IMESD employees earn professional public buyer credentials

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Two InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) employees were recently notified by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council that they each have earned recognition by receiving the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential.

Director of Operations Scott Rogers and Director of Procurement Caryn Appler were among 249 professionals from across the country who successfully completed the CPPB examination held in October 2013. Established in 1964, this prestigious certification is an outstanding honor for individuals employed in the public procurement profession and is an asset to the IMESD. Rogers and Appler, who’ve both been with the IMESD since 2007, are now the only two people in the region known to have earned the CPPB.

“I commend Scott and Caryn for their achievement. They put in a great deal of their own time in obtaining their CPBB, which will increase capacity in this area for our region,” said IMESD Superintendent Dr. Mark Mulvihill.

To date, just 9,574 procurement professionals have achieved this status across the country. To become certified as a CPPB, candidates must demonstrate through an application process that they meet specific requisites established by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC), including formal education, procurement-related coursework and training, public procurement experience, and functional management experience. A comprehensive written exam is required to confirm the candidate’s mastery of the body of knowledge for public procurement professionals. The CPPB certification recognizes only those professionals who have fulfilled these prescribed standards of competency in public procurement.

Public procurement is the acquisition of goods, services or works from an outside source that are procured through a process intended to promote fair and open competition to their organization while minimizing exposure to fraud and collusion.

The IMESD has maintained a cooperative purchasing department for more than 30 years, which serves to provide leveraged purchasing power for all of its component school districts, permitting these districts to benefit from an aggregated volume regardless of size. In addition, this department streamlines the purchasing process for school districts by insuring compliance with public procurement laws. Other public agencies and non-profit organizations are also able to utilize the IMESD’s cooperative purchasing services.

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