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The MCPPO program requires everyone who has an MCPPO designation (includes all designations) to attend one of the following seminars during the recertification period: Supplies and Services Contracting (17 continuing education credits), Design and Construction Contracting (17 continuing education credits), MCPPO Advanced Topics Update (14 continuing education credits) or Running a Successful Procurement Office (14 continuing education credits). MCPPO designees may earn the remaining continuing education credits to fulfill the 25-credit requirement through other professional affiliations and trainings or attendance at one or more additional MCPPO seminars.
In response to feedback from students, the OIG has a new recertification policy for all MCPPO designees. The new policy goes into effect on January 1, 2018. The new policy requires all MCPPO designees due to recertify to successfully complete a new two-day MCPPO Recertification class that includes an exam. You will earn 12 to 14 credits for the successful completion of the class. The OIG will offer the new recertification class a number of times during the spring 2018 semester. MCPPO designees may earn the remaining continuing education credits to fulfill the 25-credit requirement through other professional affiliations and trainings or attendance at one or more additional MCPPO seminars.
Two options are available if you are due to recertify on or after January 1, 2018.
If you are due to recertify before January 1, 2018, you will follow the current recertification policy.
An MCPPO designee applying for recertification must submit an application form with all the requested information, a signed CORI check release form, and a check for $75.00 payable to the Office of the Inspector General. Applicants must certify that they have earned the required number of continuing education credits beyond those awarded for MCPPO seminars.
You can receive two continuing education credits per year for belonging to and attending 2 educational meetings of the Massachusetts Association of Public Purchasing Officials (MAPPO), Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials (MASBO) or similar professional organizations. Your recertification application must be accompanied by:
You can earn continuing education credits for attending MAPPO or MASBO's annual spring conference. (Check the conference schedule for the exact number of hours.)
You can receive continuing education credits for every workshop you attend at the annual MassBuys Expo (held in the spring), which is sponsored by the state Operational Services Division (OSD). This program generally offers the opportunity to earn up to 6 credits and the program is free for public officials.
You can earn up to 15 continuing education credits for professional contributions, such as authoring an article for the OIG's Procurement Bulletin or other professional publications.
In most instances, for each 50 minutes of attendance and participation in activities that qualify, you earn 1 continuing education credit. Programs held during a meal will not qualify for continuing education credit, although programs held before or after a meal may qualify. Only activities that are 50 minutes or longer will count for the first credit. After the first credit, you may earn additional credits in ½ hour increments (i.e., ½ credit for ½ hour of education). The following rules will apply to college or correspondence courses, presentations and publications: