like-minded membership organizations that recognize the importance and value of professional procurement certifications to the global community and are dedicated to promoting the unique values and benefits of universally applicable certifications provided by an independent certifying body.

UPPCC values open collaboration from across the profession in the development of UPPCC certifications and extends an open invitation for professional membership organizations of any size to become a UPPCC Partner. Interested organizations should visit the UPPCC Partner page for more information and to view the UPPCC Partner MOU,


The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) is an independent entity formed to govern and administer the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) certification programs. The CPPO and CPPB programs are highly regarded and respected among procurement professionals and employers involved in the public sector. To date, the UPPCC has certified well over 13,000 professionals primarily within the US and Canada as well as in other nations around the globe.


The National Association of State Procurement Officials supports the Chief Procurement Official in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. NASPO's mission is to help its members achieve success as public procurement leaders in their states through promotion of best practices, education, professional development, research, and innovative procurement strategies.



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