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The Purchasing Division administers the West Virginia Purchasing Certification program, which provides professional development and recognition to procurement officers who are pe rmanently employed by agencies that 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 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 January 2, 2020

Step 1 Submit the completed West Virginia Procurement: Basic Certification registration form to the Communication and Training Section of the Purchasing Division at Purchasing.Training@wv.gov.

Step 2:  Submit the completed verification letter signed by the immediate supervisor and agency head to certify the candidate has achieved one year of experience in public procurement, which must be attained within two years of the date the agency purchaser enters the program, AND that the scope of work that he or she performs involves a level of 75% or greater of public procurement responsibilities in a professional, not support-level, role subject to Purchasing Division authority (under West Virginia Code §5A-3); OR that he or she participates in the processing of 75% of the purchases for his or her respective spending unit in a professional, not support-level, role subject to Purchasing Division authority (under West Virginia Code §5A-3).  An organizational chart is required to be submitted to the Purchasing Division with the verification letter.

If applicable, confirmation may also be sought by the department's designated procurement officer. The certification candidate's official date of participation in the program is defined as the date in which the Purchasing Director signs and dates his or her verification form. The Purchasing Director has final authority to accept or reject an agency procurement officer into the Procurement Certification Program.

Public procurement responsibilities at a professional level 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; and more.

Support-level procurement responsibilities include but are not limited to holding a Purchasing Card, issuing delivery orders, and receiving commodities and services.

Step 3 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. Workshops attended at the conference count toward the 15-hour requirement. Additionally, 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-person workshops, webinars, online training modules, and special Purchasing Division certified events (i.e. Purchasing Division Open House, special agency trainings, etc.). Purchasing Division certified events are pre-approved by the Purchasing Division.

Step 4:  Upon completion of Steps 1-3, the candidate must complete one consecutive two-day session with the Purchasing Division staff at the Purchasing Division offices. The candidate should contact the Purchasing Division at least one month in advance of their preferred dates for the visit. These visits are scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Step 5:  Successfully complete a basic 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 to successfully complete the exam. 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 certification candidate will be required to wait six months before attempting his or her final exam. In all cases, the certification 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
Jamie Adkins Division of Natural Resources March 6, 2020 March 6, 2023
Mark Atkins Purchasing Division November 10, 2016 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Chuck Bowman Adjutant General/Armory Board February 22, 2020 February 22, 2023
John Caldwell Division of Public Transit January 23, 2020 January 23, 2023
Terri Casto Department of Environmental Protection May 14, 2020 May 14, 2023
Jessica Chambers Department of Environmental Protection September 5, 2016 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
B.J. Chestnut Department of Environmental Protection September 21, 2020 September 21, 2023
Michelle Childers Department of Education October 24, 2016 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Greg Clay Purchasing Division March 8, 2018 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Thomasena Cooper State Rail Authority November 20, 2020 November 20, 2023
Tina Desmond Division of Administrative Services April 30, 2021 April 30, 2024
Jimmy Dowden Department of Health and Human Resources March 27, 2020 March 27, 2023
Theresa Dorsey Department of Health and Human Resources September 28, 2020 September 28, 2023
Katrina Dufourny Department of Environmental Protection March 26, 2022 March 26, 2025
Philip Farley Division of Administrative Services, DMAPS February 20, 2020 February 20, 2023
Althea Greenhowe Department of Health and Human Resources October 13, 2022 October 13, 2025
Joseph Hager Purchasing Division October 28, 2021 October 28, 2024
Shane Hall Purchasing Division March 8, 2018 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Billie Hancock Department of Environmental Protection February 4, 2020 February 4, 2023
Malena Harding Public Service Commission November 29, 2017 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Jodi Hash Lottery Commission August 1, 2022 August 1, 2025
Juan Haynes Department of Health and Human Resources May 30, 2021 May 30, 2024
Dana Hoffman Purchasing Division January 13, 2020 January 13, 2023
Jessica Hovanec Purchasing Division September 21, 2022 September 21, 2025
Mitzie Howard Purchasing Division March 8, 2018 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Crystal Hustead Purchasing Division January 14, 2022 January 14, 2025
Kristy James Transportation November 14, 2020 November 14, 2023
Kimberly Jobe Department of Health and Human Resources December 13, 2019 December 13, 2022
James Jones General Services Division March 7, 2022 March 7, 2025
Alberta Kincaid State Treasurer's Office January 17, 2020 January 17, 2023
Nancy Kinder Rehabilitation Services May 17, 2022 May 17, 2025
Tara Lyle Purchasing Division April 15, 2011 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Andrew Lore Office of Technology June 11, 2021 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Chris Martin West Virginia Conservation Agency January 29, 2022 January 29, 2025
James Meadows Purchasing Division September 29, 2020 September 29, 2023
Larry McDonnell Division of Administrative Services August 3, 2022 August 3, 2025
Charlyn Miller Rehabilitation Services April 1, 2011 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Sandy Mitchell Public Service Commission December 19, 2020 December 19, 2023
Guy Nisbet Purchasing Division July 16, 2015 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
David Pauline Purchasing Division December 8, 2021 December 8, 2024
Melissa Pettrey Purchasing Division January 14, 2022 January 14, 2025
Robert Price Department of Health and Human Resources March 30, 2021 March 30, 2024
Lynn Pugh Department of Environmental Protection September 12, 2020 September 12, 2023
Karen Roberts Division of Natural Resources March 21, 2020 March 21, 2023
Sherri Rowan Division of Highways November 9, 2021 November 9, 2024
Beverly Ruppert Division of Administrative Services May 24, 2020 May 24, 2023
Mike Sheets Purchasing Division March 3, 2011 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Morgan Sheets Veterans Home July 30, 2022 July 30, 2025
Melissa Skiles Purchasing Division February 1, 2022 February 25, 2025
Melanie Simpson Department of Environmental Protection January 22, 2020 January 22, 2023
Dusty Smith Purchasing Division August 2, 2020 August 2, 2023
Melissa Smith West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority August 29, 2021 August 29, 2024
Melissa Spitzer Department of Health and Human Resources September 9, 2022 September 9, 2025
Linda Stanley Department of Environmental Protection May 14, 2020 May 14, 2023
Cody Taylor General Services Division March 23, 2022 March 23, 2025
Beverly Toler Purchasing Division January 4, 2022 January 4, 2025
Mark Totten Purchasing Division February 19, 2022 February 19, 2025
Kelly Vickers West Virginia State Auditor's Office May 13, 2022 May 13, 2025
Jessica Virtz Public Employees Insurance Agency August 31, 2020 August 31, 2023
Roberta Wagner Department of Health and Human Resources February 3, 2020 February 3, 2023
Lesley Walizer Department of Health and Human Resources July 26, 2022 July 26, 2025
Tony Walizer Department of Health and Human Resources March 7, 2019 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Sherri Weathersbee Department of Environmental Protection November 15, 2019 November 15, 2022
Toby Welch Division of Administrative Services September 22, 2020 September 22, 2023
Heather White Attorney General's Office January 7, 2022 January 7, 2025
Frank Whittaker Purchasing Division March 11, 2011 *Refer to Advanced list for Expiration
Larry Workman Department of Environmental Protection February 18, 2020 February 18, 2023

