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The Purchasing Division administers the West Virginia Purchasing Certification program, which provides professional development and recognition to procurement officers whose job duties fall primarily under the authority of West Virginia Code §5A-3.  Procurement officers from agencies exempt in full or in part from this authority are not eligible to participate, unless 75% or more of their job duties relate to transactions under the Department of Administration, Purchasing Division’s authority.  There are two levels of this Certification Program:  Basic and Advanced.  Below are the requirements for each level as well as for recertification.

West Virginia Procurement: Basic Certification (WVPBC)

Requirements: Effective November 24, 2015

Step 1 Achieve one year of experience in public procurement, which must be attained within two years of the date the agency purchaser enters the program, AND receive verification by immediate supervisor and agency head that the scope of work that you do involves a level of 75% or greater of public procurement responsibilities for your respective agency in a professional, not support-level, role. If applicable, approval is also required by your department's designated procurement officer.  Public procurement responsibilities include, but are not limited to: overseeing the agency's compliance with purchasing law, regulations, and procedures; ensuring vendors are registered; preparing and approving specifications; preparing requests for quotations, requests for proposals, and other types of purchasing transactions; evaluating bids and awarding contracts/purchase orders; receiving commodities and services, and more.

Step 2 Attend at least one of the last two Agency Purchasing Conferences AND complete 15 hours of classes or learning sessions offered by the Purchasing Division. Any class or learning session completed multiple times in any one calendar year, regardless of format, will only receive credit once toward the certification requirements.  Learning sessions may include In-House Trainings, Online Resource Modules, webinars, and Special Purchasing-Certified Events (i.e. e-Procurement demonstration, special agency training, etc.). Purchasing Certified Events are pre-approved by  the Purchasing Division.

Step 3:  Complete one consecutive two-day session with the Purchasing Division staff at the Purchasing Division offices.

Step 4 Successfully complete a basic level examination. The certification candidate must take the exam within six months of the completion of Step 3. He or she will be provided four attempts total. If unsuccessful during the first attempt, the certification candidate will be required to wait one month before testing again. If the certification candidate is unsuccessful during the second attempt, he or she will be required to wait one additional month. After the third unsuccessful attempt, the candidate will be required to wait six months before attempting his or her final exam. In all cases, the candidate will have only one year to successfully complete the basic level examination after his or her initial attempt. The certification candidate must receive an 80% to successfully complete the exam.

*Re-certification requirements can be found at the end of this page.

Below are the individuals which have received their basic certification.

Name Agency Date of Certification/
Re-certification
Date of Certification/
Re-certification Expiration
April Battle Purchasing Division April 4, 2016 April 4, 2019
Jo Bess Department of Health and Human Resources March 23, 2011 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Chuck Bowman Adjutant General/Armory Board February 22, 2014 February 22, 2017
Angelita Casto Department of Health and Human Resources April 17, 2015 April 17, 2018
Jessica Chambers Natural Resources September 5, 2013 September 5, 2016
Beth Collins Purchasing Division January 12, 2016 January 12, 2019
Conda Collins West Virginia Veteran's Home February 14, 2014 February 14, 2017
Misty Delong Purchasing Division January 14, 2016 January 14, 2019
Philip Farley Division of Corrections February 20, 2014 February 20, 2017
Nancy Godby West Virginia Medical Imaging & Radiation Therapy Technology Board of Examiners November 12, 2014 November 12, 2017
Carolyn Hager General Services Division August 18, 2014 August 18, 2017
Linda Harper Office of Technology August 29, 2011 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Melody Haynes General Services Division January 9, 2014 January 9, 2017
Darlene Hovatter Division of Juvenile Services February 21, 2013 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Dana Hoffman Offices of the Insurance Commissioner January 13, 2014 January 13, 2017
Margaret Ingram Division of Forestry May 21, 2014 May 21, 2017
James Jones Division of Corrections March 7, 2016 March 7, 2019
Bob Kilpatrick Purchasing Division January 27, 2014 January 27, 2017
Alberta Kincaid State Treasurer's Office January 17, 2014 January 17, 2017
Tara Lyle Purchasing Division April 15, 2011 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Paula Marshall Health Care Authority April 12, 2015 April 12, 2018
Chris Martin West Virginia Conservation Agency January 29, 2016 January 29, 2019
Donna McCormick Department of Health and Human Resources May 7, 2016 May 7, 2019
Charlyn Miller Rehabilitation Services April 1, 2011 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Angie Moorman Transportation November 18, 2014 November 18, 2017
Rebecca Neace Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital February 17, 2016 February 17, 2019
Angela Negley Natural Resources July 31, 2013 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Guy Nisbet Purchasing Division July 16, 2015 July 16, 2018
Melissa Pettrey Purchasing Division January 14, 2016 January 14, 2019
Robert Price Department of Health and Human Resources March 30, 2015 March 30, 2018
Crystal Rink Purchasing Division January 14, 2016 January 14, 2019
Bryan Rosen Department of Health and Human Resources December 7, 2011 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Mike Sheets Purchasing Division March 3, 2011 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Evelyn Smith Rehabilitation Services May 30, 2016 May 30, 2019
Melissa Smith West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority August 29, 2015 August 29, 2018
Susie Teel Department of Health and Human Resources April 14, 2014 April 14, 2017
Mark Totten Purchasing Division February 19, 2016 February 19, 2019
Roberta Wagner Purchasing Division March 10, 2011 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Tony Walizer Department of Health and Human Resources March 7, 2016 March 7, 2019
Martha White Department of Health and Human Resources March 12, 2015 March 12, 2018
Frank Whittaker Purchasing Division March 11, 2011 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Mike Withrow Auditor's Office May 18, 2014 May 18, 2017

