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The wait is over! OUR MEETING is scheduled


Thursday, June 27, 2019

5:00pm – 7:00pm

David N. Dinkins Municipal Building

1 Centre Street

Pre- Bid Conference Room 18th Floor, North Side of Building

Bring your ID for admission to building

Refreshments will be served


We are delighted to have two dynamic guest speakers for our June evening program


Mersida Ibric , Deputy Commissioner, DCAS Office of Citywide Purchasing


Sean Carroll, NIGP Ambassador & Chief Procurement Officer, New York State Office of General Services


Our speakers will answer all those all-encompassing questions about NIGP member benefits and the NYC NIGP Chapter:

Have you ever wondered about the NIGP NYC Chapter and why you should be a Chapter member? Do you know what NIGP National and/or NIGP NYC Chapter membership benefits include? How membership benefits YOU? Do you wonder what NIGP is all about? How do you begin/maintain a purchasing certification designation?


Please RSVP if you are attending by Monday, June 17, 2019. to:


Are you getting everything out of your NIGP National Membership ?
Do you know of NIGP's New Pathways to 
 advance your career thru professional development and gain certification as a CPPB or CPPO
Read more below... 
NIGP Introduces Pathways


As most of you may be aware, NIGP introduced a new professional development and credentialing program on May 2, 2019 called Pathways. For those of you who follow the Purchissues forum on NSite, you know there are many questions about the announcement.


With Pathways, NIGP will offer multiple ways for members to obtain education. NIGP will offer a certification, the NIGP-CPP Certified Procurement Professional, that will require ongoing education (similar to the UPPCC’s current CPPB and CPPO certifications), and certificates to show mastery in specific subjects which will not require ongoing education.


I know many of you are very curious as to why NIGP chose to do this and are concerned how this affects all of us who have current certifications from the UPPCC and other institutes and those who are working toward certification. While I encourage all of you to visit NIGP’s Pathways website at (especially go through the FAQs link), I would like to share the following:


·         Why did NIGP develop Pathways? Among the reasons are the requests for affordable education, flexibility and accessibility for how you obtain your education, the desire for customizable options and for multiple options for recognition. I can tell you from my past chapter visits, these are all concerns I’ve heard from members at every visit. Not everyone works at an agency that pays for their education, people need the flexibility to obtain education at a convenient time, and there are many in our profession who do not meet the eligibility requirements for a certification but still desire some form of recognition.

·         Why the NIGP-CPP? The NIGP-CPP expands the areas of focus beyond the UPPCC’s Body of Public Procurement Knowledge to include Strategy, Leadership and Business Principles & Operations.

·         How does a NIGP-CPP compare to the certificates/badges?  Certificate = engaging in learning events and successfully completing the assessment; no additional requirements. Certification = meeting eligibility requirements and obtaining a sufficient score on the exam; additional ongoing requirements to maintain the certification.

·         Bridging – There will be an option for those with CPPBs and CPPOs to “bridge” to the new NIGP-CPP. NIGP will offer free virtual prep courses, will waive the application fee, and will offer the bridge exam for free to those with a CPPB or CPPO until June 2021.

·         Why do those with a CPPB get to bridge to the same NIGP-CPP certification as those with a CPPO?  While NIGP will only have one certification, the gap of knowledge bridging from a CPPB will be wider than those with a CPPO. The CPPO requires additional knowledge of the UPPCC body of knowledge than the CPPB so it is expected that those bridging from a CPPB will be required to add that knowledge plus learn the NIGP-CPP’s requirements in strategy, leadership, and business principles & operations.

·         Should I keep my CPPB/O or just get the NIGP-CPP? I asked this very question!! Just as some of our vey own members have multiple designations, that will be a choice for you to make. At this point, I am recertifying for my CPPO and will most likely bridge to the NIGP-CPP as well – but that is certainly not required.

·         There will be many opportunities to earn badges, core certificates, designations, and specializations, beginning with the classes offered prior to the 2019 NIGP Forum in Austin. At Forum, NIGP will be offering a Technology Procurement Specialization Certificate Level 1 course, Thursday through Saturday before Forum, and will offer a Strategy and Policy Core Certificate course on Friday and Saturday prior to Forum. These courses mark the beginning of the course offerings that will come. Future opportunities will be available, including online courses and in-person courses that may be offered by chapters.


We know there are many more questions than covered here and again, we encourage you to visit the Pathways site for details. Though it’s been announced, Pathways is still in its infancy and there are more details for NIGP to determine and convey to the membership. We also recommend that you watch one of the three upcoming webinars about Pathways on June 4th, June 13th or June 26th. You will find the links to register for these webinars on the Pathways page.

 Finally, if you cannot find the information you need, please feel free to reach out to us - or and we will be glad to assist.


Lorraine Hein & Sean Carroll

NIGP Area 1 Chapter Ambassadors



June 13, 2019

Introducing Pathways, presented by NIGP's Chief Content Officer Todd Slater, PhD  

June 26, 2019


Introducing Pathways, presented by NIGP CEO Rick Grimm, CPPO, CPPB, FCIPS



Forum 2019  August 25 - 28 | Austin, TX 
$940 for regular registration.  Register today.

NEW! Leaders Edge:


Transformative leadership development for

mid-level procurement professionals

NIGP is excited to bring you Leaders Edge, our new yearlong development program created to find and nurture rising stars in public procurement who aspire to become the next generation of executive leaders. This program is an intimate, cohort-based

learning experience with a mix of in-person and online learning sessions designed to meet our members’ needs and to close the leadership gap in public procurement.

