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UPPCC Announces Updates to Recertification For the CPPO and CPPB


Lexington, KY - October 17, 2019 - The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) today announced changes to its recertification program requirements for the CPPO and CPPB. Much like the changes to certification eligibility requirements that were made earlier this year, these updates provide certificants with greater flexibility and control over their continuing education and recognizes the contributions of on-going employment experience to a certificant’s professional qualifications.

“CPPO and CPPB certifications represent the gold standard in public procurement,” said Kathleen Muretti, Chair of the UPPCC, and Manager and Procurement Special Advisor with the City of Airdrie, Alberta. “UPPCC is constantly working to evolve the requirements for certification and recertification in ways that reflect current trends in work and career progression.”

These key changes are effective immediately and are summarized below:

  • Procurement Experience (5 contact hours max) - A new category was added to recognize practical experience as an important element of professional qualifications. Continued, relevant experience contributes to a certificant’s professional development and is therefore deserving of credit towards the recertification process. Full-time public procurement experience is now eligible for credit towards recertification at a rate of 1 contact hour per year with partial years pro-rated for credit.

  • Continuing Education and Professional Development (unlimited contact hours) - Continuing Education (Accredited) and Continuing Education (Non-Accredited) categories have been merged into one Continuing Education and Professional Development category. Certificants are no longer required to differentiate between accredited and non-accredited education offerings.

  • Professional Contributions (20 contact hours max) - No changes were made to this category.

  • Additional Requirement To Earn Contact Hours Across Multiple Categories Has Been Removed - Certificants are no longer required to earn contact hours in a minimum of 2 out of 3 possible categories but may now earn the required contact hours in any of the above three categories.

For more detailed information on these new requirements, please visit the FAQ's section on

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About the UPPCC

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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