CoProcure joins NPI as a Supporter of the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® Program!

NPI is excited to share that CoProcure recently joined NPI as a supporter of the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® program. CoProcure is a technology startup that aims to make finding and comparing cooperative contracts fast and easy (and free!).

The CoProcure team is putting together a webinar on cooperative purchasing strategies and would like to include thought leaders in the public procurement profession. If you are interested in joining in the conversation, please contact Becca Blazek at

2021 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement® Application

The National Procurement Institute, Inc. is pleased to announce the 2021 AEP Application and the 2021 Summary of Changes are now available. In addition, the 2020 Model Submittals are now available for NPI members.

The application portal is open for submissions and applications are due May 15, 2021.

Questions regarding the AEP Program can be directed to

The Number of NIGP-CPP Certificants Grows to 253 Leaders


The Number of NIGP-CPP Certificants Grows to 253 Leaders

December 18, 2020

NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement is honored to announce that an additional 128 public procurement professionals attained their NIGP Certified Procurement Professional designation (NIGP-CPP) in November 2020 by successfully completing the competency-based qualifications set forth by the NIGP Certification Commission.

Today, there are 253 leaders across 32 U.S. States and 3 Canadian Provinces who earned their NIGP-CPP during the August and November 2020 testing windows. 

The NIGP-CPP 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.  And it is the only competency-based certification 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.

Registration for the next testing window (February 2021) is currently available and the May 2021 testing window will become available after the New Year. 

Professionals holding a current CPPO or CPPB certification can augment their credentials by applying for the NIGP-CPP certification at no cost through June 2021.  Those professionals will take an abbreviated bridge exam and the fees for the initial exam are also waived through June 2021.

Join NIGP for monthly informative webinars on the program or learn more by clicking here.

Consider Volunteering with UPPCC!

UPPCC is actively recruiting CPPOs and CPPBs for several volunteer positions, including positions on the Item Writing/Item Review Committee and UPPCC Study Group Task Force. Volunteering is an excellent way to give back to the profession and earn valuable contact hours towards your next recertification in the process.

Check out the Volunteer Opportunities page  for additional details and how to apply.

Upcoming Training from NPI Sponsors and Supporters

CAPPO Virtual Conference

The California Association of Public Procurement Officials (CAPPO) one of our AEP Sponsors, has extended their membership rate to NPI members for the 2021 Annual CAPPO Virtual Conference Jan. 4-8.

Log in to the NPI website for the discount code and registration link found on your member landing page.

SGR – Servant Leadership Conference

SGR (Strategic Government Resources), our newest AEP Supporter, has invited NPI members to join them for the Servant Leadership Conference 2021, Jan. 27-28.

25th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Awards Celebration

The 25th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) Awards Celebration was held virtually on December 4th 2020 via Zoom.

Join us for this replay of the festivities, hear from those organizations who have achieved this recognition for 25 consecutive years and help us congratulate & recognize the 2020 recipient of the Carlton N. Parker Award for Outstanding Service.