Professional Growth

Through its affiliation with the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, the Pennsylvania Public Purchasing Association offers national certification classes for the Certified Public Purchasing Officer (CPPO) and the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB).

Membership Eligibility

Those employed by governmental agencies or subdivisions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania whose duties consist in whole or in part of purchasing materials, supplies, apparatus, equipment or contractual services are eligible for membership.

Professional Benefits of Being a Member

  • NIGP Seminars and Presentations
  • Assistance in attaining NIGP Certification
  • Specification Library
  • Updates of legislative changes concerning National, State and Local Purchasing.
  • Discuss Pennsylvania's regulations and how they relate to Public Purchasing, such as contract bonding, prevailing wage, insurance requirements, legal requirements, etc.
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Membership List
  • Network of other Public Purchasing Professionals
  • Share and discuss NIGP Publications, which provide the latest developments in areas such as: best practice in public purchasing, electronic procurement, legal issues and product evaluation.



NIGP Member - Membership dues are $15.00 per year.
Non-NIGP Member - Membership dues are $20.00 per year. 

If you are interested in joining please fill out a Member Application located here. 

Types of Membership

The Membership shall consist of Regular, Honorary, Retired, Former Public Procurement Professional and Transitional members.

  • Regular Membership: Regular Membership in the Chapter shall be open to: a) All public agency procurement and materials management personnel including Federal, State, County, Municipal and Township Activities, Public School Systems, Colleges, Universities, Hospitals, Commissions, Authorities, and any other political subdivision of the Commonwealth; b) A person with full time employment in a position having a direct influence on the public procurement process.

  • Honorary Membership: Honorary Membership may be conferred upon individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the purchasing profession or this Chapter, by unanimous vote of the members present.  Honorary members may serve on committees, but shall not be entitled to vote or hold office and shall be exempt from payment of Chapter dues.
  • Retired Membership: Retired Membership may be conferred upon members of this Chapter upon their retirement from employment in a public purchasing organization,  upon written request for such membership.  For purposes of this classification, “retired” shall be defined as retired from a public purchasing organization with retirement benefits and neither self-employed nor employed in the private sector.  Retired members who are in good standing may serve on committees and vote in elections, but cannot hold office and shall be exempt from payment of Chapter dues.
  • Former Public Procurement Professional Membership: Former Public Procurement Professional (FPPP) Membership in the Chapter shall be open to a person who had a career in public procurement and is no longer employed in the profession.  FPPP members shall not be entitled to vote or hold office; however they may serve on committees, as long as they remain in good standing.  They are responsible for payment of fees and Chapter dues.

  • Transitional Membership: Transitional Membership eligibility is restricted to those previously employed in the procurement profession who are currently unemployed but actively seeking employment.  Chapter dues are waived until employment is secured in government procurement.  These members shall not be entitled to vote or hold office; maximum time frame for transitional membership is two (2) years from the point of unemployment in the procurement field.

General membership meetings are held six (6) times per year at various member facilities.

Meetings feature guest speakers who share their expertise and offer pertinent information required in everyday public purchasing. Meetings offer the members an opportunity to network with other professional purchasing officers and to exchange information, ides, cost savings, and to keep abreast of new technology, legislation changes, and current purchasing procedures.

Objectives of the Pennsylvania Chapter of NIGP

  • To establish cooperative relationships among its members for the development of efficient purchasing methods and practices in the field of educational, governmental and public institutional procurement.
  • To promote uniform public purchasing laws and simplified standards and specifications. 
  • To prepare members for certification and re-certification. 
  • To collect and disseminate useful information for its members. 
  • To promote the interchange of ideas and experiences within the purchasing profession. 
  • To encourage research and investigation and to sponsor such other activities as may be useful in providing its members with knowledge for efficient procurement. 
  • To strive by all legitimate means to advance the purchasing profession.


For more information, contact:

Candace L. Noll
Senior Contract Coordinator
County of Berks
633 Court Street
Reading, PA 19601
Phone 610-478-6168 x6271
Fax 610-898-7427