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NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP)

1,450+ approved NIGP-CPP candidates and counting….

That’s right, when we launched our new certification program, we couldn’t possibly have imagined how successful it would be. This success is in no small part to our amazing group of professionals who want to elevate the work that each of you does, and a whole new way to get recognized for it.

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What is the NIGP-CPP

NIGP’s Certified Procurement Professional designation (NIGP-CPP)  targets current and aspiring leaders in the public procurement profession.  The program offers unique attributes when compared to other procurement-related professional certifications:

  • It is the only certification that is anchored in the Public Procurement Competency Framework. The Framework is rooted in research produced by the Volcker Alliance that seeks effective public service through workforce competencies.
  • It is the only certification that specifically targets mid to executive level procurement leaders in the public sector.
  • It is the only certification that integrates with NIGP’s Pathways program featuring competency development within 33 learning modules. 
  • It is the only competency-based certification built on a modular exam that expands beyond public procurement’s technical aspects and assesses the more holistic competencies needed to be successful leader within a public entity, embracing elements of leadership, business principles, and procurement strategy.

And since the NIGP-CPP is integrated within NIGP’s Pathways program, the certification program complements  NIGP’s research program and the constantly expanding learning modules; providing assurances that the NIGP-CPP remains relevant to the competencies you need to be a successful leader in your career – today and into the future. 

Finally, the NIGP-CPP is one of several ways a procurement professional can be publicly recognized for the achievement of competencies. The program is offered by NIGP – the leading public procurement association that serves as a trusted advisor to more than 3,000 public agencies and 16,000 public procurement professionals throughout North America.

Watch this informative video to better understand our program.

The NIGP-CPP certification encompasses the knowledge and skills of today’s true Procurement Leaders.

Rick Gentry, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
Procurement and Contract Services Manager
Lee's Summit, MO

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Annual Statistics through May 2022 Testing

The NIGP-CPP cumulative Pass/Fail Metrics will be published annually, after the May testing window each year.

The successful and unsuccessful rates will naturally vary between testing windows based on the candidate population and the depth of experience and competency mastered by the candidates.   Therefore, the rates are expressed annually and on a cumulative basis for each specific year.

Application and registration for the NIGP-CPP certification began in February 2020. To-date, there have been nine testing windows – Pilot 2020, August 2021, November 2021, February 2021, May 2021, August 2021, November 2021, February 2022, and May 2022.

Following the stringent standards established in ISO-17024 for professional certification bodies, the NIGP Certification Commission convened a Standard Setting Panel which participated in the standard setting process, overseen by NIGP’s testing and measurement contractor who utilized sound psychometric analyses. In turn, the Standards Setting Panel recommended a passing score to the NIGP Certification Commission which reviewed all data and analyses and determined the passing score. Each scored question is worth one point, and your final score is calculated by the number of points earned on the exam.

Cumulative Pass/Fail Metrics
From Pilot 2020 through May 2022 Testing

            

Exam Module

            
            

Number of completed tests

            
            

Cumulative Average Pass/Fail Rate

            
            

Module A

            
            

211

            
            

71.6% successful

            

28.4% unsuccessful

            
            

Module B

            
            

1,271

            
            

71.4% successful

            

28.6% unsuccessful

            

Number of Current NIGP-CPP Certificants

Through May 2022 testing, there are 945 current NIGP-CPP certificants.

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