Current CPPO/CPPB Certificants

Apply for the NIGP-CPP Bridge Exam

If you are currently certified as a CPPO/CPPB or your membership has lapsed recently (within 1 year from date of NIGP-CPP application), then you qualify for the NIGP-CPP Bridge Exam under Pathway F.​

The NIGP-CPP is a two-part modular exam with a module A and a Module B. The Bridge Exam assesses you on the content and competencies not included in the CPPO/CPPB certification. Therefore, as a Bridge Exam candidate, you only need to take the Module B exam.​

I will encourage all of my team members to work towards obtaining this certification and support them in any way that I can because I believe this is a meaningful certification.

Nathan Daou, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., A.P.P.
Procurement Administrator
City of Tucson Business Services Department, AZ


for the November 2020 and February 2021 Testing Periods


Registration for the May 2021 Testing Period begins January 4, 2021

Questions about the NIGP-CPP? 

Contact the NIGP Certification Team​


Note: There are no late application fees. 

Through June 2021 

Application Fee

First Exam Fee

Re-Exam Fee

Online Assessment Tool (Optional)

Prep Guide + Course

Effective July 2021 

Application Fee

Exam Fee

Re-Exam Fee

Online Assessment Tool (Optional)

Prep Guide + Course

Here are all the steps you need to take to apply for the NIGP-CPP under Pathway F:

1. Read the Handbook

2. Determine Eligibility (Pathway F)

  • The Bridge Exam is open to all current CPPO/CPPB certificants, or for anyone whose certification has expired within one year of your NIGP-CPP application

3. Apply for the NIGP-CPP

  • Fill out the online application form, this must be done a minimum of 30 days prior to when you intend to take the exam​
  • Select Pathway F
  • Upload proof of your current CPPO/CPPB certification with your application​
  • Select your desired testing window
  • Remit all required fees as applicable
  • Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email from the NIGP Certification team

4. Schedule Your Exam

  • After your approval email from the NIGP Certification Team is received, you will receive an authorization-to-test email from Pearson VUE approximately 3 – 5 business days later. This will include instructions for how to schedule your testing appointment at a Pearson testing center.
  • You will have three (3) opportunities within a two-year period to pass the exam​
  • The initial testing fees have been waived for current CPPO/ CPPB certificants through June 2021, but if you need to retest, you will have to pay the retest fees​

5. Prepare for the Exam

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  • Once your application is approved, you will receive an email alerting you to contact NIGP Customer Care at to request details and links for the following: ​
    • Registration for FREE NIGP-CPP Online Bridge Exam Prep Course​
    • FREE NIGP-CPP Prep Guide​
  • Make sure you read the NIGP-CPP Handbook and you understand the Bridge Exam content and format
  • Preparation will be crucial to your success

6. Complete the Online Tutorial

  • Before going to your scheduled testing appointment you must complete an online tutorial from Pearson VUE, our testing partner​
  • This tutorial will walk you through the mechanics and functionality of the exam and provide you with an overview of what to expect on the day of the exam​
  • This tutorial WILL NOT be available at your testing appointment​
  • You MUST REVIEW the tutorial information BEFORE you arrive at the Pearson VUE testing center

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