The National Association of Purchasing Card Professionals (NAPCP) has launched the Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) certification program. The first application deadline is August 31, 2006. Testing dates are October 7 to 21, 2006.

NAPCP’s program goals are to help employers identify the right person for a position, improve value to individuals and employers, add a higher level of expertise to P-card programs, and help P-card professionals remain current with the latest industry trends.

The CPCP credential is awarded to P-card professionals who have demonstrated experience and understanding of the body of knowledge necessary to administer a purchasing card program. The credential focuses on individual skills and knowledge of specialized P-card functions. Achieving this designation allows P-card professionals to be recognized for their distinguished level of expertise and differentiates those who are knowledgeable, trained, competent, and dedicated to their profession.

The NAPCP is a non-profit professional trade association committed to the advancement of purchasing card (P-card) professionals and practices. The primary objectives of the organization are to move the market forward, provide an organized forum for networking, offer direction for the industry, educate P-card professionals, and establish and communicate industry standards. NAPCP has been serving the P-card industry since 2000 and has grown to have over 700 members.

For more information on NAPCP and the certification program, visit: www.govinfo.bz/5966-317.