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UPPCC Welcomes NAEP as a UPPCC Partner

Lexington, KY – August 17, 2021 - 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 National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP).

With the signing of the MOU, NAEP 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 NAEP.  

NAEP Executive Director, Krista Ferrell, said, “NAEP has enjoyed a long history of partnership with the UPPCC. This MOU is a formalization of that partnership demonstrating continued support for procurement certification and the procurement profession.  We look forward to growing opportunities to support our members through certification.”

Kathleen Muretti, CPPO, CPPB, CPCP, Chair of the UPPCC Board said, “Raising the bar for public procurement by offering premier, independent certifications is the core of what we do.  We are very excited to partner with NAEP and their membership to help us drive our vision for excellence in the global public procurement profession”

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 14,000 professionals primarily within the US and Canada as well as in other nations around the globe.

About NAEP

The National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) is a leading membership organization with a mission to advance institutional and individual success through innovative procurement strategies.  It’s vision is to be THE sought-after resource on educational procurement innovation.



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