The Statewide Procurement Division's (SPD) Training and Policy Development Program administers the statutorily mandated certifications for purchaser and contract managers. The certification program develops and provides the training, testing, and continuing education opportunities to maintain certification. Training is also available to local governments and other members of the Texas Smartbuy Membership program.
In addition to providing statewide contracts, procurement and contract management support, the program ensures the training for new purchasers and contract managers includes the essential tools and knowledge to develop best value contracts and a clear understanding of statewide purchasing rules and best practices. Additionally, opportunities are provided for experienced state purchasers and contract managers to continue expanding their knowledge in the changing world of procurement and contracting to best serve their agencies and customers.
More than 4,000 state and local government purchasing and contracting personnel actively hold one or more of the Certified Texas Purchaser (CTP), Certified Texas Purchasing Manager (CTPM), and Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM) designations.
Certified purchasers and contract managers are responsible for submitting name changes or agency/entity changes using the required Certification Information Change Form (PDF) to the CPA Training and Policy Development office.
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