Course

Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis Online

  • Date: 04/10/2023 - 04/24/2023
  • Instructor: Ms. Lynda Allair, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Retired
    Ms. Lynda Allair, NIGP-CPP, CPPO
    Lynda Allair, CPPO has forty years of experience as a Public Sector Procurement Leader, involving policy development, post-merger amalgamation of functional groups, complex acquisitions, project implementation and change management, as well as business transformation within the provincial, municipal and health care sectors. Lynda retired from the BPS Supply Chain Secretariat, now a division of Supply Chain Ontario, for which she was a Project Lead providing project management advice and support to the broader public sector to modernize supply chain processes. Lynda is a Content Developer and Instructor for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. She also instructs courses in public procurement at the University of Guelph and others upon request, as well as providing consulting services through NIGP's Consulting program. She is a frequent speaker at NIGP Forum and other public sector events. She is a Past President of the Ontario Public Buyers Association chapter of NIGP and served nearly ten years as a Canadian Public Procurement Council (CPPC) Board member from its inception. She is a Lions Club member, a Library Board member, Chair of her local Church Board and volunteers within the community. On the Faculty of: Pathways Program; Alternative Dispute Resolution; CPPB Prep; CPPO Prep; Legal Aspects of Public Purchasing; and Risk Management in Public Contracting.
    , Ms. Barbara R. Johnson, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FNIGP
    APO, Retired
    Ms. Barbara R. Johnson, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB, FNIGP
    Barb is the former Agency Procurement Officer for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She also served as the Procurement Manager for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and the City of Columbus. Barb is currently serving on the NIGP Certification Commission. Barb has served on the NIGP Board of Directors and many Public Procurement Institute committees and task forces. In 2014, NIGP honored Barb with a Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the Institute, the Procurement Profession and the entity she served. In 2008, NIGP recognized Barb as the Manager of the Year Awardee. In 2019, Barb co-developed the Pathways Module entitled "Mission and Public Benefit." In 2010, she co-authored the update to the text entitled “Strategic Procurement Planning in the Public Sector.” She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Public Procurement (JOPP.) Barb has instructed courses and workshops for The Ohio State University, NIGP-The Institute for Public Procurement, ISM – Institute for Supply Management, and many others upon request. Barb instructs many of NIGP's Pathways Courses as well as Risk Management, Legal Aspects and more.
  • Level: Foundation
  • Format: Blended
  • Contact Hours: 15
  • CEUs: 1.5

For the public procurement professional, the ability to think strategically for both the procurement function and the larger governmental entity as a whole is critical to serving the communities in which we live and work. Designed to outline proactive, applicable approaches to ensuring best practice guidance and implementation, NIGP’s Foundations of Planning and Analysis Core Certificate empowers novice public procurement professionals to better identify and articulate the goals and objectives of public procurement. Outlining and exploring critical skills such as strength and weakness evaluation, opportunities and threat analysis, and stakeholder-end user engagement, the Foundations of Planning and Analysis certificate prepares learners with base-level interactive and exercise-driven instruction, providing best practice guidance to help you not only lead your entity to successful risk-averse strategy but also to secure the best benefit for stakeholders and communities alike.

 
Online Live Learning Event (OLLE)
OLLE attendance is mandatory and is required for successful course completion. The OLLE meeting link and login information is distributed via email at the start of the course.
 
The OLLE schedule is as follows:
  • Monday, April 10   1-1:30PM EST (optional orientation)
  • Thursday, April 13   1-3:00 PM EST
  • Thursday, April 20   1-3:00 PM EST
 
Pricing:
PriceCostBeginsEnds
Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis Online (Member)$445.00 04/09/2023
Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis Online (Non-Member)$545.00 04/09/2023
Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis Online (Member) $445.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis Online (Non-Member) $545.00
(prices valid until Apr 9, 2023)
Spots available: 20

Objectives

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

  • Analyze the requirements for a project and provide the best solutions for the entity.
  • Determine the components and criteria required to successfully award a contract that meets the needs of the end user.
  • Describe how to customize terms and conditions in a contract to meet the entity’s needs.
  • Evaluate, select, and apply the tools and processes available for a comprehensive procurement plan.
  • Analyze the requirements of various internal stakeholders in order to adopt one set of specifications for commonly procured commodities.
  • Design contracts that satisfy the shared needs of multiple internal stakeholders to promote efficiency of the procurement function.
  • Evaluate cost and price data to determine total cost of ownership to an entity.
  • Compare the price of a commodity against the benefit to be derived by the entity to determine whether the expenditure is justifiable.

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 Planning & Analysis 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 80% or higher.

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:

  • Requirements Planning and Understanding
  • Standardization
  • Cost, Price, and Value Analysis
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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.

 

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 Planning & Analysis 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


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