MCPPO Designation Application (First Time or Renewal)

The MCPPO designation is a professional designation from the Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official (MCPPO) Program at the Office of the Inspector General.

Note: The MCPPO designation expires three years from the date of issue. A grace period of up to 90 days may be granted upon request for application filing and/or meeting renewal requirements.

Designation Requirements Professional Experience


1) Completion of all three core classes within 3 years:

2) Submission of signed and notarized CORI form



Successful completion of the following:

  • MCPPO Designation Renewal class within the last 18-months of your renewal cycle (or the missing core class if transitioning from discontinued designation.)
  • Earn 11 continuing education credits
  • Submission of signed and notarized CORI form

3 or more years of                procurement-related experience*


Same requirements as the MCPPO except for professional experience.

Less than 3 years of procurement-related experience*


* “Procurement-related experience” means buying, soliciting, purchasing, leasing, contracting for or otherwise acquiring supplies, services, real property, or design or construction services. It may also include the disposition of supplies and real property.  It also includes all the functions related to any of the above activities, including, but not limited to, preparing solicitations and specifications, preparing and awarding contracts, and all phases of contract administration.

Your professional procurement-related work experience can be in a public, private or not-for-profit setting or in the service of a public entity. For example, it can be as an owner’s project manager, clerk of the works, architect, or procurement consultant. It must be a job that involves procurement-related tasks.

Submission of the Application and Payment

There are two ways to apply and pay the $100 application processing fee. We prefer that you use this form to submit your application, including uploading the notarized CORI form (with a copy of your valid government-issued photo identification), and that you pay the fee online. If you are renewing your designation, you must also submit supporting documentation for any of the required 11 credits not obtained through the MCPPO program.

1) Preferred: Submit your application via this online form, then pay the processing fee online via our payment portal. We accept credit cards (Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express add a 2.79% transaction fee) and electronic checks ($0.35 fee).

2) U.S. Mail: If you are unable to submit your application and payment electronically, you may download the application PDF and mail it with a check to the Office of the Inspector General, MCPPO Program, One Ashburton Place, Room 1311, Boston, MA 02108. Be sure to include the notarized CORI form with a copy of your valid government-issued photo identification. Sending applications and payments through the mail may delay processing.

Note: We do not accept faxed applications. Incomplete applications will not be accepted or processed.

Appeals of application denials or any other application-related matters may be made to the MCPPO Program Administrator at Appeals made after 90 days of a denial or other adverse action will be addressed solely at the discretion of the Program Administrator. 

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