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UPPCC Fully Certified Awards Program: Changes in Store for 2009

December 8, 2008 - Through its Fully Certified Agency Award program, the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC) identifies organizations that have earned the distinguished and unique honor of achieving and/or maintaining a UPPCC fully certified public procurement staff.  This program was developed to recognize those organizations that have made a concerted effort to achieve procurement excellence.

The UPPCC reviews its award program requirements on an annual basis. The organization has, for the last three consecutive years, modified requirements based on feedback from the profession. In response to feedback received from mid to large-sized government agencies, the UPPCC is announcing additional enhancements for 2009.

Larger agencies found it nearly impossible to achieve the UPPCC award because of the current requirement for 100% of qualifying agency procurement staff to be certified. In order to address the concerns of these agencies and to offer a more inclusive program, in 2009 agencies will be able to apply under one of three agency categories. Each agency category will have specified percentage of qualifying procurement staff that must be UPPCC certified in order to achieve the award. These three categories corresponding requirements are as follows:

  • Small Agency (1-11 qualifying employees): 100% of qualifying staff must be UPPCC certified in order to achieve the award

  • Mid-Sized Agency (12-50 qualifying employees): 90% of qualifying staff must be UPPCC certified in order to achieve the award

  • Large Agency (51+ qualifying employees): 75% of qualifying staff must be UPPCC certified in order to achieve the award

In light of these modifications, the award program will be renamed in 2009 to the UPPCC Agency Certification Award. Agency certification is an annual recognition which qualifying agencies must apply for every year for consideration. The Sterling Agency award, advanced recognition reserved for those agencies that apply for and achieve agency certification recognition for three consecutive years, will remain unchanged.

The UPPCC invites qualifying organizations to apply for recognition in 2008 under the existing program requirements while time still remains. Applications for 2008 recognition must be received at the UPPCC no later than December 31, 2008. Recognition in each calendar year is important for those agencies pursuing coveted Sterling Agency Award. Visit the Fully Certified section of the UPPCC Website to access the 2008 application. The new 2009 UPPCC Agency Certification Award application will be available for download from the UPPCC website beginning in January 2009.

The Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC) is an independent entity formed to govern and administer the Certified Public Purchasing 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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