The Bridge Exam
1. Understand the Exam Format
As a Pathway F candidate, you are not required to take Module A of the NIGP-CPP exam since you have already successfully passed an exam that covered the Module A material. You will only take the Module B portion of the exam, which applies to both CPPO and CPPB certificants.
Module B represents a bridge from the CPPO and CPPB to the NIGP-CPP and only covers the content that was not examined in the CPPO and CPPB tests. A minimal number of NIGP-CPP exam questions may cover content that was included in the CPPO exams but not on the CPPB exams as differentiated in the UPPCC Body of Knowledge.
Module B consists of 80 questions. You will have 2 hours to complete the computer-based exam at your local testing center.
2. Understand the Exam Content
The NIGP-CPP comprehensive exam questions will assess your ability to demonstrate competency aligned to 43 competency statements. Generally, the 43 technical competency statements fall into two categories. Twenty (20) are already covered in the CPPO and/or CPPB exams and are, therefore, excluded from the Bridge Exam. Twenty-three (23) are not covered in the CPPO and/or CPPB exams and therefore form the basis of the Bridge Exam.
The Bridge Exam only includes the competency and knowledge statements that were not included in either the CPPO or CPPB exams when the gap analysis was performed in 2019 between the CPPO/CPPB and the new NIGP-CPP.
3. Optional Preparation for the Exam
- Take the Personalized NIGP-CPP Assessment. Purchase
- Test your knowledge using the Procurement Flashcards. View
- Join the NIGP-CPP Prep Community on NSite (Members Only). JOIN
Once your application is approved, you will receive an approval email. Forward this approval email to NIGP Customer Care at CustomerCare@nigp.org and request the details and links for:
- The Virtual NIGP-CPP Prep Guide
- Registration for a complimentary NIGP-CPP Virtual Bridge Exam Prep Course.
Customer Care can only provide the links and details on the free prep course and study guide upon receipt of your approval email. The Prep Guide and Prep Course is complimentary for approved candidates through June 2021.
4. Take the Tutorial BEFORE Going to the Testing Center
All candidates must complete an online tutorial from Pearson VUE, our testing partner, BEFORE going to your scheduled testing appointment. The tutorial walks you through the mechanics and functionality of the exam and gives an overview of what to expect on the day of your exam.
The tutorial will NOT be available at your testing appointment. Therefore, it is required that you review this information PRIOR to arriving at the Pearson VUE testing center.