There are five essential reasons:
- Learning and credentialing go hand-in-hand. Professionals want to learn and want to be recognized for what they learned. This holistic, integrated approach is best executed through a unified strategy under a single organizational structure; as proven by the Association of Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) – all of which offer comparable certifications in the purchasing and contracting marketplace.
- The NIGP-CPP certification is more comprehensive in scope (assessing both the application of technical knowledge and the soft, critical skills needed to be successful.
- The NIGP-CPP certification focuses on behavioral competencies needed to perform on job rather than the application of knowledge. The certification goes further than what you know – it also encompasses what you do. Competency-based certifications are trending with non-profit associations.
- The NIGP-CPP certification is integrated into the other credentialing options offered by NIGP: certificates and specializations. This integration requires unified governance and policies.
- The customer experience is enhanced because the member’s learning record is integrated with his/her certification record under a single sign-on and a uniform technology platform. There is no need to replicate the member profile in two separate systems. And educational contact hours earned in the member’s record in Aspire (NIGP’s Learning Management System) auto-populates the member’s certification record – avoiding data entry replication.