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Virginia Institute of Procurement

Division of Purchases and Supply

Virginia Contracting
Officer Certification Program

 

The VCO certification program is the second tier of the Virginia Institute of Procurement Career Ladder for public procurement professionals. 

The seven day classroom program covers the intent of procurement law (VPPA) and the application of policies and procedures (APSPM) as they pertain to sealed competitive bids and competitive negotiation over $100,000.  It is offered twice annually in Richmond, VA at the DPS/Virginia Institute of Procurement, 1111 East Broad St. 7th Floor.

The Virginia Contracting Associate certification VCA program is required to be eligible for  the VCO certification course. The expectation is that you know the laws, policies and procedures for small purchases $0 - $100,000, sole source and emergency methods of procurement.  The VCO exam is based on knowledge learned in both the VCA and VCO certification classes.

VCO program at a glance student potrayal

VCO Program at a Glance

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7 day program

Certification Hours: 42

VCO Certification Cost: $1000

VCO Exam Cost: $100
Location: 1111 East Broad Street - 7th floor
Richmond, Virginia 23229
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  • About the VCO Program

    Four weeks before class you will receive assignments to complete prior to class.

    Multiple trainers from the DPS procurement staff will facilitate the training and share their expertise and experience to relate the content to real life scenarios.

     

    Quizzes after every chapter, several tests and homework will be given to support your goal of passing the exam.

    This is an opportunity to learn, laugh and network with fellow professionals.

     

    During class we will expect your full attention without interruptions from work.  If work, sickness or an emergency requires you to be absent for over four hours, you will be required to make up class time prior to taking the exam.

     

     

    *Note the VCO program takes place over a four week period:

    Week 1 - 3 days

    Week 2 - study

    Week 3 - 4 days

    Week 4 - Exam

     

    The VCO exam takes place the first Monday and Tuesday following the class.  The exam is two parts; Part one is 120 recall and reasoning type questions and Part two is 40 application type questions to test your ability to apply procurement laws and policy to real life scenarios.  You must score 75% or higher to pass the test.  You only have to retake the part you didn’t pass.  Retake exams occur throughout the year.

  • VCO Criteria

    Anyone who works for a public entity that follows the Virginia Public Procurement Act VPPA or state agencies that follows both the VPPA and the Agency Procurement and Surplus Property Manual APSPM and meets the VCO criteria may apply. Someone from a public entity not subject to the VPPA and/or APSPM and who meets the VCO criteria may apply, but acceptance into the program will be on a class availability basis.

     

    An applicant for VCO needs to meet the following criteria: View

  • VCO Application Process

    Once the VCO application is received by VIP, the Administrator will email that the application is received. Upon inspection the Administrator will email you if the application is incomplete.

    The application is reviewed by management and will either be approved or reason for not being approved noted.  An email will be sent to the applicant with the decision within four weeks of receipt of application.

    Approved applicant will receive an approval code to go online to schedule and pay for a class.  Class registration and payment received must be completed to ensure a class seat for a scheduled date.

     Once the application is approved, you have one year from the date of the approval to schedule and take the VCO course and exam or you will need to reapply for approval.

    You must take and pass the VCO exam within two years of taking the VCO course.

    Notice of Cancellation or desire to switch the class date:  You must notify us in writing at least 21 calendar days prior to the date of the registered class.  All approved substitutions must be submitted 21 calendar days prior to the date of the class. There is a $25 administration fee for substitutions. If a refund is requested, it will be the cost of the class less an administrative fee.

     

    Go to "Start Here" to begin the application process

  • VCO & VCA\VCO Dual Recertification

  • VCO Frequently Asked Questions

    Find answers to your questions in our
    VCO Certification FAQ Section

Start Here

Step 1. Apply for the VCO Certification Program

Step 2. Enroll & Pay for the VCO Certification Program

  • VCO June 2017 Schedule

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    VCO Week one
    Wednesday June 7
    8:30 - 4:30
    Thursday June 8
    8:30 - 4:30

    Friday June 9
    8:30 - 4:30

     

    VCO Week Two
    Tuesday June 20
    12:30 - 4:30

    Wednesday June 21

    8:30 - 4:30
    Thursday June 22

    8:30 - 4:30

    Friday June 23

    8:30 - 4:30

     

    VCO Exam
    Monday June 26
    8:30 to 12:30
    Tuesday June 27

    8:30 to 12:30

     

     

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  • VCO September 2017 Schedule

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    VCO Week one
    Wednesday September 6
    8:30 - 4:30
    Thursday September 7
    8:30 - 4:30

    Friday September 8
    8:30 - 4:30

     

    VCO Week Two
    Tuesday September 19

    12:30 - 4:30

    Wednesday September 20
    8:30 - 4:30
    Thursday September 21

    8:30 - 4:30

    Friday September 22

    8:30 - 4:30

     

    VCO Exam
    Monday September 25

    8:30 to 12:30

     

    Tuesday September 26

    8:30 to 12:30

     

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