Introduction to Public Procurement

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These educational activities meet UPPCC’s criteria for 'Continuing Education – Accredited'

Introduction to Public Procurement

Introduction to Public Procurement

Duration: 3-Day Course
Contact hours: 24 hours
CEU Units*: 2.3

**Check the Course Catalog for required attendee minimums

NIGP's Foundation courses provide essential knowledge for you to better understand and master the world of public procurement. These courses connect you to content relevant to the CPPB and CPPO certification exams.

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3 day courses:

Standard pricing:

Institute Members - $700

Non-Members - $900

Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

*NIGP is authorized by IACET to offer 2.3 CEUs for this program. To learn more about IACET and CEUs, visit


Intended Audience:

This course is intended for individuals interested in an overview of procurement functions for the purpose of understanding the basic elements that underlie all areas of public procurement. Any government employee who has delegated authority to purchase goods and services on behalf of the government should take advantage of this class. Discussion and content is relevant for those outside the profession who are impacted by the public procurement environment.




There are no prerequisites for this class. Successful participants will either be new to the profession or have less than one year of experience and anyone employed in various positions within the government.




Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:


  • Describe the roles, organization and functions of public procurement
  • Explain the steps in the procurement cycle and the stakeholder relationships inherent in each step
  • Demonstrate how public procurement adds value to the delivery of public services
  • Describe the cultural, social, political, economic and legal environments that impact public procurement 
  • Demonstrate the importance of ethics and professionalism in public procurement


Course Outline

The following is an outline of the material for this course. Practical examples, group exercises and case studies will be utilized throughout the course. The content presented during any given class may vary depending on the background and experience of the participants.


Day One:  
  • Pre-test
  • History and Value
  • Private and Public Purchasing Organizations
  • Differences
  • Similarities
  • Purchasing Cycle 
Day Two:  
  • Legal Issues
  • Ethics/Professionalism
  • Contract Administration
  • Organizational Structure
  • Roles
  • Centralized vs. Decentralized 
Day Three:  
  • Planning
  • Specifications
  • Market Conditions
  • Socio-Economic Factors
  • Technology
  • Federal
  • Post-Test

This outline may be modified slightly at the course instructor's discretion.

The instructor has no proprietary interest in the development or marketing of this seminar and no financial interest in NIGP.


Requirements of Participants to receive CEU units


  • Attendance at the entire course. A sign-in sheet will be available each day the class is in session. Daily sign-in is mandatory to be eligible to earn CEU credits
  • There is a final, open book exam. In order to receive credit for the course, participants must achieve a passing score of 70%.
  • NIGP will not issue partial CEU units.
  • An evaluation form must be completed and returned to the site coordinator prior to the completion of the course

For NIGP’s complete Continuing Education Units (CEU) Policy Statement click here.


NIGP Course Cancellation Policy

Registration and payment must be received 30 days prior to the seminar 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 30 days 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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