Course

Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting

  • Date: 07/22/2024 - 07/24/2024
  • Start Time: 8:00 AM Eastern Time
  • End Time: 5:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Hosted By: Tampa Bay Area Chapter of NIGP
  • Instructor: Ms. Bobbie Tolston, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Ms. Bobbie Tolston, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
    Bobbie Tolston, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB Bobbie developed a passion for the public procurement profession over 20 years ago. She has shared her management expertise in various capacities throughout her career. Most recently as served as the Supervisor of Procurement for Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) from 2017-2022. Bobbie is currently the Energy Conservation Resource Manager for HCPS where her responsibilities include: the development, implementation, coordination, and monitoring of the HCPS energy management program, coordination of the utility management/conservation program, development of employee training programs for schools and offices to promote an awareness of the energy management program and the efficient use of energy throughout the district. Bobbie has a broad range of professional experience. She has managerial experience as a 'change agent" and uses technology to enhance best practices in procurement. She has been a change agent for agencies such as water utilities, local, and municipal government agencies. She serves on the NIGP Talent Council and is a Liaison to the Mentorship Committee. She is a Pathways Instructor for NIGP, where she has contributed her expertise as a subject matter expert for content development for courses including Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting, Evaluation Methods, Negotiations, Specification Development and Sourcing and Contracting Methods. She is a Member of the Radio NIGP show and hosts a segment titled "Deeper Dive—make a splash”.
  • Level: Foundation
  • Format: Virtual Instructor-Led
  • Contact Hours: 24
  • CEUs: 2.4
NIGP’s Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting is a comprehensive learning experience that equips public procurement professionals with the essential skills to excel in their roles. Through this activity-based course, participants will learn to identify the appropriate source selection methods, develop effective specifications and pricing strategies, evaluate offers, and negotiate optimal contract solutions. By learning these skills, procurement professionals can promote maximum competition in the marketplace and ensure that the needs of their entities and stakeholders are met. This course provides best practice guidance and practical knowledge to enhance the public procurement function and drive successful outcomes.
Pricing:
PriceCostBeginsEnds
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Member: Early)$500.00 05/23/2024
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Member: Standard)$625.0005/24/202407/18/2024
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Non-Member: Standard)$725.00 07/18/2024
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Member: Early) $500.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Non-Member: Standard) $725.00
(prices valid until May 12, 2024)
Spots available: 18

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 87% 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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Payment Information

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

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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

Local Contact

Name:Amy Flack
Phone:727-791-2353
Email:aflack@tampabaywater.org

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

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