The purpose of NIGP-CPP recertification is to ensure that you remain current on best practices and trends and are committed to continuing learning. Therefore, while the Commission values volunteer leadership and service to the profession, contact hours are limited to continuing education.
The NIGP-CPP Recertification application, payment, and other functions are performed online by accessing the your NIGP-CPP record in the NIGP-CPP database. Details are also published in the NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook.
Continuing Education Hours: General Information
All NIGP-CPPs must earn a minimum of 36 hours of continuing education hours (CEHs) during the three-year certification cycle through learning that relates specifically to the NIGP-CPP content outline and/or the Public Procurement Competency Framework.
As an option, up to 9 of the 36 continuing education hours may also be earned by developing or delivering public procurement content.
All continuing education hours (CEHs) must be earned within your specific three-year certification cycle. CEHs that were either earned before your NIGP-CPP effective date cannot be considered.
Continuing Education Hours: Courses, Workshops, Webinars
The NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook provides detailed information on the types of courses, workshops, and webinars that qualify for CEHs. Essentially, they are structured on a pre-established number of education hours/minutes, they may be delivered in various modalities, and they align with one or more of the competency statements covered in the NIGP-CPP exams. To earn CEHs, you must attend the entire event.
One of the many benefits of NIGP’s integrated learning and credentialing system is that CEHs earned by taking NIGP courses, workshops, or webinars during your specific three-year cycle dates will be automatically recorded in your online recertification record from your NIGP Learning Management record.
In addition to these NIGP activities, we welcome learning that is provided by our NIGP chapter affiliates, our collegial associations, educational institutions, and training providers. For these programs, you will be required to upload documentation for all learning events that verifies your participation as well as the name of the sponsoring organization, the date(s), content, and starting and ending times for all sessions.
Continuing Education Hours: In-Person and Online Conferences
The NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook provides detailed information on the types of activities within a conference that qualify for CEHs. It is important to review the Handbook for a list of activities that are included and excluded from consideration for CEHs. Essentially, while general keynotes and plenary sessions, workshops, and networking sessions qualify for CEHs, meals and social activities, business meetings, awards programs, informal networking, and breaks do not. Of note, the NIGP Certification Commission grants a maximum of two CEHs for participation in a learning exchange with suppliers within a public procurement products exposition or trade show.
When reporting CEHs related to the NIGP Leadership Summit or NIGP Forum, please note that, effective January 1, 2023, you will only earn CEHs for the sessions that you attended which qualify for CEHs (as noted earlier). You will self-report these sessions on your recertification application by uploading the Leadership Summit or Forum worksheet into your recertification application. (This requirement is waived for the NIGP Leadership Summits and NIGP Forums prior to 2022.)
When reporting CEHs for conferences offered by NIGP chapter affiliates or other organizations other than NIGP, , please note that you will only earn CEHs for the educational sessions that you attended during the conference which qualify for CEHs (as noted earlier). You will self-report these sessions on your recertification application by uploading documentation provided by the NIGP chapter affiliate or sponsoring organization. Your documentation should verify your participation, the sponsoring organization, the date(s), content, and starting and ending times for all sessions. Examples of documentation include, but are not limited to, the schedule of events; course outlines with starting and ending dates and times and session titles and content; certificate of completion from the NIGP chapter affiliate or sponsoring organization; confirmation emails from the NIGP chapter affiliate or sponsoring organization identifying the session title(s), dates, times, and content; etc. Please contact email@example.com if you should have questions about the documentation requirements.