Objectives

NIGP’s Spend Analysis course creates a dedicated learning experience where students leave with the ability to:

  • Define spend analysis and spend management and differentiate between the two.
  • Oversee and direct all spend-related activities to promote greater efficiency and effectiveness by engaging in the continuous process of controlling and analyzing entity spend.

Description

Spend analysis is a critical tool in the procurement professional’s toolbox, empowering professionals with the ability to detect opportunities for greater efficiency and effectiveness within the larger governmental entity. Through effective spend analysis, the procurement professional can analyze past, current, and future projected spend to develop more informed and more strategic procurement strategies.


Target Audience

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.

Course Format

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.


Completion Requirements

In order to successfully earn a digital badge in the Spend Analysis 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 70% 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.


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 NIGP Spend Analysis 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.


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.

  • 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.

Competency Alignment

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:

  • Spend Analysis

Classroom

Face-to-Face

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.
Key 3 - All Contact Hours, CEUs and Accredited

UPPCC Domain Alignment

Domains Key
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