Course

Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Online

  • Date: 03/01/2021 - 03/15/2021
  • Instructor: Ms. Bobbie Tolston, CPPO, CPPB
    Supervisor of Purchasing
    Ms. Bobbie Tolston, CPPO, CPPB
    Bobbie Tolston, CPPO, CPPB Bobbie is a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy and received an honorable discharge. She graduated Cum Laude from Northeastern Illinois University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Business Administration. She has over 19 years of public procurement experience. Bobbie is currently the Supervisor of Purchasing for Harford County Public Schools where she oversees the day to day activities of purchasing and the distribution center. She has been successful with spearheading the implementation of several Enterprise wide technology enhancements during her career. These enhancements were geared towards streamlining business processes and increasing staff efficiencies and productivity. Bobbie has a broad range of procurement experience and utilizes her knowledge by assisting agencies to cultivate their procurement department. She has experience working with water utilities, local, and municipal government agencies. She has developed training programs for procurement professionals (i.e. procurement cards, procurement processes and procedures, etc.). In addition, she has provided training to various minority business during “How to do Business” outreach events. Bobbie is very passionate about the procurement profession and enjoys sharing her passion with others. She oftentimes acts as a mentor to other procurement professionals. It is her belief that by sharing her knowledge and experiences with others, this helps the procurement profession to grow! Bobbie has enjoyed being a member of NIGP since 1999.
  • Level: Foundation
  • Format: Virtual Instructor-Led
  • Contact Hours: 22.5
  • CEUs: 2.3
  • Recertification: Accredited

Every day, public procurement professionals across North America are challenged to fulfill the needs of their entity as balanced against the needs, wants, and desires of their stakeholders, ensuring that all procured commodities are acquired in the right manner, based on the correct criteria, and within the appropriate price range. Designed to provide entry-level public procurement professionals with the tools they need to ensure the appropriate goods and services are procured, NIGP’s Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Core Certificate empowers learners with applicable, implementable solutions to some of the procurement function’s most challenging topics. Addressing the actionable solutions to sourcing and contracting methods, specification development, evaluation methods, and negotiations, Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting promotes the tenants and key principles of the public procurement function, empowering learners with NIGP-advocated best practice guidance to become more skilled in their role as they perform the procurement function on a foundational level.

Pricing:
PriceCostBeginsEnds
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Online (Member)$595.00 03/01/2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Online (Non-Member)$695.00 03/01/2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Online (Member) $595.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Online (Non-Member) $695.00
Spots available: 10

Objectives

Upon successful completion of the certificate, the certificate holder will be able to:

  • Identify the appropriate source selection method and describe the components required to successfully meet the needs of the end user.
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of contracting for commodities.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate offers, make awards and/or negotiate an optimal contract solution.
  • Identify and describe the different types of evaluation methodologies and their associated application.
  • Explain the process of receiving, opening and analyzing offers, methods for award, and award strategies.
  • Identify and select the most responsive offer(s) and responsible supplier(s).
  • Prepare to conduct a negotiation by engaging in market research, determining negotiating strategy and goals, and selecting the negotiating team.
  • Conduct and document negotiations with each selected offeror to determine the proposal that best meets entity needs.
  • Establish a performance assessment plan to ensure that all stakeholders are complying with the procurement as established in the contract.

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 complete the NIGP Foundations of Sourcing & Contracting Core Certificate, learners must:

  • Complete any pre-work materials provided prior to the course start date.
  • Attend and participate in the entirety of the instructional event.
  • Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.
  • Complete the final assessment examination with a 77% or higher within a 120-minute time period.

Competency Alignment

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

  • Sourcing & Contracting Methods
  • Specification Development
  • Evaluation Methods
  • Negotiations Strategies
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Miscellaneous

Pre-Work Requirements

Prior to entering the classroom environment, students will be enrolled in the following self-paced courses to learn and practice necessary concepts.

NIGP has not currently identified if pre-work is necessary for this core certificate. Should pre-work be identified, learners will receive the materials two weeks prior to the physical start date. Contact hours will be adjusted to include pre-work.


Online Live Learning Event Schedule (OLLE)

OLLE attendance is mandatory and is required for successfully course completion. OLLE meeting link and login information will be distributed via email at the start of the course.


Post-Course Assessment

As outlined above, all students must successfully complete a timed post-course assessment upon completion of the learning experience. Assessments can be taken up to three (3) times to achieve a passing score. If a learner is unsuccessful in achieving a passing score within these attempts, they will be required to take the course again. For the Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Core Certificate, students will have 120-minutes to complete all questions in the assessment, with any questions not answered being marked “Incorrect” within Aspire. Once learners receive access, they will have ten (10) calendar days to complete the assessment. Students who do not complete the assessment within this time frame will be required to retake the course.


Length

  • Two-week, digitally-based learning experience housed in Aspire, NIGP’s learning management system.

System Requirements

Operating System:

  • Windows Vista SP2 or newer
  • Mac OS 10.5 or higher
  • Linux/Unix (any recent version)

Hardware:

  • Video Card
  • Sound card and headphones or speakers (some assignments have audio components)

Software:

Web Browser:

  • The last three versions of the major browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer
  • Other web browsers may work, but may not render all features of the courses
  • Cookies must be enabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled

Internet:

  • Reliable internet connection. Broadband cable or highspeed DSL is recommended for optimal experience.
  • E-mail account (to be able to register and to receive e-mail from the course system regarding registration, course status, etc.)
  • Linux/Unix (any recent version)

Payment Information

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

*FORM OF PAYMENT MUST ACCOMPANY REGISTRATION FORM FOR ORDER TO BE PROCESSED

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


Sessions

Cancellation Policy

Registration and payment must be received 24 hours prior to the course 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 24 hours 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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Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Online

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