Certification/Certificate Chart (pdf)
The required two components for certification:
Participation at this level requires a DAS Procurement Services core course and 35 points elective training. The elective training must include 21 points DAS Procurement Services training. The remaining points may be obtained from training offered by individual agencies, and training offered by nationally recognized procurement training programs. (See FAQ's for more information regarding testing)
Participants must have one year of public purchasing or contracting experience to apply for certification at this level. Upon completion of the required training and experience, a participant may apply to sit for an exam. This exam will focus on ORS 279, Oregon Administrative Rules, and the basic knowledge required for procurement personnel.
Category 1, requires 35 points or CEUs in procurement/contracting elective hours in addition to passing the Principles of Public Contracting BA161 course. The OPBC certification process must begin and be completed within 36 months. This includes attending the elective courses.
Category 2, requires a current national certification in addition to passing the BA161 course.
DAS Procurement Services workshops are approved for credit toward certificates and certifications. All day trainings are awarded 7 points. Training or workshops from other sources will be credited 1 point per seat hour. All training in some way must be related to procurement.
Non-CEU and professional development workshops/training hours being applied toward the OPBC or OPAC certifications, require the following with the application:
- Workshop/Course Documentation:
- Class/Workshop Name
- Date & hours of training
- Course description or outline.
- Attendance Verification:
- Certificate with training presenter/instructor or presentation organization signature or
- Memo of attendance signed by sending manager or supervisor.
Recertification: Once the applicant has become certified, the individual must attend 21 points of training over the next 36 months. This may be a combination of DAS PS, National CEU, non-CEU training as long as 14 points are provided by DAS Procurement Services.
OPBC Recertification Application
Life Learning Paper: A Life-Learning paper is a written document that describes a procurement-related project you completed and explains what you learned from the experience. You receive 7 points for the paper - the equivalent of attending a full-day class. The points are credited toward your continuing education requirements for the OPBC or OPAC.