Course

Competency Module: Specification Development

  • Date: 05/30/2024
  • Start Time: 1:00 PM Eastern Time
  • End Time: 5:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Instructor: Mrs. Sydnee Distance, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Contract Administrator
    Mrs. Sydnee Distance, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
    Sydnee Distance is a Contract Management professional hailing from Baltimore, MD. Ms. Distance began her career in grant management while working on her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Capitol Technology University in Laurel, MD. Shortly after graduation, Sydnee transitioned to private-sector contracting at Oracle. In 2014, Ms. Distance graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management. During that time, Ms. Distance moved to state government, where she served as a Budget Analyst and a Procurement Lead. In 2020, Sydnee moved to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, where she currently serves as a Senior Contract Administrator (CA III) with a $1 million dollar warrant. Ms. Distance is deeply passionate about contracting and procurement and continuously seeks to expand her knowledge in this field. Sydnee holds three certifications in government contracting, namely the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) from UPPCC, the Certified Procurement Professional (NIGP-CPP) from NIGP, and the recently obtained Certified Contract Management Associate (CCMA) from NCMA. Sydnee is currently attending Northcentral University while she pursues a Doctor of Business Administration in Organizational Leadership with a minor in Education. Sydnee has found her passion in procurement education and recently designed and created an "Onboarding and Training" four-part course at Washington Metro for new hires Outside of her professional pursuits, Sydnee finds fulfillment in her three main forces in life: family, traveling, and her passion for her work. Guided by the belief that what you give to the world comes back to you, she embraces the golden rule of treating others with love, kindness, and respect.
  • Level: Foundation
  • Format: Virtual Instructor-Led
  • Contact Hours: 4
  • CEUs: 0.4
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 (Member: Early)$132.00 03/31/2024
Competency Module: Specification Development (Member: Standard)$165.0004/01/202405/29/2024
Competency Module: Specification Development (Non-Member: Standard)$265.00 05/29/2024
Competency Module: Specification Development (Member: Early) $132.00
Competency Module: Specification Development (Non-Member: Standard) $265.00
(prices valid until Mar 31, 2024)
Spots available: 22

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:

  • 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 score of 81% 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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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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Competency Module: Specification Development

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