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CPPS Certification Review & Testing/Fundamentals of Personal Property Management
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7/28/2017 to 7/30/2017
When: July 28 - 30, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day
Where: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa
5350 East Marriott Drive
Phoenix, Arizona  85054
United States
Presenter: Chris Smith, CPPM
Contact: Lisa Williams

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This Class Awards 20 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)  

Registration fees


Members $1,285

CPPS Module 1 $100 (optional)
CPPS Module 2 $100 (optional)

Join NPMA TODAY! Pay the $115 member fee and receive the discounted member rate for this course 


Non-Members $1,525
CPPS Module 1 $200 (optional)
CPPS Module 2 $200 (optional)


Testing is optional. Those planning to take the exams during the class should purchase both as part of this registration.

Course Materials:The Fundamentals of Personal Property Management manual and Study Guide (included with registration fees)

Every organization, regardless of its size or type has critical business functions that are integral parts of meeting its objectives and accomplishing the mission. Property management is, first and foremost, a general management assignment no different than the management of any other resource such as money, personnel, or facilities. Personal property managers are directly accountable to a higher authority for the acquisition, use, redistribution, and disposition of personal property. As stewards of our company or agency’s personal property, we have a fiduciary responsibility to manage property in a prudent and compliant way. The Fundamentals of Personal Property Management course is designed to teach the basics of property management, cradle-to-grave, including how to effectively manage personal property.

Topic Overview:

  • Acquisitions
  • Receiving
  • Identification
  • Storage and Warehousing
  • Movement
  • Maintenance
  • Physical Inventory
  • Utilization
  • Consumption
  • Property Disposition

Core Benefits:

  1. Learn about the responsibilities of personal property management professionals.
  2. Gain an understanding of personal property management and its importance.
  3. Acquire the essential tools necessary to manage personal property.

The NPMA Certification Program is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance individual performance for those who demonstrate a high level of competence essential to the practice of property management.

Once you have paid for your registration, you will receive the course materials via email. Please print your study guide and bring with you to the class if you wish.

Hard copy manuals are shipped to the course site.

Those wishing to take the certification exams should study the materials prior to arriving at the class. The course is designed to review the materials before taking the exam. Testing is, however, optional.
CPPS Eligibility Requirements
You are new to property or work as a specialist in a specific area (e.g., shipping, receiving, or inventory).


Hotel location

To be determined

Phoenix, AZ

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Chris Smith, CPPM

Chris began his career in 1990 as an Expeditor in Materials Management with the US Army - Tooele Army Depot, located in Tooele, UT.  In this capacity he received materials, filled orders, stocked shelves and delivered materials.  He then went on to work for Battelle, a subcontractor at the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (TOCDF) as a Surety Clerk processing surety/security related documentation.


In 1995, after a year, he was presented with the opportunity to move over to the prime contractor at (TOCDF) for URS Corporation, formerly known as EG&G Defense Materials, Inc. where he was assigned to the warehouse, processing min/max orders, spare parts research, etc.  After several months he was asked to take the role of Property Administrator.  In this capacity he has performed work in all Property Management functions.  Since that point he has expanded the Property Management Department from 1 to a staff of 12.  Chris’ URS contract was complete in August 2013 allowing him to pursue other facets of Property Management within another company.


Currently, Chris is employed with Raytheon, Space and Airborne Systems located in Salt Lake City, UT.  In this capacity Chris manages Government Property related matters as well as performs the Shipping, Receiving and Quality Compliance functions.


Chris has served on the Certified Professional Property Manager (CPPM) exam re-write committee and in other related capacities within the National Property Management Association (NPMA) Certification program.  He has also served as Great Salt Lake Chapter Vice-President.


Chris’ education and technical training span from State certification programs, such as Residential Real Estate Appraisal, contract property training from Defense Acquisition University (DAU) courses.  In addition to his extensive knowledge in Contract Property Management Chris holds a degree in Health and Wellness specializing in Personal Fitness training and is pursuing a license in sports massage therapy.


Chris has been instructing Basic Property Management/Certified Professional Property Specialist (CPPS) certification courses for NPMA since 2010.


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