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Comprehensive NIGP-CPP Exam

The NIGP-CPP exam is a competency-based exam that aligns with the competencies embedded within the seven focus areas from the Public Procurement Competency Framework (PPCF). Within each area, the following competency statements will be assessed through the exam:


Competency Statements

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Create procurement’s strategic goals, objectives, and policies in alignment with the entity-wide strategic plan

Choose and implement strategic improvements for the procurement function

Manage efficiency and effectiveness in achievement of procurement’s mission

Identify, evaluate, and implement social and environmentally sustainable procurement policies and other procurement priorities

Engage the legislative process to further procurement interests

Ensure compliance with applicable rules and regulations from the various branches and levels of government

Create, implement, and maintain fair, accessible, and transparent policies and procedures that align organizational behaviors, priorities, and professional procurement values

Advise the entity on how to resolve procurement-related issues

Manage stakeholder expectations by communicating requirements, responsibilities, and outcomes

Create, lead, and provide holistic procurement program oversight

Analyze information from multiple sources to create a procurement plan to meet the overall entity’s goals.

Analyze current market trends and the impact on procurement planning.

Identify opportunities for strategic contracting initiatives

Use procurement priorities and best value considerations in addition to cost, price, and spend analysis methods to inform decisions

Assess risk and implement appropriate risk management approaches

Determine most advantageous sourcing, solicitation, and award method

Determine the most favorable contract structure and content

Manage all stages of the selection process (from receipt to award)

Develop a negotiation strategy that maximizes advantages for all involved

Manage a protest consistent with the law and the entity’s policy

Manage the issues distinct to international business

Establish policies and procedures for contract administration

Establish policies and procedures to promote acceptable contract performance

Establish policies and procedures to address contract performance issues

Ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of asset management, warehousing, and logistics programs

Recommend options to dispose of assets to maximize residual value

Create and foster a professional, ethical culture

Create policies and procedures to support an ethical workplace

Create a culture and system to foster continuous improvement

Provide procurement professional development opportunities

Provide educational opportunities related to procurement best practices to all (non procurement)

Engage stakeholders in development of entity key performance indicators to achieve change implementation

Communicate programs, policies, and procedures in support of entity’s continuous advancement

Develop criteria for evaluation of internal and external relationships and procurement’s performance

Align procurement change with entity goals

Recruit, hire, develop, retain, and promote procurement professionals

Identify and address challenges and conflicts

Establish a continuous improvement plan

Identify how changes in global, national and regional economies will affect operations

Develop and manage a thriving and resilient workplace

Select and implement technology to further procurement goals

Obtain and manage budgetary resources to further procurement goals

Develop and implement a communication plan to enhance the image of the procurement function

Bridge Exam

At present, the bridge will be available through 2024. A bridge from other professional certifications may be considered in the future.

The purpose of the bridge exam is to differentiate between these programs by assessing candidates on competency and knowledge statements incorporated into the NIGP-CPP exam which were not included in the CPPO and CPPB exams. This requires the Commission to perform a gap analysis (currently underway) between the CPPO and CPPB program and the NIGP-CPP program. The outcome of the analysis will set into motion the content of the bridge exam including whether a different exam will be established separately for the CPPO and CPPB holders. That decision should be made by the Commission in February.

The preliminary gap analysis, based on the 43 NIGP-CPP competency statements, reflects the following – consistent with the premise that more than half of the NIGP-CPP is based on new content and competencies:

NIGP-CPP Specific Content


NIGP-CPP Focus Area

# of Technical Statements

# Covered in CPPO/CPPB

# New to NIGP-CPP

Strategy (10%)

4 2 2

Policy Legislation (14%)

6 3 3

Planning and Analysis (11%)

5 3 2

Sourcing (14%)

6 5 1

Contract Administration (11%)

5 3 2

Leadership (26%)

11 3 8

Business Principles (14%)

6 1 5


43 20 23
  • The NIGP-CPP will be a two-part, modular exam. The bridge exam will likely constitute one of the modules. A modular exam provides the flexibility for a candidate to either take both modules or just one of the modules in a single setting. It also means that a candidate’s test scores will be based on each module; if the candidate passes Module A but is not successful in Module B, she/he only needs to retake the Module B exam.

  • Exams will be offered at local testing centers and administered by a third party. Additionally exams will be offered more frequently throughout the year rather than segmented into two test administration periods.

  • Still undetermined are the policies with respect to re-testing when a candidate fails to achieve a passing score. Those policies would include the waiting period between exams and re-testing fees.