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P-Card Essentials Guide (edition 2.1, 2012)

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Whether you're new to P-Cards, in the beginning stages of implementing a program, or looking for optimization ideas, the second edition of Essentials delivers the same highly rated level of depth on fundamentals, with additional suggestions to help you make the best decisions in today’s market. Following on the success of the first edition (2008), the NAPCP is pleased to offer a revised second edition with expanded content, including:
  • a chapter dedicated to controls and auditing
  • comparisons between Purchasing Cards and electronic payables
  • updates related to U.S. regulatory requirements

Note: The second edition (version 2.0) was released in April 2011. Version 2.1, released in April 2012, further updates the U.S. regulatory information; other content remains the same as version 2.0.


Essentials continues to be a P-Card program management resource for professionals with various levels of P-Card experience from different aspects of the industry (e.g., a P-Card end-user organization or provider of card products and services). The guide may be read from cover to cover, or reviewed chapter by chapter as applicable. Pursuing the CPCP credential? Consider this a comprehensive source for study purposes.

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Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: Introduction to Purchasing Cards and Other Commercial Card Products
Chapter 2: The Value Proposition: P Cards and Electronic Payables
Chapter 3: Researching the Opportunities and Business Case
Chapter 4: Developing a Program Model
Chapter 5: The Request for Proposal Process for Issuer Selection
Chapter 6: Program Implementation
Chapter 7: Program Administration, Management and Support
Chapter 8: Policies and Procedures
Chapter 9: Controls and Auditing
Chapter 10: Communications and Training
Chapter 11: Partnering with Suppliers
Chapter 12: Program Optimization and Expansion

Feedback from an Essentials Customer:

"I would consider this guide a critical read for anyone interested in knowing what it takes to effectively develop, manage and/or expand a company’s Purchasing Card program. If you want the complete picture for building a rock-solid foundation that will position your program for future success—this is it! Thank you for providing an excellent resource to the Purchasing Card community.”

JoAnn Vernacchia, CPCP
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