Principles and Techniques of Problem Solving

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

The Principles and Techniques of Problem Solving

Duration: 1-Day Course

**Check the Course Catalog for required attendee minimums

Contact hours: 8 hours
Instructor:  Michael Kolodisner, CPPO

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1 day courses:

Standard pricing:

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

In the information age, the true challenge is creating unique solutions to old and new problems. In this seminar, attendees will learn a process for solving problems creatively. You can apply this process in your work and personal life. Learn how to awaken the hidden creative energy in all of us and how to get others to buy into new ideas. There is a role for experts and a time for fools. Learn the questions to ask at each step in the process. This is an interactive class full of ideas, practical tips and fun.



Intended Audience

Purchasing officials involved with problem solving issues.





Course Objective and Intended Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:


  • List the step of problem solving
  • Discuss techniques for developing creative solutions
  • List the five steps for effective decision making


Course Outline

  • The five steps of effective problem solving
  • How to recognize and remove barriers to effective problem solving
  • Techniques for developing creative solutions
  • The five steps for effective decision making
  • How to develop effective decision thinking
  • How to determine and deal with decision risk


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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