Professional Development


NIGP Professional Development Courses are currently being scheduled. 

Check back regularly for updated course offerings starting March 2021.



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 the most highly regarded and well-respected certifications among procurement professionals and their employers in the public sector.  Review the information below for resources on how to apply for testing and certification.

Guide to Applying for Testing and Certification

New Certification Exams for October 2021

The UPPCC has announced a new examination for both the Certified Public Procurement Officer® (CPPO®) and Certified Professional Public Buyer® (CPPB®) effective with the October 18 – 30, 2021, examination window.





The NIGP-CPP is quickly becoming the certification to get if you’re a mid to executive level leader in public procurement.

NIGP-CPP Certification Handbook

NIGP-CPP Complements the CPPO and CPPB.  Click here to determine the differences in certification.

How to Apply for the NIGP-CPP Comprehensive Exam

Webinar Series 

The Minnesota Chapter of NIGP is excited to offer a monthly webinar series for 2021.  These webinars are free to attend as a member of the Minnesota Chapter.  Lourdes Coss, MPA, CPPO, will be presenting monthly topics in a virtual format (Zoom) either the first or second Thursday of the month.  MN Chapter Members do not need to register individually for this or future webinars.  Simply, click the Zoom link to attend the webinar. 

Webinar Topic:  Conquering Your Goals

Date:  Thursday, January 14, 2021

Time:  12 p.m. CT, or 2 p.m. CT

Zoom Link:


Webinar Topic:  Delegating With Ease

Date:  Thursday, February 11, 2021

Time:  12 p.m. CT, or 2 p.m. CT

Zoom Link: TBD









Lourdes Coss is a former Chief Procurement Officer and the author of "Procurement Methods: Effective Techniques". She is well respected in the field and a sought-after speaker/coach/trainer. Her leadership experience is complemented by a John Maxwell Team certification. She is a JMT Independent Executive Director and founder of M. L. Coss and Associates, LLC. Lourdes's executive leadership experience spans three decades primarily leading transformations in major public organizations like the City of Chicago, City of Houston, Cook County, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Public Building Commission of Chicago. She led teams to achieve higher levels of performance and many operational efficiencies. Lourdes is the recipient of the 2016 Spirit of NIGP Award, NIGP 2018 Integrity Award, and most recently recognized by Thinker360 as one of the "Top 100 Women Thought Leaders to Follow in 2020". Lourdes is retired from public service but continues to add value to the profession as a Vice-Chair of the NIGP Talent Council Leadership Committee and by inspiring colleagues to adopt a value-centered leadership style. Post-pandemic you may see her at a local Cafe working on her next book, her blog, or ideas for her podcast.