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REQUIREMENTS TO RETAIN CPO CERTIFICATION
In 1998, the State Legislature recognized the importance and complexity of the public purchasing process by revising the Central Purchasing Act to require training and proficiency certification of the state purchasing staff. The State Purchasing Director has developed a course of instruction and subsequent examination and the designation of CPO. To assure continued growth and development of the acquisition workforce, a requirement for continued professional education is hereby established.
As of July 26, 2001, continuing professional education is required to retain the status of a CPO. As of January 1, 2010, this requirement is met by completing a minimum of 24 classroom hours (4 classroom days) of instruction in approved courses within two calendar years.
Immediately upon completion of the required 24 classroom hours, but before December 31, each CPO shall document the CPO has met the continuing professional education requirement.
A CPO may claim continuing education credit only for the compliance period in which the course was completed and credit granted.
Failure by a CPO to complete the required 24 hours of qualifying education within the allowed period will result in suspension of the CPO’s purchasing authority.
A suspended CPO must attend the next available CPO certification course approved by the State Purchasing Director.
A suspended CPO that has remained suspended for a period of more than one year must repeat the CPO certification course and demonstrate proficiency in procurement practices by passing the CPO prescribed certification examination.
In the event of extenuating circumstances, a CPO may submit a written request to the State Purchasing Director for reinstatement and an extension of time to allow the CPO to fulfill the required continuing education credits. The State Purchasing Director may approve or deny the request. A reinstatement approved to allow an extension of time to fulfill education credits shall not exceed three (3) months.
The following are the documentation requirements.
Submit a completed Continuing Education Units Report, located in the OMES library. The form 006A (previously 006) was revised in calendar year 2007 where it lists each and every class/date approved for CPO credit in addition to the requirements to verify attendance. If you do not find a class listed, a request for credit must be approved prior to attending the training.
Many CPO approved credited courses will have a certificate issued in addition to a sign-in sheet. CPO's shall submit with the form a course completion certificate obtained from the course provider. The submission must include attendee’s name, course title, date of attendance, location, classroom hours and the name of the organization providing the class. (See below for approval requirements for courses.)
The mailing address is Office of Management & Enterprise Services (OMES), Central Purchasing Division, Attn: Vicki Spivey, P. O. Box 528803, Oklahoma City, OK 73152-8803. Or e-mail Vicki.Spivey@omes.ok.gov
A listing of all approved courses is developed and published on the OMES website - Central Purchasing - CP Library (www.dcs.ok.gov), form 006a. Approved courses will be added to the list as they are identified:
a. Identified courses developed and conducted by the Central Purchasing Division,
b. Courses determined acceptable by the State Purchasing Director.
The purpose of annual CPO revalidation is to ensure continued education, development, and professional growth of the state acquisition workforce. CPOs are encouraged to recommend other courses for addition by submitting course information to the State Purchasing Director prior to attending the course. Courses will be added to the approved list after a determination of applicability and acceptability by the State Purchasing Director.
Point of contact for this PIM is Jan.Hall@omes.ok.gov