NIGP Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP)

Coordinated through Professional Testing (PTI).

The NIGP Certification Commission offers the NIGP-CPP certification through its testing vendor Professional Testing (PTI). The NIGP-CPP is a competency-based certification that assesses how mid to senior level leaders deliver success to their organizations. The NIGP-CPP supports your career aspirations – today and into the future.

While many certification programs require procurement training or coursework for eligibility, the NIGP-CPP does not. This is because the NIGP-CPP exam assesses competencies and behaviors rather than knowledge. Eliminating this requirement gives you the flexibility to sharpen skills and competencies within specific learning modules that you choose, without any mandates. This includes Pathways, NIGP’s modular learning program which aligns with the same Public Procurement Competency Framework that anchors the NIGP-CPP.

The NIGP-CPP certification is a mark of distinction that assists both employers and the certified individual. The NIGP-CPP reflects a holistic view of what mid to senior level leaders do in the performance of their work. It not only includes procurement techniques (like planning, solicitation, contract administration) traditionally covered in other procurement certification programs; it also emphasizes the additional skills and competencies necessary for success in the workplace. To this point, half of the NIGP-CPP exam covers three critical focus areas that lead to success regardless of your specific role: Strategy (10%), Business Principles and Operations (14%), and Leadership (26%).

Application information

Before scheduling an exam appointment, you must have completed the online application, remitted the application fee, and registered for an Exam module and an exact window by paying the applicable testing fees. After you have registered for your Exam module and your testing window, you received an email notification that you have been authorized to take the exam. For more information about the NIGP-CPP program, visit the NIGP-CPP. The CPP Handbook can be accessed on this website and includes detailed policies, procedures, and requirements for the program.

You may also contact the NIGP-CPP Team at Alternatively, you may call 1-800-FOR-NIGP (1-800-367-6447) to speak with the NIGP-CPP Team for assistance.

Scheduling your exam

Once you have received an Authorization-to-Test email, you may schedule your exam appointment. This email will inform you of the date range you may take the exam and your exam module, and it will provide you with a 20 character candidate ID number. You must schedule your own exam appointment. Exam appointments may be made up to one business day in advance. Locations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

You are encouraged to schedule your exam appointment as soon as you receive your authorization-to-test email.

To schedule, reschedule or cancel your exam appointment:

Via phone, contact Pearson VUE customer service and be ready to provide them with your 20 character candidate ID number as noted in your authorization-to-test email.

Online, you must first create a Pearson VUE web account. When creating the account, enter the same name and email address that you provided to NIGP in your application. It will also be necessary to enter your 20 character candidate ID number during the account creation process. For any issues with your online Pearson VUE account, the quickest way to reach a customer service agent is via ONLINE CHAT.

After scheduling your exam appointment, Pearson VUE will send a confirmation email listing your exam date and time, the test center address, along with important policies for your review and information. Confirmation emails are sent for every schedule, reschedule and cancellation of exam appointments. If you do not receive a confirmation email, call Pearson VUE customer service to verify the status of your exam appointment.


Candidate Rules Agreement (review prior to exam check-in)

ID Requirements (list of acceptable IDs to present during exam check-in)

If your registration name requires modification to match your photo ID, please email for assistance.

Last updated 2024-06-13