In an effort to prepare candidates for the computer based written CPPB examination containing 175 questions, this course provides a review that addresses key information on topics identified in the 2021 UPPCC Body of Knowledge and Competency. Considered as a tool to help the student in assessing their own strengths and weaknesses’ as they relate to the subject matter, this course is only a part of the candidates overall study plan for preparation. Candidates authorized to test should enroll in the course well in advance of the selected test date. Participation in this class does not guarantee success on the examination. 

Course Availability:

View upcoming dates for this course.

March 14, 2023 - March 15, 2023
CPPB PREP (Standard) $395.00
(prices valid until Mar 8, 2023)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Mr. William J. Tommie, Jr., CPPO
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
April 27, 2023 - April 28, 2023
CPPB PREP (Standard) $395.00
(prices valid until Apr 23, 2023)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
Instructor: Mr. Kevin C. Yin, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
September 6, 2023 - September 7, 2023
CPPB PREP (Standard) $395.00
(prices valid until Aug 31, 2023)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
Instructor: Dr. Sharon T. Lewis, CPPB, M.P.S., M.A., VCO
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led


Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the content of the six domains in the Body of Knowledge and Competency as it relates to the CPPB Examination.
  • Describe the testing environment for the certification exams.
  • Explain various methods of study that will help prepare for the examination.

Intended Audience

This course is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:  

  • Entry-level  public  procurement  and  central  warehouse  professionals  who  serve  as  assistants, coordinators, buyers, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.

  • Non-procurement  managers  and  supervisors  who  are  responsible  for  either  the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.

  • Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher  education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation  providers,  and  other publicly-funded  or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement 

  • Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.

 NOTE:  A hard copy of the CPPB Prep Guide is included with an in-person Prep Course registration. A digital version is included with an online course registration.

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Delivery Formats Available


Virtual Instructor-Led

Blended (On-Demand + Virtual Instructor-Led)

Contact Hours

 In-Person & Virtual Instructor-Led

Blended (On-Demand + Virtual Instructor-Led)



In-Person & Virtual Instructor-Led - 2 Day

Blended (On-Demand + Virtual Instructor-Led)  - 4 weeks



Designed for public procurement professionals who are new to the profession or have 1-5 of experience.

FREE CPPB Prep Class

Did you take a CPPB Prep class with NIGP after July 1, 2021 but didn't pass the CPPB Exam?

One Time Use Only

Available in these learning formats...

 Virtual Instructor-Led

This format combines the best of in-person learning by offering live participation with instructors and peers.


Instructor led discussion style classroom setting for those who prefer focused learning with maximum in-person interactions with instructors and peers.

 +  Blended (On-Demand + Virtual Instructor-Led)

This format offers flexibility for those with busy work schedules, but still want access to instructors and peer interaction. These courses follow a set learning schedule (usually 2-4 weeks) where content is primarily taken On Demand. To provide for live instructor and peer interactions, participants are required to attend several short Online Live Learning Events (OLLE). The course may also make use of online discussion forums and assignments to further the learning experience.

2 Days


Course Outline

  • Day 1 - Domain I: Legal Framework; Domain II: Planning & Analysis; Domain III: Sourcing & Solicitation
  • Day 2 - Domain IV: Contract Management; Domain V: Leadership; Domain VI: Business Principles

4 Weeks

  • Digitally-based learning experience housed in Aspire, NIGP’s learning management system.

Course Outline

  • Week 1 - Domain I: Legal Framework & Domain II: Planning & Analysis
  • Week 2 - Domain III: Sourcing & Solicitation & Domain IV: Contract Management
  • Week 3 - Domain V: Leadership & Domain IV: Business Principles
  • Week 4 - Practice Questions, Debrief, Test Taking Tips & Strategies

Completion Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in the entirety of the Online Live Learning Events (OLLE). Participation is one, two-hour OLLE per week of course instructional time (four OLLLEs total).
  • Review all on-demand content.


Participation in NIGP’s Prep Course will help you prepare to sit for the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC) examination for the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) or Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO). This Prep Course focuses your study on the six areas of content (domains) within the UPPCC Body of Knowledge-C upon which the UPPCC examinations are built.  

The Prep Course cannot overcome lack of experience and will not guarantee a pass rate on the final exam. The Prep Course will help you understand your areas of content strengths and weaknesses, assist in guiding study activity, and provide self-directed study questions and information.  

NIGP Educational products are independent of UPPCC Certification. UPPCC certification is governed by the Universal Public Purchasing Council.