The Office of the Inspector General ("OIG") administers the Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official Program (MCPPO). The program teaches participants about procurement, contracting, and ethics laws. The training programs are designed to develop the capacity of public purchasing officials to operate effectively and promote excellence in public procurement. For MSBA funded projects, the participants that are required to achieve MCPPO designation or certification include:
- School District Personnel (the Eligible Applicant or his/her designee)
- The Owner’s Project Manager
- The Designer
School District Personnel
Pursuant to the MSBA's regulations, specifically 963 CMR 2.03(2)(o), the Eligible Applicant or his/her designee who will be in charge of procurement for the project is required to be designated by the OIG as an MCPPO for Design and Construction Contracting. As a prerequisite to this designation, individuals are required to have previously completed the Public Contracting Overview Seminar as administered by the OIG.
In order to maintain his/her MCPPO designation, an individual who has attained an MCPPO designation will be required to earn continuing education credits, attend seminars administered by the OIG, and apply for MCPPO Recertification during the three year period following his/her designation date and every three years thereafter.
Owner’s Project Manager and Designers
The Project Director for the Owner’s Project Manager (OPM) and the individual directly in charge of the Project for the Designer are required to obtain MCPPO Certification for School Project Designers and Owner’s Project Managers from the OIG, as set forth in 963 CMR 2.11(12) for the OPM and (963 CMR 2.12(6) for the Designer.
In order to maintain his/her MCPPO certification, OPMs and Designers are required to obtain a Recertification for School Project Designers and Owner's Project Managers from the OIG every three years.
- Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official Program (MCPPO)
- MCPPO Seminar and Course Schedule
- Public Contracting Overview Seminar
- MCPPO for Design and Construction Contracting
- MCPPO Recertification
- MCPPO Certification for School Project Designers and Owner’s Project Mangers
- Recertification for School Project Designers and Owner's Project Managers
- MSBA Regulations
If you have any questions about MCPPO Certification, please contact Marie Deslauriers at (617) 720-4466 at the Massachusetts School Building Authority.