Sourcing in the Public Sector

Jul 8, 2015, 17:28 PM
These educational activities meet UPPCC’s criteria for 'Continuing Education – Accredited'

Sourcing in the Public Sector

Sourcing in the Public Sector

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

Sourcing, by government organizations is a different and complex process, filled with rules, regulations, procedures, court decisions, conflict of interest prohibitions, and issues that can complicate and confound the lives of government officials charged with procurement responsibilities. This course is intended for those who want to learn how to navigate the process and increase their understanding of the critical issues that frame the concept of public sector sourcing and discusses future sourcing challenges. Procurement practitioners at all levels aspiring to public procurement professional certification, senior agency managers, suppliers, and internal customers who wish to understand their role in the public sector acquisition process are encouraged to attend.



Though no prerequisites are stipulated for this class, successful participants should have one to two years of public procurement experience prior to enrolling. Others may find completion of Introduction to Public Procurement, and Planning, Scheduling and Requirements Analysis to be of benefit.




Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:
  • Describe how to determine responsiveness and responsibility when evaluation suppliers
  • Describe how to create and maintain a vendor data base while reaching out to global suppliers/green suppliers/minority suppliers, etc.
  • Identify when prequalification is appropriate and methods of prequalifying suppliers and products
  • Determine appropriate sourcing strategy while balancing risk and price through market research and the use of pricing and award strategies
  • Describe how to develop and maintain short term and long term supplier relationships 


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: 
  • A Framework for Sourcing
  • Stages in the Solicitation Process
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Sourcing Suppliers
Day Two: 
  • Specification and Standards
  • Authorization and Approvals
  • The Sourcing Document: Instructions and General Terms/Conditions
  • The Sourcing Document - Special Terms and Conditions

Day Three: 

  • The Sourcing Document: Technical Specifications or Statement of Work
  • The Sourcing Documents - The Bid Proposal Form
  • Receiving, Opening and Evaluating Bid/Proposal Responses
  • 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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