In an effort to prepare candidates for the computer based written CPPB exam containing 190 questions, this course provides a review that addresses key information on topics identified in the 2013 UPPCC Body of Knowledge. 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.

January 12, 2021 - March 2, 2021
CPPB Online Prep - Member Standard $395.00
CPPB Online Prep - Non-Member Standard $495.00
(prices valid until Jan 12, 2021)
Instructor: Ms. Joy M. Kerkhoff, CPPO
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
March 9, 2021 - April 27, 2021
CPPB Online Prep - Member Standard $395.00
CPPB Online Prep - Non-Member Standard $495.00
(prices valid until Mar 9, 2021)
Instructor: Ms. Christina D. Lochbaum, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
May 4, 2021 - June 22, 2021
CPPB Online Prep - Member Standard $395.00
CPPB Online Prep - Non-Member Standard $495.00
Instructor: Ms. Joy M. Kerkhoff, CPPO
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
May 10, 2021 - May 11, 2021
Institute Member: Early $370.00
Non-Member: Early $470.00
(prices valid until Mar 11, 2021)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Mr. William J. Tommie, Jr., CPPO
Level: Foundation
North Charleston, SC


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 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 exam.

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.

Delivery Formats Available


Contact Hours


Virtual Instructor-Led




Virtual - 7 weeks



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

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.

7 Weeks

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

Course Outline

  • Week 1 - Getting Started: Orientation, navigation and class introductions
  • Week 2 - Domain I: Procurement Administration
  • Week 3 - Domain II: Sourcing
  • Week 4 - Domain III: Negotiation Process
  • Week 5 - Domain IV:  Contract Administration
  • Week 6 - Domain V:  Supply Management & Domain VI:  Strategic Procurement Planning
  • Week 7 - Final Assessment, Debrief, test taking tips and strategies

2 Day Course


Course Outline

  • Day 1 - Domain I: Procurement Administration & Domain 2: Sourcing
  • Day 2 - Domain III: Negotiation Process, Domain IV: Contract Administration, Domain V: Supply Management, Domain VI: Strategic Procurement Planning


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 ten areas of content (domains) within the UPPCC Body of Knowledge 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.