Here is an overview of various national- and international-level certifications available to procurement professionals.

Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council [UPPCC]

(for public procurement professionals, i.e., state, city, county, municipalities and political subdivisions)

  • Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO)
  • Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB)

National Contract Management Association [NCMA]

(geared toward federal contracting officers)

  • Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM)
  • Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM)
  • Certified Commercial Contract Manager (CCCM)

Institute for Supply Management

(geared toward private sector in supply chain management)

  • Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.)
  • Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.)
  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM)

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply

(United Kingdom)

  • Graduate Diploma (FCIPS)
  • Certificate Programs in Purchasing and Supply

Purchasing Management Assoc. of Canada

  • Certified Professional Purchaser (C.P.P.)

APICS, The Association for Operations Management

  • Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM)
  • Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM)
  • Certified Fellow in Production and Inventory Management (CFPIM)

Construction Specifications Institute

  • Construction Document Technology (CDT)
  • Certified Construction Specifier (CCS)
  • Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA)
  • Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR)

American Contract Compliance Association

  • Certified Compliance Administrator (CCA)
  • Master Compliance Administrator (MCA)

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