By the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Compare and contrast examples of statutory, administrative law, common law, and policy that define illegal and unethical behavior.
- Assess ethical responses to specific procurement situations.
- Explain the importance of ethics and professionalism in public procurement.
- Identify components of a policy and procedure that openly and fairly disclose a procurement process as regulated by various levels/branches of government.
- Identify issues which inhibit high ethical standards application, particularly relating to gender, generational and diverse cultural norms.
As stewards of the public trust, procurement professionals are held to a higher standard of ethics than most public employees, acting with confidence to wisely expend the taxpayer dollars. As such, procurement practitioners must serve not only as the ethical leaders of their respective entities but also as an honest and transparent representative within the larger communities they support.
Designed to promote applicable experiences for practitioners working in the public sector, NIGP’s Pathways competency courses empower learners with the ready-to-implement actions they need to succeed in public procurement. This introductory course is designed for:
- Public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as assistants, coordinators, buyers, 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.
In this instructor-led environment, learners interact with a cohort of their peers over a multi-hour 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 job aids, practical application exercises, and case studies designed to promote critical thinking and immediate, post-course application of lessons.