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New Mexico Chief Procurement Officer (CPO)

Certification and Recertification Processes



To earn your “CPO” Certification:

NM EDGE offers NM Public Purchasing Foundation Classes and Culminating Test (6 classes + test) on a quarterly basis (February, April, July, and October) in Albuquerque. Additional offerings may be added as demand warrants.

Upon successful completion of the classes and a passing score of 60% on the culminating test, your name will be sent to State Purchasing from which your certification will be issued.


To recertify:

Recertification is required (per statute 13.1-95.2D) every 2 years (based on the month of initial certification).


Two options for completing initial (1st) recertification classes:

· NMPPA Conference Recertification Track (included in the cost of conference attendance) when available

· NM EDGE Recertification Classes (2 classes) offered quarterly (February, April, July, and October) in Albuquerque and occasionally in Las Cruces using a Live-Online format.

Continuing Recertification Classes

· 2nd recertification (beginning January 2019)

o Two classes, in-person workshops, in ABQ

· 3rd recertification (beginning January 2021)

o Two on-line classes TBD


Frequently Asked Questions:

What will I need to bring to the CPO Foundation Culminating Test?

· Photo ID required at test sign-in.

· Bring your binder of materials. The test is open book.

If I am recertifying, will I need to take a separate test?

· Successful completion of your in-class tests will satisfy the testing requirement for recertification.

If I am recertifying what do I need to do in advance of the classes?

· Enroll in the appropriate recertification classes (we can help you determine which you need by calling 575 646 0314 or emailing

· Update your student record in the NM EDGE Record and Enrollment Site to include your CPO Number


Contact State Purchasing for questions regarding the recertification guidelines (Richard Rodriguez, 505-827-0425).

Contact NM EDGE regarding NM EDGE classes and test ( See schedule at NMEDGE.NMSU.EDU