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Equivalent Training from National Organizations

Certification from the TPASS is mandatory (see Texas Government Code, Title 10, Section 2155.078(b) and 1TAC 113.1 of the Texas Procurement and Support Services). In accordance with the statute, TPASS recognizes certifications from national purchasing associations for course training credit. Three organization's certifications are currently accepted under the program.

These certifications are acceptable as an equivalent for training toward TPASS's certification.

  1. The Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council's (UPPCC) Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) and Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) certification.
  2. The National Contract Management Association's (NCMA) Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) and Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM).
  3. The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.) and Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.).

Credit toward certification is under the following conditions:

  1. Individuals who hold a current CPPB, CFCM, or A.P.P. certification may obtain their Certified Texas Purchaser (CTP) certification without having to attend the required classes by passing the CTP Exam. If these individuals desire a higher certification, such as a Certified Texas Procurement Manager (CTPM), they must complete the CNC Course (Cost and Price Analysis, Negotiations, and Contract Administration) and pass their CTPM exam.
  2. Individuals who hold a current CPPO, CPCM, or C.P.M. certification may obtain their Certified Texas Procurements Manager (CTPM) certification by passing the CTPM Exam without having to attend the required classes.

NOTE: This does not mean that persons already holding these certifications are not encouraged to take the courses offered by TPASS. In fact, TPASS highly encourages it. Our students have found the courses very beneficial and informative. Also, TPASS courses cover Texas specific material that the national associations may not cover in their certification programs.

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