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CAPPO was formed in 1915 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional behavior and ethical conduct in public procurement. As the oldest public procurement association in the United States, CAPPO works to provide tools to buyers in the public sector that will help them develop their professional skills for their benefit and the benefit of their agencies.


CAPPO members exchange ideas in an effort to resolve problems affecting California's public agencies by sharing information on technical advances, cost factors, new laws, and sources for products. This open collaboration helps to strengthen the skills of public procurement officials as they fulfill their responsibilities to the public they serve.


CAPPO helps cities, counties, schools, colleges, universities, special districts, and the State to build and strengthen fully effective procurement departments. CAPPO's ongoing educational programs and high ethical standards have provided substantial benefits to these entities. Good government and good procurement are mutually beneficial. CAPPO is dedicated to both.



CAPPO's Board of Directors consists of five Officers and four Directors. Two Directors represent members in Northern California and two represent members in Southern California. The officer position of Secretary/Treasurer is the first step in the progression for those who wish to become President of CAPPO. A new Secretary/Treasurer is elected from Southern California or Northern California in alternate years. Board meetings are held at the call of the President throughout the year and at the annual conference.


CAPPO has many opportunities for volunteers to help contribute to the health of the organization through participation in committee assignments. Current committees include: Certification, Legislative, Membership, Professional Development, Conference, Bylaws/Resolutions, Historical, Nomination, AEP Award, Technology, Audit, and Leadership Development.


CAPPO members come from public agencies in every county within the state. At a local level, members have formed CAPPO Chapters typically cover a geographical area that allows for a faster exchange of information and the opportunity to meet on a regular basis for informative programs and to share ideas and productive experiences. Chapters welcome procurement staff from all types of public agencies in their area. Currently there are seven chapters in Northern California and nine in Southern California.


Members are encouraged to share in leadership responsibilities by managing local chapters, working on committees and running for the Board. Personal growth and gratifying experiences are a direct result of service to advance the purpose of the professional Association.



Membership Benefits

The advantages of membership include:

  • Regular educational seminars in California on timely procurement topics.
  • Statewide electronic bulletin boards on subjects of general interest or specifically targeted at professional certification
  • Annual educational conference and suppliers exposition
  • Purchasing certification assistance
  • Monthly newsletter highlighting:
    • Articles on topics of current interest
    • Job postings
    • Seminar schedules
    • Legislative reports
    • Local chapter activities
  • Annual salary survey
  • Cooperative procurement opportunities
  • Professional procurement lending library
  • Scholarship program
  • Professional development
  • Personal fulfillment
  • Fellowship and camaraderie


Certification is the mark of a dedicated professional, and CAPPO encourages all members to achieve procurement certification. Certification is a personal and professional investment of tremendous value to the buyer and their employer. CAPPO's educational programs help members work toward the most widely recognized professional certification programs available. For more details, see the Certification page.




Annual Educational Conference

CAPPO's President is responsible for producing CAPPO's annual Conference and Supplier Exposition, typically held in January. In odd-numbered years, it is in Northern California and in even-numbered years in Southern California. The conference program includes:

    • Presentation of timely topics by knowledgeable speakers from procurement, finance, manufacturing, service industries and governmental administration.
    • Workshops designed for cities, counties, education, special districts and the State.
    • Professional Development presentations of technical papers by CAPPO members and other purchasing professionals.
    • Presentation of service awards.
    • Formal Association business required by CAPPO's Bylaws, concluding with the election and installation of new officers and directors.
    • Social programs including the President's Banquet, guest/spouse's program and other leisure time activities.

Standards of Procurement Practice

  • To regard public service as a sacred trust, giving primary consideration to the interests of the public agency that employs us.
  • To purchase without prejudice, seeking to obtain the maximum value for each dollar expended.
  • To avoid unfair practices, giving all qualified vendors equal opportunity.
  • To honor our obligations and require that obligations to our public agency be honored.
  • To accord vendor representatives courteous treatment, remembering that these representatives are important sources of information and assistance in solving our procurement needs.
  • To refuse to accept any form of commercial bribery, and prevent any appearance of so doing.
  • To be receptive to counsel from our colleagues, and to cooperate with them to promote a spirit of teamwork and unity.
  • To conduct ourselves with fairness and dignity, and to demand honesty and truth in the procurement process.
  • To strive for greater knowledge of procurement methods and of the materials we purchase.
  • To cooperate with all organizations and individuals involved in activities designed to enhance the development of the procurement profession, remembering that our actions reflect on the entire procurement profession.


We subscribe to these standards.

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