On Demand: The Procurement Cycle: Solicitation Development Phase

  • Level: Foundation
  • Format: On Demand
  • Contact Hours: 0.5
  • CEUs: 0.02

Welcome to the NIGP eLearning module: Procurement Cycle – Solicitation Development Phase. This on-demand course provides an overview of the solicitation development phase of the procurement cycle. The solicitation development phase is the second phase of the procurement cycle. During this phase, the solicitation for the purchase is created, the solicitation method is selected, and the contract is created. From the selected decisions, bids are evaluated, and the winning supplier is contracted. The culmination of this phase is the selection of the supplier to fulfill the contract.

This self-paced course is part 2 of 3 in the Procurement Cycle Series.

Online: The Procurement Cycle: Solicitation Development Phase (Member Rate)$25.0006/01/201812/31/2054
Online: The Procurement Cycle: Solicitation Development Phase (Non-Member Rate)$75.0006/08/201812/31/2054
Online: The Procurement Cycle: Solicitation Development Phase (Member Rate) $25.00
Online: The Procurement Cycle: Solicitation Development Phase (Member Rate) $25.00
Online: The Procurement Cycle: Solicitation Development Phase (Non-Member Rate) $75.00


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

  • Define types of specifications.
  • Define solicitation methods.
  • Identify the differences between Request for Proposals and Invitation for Bids.
  • When given a list of bids, determine the bid that is the best value.
  • Define contract pricing types.

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

  • Students must complete the course within 30 days
  • Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement
  • Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.
  • NIGP will not issue partial CEU credits



  • On-Demand. Learn on your schedule. On-demand training is for professionals who prefer to develop the skills they need on their time and at their pace. Learners can start, stop and rewind the lessons at their convenience.

System Requirements

Operating System:

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • Mac OS 10.9 or higher


  • headphones or speakers (some assignments have audio components)

Web Browser:

  • The latest versions of the major browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge
  • Other web browsers may work, but may not render all features of the courses


  • Reliable internet connection. Broadband cable or highspeed DSL is recommended for optimal experience.

Payment Information

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


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

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds, all sales are final.

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On Demand: The Procurement Cycle: Solicitation Development Phase