In an effort to prepare candidates for the computer based written CPPO 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 2, 2023 - March 3, 2023
CPPO PREP (Standard) $395.00
(prices valid until Feb 26, 2023)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Ms. Lynda Allair, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
Level: Advanced Practitioner
Virtual Instructor-Led
March 22, 2023 - March 23, 2023
CPPO PREP (Standard) $395.00
(prices valid until Mar 16, 2023)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
Instructor: Ms. Lynda Allair, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
Level: Advanced Practitioner
Virtual Instructor-Led
May 1, 2023 - May 2, 2023
CPPO PREP (Standard) $395.00
(prices valid until Apr 25, 2023)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
Instructor: Ms. Carolyn L. Everett, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Advanced Practitioner
Virtual Instructor-Led
September 11, 2023 - September 12, 2023
CPPO PREP (Standard) $395.00
(prices valid until Sep 5, 2023)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
Instructor: Mr. Michael B. Gustafson, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, MBA
Level: Advanced Practitioner
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 CPPO Examination.
  • Describe the testing environment for the certification examinations.
  • 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:

  • Mid-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as senior buyers, managers, directors, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.
  • Non-procurement managers and supervisors who either provide procurement functions that support entity programs under delegated authority, or who already have a good understanding of basic procurement principles but wish to get more in-depth, hands-on training.
  • Professionals who are employed by local governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly funded or created entities) who either serve within or manage the procurement function.
  • Supplier managers and supervisors seeking to understand the public procurement function from a more in-depth holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.

 NOTE:  A hard copy of the 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 have at least five years’ experience.

FREE CPPO Prep Class

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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 Day Course


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.