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. 




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General Webinar Information

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


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

Webinar 121118: Cooperative Procurement: Like a Country Love Song

Start Date: 12/11/2018  End Date: 12/11/2018

Date and time:  Tuesday, December 11, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: Tammy Rimes with panel of cooperatives: 

Ronnie Barnes, HGACBuy
Wayne Casper, National IPA
Duff Erholtz, Sourcewell
Keely Maroney, NPPGov
Sue Peters, E&I Cooperative Services

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 


As a huge country music fan, Tammy Rimes also has a famous singing cousin. But Tammy chose a much more exciting career – that of a Purchasing Agent! Combining her knowledge of both, Tammy is passionate about sharing how cooperative procurement and country music have so much in common. Besides buying stuff like tractors and trucks, cooperative procurement is no longer an emerging trend, it is now a proactive way to gain commodities and services. This informative presentation will help you discover ways in which this contracting tool can help with emergency preparedness, construction projects and unique strategies that you may not be aware of. Highlighting real case studies where procurement teams “rocked” and used innovative ways to solve their problems and includes a panel of cooperative partners to answer your questions on emerging issues. Whether you work in a big city or a small country town, sing a different “tune” by taking your cooperative strategy to the next level.


After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
1.  Better understand the ongoing changes in the cooperative environment
2.  Learn how cooperatives can be used for not only commodities, but for services and construction too.
3.  Using the road map to cooperative strategy, learn the questions to ask before selecting a cooperative contract
4.  Discover additional resources and revenues and avenues to get more education and answers to questions 




Start Date: 01/09/2019    End Date:  01/11/2019

Start Time: 8:00am  End Time:  5:00pm  (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


2512 George Mason Dr.
Room 113 Admin Bldg 6
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-0038

Instructor: Mr. David E. Nash, CPPO, CPPB

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

Standard pricing:  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.

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


The class provides a framework for examining contract administration by focusing on essential elements of the discipline. It also provides the participant with a focused look at key considerations related to important contract terms and conditions that must be enforced during contract administration.

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

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