As a buyer for business, on the average of your top five suppliers, click on which one of the four choices below do you use to qualify those suppliers?

Evaluate supplier's financial statments and visit facilities.
Meet supplier's top executives and sales people in person.
Friendly with phone order clerk and read quality & on time delivery report.
None of the above.

American Purchasing Society, Inc.

Application for Recognition as a Certified Purchasing Professional and/or a Certified Professional Purchasing Manager Certified Green Purchasing Professional Certified Professional Purchasing Consultant

To view Application Requirements click here.

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Type of Professional Purchasing Certification for which you are applying (check all that apply)

When an application is received by the Society:

Payment is processed. References are contacted (CPP). Applicants must take exam preparation course (CPP, CPPM, CGPP). Applicants must take and pass examination included with prep course (CPP, CPPM, CGPP). Points are assigned based on education, experience, and examination grade (CPP).

All applicants receive formal letters at each step of the certification process.

Answer the following questions . Make certain all information is accurate and complete.

1) Please submit a list of schools you have attended, indicating your highest grade completed, if you graduated, dates attended, degree or degrees you earned, areas or courses of specialty, and your standing in the class if known. Submit confirmation of your attendance and diploma or degree earned. List any other or additional courses or seminars you have taken.*

Please upload your diploma in Adobe PDF format only
Please upload proof of your degree earned in Adobe PDF format only
Please upload your college transcripts in Adobe PDF format only

2) Please submit a complete resume or history of your employment giving sufficient detail to indicate or measure your progress, managerial ability, and business exposure. Be sure to give dates of employment, your official title, and name and title of your immediate supervisor. Indicate the number of people you supervised in each position, if any.*

Please upload your resume in Adobe PDF format only

3) a. Do you believe you are financially responsible in both your business and personal affairs? If you were taking a job as president of a bank, what evidence could you show as examples of your financial trustworthiness?*

3) b. Have you ever declared bankruptcy? If so, please give the date, the jurisdiction and the circumstances. Certain financial situations can disqualify a candidate from earning certification.*

4) Have you ever been convicted of a felony? Answer yes or no. If yes, please provide the crime, date, court jurisdiction and state, sentence and current status. Conviction of a felony will usually disqualify a candidate from earning certification.*

5) Submit a list of three personal friends (non-business), giving name, current address (including zip code), current telephone number, email address and occupation.*

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6) Submit a list of three or more fellow workers, giving name, address (including zip code), telephone number, email address, and occupation. Please, include your immediate supervisor and indicate so. Fellow workers may be asked to comment on their opinion of your business and purchasing knowledge.*

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7) Submit five or six suppliers that you have a business relationship with. Give the name of each supplier, the current address (including zip code), the current telephone number, email address and the name and title of your principal contact. These contacts may be asked to comment on your business ethics. Supplier contacts must be provided.*

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8) Do you have any area of Purchasing specialty? For example, your specialty may be in negotiating, or in a particular product area, or in administration. If these or any other area, what is it?*

9) Do you belong to any professional organizations and clubs? What are they?*

10) Why are you applying for certification? If certified, will you support the American Purchasing Society and its certification program? In what way?*

Submit comments or explain any entry above deemed necessary for clarification. Submit any other data you feel pertinent.

Professional Standards

The American Purchasing Society advocates the following principles and standards that comprise its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Adherence to these standards is required for certification and serves to assure public confidence in the integrity of purchasing professionals

Code of Ethics

  1. Maintain loyalty to your employer. Pursue your organization’s objectives consistent with this code as long as no federal, state or local laws are violated.
  2. Buy without personal prejudice from suppliers who offer the optimum value when all factors are considered.
  3. Exercise and insist on honesty. Denounce all forms of unscrupulous business practices.
  4. Avoid all conflicts of interest which would jeopardize impartiality in your business transactions.
  5. Be truthful with your suppliers, potential suppliers, and all others with whom you do business.
  6. Maintain high standards of personal conduct.
  7. Refuse to accept gratuities offered by suppliers or potential suppliers.

Code of Conduct

  1. Strive constantly to improve one’s knowledge of methods, materials, and processes that affect performance.
  2. Exercise and insist on sound business principles in the conduct of all transactions.
  3. Be receptive to competent counsel from colleagues and demonstrate a willingness to share in support of the purchasing profession.
I hereby apply for certification from the American Purchasing Society as a fully qualified and professional purchasing practitioner and swear that all statements made by me in this application, to the best of my knowledge, are true and factual. I agree and permit any investigation into my background that the American Purchasing Society deems necessary. I understand that I must at all times conduct myself in a businesslike and ethical way and if I do not, or if it is later discovered that there are any false statements or deception in submitting this application, an awarded certification may be revoked. My signature below affirms that I agree to adhere to the American Purchasing Society's professional standards and Code of Ethics as stated above. I have also read, understand, and agree to all rules and conditions of the certification programs as explained on the Society’s website and in the certification brochure.

Certification Processing Fees

All Certification Processing Fees must be paid by credit card when you fill out an application online. If you prefer to pay by check, you will instead need to download the PDF version of our application found on the Applying For Certification page, and mail in together with your check.

Certified Purchasing Professional (CPP) NM $515 M $299
(Certification processing fees are non-refundable)

Preparation for CPP Exam Full Version Three week course
with Study Guide, Instructor and Exam
NM $700 M $540
Class Dates: 07-08-2024 to 07-28-2024
Class Dates: 09-09-2024 to 09-29-2024
Class Dates: 11-04-2024 to 11-24-2024

Certified Professional Purchasing Manager (CPPM) NM $500 M $294
(Certification processing fees are non-refundable)

Preparation for CPPM Three week course NM $600 M $440
Class Dates: 06-03-2024 to 06-23-2024
Class Dates: 08-05-2024 to 08-25-2024
Class Dates: 10-07-2024 to 10-27-2024

Certified Green Purchasing Professional (CGPP) NM $425 M $294
(Certification processing fees are non-refundable)

Green Purchasing Course/Book/Exam NM $300 M $215
Class Dates: Open Ended

Certified Professional Purchasing Consultant (CPPC) M $294
(Certification processing fees are non-refundable)

Membership (if not already a member) $268.00
Total $
Please choose a Professional Purchasing Certification