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Cory Craver and Greg Goins were recently notified by the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC) that they have earned their professional procurement certifications. Cory received the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential, while Greg received the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) credential. Established in 1964, these certifications are a prestigious honor for individuals employed in the public purchasing profession and are an asset to their specific division of governmental administration. To date, only 9,325 (CPPB) and 2,309 (CPPO) procurement professionals have achieved this accomplished status.

To become certified as a CPPB or CPPO, candidates must meet certain stringent criteria established by the UPPCC, including formal education, procurement coursework and training, and public purchasing experience. A comprehensive written examination is required to confirm the candidate’s mastery of the body of knowledge for public purchasing professionals. The CPPB and CPPO certifications recognize only those professionals who have completed this rigorous process.

“I am very appreciative of the efforts of Mr. Craver and Mr. Goins.  Obtainment of these certifications demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement as a considerable amount of preparation and study is required” said Michael Barr, director of support services for the Newton County School System.  “Their dedication and professionalism are the reason the school system’s procurement department has been recognized nationally for its use of best practices in public procurement”.