Module B is 80 multiple-choice questions that need to be completed within two hours at a designated testing center.

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

  Testing takes place in testing centers via third party administrator

 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. 


for the November Testing Period

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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 Bridge Exam is based on 23 Technical Competency Statements.

The Bridge Exam will be available through June 2024.

A bridge from other professional certifications may be considered in the future.

The purpose of the Bridge Exam is to assess candidates on competency and knowledge statements incorporated into the NIGP-CPP exam, which are not included in the CPPO and CPPB exams. The Bridge Exam covers the 23 technical competency statements as listed on the previous tab. Candidates who are eligible to take the Bridge Exam (Pathway F) are not required to take the Module A exam since they have already demonstrated knowledge and skills in these areas.

Technical Statements included on the Bridge Exam:


  • Choose and implement strategic improvements for the procurement function
  • Identify, evaluate, and implement socially and environmentally sustainable procurement policies and other procurement priorities

Policy, Legislation, and Program Oversight  

  • Advise the entity on how to resolve procurement-related issues
  • Manage stakeholder expectations by communicating requirements, responsibilities, and outcomes
  • Create, lead, and provide holistic procurement program oversight

Planning and Analysis

  • Identify opportunities for strategic contracting initiatives

Sourcing and Solicitation

  • Manage the issues distinct to international business

Contract Administration

  • Ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of asset management, warehousing, and logistics programs
  • Recommend options to dispose of assets to maximize residual value


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

Business Principles and Operations  

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

Pathway F


Those eligible for the Bridge Exam include:


Current CPPO or CPPB or lapsed with one year of expiration date of certification

Proof of formal education or relevant work experience is not required

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