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Getting Certified with the American Purchasing Society?

The American Purchasing Society is a professional association for those in the purchasing industry and was one of the earliest organizations to offer certification. If you are interested in becoming a Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP), a Certified Professional Purchasing Manager (CPPM), a Certified Green Purchasing Professional (CGPP) and/or a Certified Professional Purchasing Consultant (CPPC) check them out today.

Who is Eligible?

  • Everyone who works in the purchasing industry is the short answer. However, in order to receive pricing discounts you must either be a member of the association personally or work for a company that is a member.
  • 3 years purchasing experience OR 2 years experience plus a college degree
  • Excellent written communication, grammar, and spelling is essential

What are the Requirements?

  • High ethical standards
  • Financially responsible
  • Ability to communicate orally and written
  • 3 week online prep course
  • Pass examination with minimum score of 85%
  • Minimum 100 points in 3 categories: academic achievements, experience, and contribution to the industry
  • CPP exam required prior to attempting any other certifications

What About Continuing Education or Recertification?

Recertification every 5 years is done by earning an additional 15 points and completing all relevant online courses applicable at the time of your recertification. Once you reach age 50 and have been previously certified you achieve a lifetime certification.

Read more about the American Purchasing Society.


March 6, 2014
BY Bellwether

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