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New Exams for 2008: UPPCC Conducts Comprehensive Study of Public Procurement Profession

February 26, 2007 (Herndon, VA) - Last year the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC) announced plans to launch new examinations for its two public sector certification offerings; the Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) in 2008.

Through the generous financial support of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) the UPPCC has contracted with a third-party consultant, Prometric, Inc. to perform a Job/Practice Analysis of the public procurement profession. 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. This process ensures that what is important for competent practice in the profession is tested in the examinations.

The UPPCC officially kicked off this six month Job Analysis project earlier this month. A select group of UPPCC certified individuals from across the United States and Canada came together on February 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 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 110 common tasks and 124 common knowledge statements important to the public profession as a whole.

These common tasks and knowledge statements developed by this Task Force will be organized into an electronic survey tool that will be released to the industry for feedback in April 2007. The purpose of the survey is to validate the findings of the initial Task Force by a much larger group of professionals.

The Survey results will then be analyzed and used to develop new content outlines for the CPPO and CPPB examinations in 2008. The UPPCC anticipates revised content outlines to be released sometime this Summer. All newly developed questions for the 2008 exams will be written to cover the topics addressed in these new content outlines.

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:

Denni Baumer, CPPB
Purchasing Agent
City of Napa
Napa, California
Jim O'Neill, CPPO
Director of Purchasing & Risk Management
City of Fort Collins
Fort Collins, Colorado
Veronica Caston-Frost, CPPO
Senior Purchasing Agent
Suburban Mobility Authority for Reg Transp
Canton, Michigan
Alan Philips, CPPB
Director of Purchasing
University of Houston
Houston, Texas
Alfred V. Elias, CPPO
Purchasing Agent
Goochland County
Goochland, Virginia
Tony Reed, CPPO
Assistant Secretary
MD Department of General Services
Baltimore, Maryland
Samuel Feinberg, CPPO, CPPB
Director of Contracting and Procurement -
Chief Contracting Officer
DC Department of Mental Health
Washington, DC
Paul Reister, CPPO
Director of Administration
Erie Country Water Authority
Buffalo, New York
Quentin Furrow, CPPB
Purchasing Analyst
Eugene Water & Electric Board
Eugene, Oregon
Jena Richmond, CPPB
Purchasing Consultant
Department of Social and Health Services
Central Purchasing Unity
Olympia, Washington
Mindy Giberstone, CPPO, CPPB
Director, Procurement Operations
Triborough Bridge & Tunnel Authority
New York, New York
Ruth A. Smith, CPPO, CPPB
Contract Specialist
Colorado Springs School District #11
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Goretti Mak, CPPB
Supply Officer
Public Works and Government Services
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Heather Turner, CPPB
Boone County Purchasing Department
Columbia, Missouri

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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