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Certification Program for the Federal Government procurement and materiel management community

Program update

This notice is to announce that the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) has made a decision to end the Certification Program for the Federal Government Procurement and Materiel Management community on March 31, 2023. This decision has been made as a part of its Professional Development Framework renewal efforts resulting from an Evaluation of the Certification Program for Procurement and Materiel Management Communities in the Government of Canada. Participants close to graduation are encouraged to complete any remaining requirements before the program is sunset. The program will no longer accept new entrants as of August 4, 2022.

Those interested in completing the Program should consider the following dates:

For any questions, please reach us at: tpsgc.dgrgprcnpcd-rgpbncrdcp.pwgsc@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

In today's rapidly changing environment, the federal government's Procurement and Materiel Management Communities have become a more knowledge-based profession, with an emphasis on its strategic advisory role. In an environment where accountability is foremost, it is essential that practitioners demonstrate they possess the advanced skills and knowledge required to function effectively and efficiently.

The Procurement, Materiel Management, and Real Property Communities Management Office provides strategic direction and central leadership for the collaborative development and implementation of strategies, programs and initiatives to support capacity building, community development and the professional recognition of the federal government Procurement, Materiel Management and Real Property communities.

One of the most notable achievements to date is the national and international recognition of the federal government’s first ever Certification Program for Procurement and Materiel Management specialists.  For the first time, practitioners in procurement and materiel management can acquire a professional designation through their own certification program. Certification provides the increased professional recognition for the Community and offers a professional designation to formally acknowledge a practitioner's level of achievement. Procurement specialists can acquire certification as a Certified Federal Specialist in Procurement (CFSP), Level I and II, and those in materiel management can acquire certification as a Certified Federal Specialist in Materiel Management (CFSMM), Level I. Both designations are based on the Federal Government Procurement and Materiel Management Communities Competency Suite. A competency describes an employee’s proficiency in a particular job function in terms of knowledge, skills and abilities. Each competency has a definition, a proficiency level and behavioural indicator statements.

Note: This program is not accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

All Program Information is now found on GCpedia.

Procurement, Materiel Management and Real Property (PMMRP) Communities/Certification Program

Requirements for Certification—Level I

Experience:

  • Candidates must possess the required number of years of experience in procurement or materiel management to obtain a specific level of certification (It is not required to possess the required number of years of experience to enroll in the Program.)
  • Candidates must demonstrate their competencies by completing a Candidate Achievement Record
  • The core competencies are reviewed by the Personal Psychology Center of the Public Service Commission
  • The functional competencies are reviewed by a Review Panel made up of procurement or materiel management experts

Training:

  • Candidates must attend all courses required by the program
  • An equivalency can be granted for certain courses

Knowledge:

  • Candidates must pass a knowledge exam

Requirements for Certification—Level II

Level II (Procurement only) requirements are similar to Level I in terms of Experience and Training, but for the Knowledge requirement candidates must pass a case study exam. Please refer to GCPedia website.

Note: This program is not accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

For information please contact the Certification Program team at ncr.acqb.dcp-pcd@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca.

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