Requirements Planning & Understanding is a Foundational (Level One) course, designed for public procurement professionals who are new to the profession or have less than four years’ experience.
NIGP’s Requirements Planning & Understanding course creates a dedicated learning experience where students leave with the ability to:
- Analyze the requirements for a project and provide the best solutions for the entity.
- Determine the components and criteria required to successfully award a contract that meets the needs of the end user.
- Describe how to customize terms and conditions in a contract to meet the entity’s needs.
- Evaluate, select, and apply the tools and processes available for a comprehensive procurement plan.
The ability to synthesize and meet requirements in order to provide service to the greater public entity is an essential function of the procurement professional. A critical element of this analysis, however, is the ability to directly apply information gleaned from researched materials and criteria to individual procurements, aligning organizational goals and metrics to the success and health of the entity.
This certificate is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:
- Public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as coordinators, buyers, supervisors, managers, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.
- Non-procurement managers and supervisors who are responsible for either the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.
- Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement function.
- Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.
In this instructor-led environment, learners interact with a cohort of their peers over a set period. The course experience is built around experiential learning, or “learning by doing,” empowering learners through practical application of real-life tasks while tapping into the experience of both peers and an NIGP-certified facilitator. As part of course registration, students receive a workbook including job aids, practical application exercises, and case studies designed to promote critical thinking and immediate, post-course application of lessons.
In order to successfully earn a digital badge in the Requirements Planning and Understanding competency, learners must:
1) Complete any pre-work materials provided prior to the course start date.
2) Attend and participate in the entirety of the instructional event.
3) Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.
4) Complete the final assessment examination with a score of 82% or higher.
Please Note: The final assessment passing score may change prior to the date of the course based on an assessment audit. The necessary score will be communicated to students during the course proper.
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 NIGP Requirements Planning and Understanding competency, students will have 60 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.
Prior to entering the classroom environment, students will be enrolled in the following self-paced courses to learn and practice necessary concepts.
- NIGP has not currently identified if pre-work is necessary for this core certificate. Should pre-work be identified, learners will receive the materials two weeks prior to the physical start date. Contact hours will be adjusted to include pre-work.
This certificate is designed as an exercise-based learning experience and is tied to NIGP’s Public Procurement Competency Framework. Upon completion of the certificate requirements, learners will have demonstrated the successful foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities in alignment with the following competencies:
- Requirements Planning and Understanding
1/2 Day Course
Four-hour, face-to-face classroom experience potentially including pre-class assignments at least two weeks in advance of the course and post-class follow up within one week.