Course

Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement Online

  • Date: 02/22/2021 - 03/08/2021
  • Instructor: Ms. Kristy D Varda, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
    Purchasing Supervisor
    Ms. Kristy D Varda, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
    Phone: 540-662-3889 Ext: 88237Fax: 540-665-0537
    Originally from Oklahoma and a proud Oklahoma State University Alum, Kristy spent 10 years as a military spouse before relocating to Virginia from Germany. Kristy completed her Masters in Biotechnology Studies in 2008 and her MBA in 2009 while working in a variety of industries. She began her official procurement career working as a Contract Specialist II for Fairfax County, specializing in procurement for Public Safety, IT and Libraries. In September of 2015, she became the Purchasing Supervisor for Frederick County Public Schools in Winchester, Virginia. Her passion to help others grow in their procurement profession began with presenting webinars on Sole Sources and Software Procurement. She was part of the NIPG taskforce to write the Best Practices series on technology procurement. Most recently she worked on the team to develop the Pathways specialization course “Foundations of Technology Procurement”. She continues to work to build courses to enhance the learning opportunities for NIGP members as well as teaching both the Legal Aspects and Technology courses. On top of all of that, Kristy is a USSF soccer referee and enjoys supporting the youth soccer in her community.
  • Level: Advanced
  • Format: Virtual Instructor-Led
  • Contact Hours: 27.5
  • CEUs: 2.8
  • Recertification: Accredited

Increasingly, governmental entities are embracing technology and IT infrastructure solutions in their desire to interact more strategically and beneficially with the communities they support. As a result, procurement professionals are expected to procure and negotiate contracts and agreements with more complex terms and conditions. Performing these tasks, however, requires the procurement professional to evaluate a multitude of topic-specific factors that affect stakeholders and the governmental entity alike. Promoting an overview of technology procurements, NIGP’s Foundations of Technology Procurement Specialty Certificate provides learners with an introduction to terminology, research practices and opinions, solicitation methods, strategies for risk identification, and common mistakes procurement professionals encounter when negotiating and managing awarded IT contracts. This Specialty Certificate introduces and promotes IT best practices by identifying concepts, common risks and issues, and the precise role of the procurement function and public procurement professional in governmental entities, empowering procurement professional to achieve a legal, flexible, and fair agreements or contracts with confidence.

 
Online Live Learning Event (OLLE)
OLLE attendance is mandatory and is required for successfully course completion.  OLLE meeting link and login information will be distributed via email at the start of the course.
 
OLLE schedule is as follows:  
 
Wednesday, February 25th      2-4PM EST
Wednesday, March  4th           2-4PM EST 
 
Pricing:
PriceCostBeginsEnds
Specialization Certificate: Foundations of Technology Procurement Online (Member)$595.00 02/22/2021
Specialization Certificate: Foundations of Technology Procurement Online (Non-Member)$695.00 02/22/2021
Specialization Certificate: Foundations of Technology Procurement Online (Member) $595.00
Specialization Certificate: Foundations of Technology Procurement Online (Non-Member) $695.00
Spots available: 8

Objectives

Upon successful completion of the certificate, the certificate holder will be able to:

  • Determine the appropriate procurement method for IT products, services, and/or solutions.
  • Develop the solicitation document associated with IT products, services, and/or solutions.
  • Identify proposal risk and evaluation methods for IT procurement.
  • Develop an IT demo process.
  • Develop final IT contract documents.
  • Prepare for post-award activities unique to IT.

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 the NIGP Foundations of Technology Specialization 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 73% or higher.

Competency Alignment

NIGP’s Specialization Certificates require a strong foundation in the Public Procurement Competency Framework and are designed to be more advanced learnings.

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Miscellaneous

NIGP’s Specialization Certificates require a strong foundation in the Public Procurement Competency Framework and are designed to be more advanced learnings.

Pre-Work Requirements

Prior to entering the classroom environment, students will be enrolled in the following self-paced courses to learn and practice necessary concepts.

  • Technology Fundamentals for Public Procurement
  • Negotiating Technology Agreements

Online Live Learning Event Schedule (OLLE)

OLLE attendance is mandatory and is required for successfully course completion. OLLE meeting link and login information will be distributed via email at the start of the course.


Post-Course Assessment

As outlined above, all students must successfully complete a timed post-course assessment upon completion of the learning experience. Assessments can be taken up to three (3) times to achieve a passing score. If a learner is unsuccessful in achieving a passing score within these attempts, they will be required to take the course again. For the Foundations of Technology Procurement Specialty Certificate, students will have 90 minutes to complete all questions in the assessment, with any questions not answered being marked “Incorrect” within Aspire. Once learners receive access, they will have ten (10) calendar days to complete the assessment. Students who do not complete the assessment within this time frame will be required to retake the course.


Length

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

System Requirements

Operating System:

  • Windows Vista SP2 or newer
  • Mac OS 10.5 or higher
  • Linux/Unix (any recent version)

Hardware:

  • Video Card
  • Sound card and headphones or speakers (some assignments have audio components)

Software:

Web Browser:

  • The last three versions of the major browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer
  • Other web browsers may work, but may not render all features of the courses
  • Cookies must be enabled
  • JavaScript must be enabled

Internet:

  • Reliable internet connection. Broadband cable or highspeed DSL is recommended for optimal experience.
  • E-mail account (to be able to register and to receive e-mail from the course system regarding registration, course status, etc.)
  • Linux/Unix (any recent version)

Payment Information

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

*FORM OF PAYMENT MUST ACCOMPANY REGISTRATION FORM FOR ORDER TO BE PROCESSED

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


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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Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement Online

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