 West Virginia Procurement: Advanced Certification (WVPAC)

Requirements: Effective November 24, 2015

Step 1 Successfully complete the Basic Level certification.

Step 2 Attend at least three of the five most recent Agency Purchasing Conferences AND complete 30 hours of classes or learning sessions offered by the Purchasing Division.  Any class or learning session completed multiple times in any one calendar year, regardless of format, will only receive credit once toward the certification requirements.  Learning sessions may include In-House Trainings, Online Resource Modules, webinars, and Special Purchasing-Certified Events (i.e. e-Procurement demonstration, special agency training, etc.). Purchasing Certified Events are pre-approved by the Purchasing Division.

Step 3 Achieve three years of experience in public procurement, which must be attained within five years of the date the agency purchaser enters the program, AND receive verification by immediate supervisor and agency head that the scope of work that you do involves a level of 75% or greater of public procurement responsibilities for your respective agency in a professional, not support-level, role.  Public procurement responsibilities include but are not limited to: overseeing the agency's compliance with purchasing law, regulations, and procedures; ensuring vendors are registered; preparing and approving specifications; preparing requests for quotations, requests for proposals, and other types of purchasing transactions; evaluating bids and awarding contracts/purchase orders; receiving commodities and services, and more.

Step 4 Perform training at the agency level on procurement-related topics (i.e. Purchasing cards, Requests for Quotations and/or Proposals, etc.).  The Purchasing Division must approve the training content and target audience prior to the scheduled training. The candidate is responsible for planning the logistics and must abide by the following training guidelines:

The training must...

Highlight multiple purchasing topics

Educate multiple agency-level employees (a minimum of 5 people)

Provide participants with appropriate training materials, and

Last a minimum of one hour in length        

A Purchasing Division staff member will observe the training for compliance with the training requirements.

Step 5 Successfully complete an advanced level examination. The certification candidate must take the exam within six months of the completion of Step 4. He or she will be provided four attempts total. If unsuccessful during the first attempt, the certification candidate will be required to wait one month before testing again. If the certification candidate is unsuccessful during the second attempt, he or she will be required to wait one additional month. After the third unsuccessful attempt, the candidate will be required to wait six months before attempting his or her final exam. In all cases, the candidate will have only one year to successfully complete the advanced level examination after his or her initial attempt. The certification candidate must receive an 80% to successfully complete the exam.


Below are the individuals which have received their advanced certification.
Name Agency Date of Certification/
Re-certification
Date of Certification/
Re-certification Expiration
Jo Bess Department of Health and Human Resources October 26, 2015 October 26, 2018
Linda Harper Natural Resources October 28, 2013 October 28, 2016
Darlene Hovatter Division of Juvenile Services January 8, 2014 January 8, 2017
Tara Lyle Purchasing Division January 25, 2016 January 25, 2019
Charlyn Miller Rehabilitation Services March 15, 2016 March 15, 2019
Angela Negley Natural Resources September 16, 2013 September 16, 2016
Bryan Rosen Department of Health and Human Resources July 11, 2013 July 11, 2016
Mike Sheets Purchasing Division July 20, 2015 July 20, 2018
Roberta Wagner Department of Health and Human Resources March 26, 2015 March 26, 2018
Frank Whittaker Purchasing Division June 19, 2014 June 19, 2017

Re-certification Requirements

*Re-certification is required every three years and applies to both basic-certified and advanced-certified agency purchasers.

To apply for re-certification, the agency purchaser must meet the following guidelines:

Step 1Attend two (2) of the next (3) Agency Purchasing Conferences, from the date of certification/re-certification.

Step 2Attend a minimum of twenty (20) hours of classes, learning sessions, or Purchasing Certified Events in the three (3) year period from the date of certification/re-certification.

Step 3Submit a verification for re-certification form with the appropriate signature from your immediate supervisor and agency head, and if applicable, approval from your department's designated procurement officer. To obtain a copy of this form, contact Administrative Services Manager Samantha Knapp by phone at (304) 558-7022 or via e-mail at Samantha.S.Knapp@wv.gov.

Revised 11/24/2015

 

Additional Information: Contact our Staff Development Specialist, Samantha Knapp, at Samantha.S.Knapp@wv.gov, (304) 558-7022, or you may also mail or fax your request to:

 

West Virginia Purchasing Division

Attention:  Samantha Knapp, MPA

2019 Washington Street, East

Charleston, WV 25305

 

FAX: (304) 558-6026



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