Course

NIGP-CPP Module B Prep

  • Date: 03/18/2024 - 04/01/2024
  • Instructor: Mr. Kirk W. Buffington, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, FNIGP, MBA, C.P.M., CPFIM
    Mr. Kirk W. Buffington, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, FNIGP, MBA, C.P.M., CPFIM
    Professional Certification(s) obtained: CPPO, C.P.M. Experience: Kirk Buffington, C.P.M. is the Director of Finance for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida – a position he has held since 2014. He brings 19 years of procurement experience to the profession – including 17 years in public procurement for Florida municipal and county governments. Kirk holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Florida State University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a major in Logistics and Materials Management from Webster University. In service to NIGP Chapters, Kirk has held membership in the Central Florida Chapter of NIGP since 1993 and in the Southeast Florida Chapter since 1995. He has served as the Southeast Florida Chapter Vice President and was the President for two years. Kirk is a Certified NIGP Instructor and served as the President of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. in 2008-2009. In service to the profession, Kirk has also held numerous leadership positions within the Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials (FAPPO) and as its President in 2001. He was also a member of the Local Planning Committee for the 1997 NIGP Forum in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Level: Advanced Practitioner
  • Format: Blended
  • Contact Hours: 15
  • CEUs: 1.5

Course Format 

Hosted within NIGP's learning management system Aspire, blended courses allow learners to interact with a cohort of their peers over a two-week time period. This experience includes two mandatory virtual class sessions using Zoom where learners are able to collaborate with each other and leverage their instructor's expertise. Additional course components include discussion forums, video lectures from industry experts, downloadable job aids and resources, and a digital student workbook. This option is great for learners with limited ability to travel or learners who prefer the two-week format over 1-3 days in person. 

Course Description

Included within this course enrollment are several items designed to help you prepare for the NIGP-CPP Module B exam, including:

  • Online Live Learning Events (OLLEs)
  • On-Demand Content (Includes Job Aids, Videos, Handouts, Practical Application Exercises, etc.)
  • Student Workbook (digital)
  • NIGP-CPP Module B Prep Guide (digital)

This course reviews the same competencies that are evaluated in the NIGP-CPP certification exam by providing activities and discussion to help you apply what you have learned to real-world scenarios.

However, this course alone cannot fully prepare you for each competency and situation that is covered in the comprehensive exam, as the exam takes into account the entirety of your education and practical experience.
 
Individuals should enroll in this prep course at least six months prior to their scheduled test date to provide sufficient time for independent review and study. Please note that participation in this course does not guarantee success on the NIGP-CPP certification exam.

Length

Two-week, digitally-based learning experience housed in Aspire, NIGP's learning management system.

Schedule of Online Live Learning Events (OLLEs)
  • Orientation: Monday, March 18   1-2:00 PM EST (optional)
  • Week 1 - Friday, March 22      2-4:00 PM EST
  • Week 2 - Friday, March 29      2-4:00 PM EST
 
Pricing:
PriceCostBeginsEnds
NIGP-CPP Module B Prep (Standard)$195.00 03/17/2024
NIGP-CPP Module B Prep (Standard) $195.00
(prices valid until Mar 17, 2024)
Spots available: 18

Objectives

Course Outline:

The NIGP-CPP Module B Prep Course reviews the following competency statements:

  • Choose and implement strategic improvements for the procurement function.
  • Identify, evaluate, and implement social and environmentally sustainable procurement policies and other procurement priorities.
  • Advise the entity on how to resolve procurement-related issues.
  • Manage stakeholder expectations by communicating requirements, responsibilities, and outcomes.
  • Create, lead, and provide holistic procurement program oversight.
  • Identify opportunities for strategic contracting initiatives.
  • Manage the issues distinct to international business.
  • Ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of asset management, warehousing, and logistics programs.
  • Recommend options to dispose of assets to maximize residual value.
  • Create policies and procedures to support an ethical workplace.
  • Create a culture and system to foster continuous improvement.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for procurement professionals.
  • Provide educational opportunities related to procurement best practices to non-procurement professionals.
  • Engage stakeholders in development of entity key performance indicators to achieve change implementation.
  • Communicate programs, policies, and procedures in support of entity’s continuous advancement.
  • Develop criteria for evaluation of internal and external relationships and Procurement’s performance.
  • Align procurement change with entity goals.
  • Identify and address challenges and conflicts.
  • Establish a continuous improvement plan.
  • Identify how changes in global, national, and regional economies will affect operations.
  • Develop and manage a thriving and resilient workplace.
  • Obtain and manage budgetary resources to further Procurement's goals.
  • Develop and implement a communications plan to enhance the image of the procurement function.

Intended Audience

This offering is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:  

  • Mid-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as senior buyers, managers, directors, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.   

  • Non-procurement managers and supervisors who either provide procurement functions that support entity programs under delegated authority, or who already have a good understanding of basic procurement principles but wish to get more in-depth, hands-on training.   

  • Professionals who are employed by local governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly funded or created entities) who either serve within or manage the procurement function.  

  • Supplier managers and supervisors seeking to understand the public procurement function from a more in-depth holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.  


Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete this course, learners must:

  • Attend all live sessions (OLLEs)
  • Review all on-demand content
  • Complete all practice questions
  • Complete a post course evaluation
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  • Register online and upload a Purchase Order
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