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The Virginia Institute of Procurement (VIP) operates under the auspices of the Department of General Services, Division of Purchases and Supply and delivers procurement education to public procurement professionals. VIP’s Virginia Contracting Officer Certification Program currently offers professional certification at three levels:

• Virginia Contracting Associate Officer (VCA)

• Virginia Contracting Officer (VCO)

• Virginia Contracting Master Program (VCM)

Participation in the program is voluntary and open to employees of the Commonwealth of Virginia and employees of other public bodies who meet the eligibility criteria of the certification level they pursue.

VIP also offers Continuing Education classes that satisfy the recertification hours required every five years for the certification programs above.

VCA List 

VCO List

VCM List

 

 

            

 

Developing, supporting and promoting

the public procurement profession

through premier educational and research programs, professional support,

technical services and advocacy initiatives that benefit members and constituents since 1944.

 

        

 

The Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing represents more than

1,000 procurement professionals working in public entities in the Commonwealth of Virginia

(state and local governments, educational institutions, special authorities, etc.).

VAGP is the largest procurement association in Virginia and is a chapter of NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement.

 

 

 

          

 

 

Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles establish the fundamental norms, rules, or ethics that represent

what is desirable (values) and affirmative for our profession and help us determine

the rightfulness or wrongfulness of our actions.

Principles are more explicit than values, and are meant to govern action.

 

   

 

 

About the UPPCC

 

The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) is an independent entity formed to govern and administer the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) certification programs. The CPPO and CPPB programs are highly regarded and respected among procurement professionals and employers involved in the public sector.

 

To date, the UPPCC has certified well over 10,000 professionals primarily within the US and Canada as well as in other nations around the globe. 

 

UPPCC Announces the Newest Certified Public Procurement         Officer (CPPO) & Certified         Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) Designees.                             

 

Herndon, VA - January 28, 2016 - The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) is pleased to announce that 102 individuals successfully completed the fall 2015 UPPCC certification examinations administered October 19-31, 2015. The coveted Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credentials, recognized throughout the public procurement profession, demonstrate an individual's comprehensive knowledge of public procurement.  

Of these 102 newly certified individuals, a total of 66 earned the CPPB certification while 36 earned the CPPO certification. This newest class of professionals brings the total number certified for CPPB and CPPO to 10,056 and 2,638 respectively.  

Obtaining either UPPCC certification requires the candidate to demonstrate through an application process, that they meet specific requisites; including formal education, procurement related coursework/training and public procurement employment experience. A comprehensive written examination (specific to each certification) is required to confirm the candidate's mastery of a variety of public procurement concepts found in the UPPCC Body of Knowledge. The next examinations are scheduled for May 2 - 14, 2016. UPPCC is currently accepting applications for the May testing window through the February 1 application deadline (late deadline February 16).  

To view a complete list of all newly certified individuals from the October 2015 exams, access the following links:  

New CPPOs & CPPBs -

by Name - Here  

New CPPOs & CPPBs -

by State/Province - Here       

 

 

 

 

Virginia Institute of Procurement   

   2017 Schedule of Classes
 

Virginia Contracting Associate Certification Program

3 Day Program / Certification Hours: 21

VCA Certification Cost: $400 / VCA Exam Cost: $50

Location: 1111 East Broad Street - 7th floor
Richmond, Virginia 23229 
Map & Directions

 

Schedule: August 16-17, 2017  Exam: August 18, 2017

Schedule: October 4-5, 2017  Exam: October 6, 2017

Schedule: December 6-7, 2017  Exam: December 8, 2017

Virginia Contracting Associate VCA Plus

2 Day Program / Certification Hours: 14

VCA Plus Cost: $250       

Location: 1111 East Broad Street - 7th floor
Richmond, Virginia 23229 
Map & Directions

  

Schedule: TBD

Virginia Contracting OfficeCertification Program

7 Day Program / Certification Hours: 42

VCO Certification Cost: $1,000 / VCO Exam Cost: $100

Location: 1111 East Broad Street - 7th floor
Richmond, Virginia 23229 
Map & Directions

  

