Course

Competency Module: Specification Development VIRTUAL CLASS

  • Date: 05/17/2021
  • Start Time: 8:00 AM Eastern Time
  • End Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Location: Milton, ON
  • Hosted By: Ontario Public Buyers Association, Inc. Chapter of NIGP
  • Instructor: Mr. Kirk W. Buffington, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM, MBA
    Mr. Kirk W. Buffington, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM, MBA
    Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO, C.P.M. Experience: Kirk Buffington, C.P.M. is the Director of Finance for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida – a position he has held since 2014. He brings 19 years of procurement experience to the profession – including 17 years in public procurement for Florida municipal and county governments. Kirk holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a major in Logistics and Materials Management from Webster University. In service to NIGP Chapters, Kirk has held membership in the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP since 1993 and in the Southeast Florida Chapter since 1995. He has served as the Southeast Florida Chapter Vice President and was the President for two years. Kirk is a Certified NIGP Instructor and served as the President of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. in 2008-2009. In service to the profession, Kirk has also held numerous leadership positions within the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO) and as its President in 2001. He was also a member of the Local Planning Committee for the 1997 NIGP Forum in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Level: Foundation
  • Format: In-Person
  • Contact Hours: 4
  • CEUs: 0.4
This course has been converted to Virtual delivery.
Proper specifications, pricing strategies, and terms and conditions help promote maximum competition in the marketplace, making them an asset to public procurement professionals and end users alike. But the ability to determine viable supplier testing, demonstration needs, or other additional requirements can make specification development a difficult task for even the most veteran procurement professional.
Pricing:
PriceCostBeginsEnds
Competency Module: Specification Development (Institute Member: Standard)$155.00 05/12/2021
Competency Module: Specification Development (Non-Member: Standard)$255.00 05/12/2021
Competency Module: Specification Development (Institute Member: Standard) $155.00
Competency Module: Specification Development (Non-Member: Standard) $255.00
Spots available: 24

Objectives

  • Assist the end user in developing and preparing effective and open specifications, pricing strategies, and terms and conditions to promote maximum competition in the marketplace.
  • Assess stakeholder standardization requirements to determine supplier testing or demonstration needs.

Intended Audience

This offering is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:  

  • Entry-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as assistants, coordinators, buyers, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.   

  • Non-procurement managers and supervisors who are responsible for either the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.   

  • Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement function.  

  • Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.  


Completion Requirements

In order to successfully earn a digital badge in the Specification Development competency, learners must:

  1. Complete any pre-work materials provided prior to the course start date.
  2. Attend and participate in the entirety of the instructional event.
  3. Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.
  4. Complete the final assessment examination with a score of 77% or higher.

Competency Alignment

This certificate is designed as an exercise-based experience and is tied to NIGP's Public Procurement Competency Framework. Upon completion of the certificate requirements, learners will have demonstrated the successful foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities in alignment with the following competencies:

  • Specification Development
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Miscellaneous

Length

  • 1/2 Day Virtual Course 

Payment Information

  • Register online with credit card
  • Register online and upload a Purchase Order
  • Register by fax and download the print & fax form

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Methods of Payment Accepted: Check (make checks payable to NIGP), Purchase Orders (via print and fax form or online), and Credit Cards (Master Card, Visa, and American Express).

If paying by check, please make check payable to NIGP and send payment to:
NIGP, Attn: Seminar Registration
2411 Dulles Corner Park, Suite 350
Herndon, VA 20171

Local Contact

Name:Jennifer Ahern
Phone:905-878-7252 Ext: 2361
Fax:905-878-6995
Email:jennifer.ahern@milton.ca

Sessions

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 RegistrationInfo@nigp.org. 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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Competency Module: Specification Development VIRTUAL CLASS

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