FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County Procurement Director Donna H. Kukarola earned the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential from the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC).
Kukarola completed the CPPB examination in October. Established in 1964, this certification is an honor for individuals employed in the public procurement profession and is considered an asset to their specific division of government administration.
To become certified as a CPPB, candidates must demonstrate through an application process they meet specific requisites established by the UPPCC including formal education, procurement-related coursework, training, public purchasing experience and functional management experience. A comprehensive written examination is required to confirm the candidate's mastery of the body of knowledge for public procurement professionals.
The CPPB certification recognizes only those professionals who meet these standards of competency in public procurement.
Carol Wilson, C.P.M., president of the National Association of State Procurement Officials, said achievement of this designation reflects commitment to the profession as well as knowledge and experience that supports best practices.
"Earning a professional certification designation in our industry goes a long way in ensuring trust and credibility in the public procurement process," Wilson said.
Kukarola joined Forsyth County government in 1994 and has served as the director of the Procurement Department since January 2007.
The Procurement Department administers the procurement process on behalf of the county government.