NIGP-CPP Online Prep

  • Date: 04/04/2022 - 05/02/2022
  • Instructor: Ms. Christina D. Lochbaum, CPPO, CPPB
    Ms. Christina D. Lochbaum, CPPO, CPPB
    Phone: 740-815-3199Fax: 614-752-7823
    Christina began her procurement career in June of 1987 at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). After managing inventories, conducting purchasing quality assurance reviews, and contract solicitations for ODOT, she accepted a position at the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) as a Program Administrator in November 2011. In her current position, Christina’s duties in the Major Acquisitions Unit is to develop and manage Request for Proposals (RFPs), Request for Quotes (RFQs), and Invitation to Bid (ITB) for the eight agencies within the ODPS. Christina is also responsible for managing large procurement projects such as the state of Ohio’s Digital License Plate System. Christina has a B.S. in Business Forensics, a M.S. in Business Psychology from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio and is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. On the Faculty of: CPPB PREP CPPO PREP
  • Level: Advanced
  • Format: Virtual Instructor-Led
  • Contact Hours: 22.5
  • CEUs: 2.3

The NIGP-CPP certification is a must-have for anyone is public sector procurement. The NIGP-CPP certification is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate public procurement professionals who demonstrate the competencies essential to succeed in the public sector. NIGPs NIGP-CPP Prep course promotes learner engagement in the seven focus areas of the Public Procurement Competency Framework—including Strategy, Policy & Legislation, Planning & Analysis, Sourcing & Solicitation, Contract Administration, Leadership, and Business Principles. 

Online Live Learning Event (OLLEs)
Week 1 - Thursday, April 07       2-4PM EST
Week 2 - Thursday, April 14       2-4PM EST
Week 3 - Thursday, April 21       2-4PM EST
Week 4 - Thursday, April 28       2-4PM EST
NIGP-CPP Online Prep (Standard)$395.00 04/04/2022
NIGP-CPP Online Prep (Standard) $395.00
(prices valid until Apr 4, 2022)
Spots available: 45


Course Outline:


The NIGP-CPP Prep Course focuses on the following key areas:

  • Focus Area 1: Strategy — For the public procurement function to serve as a valuable, contributing asset to the entity, it must think, plan, and act strategically, aligning entity mission and public benefit alongside social responsibility. As an extension of the procurement function, the public procurement professional must actively serve to the public benefit, helping create the entity’s strategic vison to assist the public as a whole.
  • Focus Area 2: Policy & Legislation — As stewards of the public trust, procurement professionals are held to a higher standard of ethics than are most public employees, acting with confidence to wisely expend the taxpayer dollars. It is vital they not only understand and follow applicable laws but also that they act in accordance with the intent of laws created to guard against favoritism, unfairness, and unnecessary spending, meeting the needs of their entity without bowing to either internal or external political pressures. Knowledge of the political environment and entity management are necessary tools in order to do so.
  • Focus Area 3: Planning & Analysis — The direction of public sector organizations has generated increased demand for strategic procurement planning and participation by procurement professionals in the implementation of many projects—particularly out-sourcing, privatization, and public-private partnerships. Risk is a critical consideration in the contracting and procurement process, and a thoughtful and proactive approach toward risk, as it relates to specific procurement actions, contributes to the success of contract performance.
  • Focus Area 4: Sourcing & Solicitation — In addition to knowing the approved methods of procurement, the procurement professional must know the appropriate situations to use each in order to achieve the best value for the entity while meeting the needs of the end user. To do this, procurement professionals must understand how to deal effectively with individual clients across a variety of situations while ensuring the contractor’s financial strength, ethics, past performance, etc. are duly considered prior to award. Furthermore, procurement professionals must establish positive, pro-active relationships with end users and suppliers (both domestic and international) in both positive and negative situations.
  • Focus Area 5: Contract Administration — Public procurement professionals must be prepared to demonstrate good contract writing and management skills when pursuing procurement engagement and supporting uninterrupted public service delivery of commodities for their entity. For the procurement professional, this includes all aspects from the time the need is recognized until the commodity is used or disposed of, including but not limited to receipt, inspection, logistics, inventory management, and contract/supplier management.
  • Focus Area 6: Leadership — Public procurement professionals must be prepared to demonstrate good leadership skills when faced with everyday challenges, striving to ensure that both employees and leaders have the necessary agility, innovation, and drive to proactively transform their procurement cultures in strategic, practical ways. In addition, the procurement professional must master communication strategies, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and relationship management skills, learning to operate as forward-thinking stakeholders in their entity to ensure continuous, proactive solutions that align with their entity’s strategic objectives. As the practitioners leave the profession or age and retire, public procurement professionals must ensure that talent recruitment and development, along with long-term succession planning, play a critical role in their public service, working collaboratively to establish and oversee expectations for career progression, retention, and life-long learning for the procurement function.
  • Focus Area 7: Business Principles — In our ever-changing and increasingly complex world, the ability for procurement professionals to perform their professional responsibilities alongside common business principles and operations is critical to the success of an entity’s procurement function. It is no longer feasible for the procurement professional to merely be concerned with the purchasing process. Instead, they must understand, apply, and master the use of business, financial, technology, and project management soft skills to serve as an effective and contributing member of an entity’s management team, thereby ensuring project and program success while efficiently and ethically serving as stewards of the public trust.

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.  


Course Materials

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

  • NIGP-CPP Prep Guide
  • Instructor-led Course
  • Student Workbook (Includes Job Aids, Handouts, Practical Application Exercises, etc.)
  • NIGP-CPP Prep Study Tips

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

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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