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UPPCC Welcomes VAGP As A UPPCC Partner


Lexington, KY - June 30, 2020 - To formalize their commitment to work together to ensure the continued growth, development and global recognition of the Certified Public Procurement Officer® and Certified Professional Public Buyer® certification programs, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) and the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP).

With the signing of the MOU, VAGP has become an official UPPCC Partner. The UPPCC Partner program was established to build a communication network between professional membership organizations and the UPPCC. It provides UPPCC with a broader audience in which to communicate the value of the professional certifications it offers and provides the UPPCC Partner with an active voice for their membership in the development of the CPPO and CPPB certifications. In recognition of the collaborative partnership, UPPCC is extending the discounted rates for certification and recertification to the membership of VAGP.  

VAGP President, Jay Smigielski, CPPB, said, “The Virginia Association of Government Purchasing (VAGP) looks forward to establishing a relationship with the UPPCC that will be beneficial to our members.”

Kathleen Muretti, CPPO, CPPB, CPCP, Chair of the UPPCC Board said, “The UPPCC Partner Program is an inclusive opportunity to collaborate with all public procurement groups to further advance the profession. Join us!”

UPPCC values and invites open collaboration from across the profession in the development of UPPCC certifications and hopes that more organizations will consider becoming a UPPCC Partner. For more information, please visit the UPPCC Partner page on the UPPCC website.


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.

About VAGP

The Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing (VAGP) represents more than 1,000 procurement professionals working in public entities in the Commonwealth of Virginia (state and local governments, educational, institutions, special authorities, etc.).



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