Certifications and Organizations

Carolinas Association of Governmental Purchasing (CAGP)

Originally established as a chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP), Carolinas Association of Governmental Purchasing (CAGP) was organized in 1953. Its members are employees of state or local governments in North and South Carolina whose duties consist of purchasing materials, supplies, apparatus, equipment, or contractual services. CAGP is an affiliate of the North Carolina League of Municipalities and a chapter of NIGP.

For information about becoming a member of CAGP, go to https://www.cagponline.org/insidepages/members.cfm

CAGP co-sponsors School of Government programs offered throughout the year on topics of interest to state and local government employees involved in purchasing and contracting.  Visit the Courses link to learn more about these programs.


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CAGP, through the CLGPO Committee, offers a professional certification called the Certified Local Government Purchasing Officer (CLGPO). To be eligible for certification, an applicant must have at least 3 years' experience as a governmental purchasing professional, be a member of CAGP, complete 4 core courses offered by the School of Government (click here for core courses), earn 22 points through activities such as training, conference attendance, service to CAGP, and higher education, and pass a certification examination administered by the School of Government.  Once certified, purchasers are eligible for recertification every 5 years, and may also seek lifetime certification.  More information about certification requirements and application forms are available below.  Applications must be emailed in pdf form by Nov 1st to Norma Houston at nhouston@sog.unc.edu

CLGPO Requirements:  See this publication for all CLGPO requirements and instructions for compling the application process: PDF iconCLGPO Requirements - Revised 2017.pdf (updated effective 1/1/2018)
CLGPO Application Forms:
All application forms are fillable pdfs and can be filled out directly on your computer.  After clicking on the form link below, save the form to your desktop and open it with Adobe PDF Viewer (Windows) or Preview (Mac OS). If using Firefox browser, click on "Open With Different Viewew" tab in upper right-hand corner of screen, and then select either "Open in Adobe Acrobat" or "Save" to download and open the form in fillable version.  Don't forget to save your changes before closing the form or you will loose the information you entered!


NEXT CLGPO EXAM:  The next CLGPO examination will be offered in conjunction with the 2020 CAGP Spring Conference which will be held in Pinehurst, NC.  Applications to take the CLGPO examination must be submitted by November 1, 2019, to Norma Houston (see instructions above for more information about the application process).  Exam applicantions must be approved by the CLGPO Certification Committee for an applicant to sit for the exam.

The NIGP, through the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC), offers the Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) certification and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) certification.  To learn more about these certifications, visit the NIGP's certification webpage and the UPPCC's website.

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