Schedule: September 6-8, 2017 1st Week  

Schedule: September 19-22, 2017 2nd Week 

Exam: September 25 or 26, 2017

Virginia Contract Masters Certification Program

Day Program Certification Hours: 80

VCM Certification Cost: $2,500

Location: 1111 East Broad Street - 7th floor
Richmond, Virginia 23229 
Map & Directions

 

Schedule:  TBD

Contract Management Program

Certification Hours: 14

Cost: $ 250    

Location: 1111 East Broad Street - 7th floor
Richmond, Virginia 23229 
Map & Directions

 

Schedule: TBD


VITA/DGS

Basic IT Procurement for Executive Branch Agencies

Certification Hours: 7

Cost: $ 125    

Location: 1111 East Broad Street - 7th floor
Richmond, Virginia 23229 
Map & Directions

Schedule:   September 27, 2017  8:30 am - 4:30 pm


APSPM Review

Certification Hours: 7

Cost: $ 125    

Location: 1111 East Broad Street - 7th floor
Richmond, Virginia 23229 
Map & Directions

Schedule:  December 12, 2017  8:30 am - 4:30 pm

 

                                    NIGP-VAGP 

  2017 WEBINAR SCHEDULE    

General Webinar Information

  • 90 Minutes (60-70 minutes of content followed by a Q&A session)
  • 1 contact hour

Pricing 

  • Members Complimentary
  • Non-Members  $190 (Includes a one-year complimentary NIGP membership for eligible individuals) 

Webinar - The Supplier-Practitioner Connection: Adding Value to Procurement

Presented by: The NIGP Business Council

THIS WEBINAR IS VoIP ONLY. (Audio broadcast from your computer speakers)

Date and time:  Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)
 
Contact hours:  1 (Contact hour awarded based on use of First and Last Name at Log In) 

Overview

In this online training session, The NIGP Business Council will explain the various ways that suppliers can add value to every procurement, regardless of the procurement strategy an agency adopts. Whether the issue is sustainability, financial options, or socio-economic conditions, you will discover the benefits of how working with suppliers can help your procurement strategies lead to success. 

Objectives

After the seminar, attendees will be able to identify ways suppliers can add value to every procurement.

Webinar - US EPA’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels to Support Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

Presented by: Holly Elwood and Alison Kinn Bennett

THIS WEBINAR IS VoIP ONLY. (Audio broadcast from your computer speakers)

Date and time:  Tuesday, September 26, 2017 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)
 
Contact hours:  1 (Contact hour awarded based on use of First and Last Name at Log In) 

Overview

Over the past 20+ years, EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program has been at the forefront of identifying environmental and human health performance strategies for key sectors and helping transform the market through the power of federal purchasing. After years of stakeholder engagement and a much anticipated pilot effort, this past December the EPP Program released Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels in order to help federal purchasers meet sustainable purchasing goals. The Recommendations leverage - and increase market confidence in - private sector initiatives that have demonstrated positive, measurable, and meaningful change in the environmental performance of products and services – from electronics to building materials to janitorial products and more.  

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
1. Identify environmental standards and labels to meet their green purchasing goals with confidence.
2. Determine building materials, electronics, and other products meeting standards and ecolabels recommended by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
3. Explain how EPA worked with environmental NGOs, manufacturers, academia, and government officials to unravel the key characteristics of effective and credible standards and ecolabels.

Webinar - Using Procurement to Achieve Economic, Social, and Environmental Goals: Results From a New Survey

Presented by: Lukas Brun

THIS WEBINAR IS VoIP ONLY. (Audio broadcast from your computer speakers)

Date and time:  Thursday, October 12th, 2017 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET  (Eastern Time)
 
Contact hours:  1 (Contact hour awarded based on use of First and Last Name at Log In) 

Overview

This presentation will provide the results of a recently completed survey on the extent to which municipalities use procurement to achieve economic development, social equity, and environmental sustainability goals. Topics covered will be local government purchasing from local businesses, disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs), green purchasing policies, and the extent to which local hiring, living wage and community development agreements are used in construction contracts.  

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
1. Identify debates in socially responsible and green purchasing 
2. Identify the extent to which professional practice in socially responsible and green purchasing is adopted by local U.S. governments.
 

