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Purchasing has a strategic role in most organizations and the competency of it's purchasing personnel can become the critical element and focus in the spending of tax dollars. Certification is the process by which the public purchaser demonstrates a standard of competency for the benefit of the public. Certification reflects established standard and competencies for those engaged in governmental purchasing, and attests to the purchaser's ability to obtain maximum value for the taxpayers' dollars.

The trend in governmental purchasing is for mandatory certification of purchasing professionals. This designation communicates to the taxpayer that the public employee who manages tax dollars has reached a specific level of education and experience and is knowledgeable about government purchasing.

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