- January 27, 2022
- Posted by: Kelly Mckown King
All NASPO-Developed Courses Offered Free
Lexington, KY – The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) announced today that it will make all NASPO-developed Procurement U courses available free to users.
Procurement U courses are designed for procurement professionals of all levels and offer contact hours that apply to the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) certifications.
Opening all NASPO-created courses will provide up to 64 contact hours free of charge to procurement professionals, with more courses to be added in the future. The currently available hours meet up to 88 percent of the contact hours needed to sit for the CPPB examination. In addition, on Monday, January 31, 2022, NASPO will release a Self-Assessment and Study Tool that aligns with the UPPCC’s 2021 Body of Knowledge and Competencies to assist any procurement professional seeking their certification.
In 2021, as part of an effort to thank public procurement staff for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic, NASPO established the Procurement U Gives Back program that offered 100-level courses free of charge to all users. From March to December 2021, the Procurement U Gives Back Program:
- Gave away $1,024,300 worth of courses, providing 52,973 contact hours
- Added 5,360 new users to the learning management system
- Processed 23,947 course registrations
“Opening all NASPO-developed courses allows us to meet procurement professionals where they are. When budgets are tight, training dollars are often the first things to be cut. We take seriously out commitment to be the strategic partner for public procurement. We want to make sure that cost is never a barrier to the coursework that can take someone’s career to the next level,” said NASPO CEO Lindle Hatton.
Instructor-led courses and courses developed in conjunction with a third-party are not included in the free course list at this time.
About NASPO: The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO®) is a non-profit association dedicated to advancing public procurement through leadership, excellence, and integrity. It is made up of the directors of the central purchasing offices in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of the United States. NASPO is an organization that helps its members as public procurement leaders through promotion of best practices, education, professional development, research, and innovative procurement strategies.