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CTPM/CTP – Applying for Certification

After you have taken the test, you may apply for certification. There is no charge for the initial TPASS certification. However, there are processing charges for renewing certifications. Note - any late, delinquent or unpaid training fees by your agency may result in delays in receiving your certification.

Follow these steps to apply for certification:

1. Print out the certification application form.

NOTE: The Adobe Acrobat Reader must be installed on your system before you can read or print the PDF formatted Registration Form. If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your system, please click on the link and follow the instructions for downloading and installing the software.

2. Complete the application:

  1. Purchasing Experience:
    Please have your Human Resources department, division director or division manager sign the application to verify that you meet the minimum required purchasing experience. Note: if purchasing is not in your job title or part of the state classification general job description, then supporting documentation such as your agency's job description may be requested.
  2. Training:
    If you did not attend TPASS Procurement Training courses, you will need a copy of your current certification from a national purchasing association. The copy must show the association's name, the level of certification, the expiration date and the certificate number.
  3. Sign the application:
    The application must be signed by the requestor to be processed.

3. Submit form and attachments to:

    Comptroller of Public Accounts
    Training and Certification
    P.O. Box 13186
    Austin TX 78711-3186
    OR Fax to: 512-475-0711 OR E-mail to: CTP@cpa.state.tx.us

Once we have received the application AND test, please allow 10-14 working days to process your certification.

Note - Certification applications will be returned unless all training and testing is complete and there are no pending class invoices.

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