Requirements for Purchasing Personnel
Pursuant to Gov't Code §2155.078, the Statewide Procurement Division (SPD), Training and Certification Program (TCP) administers a system of training, continuing education and certification for state agency purchasing personnel.
Each state agency shall ensure that the agency’s purchasing personnel complete the training and certification developed under this section. It is not the intent of this definition to include (1) an executive level manager authorized to bind the governmental entity or (2) an attorney performing traditional legal functions – such as legal review of a contract.
In addition to state agencies, political subdivisions and/or CO-OP's are welcomed to participate in the training and certification program. Examples of CO-OP entities include school districts, police, fire departments, community colleges and some city and county governments. Visit website for a full list of the State of Texas CO-OP list: http://www.window.state.tx.us/procurement/prog/coop/coopmemb/
Visit website http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx for SAO classifications as a reference to help identify individuals who may be required to attend the Training and Certification program’s procurement training and acquire a state certification. Use “Purchaser” in the "Filter Descriptions" box then click the "Filter" button to find information in the Procurement field.
The program contains one (1) level of training, one (1) purchasing exam and two (2) levels of formal certification.
Register and complete the CPA Texas Procurement Certification training
Apply for testing and pass exam (70+)
Apply for certification. Certification level is determined on the years of purchasing experience.
Purchasing Experience – The development of specifications, receipt and processing of requisitions, review of specifications, advertising for bids, bid evaluation, award of contracts, and inspection of merchandise received. The term does not include invoice, audit, or contract administration functions.
Certified Texas Purchaser (CTP)
To be eligible for certification you must attend the CPA Texas Procurement Certification Training or meet the equivalent (i.e., currently certified as CPPB by NIGP or A.P.P. by ISM/NAPM), test out and have one (1) year purchasing experience.
- An employee with 1 year of purchasing experience will apply for CTP certification and remain in compliance meeting the required continuing education training hours (CEH's) for recertification. IMPORTANT: Once three (3) years of experience is reached, the individual will simply submit an application applying for CTPM certification. No additional courses or additional exam will be required.
Certified Texas Procurement Manager (CTPM)
To be eligible for certification you must attend the CPA Texas Procurement Certification Training or meet the equivalent (i.e., currently certified as CPPB by NIGP or A.P.P. by ISM/NAPM), test out and have three (3) years purchasing experience.
- An employee with 3+ years of experience will test out, apply for CTPM certification and remain in compliance with the required continuing education training hours (CEH’s) for recertification.