Benefits of Being a Member of the Assiniboia Chapter of NIGP
We are a Chapter of the national office called 'NIGP - The Institute for Public Procurement' and align our mission, values and principles and guiding practices as well as training and seminars with those of the national office, bringing in the seminars and courses the Institute offers, as well as other training programs or seminars that are of interest to our members or related to public procurement or advancing our profession here in Saskatchewan (purchasing, warehousing, contracts, negotiation, etc.).
In our organization, we strive to assist our members to get certified under either the CPPB (Certified Professional Public Buyer) or the CPPO (Certified Professional Public Officer). These certifications (Issued by the UPPCC organization that oversees test results and certifications) provide recognition of your dedication and professionalism in the Public Procurement role and can assist in career advancement as well.
With either of these certifications, you are required to earn and/or maintain a minimum amount of certification 'points' to obtain or renew your certification. Once certified, they are valid for a period of 5 years, at which time you submit an application to renew, detailing where and how you have earned your 'points' in the previous 5 years.
We hold 5-6 general meetings a year, which include a modest meal and try to have a speaker at each one, depending on what else is being discussed and topics of general interest.
All the training and educational seminars and speaker presentations count as education and/or contact hours for certification/recertification.
You are also eligible to earn points by participating in the Chapter Operations by being on the Executive and or on committees (such as educations committee, programs and social committee, constitution and bylaws committee, etc.
If you get involved in the executive or one of the standing committees of the Chapter, we also have a minimum of 5-6 meetings a year, usually in preparation for the upcoming general meetings or if there are special meetings required before events, training sessions, etc.
We strive to bring the training and procurement classes that our members want to take part in and in some cases subsidize these sessions to enable them to be brought in to our locations for our members.
We also sponsor study groups and facilities for those preparing to write their certification exams and all members will provide support where they can to assist other members.
We are currently working to compile and create a revised membership kit for new or potential members.
I personally recommend that public agencies take out both a national membership and a chapter membership for the following reasons:
- The Chapter Membership gets you access to local seminars and training and speakers, as well as provides opportunity to network and share ideas and templates used within our organization. You can also get assistance with issues you may be experiencing, as well, you can gain valuable re-certification points for being active in the business of the Chapter as well [i.e. Executive/Board member or Committee Member].
- The National Membership gets you access to a whole Library of Procurement documents, RFP's and templates, etc. to assist in building your own documents for procuring goods and services. It also provides access to procurement professionals across the continent that you can network with through various means and share ideas and concepts with, as well as get access to white papers, industry news and sharing of ideas and knowledge. They also sponsor an Annual Forum/Conference that provides a wealth of seminars and topical discussions related to our industry, including a vendor trade fair as well.
Both memberships complement each other, but if you were restricted to one, having the Chapter membership may be the best way to start. Our fees are only $100 per member per year and that includes a lunch or supper at the general meetings, free access to the local speakers at the meetings and reduced rates for locally sponsored or held Chapter seminars and training sessions!
Please contact our Membership Committee Chair, if you need more information on becoming a Chapter Member.
Information on NIGP National memberships as well as nationally offered training seminars can be found on their website.
We strive to do as much as possible to help members get certified and have access to public purchasing related training as our main goal. We also look at the chapter as great way to network and help/assist other in our area grow and become more successful in their public procurement role(s).
We have a dedicated team of professionals on the executive that can help and provide more information as well and if you are interested, all are welcome to attend any General Meeting as a guest of the Chapter to learn more about us and what we do. If interested, please contact any one of our executive members from the contact us section of the web site.
Download application form.