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Private sector individuals are welcome to attend the seminars and courses presented in the MCPPO program. In general, most seminars and courses are geared towards public officials. However, the seminars and courses provide information about the implementation of public procurement laws and the standards for fairness and transparency that would be important for any potential bidder or proposer to know to improve their ability to compete and meet jurisdiction's needs. Private sector attendees are not eligible to receive MCPPO designations.
The OIG, in conjunction with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), has developed a course to fulfill the MSBA’s requirements that the School Project Designer and the Owner's Project Manager (OPM) on a state-assisted school construction project receive certification from the MCPPO program. The purpose of the course is to specifically address many of the issues that might arise in connection with a school construction project funded with assistance from the MSBA. The MSBA regulations entitled "School Building Grant Program" create the framework to assure that school building grants will be equitable for all districts and will be consistently applied to ensure both short-term and long-term financial viability.
According to the regulations, the Designer shall certify . . . that the individual directly in charge of the (school building) project is certified in the MCPPO Program as administered by the Inspector General [See MSBA regulations at 963 CMR 2.12(6)] and the Owner's Project Manager shall certify . . . that the individual directly in charge of the (school building) project is certified in the MCPPO Program as administered by the Inspector General. [See MSBA regulations at 963 CMR 2.11(12)]
The four-day certification course for school project designers and owner's project managers is offered several times during the year. The course concludes with an exam. The certification course is available only to the private sector.
Private sector designers and OPMs are not eligible to receive MCPPO designations. Instead, private sector participants receive a certificate of training completion that is good for three years that must be submitted to an awarding authority and the MSBA to be eligible for participation on a state-assisted public school construction project.
For more information and details on the course see: Certification for School Project Designers & Owner's Project Managers.
The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) regulations require that designers and owner’s project managers on state-assisted school projects renew their MCPPO certification every three years. To meet this requirement for recertification, the MCPPO Program has a one-day course entitled Recertification for School Project Designers & Owner’s Project Managers. The course provides updates and reinforces key practices for successful collaboration with MSBA on public building projects. There is no exam requirement.
For more details on the course see: Recertification for School Project Designers & Owner's Project Managers.