Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement

Jul 8, 2015, 17:28 PM
These educational activities meet UPPCC’s criteria for 'Continuing Education – Non-Accredited'

Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement

Duration: 1-Day Course

**Check the Course Catalog for required attendee minimums

Contact hours: 8 hours

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1 day courses:

Standard pricing beginning:

Institute Members - $305

Non-Members - $405

** Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.


General Description

This course will introduce the student to ethical practices needed during the procurement process. The course will empower the student with the ability to make distinctions between competing choices that face the procurement professional. Being ethical is not always easy, but it is always important. The participant will learn to focus on discernment, discipline and effectiveness as vital elements of ethical decision-making. Both moral and business considerations will be analyzed in this seminar.

This seminar is designed to offer a practical hands-on approach to ethical decision-making in the public procurement process by engaging in exercises and case studies that reinforce presented concepts. Being ethical isn’t always easy. Procurement professionals have to make many decisions under economic, professional, social and political pressure. From the basic day-to-day to the complex decisions, this will be a comprehensive study that will equip the public procurement professional to deal with those decisions ethically.



Intended Audience

All professionals involved in Public Procurement.





Course Objective and Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:
  • Identify the foundational structure of ethical decision-making.
  • Recognize questionable ethical situations when they occur.
  • Explain the value of ethical behavior.
  • Deduce proper ways to respond when confronted with a potential unethical situation.
  • Formulate a process for investigating a questionable situation.
  • Develop ethically sound procurement documents.
  • Recommend ethical expectations to customers and suppliers.


Course Outline

  • Historical overview of the evolution of ethical behavior
  • Reasons for being ethical
  • Six Pillars of Character
    - Trustworthiness
    - Responsibility
    - Fairness
    - Caring
    - Citizenship
  • Factors that Contribute to Unethical Behavior
  • Bidding Do’s and Don’ts
  • Areas of High Risk for Ethically Inappropriate Behavior
    - Conflict of interest
    - Kickbacks and bribes
    - Circumventing purchasing authority
    - Back door selling
    - Employment
  • Supplier Relations

**CEU units for this workshop are granted through NIGP, which is authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), to offer courses for CEU units. To learn more about IACET and CEUs, visit


Requirements of Participants to receive CEU units

  • Attendance at the entire course is required. A sign-in sheet will be available each day the class is in session. Daily sign-in is mandatory to be eligible to earn CEU units.
  • Active participation in all case studies, discussion and exercises.
  • NIGP will not issue partial CEU units.
  • An evaluation form must be completed and returned to the site coordinator prior to the completion of the course.

For NIGP’s complete Continuing Education Units (CEU) Policy Statement click here.


NIGP Course Cancellation Policy

Registration and payment must be received 30 days prior to the seminar start date. After this time, registrations will be based on space availability.  A full refund, less a $75 administrative fee will be given for cancellations made in writing 31+ days prior to the seminar date by emailing No refunds are given for cancellations received within 30 days of the seminar start date. There are no refunds for no-shows. If the seminar is cancelled for any reason, NIGP's liability is limited to the registration fee only.

Attendee substitutions within the same agency may be done at any time with email notification to NIGP. If attending via scholarship, please provide documentation verifying the scholarship issuer’s name and contact information in lieu of payment information.

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