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Lexington, KY – December 5th, 2022 - 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 Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials, Inc. (FAPPO).

With the signing of the MOU, FAPPO 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 discounted rates for certification and recertification to the membership of FAPPO.

FAPPO President, Mark Shuman, CPPO, CPPB, said, “The strategic partnership between FAPPO and UPPCC offers an exceptional opportunity for FAPPO members to receive discounted rates for certification and recertification for the CPPB and CPPO, thereby increasing their Public Procurement knowledge, and obtaining the recognition deserved to better serve the Public Procurement profession. FAPPO looks forward to its members utilizing this valuable resource for certifications.”

Kathleen Muretti, CPPO, CPPB, CPCP, Chair of the UPPCC Board said, “We are excited to welcome FAPPO as our newest strategic partner and look forward to working together on our shared vision of elevating the public procurement profession. This partnership will create new benefits and collaboration opportunities for FAPPO members while growing the base of CPPO’s and CPPB’s in the 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 14,500 professionals primarily within the US and Canada as well as in other nations around the globe.


The Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials, Inc. ("FAPPO"), established in 1968, has been focused on and driven towards education, professional development, and agency collaboration and cooperation through networking. FAPPO strives to provide its members with opportunities to advance their public procurement expertise in order to convey current best practices, industry standards, and professional services to their agencies.



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