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Virginia Institute of Procurement

Division of Purchases and Supply

VCO Criteria


Starting January, 2017, VCA Certification will be a requirement for the VCO Class.


I. Job Position:

A. Procurement Officer I role in Career Group – Procurement Services #19150 or equivalent

     position and responsibilities. See LINK to DHRM Procurement Services here

B. Job consists of 50% or more of purchasing related activities which includes

    both small and complex procurements and have purchasing responsibilities over $100,000. Proof of

    complex procurement by a posting in your name of an awarded contract on the Virginia Business

    Opportunity eVA website or a copy of an awarded contract with signature in the past year is

    required. An alternative to this requirement is that you are the Chief Procurement Officer for your

    agency and supervise the contract officers who perform the IFBs and RFPs.

C. One year experience in a position with 50% procurement responsibilities; or VCA certificate and six

    months of experience in a position with 50% procurement responsibilities.


II. Education

High School education or equivalent plus ONE of the following:

o Associate Degree* or higher from an accredited institution of higher education with six college credits in purchasing

o 48 contact hours in purchasing seminars

o Virginia Contracting Associate certificate

o Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) or Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO)***

■ *A transcript must be included with the application and the courses highlighted.

■ **Purchasing seminars include, but not limited to: accounting, law, business finance, contracts, purchasing,
    economics, ethics, project management, business mgt, and leadership

■ ***A copy of the CPPB or CPPO certificate is required


III. Documentation

Documents or evidence required to support VCO application:

o EWP or job description, not job advertisement

o Documents to support what you choose for education

o Proof of performing complex procurement by an IFB or RFP award notice on eVA VBO or

   submit a cover page and award notice for an IFB or RFP in the past year