In May of 2009, the five statewide contracting officers who made up the Purchasing Section of the Division of General Services in the state of Alaska decided to become Certified Professional Public Buyers (CPPBs), following the example set by our manager and chief procurement officer. We studied hard, formed a lunchtime review group and participated in a CPPB prep course, and finally, we took the test. Not having a local computerized testing center at the time, we had to make arrangements ...

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