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NAEP membership runs on the calendar year
Membership is held by the institution, however, anyone employed by that member institution can join as an affiliate member at no additional cost.
Affiliate members are entitled to all the benefits of NAEP membership. There is no limit to the number of affiliate members an account can have. Affiliate members can be added or removed from the account at any time.
Membership dues are calculated based on the institution’s full-time student equivalency, unless the organization is not degree-granting, then a flat fee is set.


NAEP is a national organization comprising of several districts and regions (think chapters). Click on the links below to find out more and to see what’s happening in your district or region.

District I: New England & Upstate NY

District II: Metro NY/NJ | DC/MD/VA | DE/PA/WV

District III: TAGM | Carolinas | Florida | Kentucky

  • Procurement Academy

    • NAEP’s Procurement Academy is an in-person, two-day event held just outside of Baltimore. Delivered in three Tiers, the NAEP Procurement Academy provides best practices, insider intelligence and market knowledge needed to propel your career.

      • Tier I: Foundation is best suited for those new to procurement
      • Tier II: Professional takes a deeper dive into the role of procurement, ethics, customer service, and strategy.
      • Tier III: Professional Plus expands upon the skills introduced in Tier II: Professional. Sessions include leadership, emotional intelligence, communicating at all levels, meeting effectiveness, decision-making, cultural competency and conflict resolution.

      Learn more about the Procurement Academy

  • Institutes

    • An important piece of NAEP University are it's various Institutes. Focussing on career-specific issues, these in-person, two-day events, are held nation-wide. Here is NAEP's current line up:

      • Contract Management Institute
      • Facilities Institute
      • Federal Procurement Institute
      • Negotiations Institute
      • RFP Process Institute
      • Strategic Procurement Institute
      • Supplier Diversity Institute

      Learn more about Institutes
  • Webinars

    • One of the elements within NAEP University that doesn’t require travel are on-demand webinars. These virtual one-hour trainings are facilitated by industry experts and/or NAEP members and contain topical information for purchasing and procurement professionals.

      Learn more about On-Demand Webinars

  • Annual Meeting

    • NAEP’s Annual Meeting is its annual national conference. Scheduled for April 8-11, 2017 in Orlando, FL, this is our biggest event of the year. Offering more than 50 educational sessions, exciting keynote speakers, and a robust exhibit hall for all of your business and educational needs. This is event is not one to be missed!

      Learn more about the Annual Meeting

  • Regional Meeting

    • While NAEP is the national organization, it consists of several district and regional chapters. Many of these chapters offer their own in-person events and continuing education. Most of these events are two to three-days, but some include one-day workshops, as well.

      View the Regional Meetings events calendar

  • Certification

    • NAEP supports member's becoming and remaining certified by offering programming which may be applied toward ISM's C.P.M. / CPSM / CPSD recertification and/or A.P.P. re-accreditation, or UPPCC's CPPO/CPPB certification or recertification program requirements.

      Learn more about Certification

  • The NAEP Exchange (Forum)

    • Don’t reinvent the wheel! The "NAEP Exchange" is the premier communication tool for educational procurement professionals. The Forum works like a private, online bulletin board. Because only members can access the Forum, here are some key benefits of using the Forum:

      • Ask your colleagues for feedback on a particular vendor or consultant
      • Inquire about best practices across other procurement departments
      • Reach out to ask advice on a unique or challenging project
      Great as a daily tool for asking your procurement peers for advice or resources, the Exchange is the next best thing to face-toface networking. What are you waiting for, go check it out!


      Visit the NAEP Exchange!

      Learn more about Forums

  • Benchmarking Resources

    • Through industry-leading whitepapers, surveys, and PowerPoint presentations, see what the subject-matter-experts are saying will help advance your department’s efforts & strategically position procurement as a campus innovator.

      • 2017 Innovator’s Forum: Customer Engagement Management
      • 2016 Innovator’s Forum: Supplier Relationship Management
      • 2015: Innovator’s Forum: The Procurement Brand

      View all NAEP's Whitepapers

  • Publications

    • Stay up-to-date on industry news and trends by reading NAEP’s Publications:

      Educational Procurement Journal
      Published quarterly in-print & electronic

      Purchasing Link
      Online newsletter published monthly

      Learn more about our publications

  • Code of Ethics

    • Procurement professionals must have a highly developed sense of ethics to protect their own and their institution’s reputation for fair dealing. To strengthen ethical awareness, and to provide guidelines for its Members, NAEP has long promoted a code of ethics.

      Read NAEP's Code of Ethics

  • Mentor Program

    • With more and more Members new to higher education procurement, the Membership and Professional Development Committees are collaborating to create a mentoring program that can be offered regionally and nationally. The mentorship program is expected to be introduced in 2017.

      Learn more about the NAEP Mentoring Program

  • Common Acronyms

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    • A.P.P. --- Accredited Purchasing Practitioner
    • C.P.M. ---- Certified Purchasing Manager
    • C.P.S.M. -- Certified Professional in Supply Management
    • CPPB ------ Certified Professional Public Buyer
    • CPPO ------ Certified Public Procurement Officer
    • CPSD ------ Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity
    • CEU ------- Continuing Education Unit (tracks professional development hours for certification)
    • Procurement
    • ACH ------- Automated Clearing House (electronic funds transfer)
    • CPO ------- Chief Procurement Officer
    • ePro ------ eProcurement (electronic purchasing)
    • ERP ------- Enterprise Resource Planning (business management software)
    • FOB ------- Free On Board (shipping & logistics)
    • GPO ------- Group Purchasing Organization (also referred to as a co-op, offers group contracts)
    • MWBE ------ Minority-Women Business Owned (other criteria include veteran, LGBT, service disabled veteran, historically underutilized. See Supplier Diversity for more information.)
    • P2P ------- Procure To Pay (system to integrate purchasing & accounts payable transactions)
    • PCard ----- Procurement Card (institutionally authorized credit card)
    • PO -------- Purchase Order (issued to seller from buyer to initiate transaction)
    • RFB ------- Request for Bid
    • RFI ------- Request for Information
    • RFP ------- Request for Proposal
    • RFP ------- Request for Quote
    • SLA ------- Service Level Agreement (official commitment between a service provider and the customer)
    • SRM ------- Supplier Relationship Management (ability to work with third-party providers of goods and services in a strategic way)
    • Higher Ed
    • COB ------- Close of Business (end of business day)
    • FOIA ------ Freedom of Information Act (requires disclosure when records are requested by citizens)
    • FY -------- Fiscal Year (begin and end of budget year)
    • SME ------- Subject Matter Expert (leader in the field or industry)
    • *these certifications are offered by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) & the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC)

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