Competency Module: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

Competency Module: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

  • Date: 02/11/2025
  • Start Time: 9:00 AM Eastern Time
  • End Time: 1:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Level: Foundation
  • Format: Virtual Instructor-Led
  • Contact Hours: 4
  • CEUs: 0.4
Developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills is essential for personal growth and professional success. NIGP's dedicated learning experience empowers procurement practitioners to define critical thinking in terms of leadership, evaluate solutions using a problem-solving process, and collaborate to build viable solutions. This activity-based course provides a foundation level understanding of problem-solving and critical thinking, enabling learners to analyze complex issues and make informed decisions. Enhancing these skills will greatly benefit individuals in their procurement careers, allowing them to effectively navigate challenges and drive positive outcomes.
Competency Module: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking (Member: Early)$140.00 12/13/2024
Competency Module: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking (Member: Standard)$175.0012/14/202402/09/2025
Competency Module: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking (Non-Member: Standard)$275.00 02/09/2025
Competency Module: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking (Member: Early) $140.00
Competency Module: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking (Non-Member: Standard) $275.00
(prices valid until Dec 13, 2024)
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NIGP's Problem Solving and Critical Thinking course creates a dedicated learning experience where students leave with the ability to:

  • Define Critical Thinking in terms of leadership
  • Evaluate possible solutions to a problem using a problem-solving process.
  • Analyze a problem and collaborate with others to build a solution.

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 Competency Module, learners must:
  • 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 80% or higher.

Competency Alignment

This course 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 foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities in alignment with the following competency:

  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

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Payment Information

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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
440 Monticello Avenue Suite 1802
PMB 63452
Norfolk, VA 23510


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 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: Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

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