Active membership may be held in the organization by any person actively engaged in governmental purchasing in any tax supported agency in the State of Minnesota upon payment of current annual dues established in the bylaws.

Associate membership may be held by any person not eligible for active membership, who is interested in the principles and practices of governmental purchasing upon payment of dues established in the bylaws. Such membership shall be approved by the executive committee as set forth in the bylaws. Such members shall have no vote in the business of the organization.


The primary function of the public sector professional purchaser is the successful acquisition of true value for all supplies, services, and construction secured for the requesting organization. Probably the most valuable buy that can be made by a public purchaser is the investment in an association singularly dedicated to the principles and operational needs of our profession.

Membership in MN NIGP shows us and our colleagues how to improve our performance and get more value for the tax dollar. Participation in our numerous programs helps sharpen our skills in the complex and rapidly changing world of public purchasing.

MN NIGP membership benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Education and professional development programs.

  • Courses.

  • Professional certification.

  • Networking.

  • Technical information, specifications.

  • Contract formats and methods.

  • Bid evaluation and award criteria.

As professionals, we crave recognition, respect, and advancement. These can best be achieved by striving for and achieving professionalism through education, certification and application of our knowledge. This is the primary reason to become affiliated with MN NIGP.


Email [email protected] to obtain information on how to 
renew, update individual or agency memberships.


The Chapter believes, and it is a condition of membership, that the following ethical principles should govern the conduct of every person employed by any public sector procurement or materials management organization.

  • Seeks or accepts a position as head or employee only when fully in accord with the professional principles applicable thereto, and when confident of possessing the qualifications to serve under those principles to the advantage of the employing organization.
  • Believes in the dignity and worth of the services rendered by the organization and the social responsibilities assumed as a trusted public servant.
  • Is governed by the highest ideals of honor and integrity in all public and personal relationships, in order to merit the respect and inspire the confidence of the organization and the public being served.
  • Believes that personal aggrandizement or personal profit obtained through misuse of public or personal relationships is dishonest and not tolerable.
  • Identifies and eliminates participation of any individual in operational situations where a conflict of interest may be involved.
  • Believes that members and their staffs should at no time or under any circumstances, accept directly or indirectly, gifts, gratuities or other things of value from suppliers.
  • Keeps the governmental organization informed, through appropriate channels, of problems and progress of applicable operations, but personally remain in the background by emphasizing the importance of the facts.
  • Resists encroachment on control of personnel in order to preserve integrity as a professional manager. Handles all personnel matters on a merit basis. Political, religious, racial gender and age considerations carry no weight in personnel administration in the agency being directed or served.
  • Seeks or dispenses no personal favors. Handles each administrative problem objectively and empathetically on the basis of principles and justice without discrimination.
  • Subscribes to and supports the professional aims and objectives of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.