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Types of Procurement Certification

Oregon Small Procurement Certificate (OSPC)

 
This training set is for anyone who has job responsibilities involving ordering supplies, services, or personal services from contract or non-contract sources. The focus is on expenditures less than $5,000.00 with some best practice instruction on making purchases up to the $150,000.00. Basic instruction includes: Ethics, Statute, Rules and Best Practices.

Certification/Certificate Chart (pdf)  
 
Recognition Certificate Application (pdf)
 

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Oregon Contract Administration Certificate (OCAC)

 
This training set is for anyone who administers contracts once they have been awarded. The audience for this training includes procurement personnel who monitor contract performance, develop or recommend changes to a contract agreement, recommend or approve payments against a contract, handle the close out of a contract, or have some role in controlling the process of administering the contract. The objective of this course is to make participants aware of the legal, ethical, and business principles involved in the contract administration process. Participants will develop skills in contract administration that will increase their ability to effectively use the contract document as a tool. The focus is to protect the state from financial loss due to overpayment and misallocation of funds.

Certification/Certificate Chart (pdf)
 
Recognition Certificate Application (pdf) 
 

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Administrative Certificate for Oregon Procurement (ACOP)

 
Required components for an Administrative Certificate for Oregon Procurement

To qualify for an Administrative Certificate a candidate must be in a position of authority such as management, supervision, or hold procurement signatory authority for an organization or unit. Agencies wishing to have a person trained at this level, who does not fit into this category, must recommend the person for certification based on agency need.

Training will be developed to reflect topics of concern to top level managers. Information related to Oregon legal authority, procurement responsibility, and accountability is the primary focus of the ACOP certificate program.

Although training may vary to meet the current needs of managers, topics will likely include:
  • Rules 
  • Risk Management – Assessment and Decision Making
  • Ethics
  • 7 points DAS elective training
 

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Oregon Procurement Basic Certification (OPBC)

 
OPBC Application (pdf) 
 
OPBC Recertification Application (pdf) 
 
The required two components for certification:  
 
Participation at this level requires a DAS-State Procurement Office core course and 35 points elective training. The elective training must include 21 points DAS-State Procurement Office 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 35points 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.
 
 
Elective Points
 
DAS – State Procurement Office 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:
  1. Workshop/Course Documentation:
    1. Class/Workshop Name
    2. Date & hours of training
    3. Course description or outline.
  2. Attendance Verification:
    1. Certificate with training presenter/instructor or presentation organization signature or
    2. 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 SPO, National CEU, non-CEU training as long as 14 points are provided by DAS State Procurement Office.

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Oregon Procurement Advanced Certification (OPAC)

To receive an Oregon Procurement Advanced Certification a participant must have three years of purchasing experience and…
  1. An Oregon Procurement Basic Certificate plus an Oregon Contract Administration certificate and completion of and independent work-study project.
  2. Independent Work-Study Projects (IWP) must be approved by DAS State Procurement Office Training prior to start of project. 
  3. There will be an oral exam (presentation) at the end of the project.

 
Recertification: Requires the completion of 21 points of training over the next 36 months.  This may be a combination of DAS State Procurement Office, National CEU, non-CEU training as long as 14 points are provided by DAS State Procurement Office.
 
OPAC Program (pdf) 
 
OPAC Application (pdf)   

OPAC Project Payment Form (pdf)
 
OPAC Recertification Application (pdf) 
 
Certification/Certificate Chart (pdf)
 

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Other Training that will qualify for Oregon Certification

 
College Curriculum Examples
The following is a list of examples of college courses that could be applied as electives or recertification classes:

  • Accounting: Government Accounting, Cost Accounting, Non-Profit Accounting
  • Business Communications: Business Grammar, Business letter & memo writing, Technical Writing
  • Contracts: Contract Administration, Negotiations, Contract Management
  • Economics: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Economic Issues
  • Ethics: Professional Ethics, Business Ethics
  • Finance: Business Finance, Government Finance, Financial Management
  • Law: Contract Law, Business Law, Government Contract Law
  • Management: Public Administration, Organizational Theory, Business Management Principles
  • Purchasing: Purchasing Management, Materials Management, Inventory Control
For college courses to be accepted toward certification/re-certification, they must have been completed within 36 months prior to certification/re-certification application and you must submit your college transcript with the certification application.
 

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