Research Report: The Value of Procurement Certification

This report presents the findings of research undertaken to gain insight into how North American public procurement officials perceive the value of professional certification in public procurement and contract management (PPCM). The results indicate that most of the PPCM practitioners believe professional certification is beneficial for both PPCM officials and their employers. This report also presents findings related to why some PPCM officials do not seek professional certification; why public entities do or do not require or consider certification; how managers who are themselves PPCM officials compare the performance of PPCM employees who are certified with the performance of PPCM employees who are not certified; and the extent to which organizations that employ PPCM officials provide support and incentives to promote and recognize certification.