 


 

 2017 SEMINARS SCHEDULE 

Total Cost Analysis for Best Value Decisions

Start Date: 09/14/2017   End Date: 09/14/2017  Start Time: 8:00 AM   End Time: 5:00 PM

Location:  

UOSA
14631 Compton Rd
Centreville, VA 20121-2506

Instructor: Omid Ghamami, CPSCM,MBA

Contact Hours: 8.0     CEUs:      Access Period: N/A

Hosted By: Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. Chapter of NIGP 

Institute Members - $310**    Non-Members - $410**

** Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

Overview

Knowing the difference between acquisition cost and total cost can make a difference to the final analysis of any acquisition. Cost modeling can drive optimization and help prevent post contract financial overruns. In this course, students will learn how to reduce purchasing costs without sacrificing quality or effectiveness.

Legal Aspects of Public Procurement

Start Date: 10/02/2017   End Date: 10/04/2017  Start Time: 8:00 AM   End Time: 5:00 PM

Location:  

Pennino Bldg. - Room 200
12011 Gov't Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, VA 22035

Instructor: Ms. Mary Jane Comly, CPPO,CPA

Contact Hours: 24.0     CEUs: 2.30    Access Period: N/A

Hosted By: Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. Chapter of NIGP 

Institute Members - $715**    Non-Members - $915**

** Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

Overview

Designed to be an educational exploration of the Legal Aspects of Public Procurement, this course will provide a foundation of the principles and general concepts of the law as it applies to public procurement. Course content will address issues such as the UCC, the Model Procurement Code, Sale of Goods Act and the legal implications surrounding solicitations, contracting and post award issues. Attention will be given to the ethical issues facing the profession relevant to the law. This course will focus on actual procurement situations with actual procurement implications.

Click here to view a more detailed description.

Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals

Start Date: 10/18/2017   End Date: 10/20/2017  Start Time: 8:00 AM   End Time: 5:00 PM

Location:  

Radford University - Walker Hall - Room 183
Tyler Ave.
Radford, VA 24142   

Instructor: Mr. Kenneth D. Hayslette, CPPO,C.P.M.,CPCM

Contact Hours: 24.00  CEUs:  2.30    Access Period: N/A

Hosted By: Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. Chapter of NIGP 

Institute Members - $715**    Non-Members - $915**

** Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

Overview

This course is uniquely designed to prepare procurement professionals to use the RFP process to its maximum potential. The class agenda will identify the process, offer a key understanding of the elements of the proposal and ascertain ways in which the document can be used to its full capability. Pitfalls and success stories will make the class relevant and applicable when planning to incorporate this type of solicitation into the government process.

 

     

Other Available Courses Through NIGP 

   (1-3 Day Courses, Online Courses, Independent Learning, Onsite Training)

   Course Catalog

  Registration for CPPO and CPPB Online Prep Courses  

Face to Face Course 

CPPB Prep

Start Date: 09/11/2017   End Date:   09/12/2017

Timezone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Location: 44865 Loudoun Water Way     

                 Training Room

                 Ashburn, VA 20146-0000 

Instructor: Mr. Ronald L. King, CPPO

Hosted By: Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. Chapter of NIGP 

Overview

In an effort to prepare candidates for the computer-based CPPB exam containing 175 questions, this course provides a review that addresses key information on topics identified in the 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. Participation in this class does not guarantee success on the examination.

Standard pricing:

Institute Members - $510 **   Non-Members - $710  **

** Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

 

CPPO Prep

Start Date: 09/13/2017  End Date: 09/14/2017

Start Time: 8:00 AM    End Time: 5:00 PM

Timezone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Location: 44865 Loudoun Water Way

     Training Room
      Ashburn, VA 20146-0000 

Instructor: Mr. Ronald L. King, CPPO

Contact Hours: 16.00 

Hosted By: Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. Chapter of NIGP 

Overview

In an effort to prepare candidates for the computer-based CPPO exam containing 175 questions, this course provides a review that addresses key information on topics identified in the 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. Participation in this class does not guarantee success on the examination.

Standard pricing:

Institute Members - $510 **   Non-Members - $710  **

** Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

 

 


 

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