Certifications and Organizations

North Carolina Association of Governmental Purchasing (NCAGP)

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

For information about becoming a member of NCAGP, you can learn more here.

NCAGP 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.

The 2022 NCAGP Annual Conference will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center from Monday, March 14 through Thursday, March 17, 2022.  To learn more and register, visit the NCAGP Conference webpage.  Registration is not yet open.

Other Governmental Purchasing Organizations


Certified Local Government Purchasing Officer Certification

NCAGP, through the CLGPO Certification Committee, offers a professional certification known as the Certified Local Government Purchasing Officer (CLGPO) certification. To be eligible for certification, an applicant must have at least 3 years' experience in the governmental purchasing profession, be a member of NCAGP, complete four 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 NCAGP, and higher education, and pass a certification examination administered by the School of Government.  Once certified, purchasers are eligible for recertification every five years, and may also seek permanent, lifetime certification.  More information about certification requirements and application forms are available below.  Applications must be emailed in PDF form by Nov. 1, 2021 to Connor Crews at ccrews@sog.unc.edu. 

CLGPO Requirements:  See this publication for all CLGPO requirements and instructions for compling the application process: PDF icon CLGPO 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!  Applications must be emailed in pdf form by Nov 1st to Connor Crews at ccrews@sog.unc.edu. 


NEXT CLGPO EXAM:  The next CLGPO examination will be offered in a virtual format on March 12, 2022, in conjunction with the 2022 NCAGP Spring Conference.  Applications to take the CLGPO examination must be submitted by November 1, 2021, to Connor Crews (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.

Certified Economic Inclusion Officer Certification

The North Carolina Minority and Women Business Enterprise Coordinators' Network offers a certification program for public supplier diversity professionals known as the Certified Economic Inclusion Officer (CEIO) program.  Individuals seeking CEIO certification must take three core courses from the UNC School of Government, pass a certification exam administered by the UNC School of Government, be a member of the Network, have at least two years of experience in the public supplier diversity profession, attend a Network conference, and gain 100 certification points in specified professional education topics.  Individuals that achieve CEIO certification will have knowledge, skills, and abilities in the development and administration of MWBE, HUB, and DBE programs in the State of North Carolina, public procurement laws, skills in communication and advocacy, and knowledge of economic development at the local level.  To learn more, visit the Network's certification page.

The core courses required for CEIO certification and offered by the UNC School of Government are: (1) Minority Participation Programs and Public Contracting; (2) Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing; and (3) Contracting for Construction and Design Services.

NEXT CEIO EXAM:  The next CEIO examination will be offered in the Fall of 2021.  Details will be released when they are available.

Other Certifications

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.


Public Officials - Local and State Government Roles