 West Virginia Procurement: Advanced Certification (WVPAC)

Requirements: Effective January 2, 2020

Step 1 Successfully complete the Basic Level certification and submit the West Virginia Procurement: Advanced Certification registration form to the Communication and Training Section of the Purchasing Division.  It is not necessary for the candidate to currently hold the Basic Certification, but it must have been attained at some point within the last five years.

Step 2 Submit the completed verification letter signed by the immediate supervisor and agency head to certify the candidate has achieved three years of experience in public procurement, which must be attained within five years of the date the agency purchaser enters the program, AND that the scope of work that he or she performs involves a level of 75% or greater of public procurement responsibilities in a professional, not support-level, role subject to Purchasing Division authority (under W. Va. Code §5A-3); OR that he or she participates in the processing of 75% of the purchases for his or her respective spending unit in a professional, not support-level, role subject to Purchasing Division authority (under W. Va. Code §5A-3)

If applicable, confirmation may also be sought by the department’s designated procurement officer. The certification candidate’s official date of participation in the program is defined as the date in which the Purchasing Director signs and dates his or her verification form. The Purchasing Director has final authority to accept or reject an agency procurement officer into the Procurement Certification Program.

Professional 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; and more.

Support-level procurement responsibilities include but are not limited to holding a Purchasing Card, issuing delivery orders, and receiving commodities and services.

Step 3 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. Workshops attended at the conference count toward the 30-hour requirement.  Additionally, 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-person workshops, webinars, online training modules, and special Purchasing Division certified events (i.e. Purchasing Division Open House, special agency trainings, etc.).  Purchasing Division certified events are pre-approved by the Purchasing Division.

Step 4 Upon completion of Steps 1-3, the candidate must perform training at the agency level on procurement-related topics (i.e. spending thresholds, purchasing methods, vendor registration procedures, forms and documentation, master terms and conditions, 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 to demonstrate a mastery of state procurement processes and procedures

    • The training must incorporate centralized policies and procedures as they pertain to the agency

    • The certification candidate must develop his or her own presentation.  Solely using screen shots from the Purchasing Division Procedures Handbook is not permitted

  • Educate multiple agency-level employees (a minimum of five 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 to successfully complete the exam.  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 certification candidate will be required to wait six months before attempting his or her final exam.  In all cases, the certification 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
Mark Atkins Purchasing Division June 3, 2022 June 3, 2025
Jessica Chambers Department of Environmental Protection February 8, 2022 February 8, 2025
Michelle Childers Department of Education November 9, 2021 November 9, 2024
Greg Clay Purchasing Division September 11, 2022 September 11, 2025
Shane Hall Purchasing Division November 21, 2019 November 21, 2022
Malena Harding Public Service Commission April 25, 2022 April 25, 2025
Mitzie Howard Purchasing Division September 11, 2022 September 11, 2025
Tara Lyle Purchasing Division January 25, 2022 January 25, 2025
Andrew Lore Office of Technology October 12, 2022 October 12, 2025
Charlyn Miller Rehabilitation Services March 15, 2022 March 15, 2025
Guy Nisbet Purchasing Division July 8, 2022 July 8, 2025
Mike Sheets Purchasing Division July 20, 2021 July 20, 2024
Tony Walizer Department of Health and Human Resources May 13, 2022 May 13, 2025
Frank Whittaker Purchasing Division June 19, 2020 June 19, 2023

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 one of the next three Agency Purchasing Conferences, from the date of certification/re-certification.

Step 2Attend a minimum of twenty hours of classes, learning sessions, or Purchasing Certified Events in the three-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 Courtney Johnson by phone at (304) 558-4213 or via e-mail at Courtney.S.Johnson@wv.gov.

Recertification Requirements Revised January 2, 2020

 

Additional Information:  Contact Courtney Johnson, at Courtney.S.Johnson@wv.gov, (304) 558-4213, or you may also mail your request to:

 

West Virginia Purchasing Division

Attention:  Courtney Johnson

2019 Washington Street, East

Charleston, WV 25305

 



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