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New Certification Exams for 2014: UPPCC Commissions New Job Analysis Study

April 20, 2012 - The UPPCC officially kicked off the 2012 Job Analysis project last month. The 2012 project is an update to the 2007 project that is routinely updated by the UPPCC every 5 years. The Job Analysis is a comprehensive research study designed to identify the essential skills and knowledge equated with competency in a given profession. The research findings are then used to develop detailed content outlines for certification examinations also known as the UPPCC Body of Knowledge (BOK). This process ensures that what is important for competent practice in the profession is tested in the examinations.

A select group of UPPCC certified individuals from across the United States and Canada came together on March 12 -13 to serve as the Job Analysis Task Force. This volunteer group was charged with the development of an initial catalog of task and knowledge important to successful practice in the profession. Representing a variety of experience and education levels and work settings, this diverse group of individuals often engaged in lively debates and discussions, but ended their intensive two-day meeting having identified a comprehensive list of common tasks and knowledge that it considered essential to competent performance in the public procurement profession.

The common tasks and knowledge statements developed by the Task Force will be released to the industry as an online survey at the end of this month. The purpose of the survey is to validate the findings of the initial Task Force by a much larger representative group of professionals.

The Survey results will then be analyzed and used to develop new content outlines for the CPPO and CPPB examinations. The UPPCC anticipates revised content outlines to be released sometime this summer and to take effect with the May 2014 testing window.

It is important that the UPPCC receives a good response rate to the survey for validation. To encourage participation, each participant will be entered for a chance to win a new Apple iPad and all UPPCC certified participants will earn 1 point toward CPPO/CPPB Recertification. Please look for an email regarding the UPPCC Job Analysis Survey in late April/early May and be sure that you participate in this important project.

The UPPCC is grateful for the commitment to the profession demonstrated by the Job Analysis Task Force members and for the generosity and support of many collegial organizations and industry partners that are working to make this project a success.

Job Analysis Task Force Members

Brett Adams-Case, CPPB
Asset Manager
State of Wyoming - Admin & IT
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Jack Adger, CPPO, CPPB
Supervisor of Purchasing
Bossier Parish Schools
Benton, Louisiana

Denni Baumer, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M.
Purchasing Manager
Delta Diablo Sanitation District
Antioch, California

Amanda Baylor, CPPO
State Purchasing Officer, Higher Education
Executive Ethics Commission, State of Illinois
Springfield, Illinois

Ben Collins, CPPB
Assistant Director/Purchasing Agent
City of Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Denise Finn, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., A.P.P.
Associate Director of Procurement
University of Kentucky, Purchasing
Lexington, Kentucky

Caleb Fisher, CPPB
Purchasing Agent
City of New Smyrna Beach - Utilities Commission
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Rebecca Jackson, CPPO, CPPB
General Services Procurement Manager
Missouri Department of Transportation
Jefferson City, Missouri

Anna Kershaw, CPPB
Contract Administrator
DeKalb County, Dept of Purchasing & Contracts
Decatur, Georgia

Angela Mastandrea, CPPO
Purchasing Manager
City of Hamilton - Ontario
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada

Darin Matthews, CPPO, C.P.M.
Director, Business Operations 
North Clackamus School District 
Milwaukie, Oregon

Cathy Muse, CPPO
Director, Dept of Purchasing & Supply Mgmt
Fairfax County Government
Fairfax, Virginia

Timothy Schultz, CPPO, CPPB
Agency Procurement Officer
Ohio Department of Veteran Services
Sandusky, Ohio

Stanley Schwafel, CPPO, CPPB
Senior Contracting Officer
University of Alaska
Fairbanks, Alaska

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 10,000 professionals primarily within the US and Canada as well as in other nations around the globe.



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