What is it

The Public Procurement Competency Framework (PPCF) is a holistic approach to learning designed to bring out your full potential. In competency-based learning, the focus is not just simply on the what, but also on the how, to provide maximum impact in your current role and for your long-term success.


NIGP partnered with the Public Spend Forum (PSF) to develop the PPCF.  This was rooted in a 2016 report published by the Volcker Alliance – “Doing the People’s Business: Key Competencies for Effective Public Procurement”.

Why is it important

The PPCF is a comprehensive, universal guide for professional development that focuses on the critical competencies you need to be a sought-after public procurement professional. This innovative competency-approach to learning and credentialing ensures you have the right knowledge and skills to thrive in your careers now and in the years to come.

How it works

The PPCF consists of 33 competencies formed across seven focus areas:

  • Strategy
  • Policy and Legislation
  • Planning and Analysis
  • Sourcing and Solicitation
  • Contract Administration
  • Leadership
  • Business Principles

Click sections below to view the competencies within each focus area.

Strategy Planning and Analysis Leadership Policy and Legislation Contract Administration Sourcing Solicitation Business Principles Image Map

Each competency is based on a specific subject matter and taught in a modular fashion using a variety of learning tactics from self-paced online courses to group assignments, case studies, videos, and experiential activities. The PPCF gives you ultimate flexibility to design your learning and the option to pick and choose which competencies to focus on at different stages of your career.