Applicants who are not certified as CPPO/CPPB

How to Apply and then Register for the NIGP-CPP Comprehensive Exam

The NIGP-CPP Comprehensive is a two-part modular exam with a Module A and a Module B. There is one application process for both modules.​

I could not be more excited and proud to be one of the first to achieve the NIGP-CPP certification, a monumental step towards moving Procurement Professionals from the back office to a seat at the table.

Angela Lay, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
Agency Procurement Officer
Fiscal Services Procurement
TN Department of Commerce & Insurance

Registration and payment for February 2023 testing are now open and will close on December 22, 2022.

Steps to apply and then register for the NIGP-CPP under Pathways A - E:

1. Read the Handbook

2. Determine Eligibility

  • Before applying for the Comprehensive Exam, identify which Pathway (A – E) applies to you. 

  • Determine eligibility based on your formal education 

  • Self-assess your work experience within the 43 competency statements​

  • Identify your employment verifiers.

  • Contact your employment verifiers to advise them of their role in employment verification

3. Apply for the NIGP-CPP​

  • Apply and register at:
  • Log in with your NIGP account. If you do not remember your credentials, click Forgot Your Password?. If you don’t have an NIGP account, click Create An Account.

  • To begin the application process, click the Begin button.

  • Complete the online application form.
  • On the application, select the appropriate Pathway
  • Upload applicable diplomas or certificates
  • For Pathways A – E, input employment experience(s) and identify the specific individual(s) who will be your employment verifier(s) and independently verify each work experience. NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook
  • Choose if requesting Special Accommodations. If yes, upload the signed and completed Request for Special Accommodations Form.
  • Sign and attest to Code of Ethics and Candidate Declarations.
  • Follow link to remit the $150 non-refundable application fee.
  • As soon as the payment is made, your application will be auto-submitted and employment verification forms will be auto-emailed to each employment verifier.

4. Register for NIGP-CPP Testing and Schedule your Testing Appointment

  • When your application has been approved, register for your preferred NIGP-CPP testing window.

  • Four testing windows each year – registration and payment opens three months before testing window begins.

  • You will have the flexibility to register for both Module A and Module B or just one Module.

  • Within 5 – 7 business days after your registration and payment are processed, you will receive an authorization-to-test email for each registered exam module, with instructions on how to schedule your testing appointment at a Pearson VUE test center.

  • You will have three (3) opportunities within your two-year application period to pass each module of the exam​

5. Prepare for the Exam​

6. Complete the Online Tutorial​

  • Before going to your scheduled testing appointment you must complete an online tutorial from Pearson VUE, our testing partner​

  • This tutorial will walk you through the mechanics and functionality of the exam and provide you with an overview of what to expect on the day of the exam​

  • This tutorial WILL NOT be available at your testing appointment​

  • You MUST REVIEW the tutorial information BEFORE you arrive at the Pearson VUE testing center


What you need to know...

Pathway A – E have strict work and education requirements that participants must meet before being accepted. These work and education requirements are put into place to ensure that accepted applicants have the required skills and knowledge needed to be successful in their chosen Pathway. 

You may discover that you do not qualify for your desired Pathway because you do not have enough relevant full-time work experience. Keep in mind that the NIGP-CPP is intentionally geared toward mid- to senior-level professionals. If you don’t have the relevant qualifications yet, NIGP offers other recognition programs tailored to entry- to mid-level practitioners, including designations and certificates. Pathway F does not have any minimum requirements for formal education or work experience.

We define “relevant full-time work experience” as professional experience that aligns with the 43 competency statements as defined by our exam content. You can qualify relevant full-time work experience across multiple job titles or positions and across multiple employers if your aggregate work experience equals or exceeds the total number of months of relevant full-time work experience your selected Pathway requires.

During the application process, you will be asked to verify that you have performed, or currently perform, at least 20 of the 43 competency statements for each job title or position you wish to qualify. Do not submit a job title or position that does not meet the minimum threshold, as that work experience will not count. 

Your information must also be independently verified either by your direct supervisor or a Human Resources representative. We understand that, in some cases, these individuals are employed or retired from organizations that you previously worked for. However, their ability to verify your competencies is essential.

You will be asked to provide an email address for each person who will verify your experience so NIGP can send your self-assessment directly to these individuals. In turn, these individuals will verify your relevant work experience by signing and the form directly to NIGP via email.


  • Qualifying work experience must align with a minimum of 20 of the 43 competency statements identified in the NIGP-CPP exam content.   
  • Contact your employment verifiers prior to submitting your application to ensure contact information is accurate.     
  • Each employer listed will automatically receive an email to verify employment experience.       
  • Experience must be earned within the last 10 years.      

Pathway A – D

To verify your formal education, upload a PDF version of your diploma or your transcript who shows degree conferred and date conference to your application.  All formal education must be obtained from an accredited college or university. 

In the United States, you can verify that your educational institution is accredited by checking with the United States Department of Education

In Canada, you can verify that your educational institution is accredited by the related provincial or territorial government by visiting the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC).

Pathway B

In addition to uploading your transcript or diploma, you will also need to upload a PDF version of your graduate certificate. 

Make sure the document identifies the type of degree or certificate, the date it was conferred, and the name of the educational institution that conferred the degree or certificate.

Pathway E

No documents are required to upload.



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Before you apply and then register...

 Read the Certification Handbook

To Apply:

 Determine eligibility based on formal education

Determine eligibility based on relevant work experience in alignment with the exam competencies and independently verified by a third party

  Contact your employment verifiers to ensure they are aware that they will be required to sign and return the employment verification form.

  Go to to complete the online application and remit the non-refundable application fee.

To Register:

After receiving your application approval email, please determine your testing window and which module(s) you’ll be testing on

Got to to complete registration and payment of the testing fee(s).


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