Oregon State University Procurement and Contract Services (PaCS) Manager Kelly Kozisek was recently recognized as one of only 59 people nationally to successfully complete the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) fall certification examination as a Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO). The UPPCC certification programs have been established to meet the requirements of all public purchasing personnel in federal, state, and local governments and are the only globally recognized certifications designed for government purchasing professionals.
Kozisek had already received the Certified Public Procurement Buyer (CPPB) designation, but with her new CPPO designation, she possesses the unique distinction as the only OUS Procurement Manager/Director with the dual certification.
Kozisek said she felt that as manager she needed to take the next step to get CPPO certified, and she hopes that her certification will encourage her staff to pursue their own certification. One day she would like the entire PaCS department to be agency certified.
“We want our PaCS staff to possess the knowledge and skills to operate effectively and efficiently to help the University community and stakeholders, by continuing to develop even higher levels of professionalism, knowledge, and proficiency,” she said.
“I hope to send a clear message to my colleagues, vendors, and University stakeholders that PaCS is dedicated to continued training and excellence,” Kozisek said. “PaCS provides a valuable service to the University community. And, as we prepare for the numerous, complex changes relating to implementation of SB – 242, PaCS is looking for creative approaches to improve services and increase cost-effective, efficient procurement and contracting services.”