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


The work of public procurement is no longer a clerical function performed independently by various people throughout different agencies or departments within a government entity. This class provides an overview of the ever-changing profession by identifying fundamental concepts that affect procurement in the public sector. Practical examples, discussion, group exercises and case studies will be used throughout the course.

Intended Audience

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 also impacted by the public procurement environment.  


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

Course Outline

Day ​1

  • Pre-test 
  • History and Value
  • Private and Public Purchasing Organizations 
  • Differences
  • Similarities
  • Purchasing Cycle

Day ​2:

  • Legal Issues
  • Ethics/Professionalism
  • Contract Administration
  • Organizational Structure
  • Roles
  • ​Centralized vs. Decentralized

Day ​3:

  • Planning
  • Specifications
  • Market Conditions
  • Socio-Economic Factors
  • Technology
  • Federal


3 Day Course

Textbook provided

Requirements of Participants to Receive Certificate of Completion

  • Attendance at the entire course is mandatory. NIGP does not issue partial CEU credits or contact hours.
  • In order to receive credit for the course, participants must pass a final assessment
  • A course evaluation must be completed prior to the completion of the course.
  • Students will receive the Certificate of Completion after completing the final assessment and course evaluation.

NIGP’s complete Continuing Education Units (CEU) Policy Statement

Complete Key

UPPCC Domain Alignment

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NIGP is authorized by IACET to offer CEU Credits for this program. To learn more about IACET and CEU Credits, visit www.iacet.org.  

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

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