The modern workforce is changing rapidly with lifelong learning becoming the new norm. To stay relevant professionals must embrace an agile mindset, learn continually and take charge of their professional development to

: forge their career paths. Leaders Edge provides the blueprint to guide you.

With Leaders Edge, you’ll learn lifelong leadership skills and gain the knowledge and expertise to lead effectively in this fast-paced and high-performance technology-driven world. 

The program kicked off August 1 with a 1 ½ day workshop followed by virtual sessions throughout the year.

Session topics will reinforce NIGP’s Leadership Competency Model based on skill-building across these competencies:

  • Communication
  • Leading Change
  • Influence and Persuasion
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Leading Teams
  • Conflict Management
  • Strategic Thinking


Do you have what it takes to be part of Leaders Edge?



 UPPCC Launches Online Application for Recertification

Herndon, VA – January 14, 2019 - The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) is pleased to announce that the new online application for recertification is now available.

Public procurement professionals who are credentialed by the organization as CPPOs and CPPBs are required to recertify every five (5) years to maintain their credentialed status. The recertification process consists of documenting one’s ongoing professional development and contribution activities in the field of public procurement.

More User-Friendly
UPPCC has taken the paper-based process of the past and completely transformed it into a modern, user-friendly process that is now completely paperless and accessible to any certificant through their own personalized MyUPPCC account.

Certificants will appreciate the significant benefits this convenient online application process provides, which includes the ability to: 
● log all continuing education and professional development activities as they  are completed, 
● upload documentation for logged activities directly to the application,
● track progress towards meeting recertification requirements,
● view certification status and recertification dates (expiration dates),
● apply for recertification and make payment,
● And much more!

Convenient and Organized for Busy Professionals
“UPPCC has made the tracking of my professional development activities so much easier with the new online recertification application. I can conveniently organize and log my achievements in MyUPPCC as I complete them rather than scrambling to pull them together at the last minute. I can even upload my supporting documentation directly to my application. Once I’m ready to recertify, everything is all set to be submitted.” – Kathleen Muretti, CPPO, CPPB, Chair of the UPPCC Board

Whether your recertification is due next week, next month or 3 years from now, UPPCC encourages all certificants to give the new online application a try. You can open a new application for recertification by logging into your account and clicking on the “My Application for Recertification” tab from the MyUPPCC dashboard. UPPCC is now accepting recertification submissions via the MyUPPCC portal, but will continue to accept paper application through February 28, 2019.

The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) is an independent entity formed to govern and administer the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) certification programs. The CPPO and CPPB programs are highly regarded and respected among procurement professionals and employers involved in the public sector. To date, the UPPCC has certified well over 10,000 professionals primarily within the US and Canada as well as in other nations around the globe.


Introducing Aspire, NIGP’s new learning experience.

Over the next year, we are enhancing member learning with the launch of Aspire, our learning experience. Aspire will enable members to connect with peers and easily access quality content using a variety of learning methods. It’s all about providing each one of you a unique experience tailored to your needs with the flexibility to learn anywhere, anytime, anyway. Aspire provides learning that’s as powerful and personal as your individual aspirations.

Here’s what to expect:

  • The NEW Aspire Learning System will be released in October. You can access all our learning offerings, quickly register for courses and explore the many learning paths to personalize your learning experience. This will replace the current MyLink.

  • Leadership Development: We have heard from members on the need for a robust Leadership Development Program. Over the next year, we will roll out a 3-tier program.
    • Tier 1: Self-Paced – Access to online leadership development content that you can take at your own pace. Set to release with the Aspire Learning System in October.
    • Tier 2: Leadership Reimagined for Chapters – Provide Chapter Leaders the opportunity to learn and exchange ideas and best practices. Scheduled to launch in February 2019.
    • Tier 3: Leadership Development for Members – Bring together a cohort of NIGP peers in both a virtual and in-person setting. Set to release at Forum 2019.

  • Virtual Web Conferences: We recognize that travel costs and time away from the office can often impact professional development. To help, we want to bring the learning directly to your desktop through our new virtual conferences. Our first conference is being offered on November 8th and 9th. Click here to learn more and register.

  • Content Enhancements: We are updating and enhancing our content to improve your overall learning experience. One area you will notice is that our content is being delivered in smaller “chunks”. This allows greater flexibility and ease when trying to fit professional development into a busy schedule.

Please reach out if you have any comments or suggestions on how we can improve your learning experience and help you aspire.

I look forward to designing and delivering this new learning experience together.

What do you aspire to? See what your colleagues have to say. (Link to I Aspire video)

Todd Slater, PhD.

Chief Content Officer, NIGP 703.429.2614 

January 1 -December 31, 2019 ARE DUE. 

Thanks to those chapter members who paid their 2018 and 2019 dues or agencies paid your members NIGP Chapter dues. 
See the Membership Application for more information. 
NIGPNYINC accepts e-payments thru EFT. 

This site will introduce you to the NY City Metropolitan Chapter of the Institute For Public Procurement (NIGP), one of NIGP's 73 Chapters.   If you are not yet a member - join our Chapter.  We serve procurement and purchasing staff and officials, working in the Greater New York City Metropolitan area.  Join us and take the first steps in promoting your career in public procurement, purchasing or contract administration and reach new personal heights.  The best way to recognize professional achievement and competency today is through professional certification.  In the world of public procurement, CPPO and CPPB are the only designations that truly reflect your professional stature and dedication.   See the link to NIGP Professional Certification in the tool bar to the left.


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