Does your Agency Qualify for Accreditation?

Agency Accreditation reflects your entity's achievement of professional competency

NIGP offers Two Levels of Accreditation Programs to recognize and reward agencies for their commitment to professional excellence.

NIGP Accreditation solidifies the Broward Sheriff's Office Purchasing Bureau's professional competency and credibility. This level of accreditation reflects positively on the Bureau's practices as we continually strive to improve purchasing standards

Penelope Burger, Broward County Sheriff's Office, Florida

OA4 Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement

OA4 Accreditation Achievement

Let your agency be the example of public procurement excellence that others emulate.

The Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement (OA4) recognizes agencies that lead the public procurement profession through the implementation of best practices. The program is founded on a self-evaluation process using the NIGP Agency Accreditation Criteria Form. Agencies meeting the minimum requirements are OA4-accredited for three years.

OA4 Accredited Agencies


Pareto Accreditation

The Pareto award was named after the founder of the 80/20 rule, and is the most prestigious and highest award of agency achievement in our profession.  Pareto may be earned only by agencies that have achieved OA4 accreditation and successfully completed a prescribed peer review process.  The Pareto Award is not easily earned due to the rigors inherent to the review process.  Agencies should allow four to six months to complete the Pareto accreditation assessment.  


Award Winners

The PARETO Award recognizes those agencies that lead the public procurement profession. Accreditation certification is valid for five years. The following agencies are currently accredited:

  • City of St. Petersburg
  • Sound Transit
  • Tampa International Airport, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority

Information about Accreditation

For complete information about NIGP’s accreditation programs, please contact Lisa Frank, Director, Event & Content Delivery at or call 703-736-8900, x226

Acceptance of submissions for both OA4 & Pareto Accreditation is ongoing.

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