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NIGP-CPP Comprehensive Exam Content


Modular exam

The comprehensive NIGP-CPP is a two-part, modular exam - Module A & B. (the Module B Exam is Module B only). The modular format gives candidates flexibility to take both exam modules in a single sitting or to take each module one at a time. Test scores are based on each  module. A candidate who passes Module A but is not successful in Module B will only need to retake and pay exam fees for the Module B exam.

Exam day specifics

Each module exam consists of 80 questions that need to be completed within two hours at a designated testing center. Both exam modules are located at testing centers throughout North America and are administered by a third-party.  Exam modules are offered four times each year during the months of February, May, August, and November.

Test retakes

Candidates who do not achieve a passing score may apply to retest during a later testing period by remitting the testing fee.  Each candidate has three opportunities to pass each module during the two-year application period. 

Exam Format & Delivery

Flexibility to take both modules or just one module in a single setting

Pass score for each module is independent

Each module is 80 multiple-choice questions

4 test periods annually: February, May, August, November

Testing takes place in testing centers via third party administrator

Test fees are $100 per module

Registration for November 2022 testing is open and will close on September 30.

No further registrations or payments for November 2022 testing will be accepted after September 30.


The NIGP-CPP exam is a competency-based exam that aligns with the competencies embedded within the seven focus areas from the Public Procurement Competency Framework (PPCF). 

The NIGP-CPP Exam is a two-part Modular Exam based on 43 Technical Competency Statements.

Within each area, the exam assesses the following competency statements:

Technical Competency Statements



(Module A - 8% | Module B - 12%)

  • Create procurement’s strategic goals, objectives, and policies in alignment with the entity-wide strategic plan Module A
  • Choose and implement strategic improvements for the procurement function - Module B
  • Manage efficiency and effectiveness in achievement of procurement’s mission Module A
  • Identify, evaluate, and implement socially and environmentally sustainable procurement policies and other procurement priorities - Module B

Policy, Legislation, and Program Oversight

(Module A - 13% | Module B - 17%)

  • Engage the legislative process to further procurement interests Module A
  • Ensure compliance with applicable rules and regulations from various branches and levels of government Module A
  • Create, implement, and maintain fair, accessible, and transparent policies and procedures that align organizational behaviors, priorities, and professional procurement values Module A
  • Advise the entity on how to resolve procurement-related issues - Module B
  • Manage stakeholder expectations by communicating requirements, responsibilities, and outcomes - Module B
  • Create, lead, and provide holistic procurement program oversight - Module B

Planning and Analysis

(Module A - 17% | Module B - 5%)

  • Analyze information from multiple sources to create a procurement plan to meet the entity’s goals Module A
  • Analyze current market trends and the impact they have on procurement planning Module A
  • Identify opportunities for strategic contracting initiatives - Module B
  • Use procurement priorities and best value considerations in addition to cost, price, and spend analysis methods to inform decisions Module A
  • Assess risk and implement appropriate risk management approaches Module A

Sourcing and Solicitation

(Module A - 27% | Module B - 1%)

  • Determine most advantageous sourcing, solicitation, and award method Module A
  • Determine the most favorable contract structure and content Module A
  • Manage all stages of the selection process (from receipt to award) Module A
  • Develop a negotiation strategy that maximizes advantages for all involved Module A
  • Manage a protest consistent with the law and the entity’s policy Module A
  • Manage the issues distinct to international business - Module B

Contract Administration

(Module A - 17% | Module B - 5%)

  • Establish policies and procedures for contract administration Module A
  • Establish policies and procedures to promote acceptable contract performance Module A
  • Establish policies and procedures to address contract performance issues Module A
  • Ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of asset management, warehousing, and logistics programs - Module B
  • Recommend options to dispose of assets to maximize residual value - Module B


(Module A - 11% | Module B - 38%)

  • Create and foster a professional, ethical culture Module A
  • Create policies and procedures to support an ethical workplace - Module B
  • Create a culture and system to foster continuous improvement - Module B
  • Provide procurement professional development opportunities - Module B
  • Provide educational opportunities related to procurement best practices to all, including non-procurement professionals - Module B
  • Engage stakeholders in development of entity key performance indicators to achieve change implementation - Module B
  • Communicate programs, policies, and procedures in support of entity’s continuous advancement - Module B
  • Develop criteria for evaluation of internal and external relationships as well as procurement’s performance - Module B
  • Align procurement change with entity goals
  • Recruit, hire, develop, retain, and promote procurement professionals Module A
  • Identify and address challenges and conflicts - Module B

Business Principles and Operations

(Module A - 7% | Module B - 22%)

  • Establish a continuous improvement plan - Module B
  • Identify how changes in global, national, and regional economies will affect operations - Module B
  • Develop and manage a thriving and resilient workplace - Module B
  • Select and implement technology to further procurement goals Module A
  • Obtain and manage budgetary resources to further procurement goals - Module B
  • Develop and implement a communication plan to enhance the image of the procurement function - Module B

The comprehensive exam covers all 43 competency statements within two modules Module A and Module B.  Each module aligns to the seven focus areas of the Public Procurement Framework (PPCF) as follows:

NIGP-CPP Focus Area

# of Technical Statements

# Statements in Module A

# Statements in Module B


4 2 2

Policy Legislation 

6 3 3

Planning and Analysis 

5 4 1

Sourcing & Solicitation 

6 5 1

Contract Administration

5 3 2


11 2 9

Business Principles & Operations

6 1 5


43 20 23

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