County Procurement Director Earns High Honor

Published by The Bee News

August 22, 2023

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MOHAVE COUNTY, AZ (August 22, 2023) – The National Institute of Governmental
Purchasing’s Certification Commission has conferred its NIGP Certified Procurement
Professional (NIGP-CPP) designation to Tara Acton, Mohave County’s Director of Procurement.
Her achievement is being publicly recognized during NIGP’s annual meeting in Louisville KY
this week. Over 1,300 public procurement officials are attending the meeting in Louisville with
1,100 officials joining virtually.
Acton is one of 66 procurement leaders in Arizona to earn this designation. Since its inception in
August 2020, the NIGP-CPP has been earned by 1,110 professionals across 45 states and 5
provinces in Canada. The NIGP-CPP is the premier professional certification for individuals
who are mid to executive level leaders in their organization and is one of the fastest growing
certifications for the public procurement and contracting profession – with a 48% surge in
applications over the last 12-month period. Candidates for this certification are required to
successfully pass a rigorous, competency-based exam which aligns with the Public Procurement
Competency Framework.
As the program was being developed in 2019, NIGP brought together a diverse group of public
procurement leaders to serve on the Commission’s Practice Analysis Panel. Acton agreed to
serve on the panel which oversees a practice analysis research process and recommends the
certification test specifications. She also agreed to serve on the Commission’s Standard Setting
Panel which determines the standard setting process overseen by NIGP’s testing and
measurement contractor and recommends a passing score. As a condition for serving on the
Standard Setting Panel, she had to delay her pursuit of the NIGP-CPP for a minimum of two
NIGP is a non-profit association serving 17,000 public procurement professionals across North
America. The Institute has been developing, supporting, and promoting the public procurement
profession through premier educational and research programs, professional support, technical
services, and advocacy initiatives that benefit members and other important stakeholders since

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