Core Certificate: Foundations of Leadership

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January 25, 2021 - January 26, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Leadership Online (Member) $425.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Leadership Online (Non-Member) $525.00
(prices valid until Jan 19, 2021)
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, CPPO
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
May 17, 2021 - May 18, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Leadership (Member) $425.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Leadership (Non-Member) $525.00
(prices valid until May 11, 2021)
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, CPPO
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
September 20, 2021 - September 21, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Leadership (Institute Member: Early) $400.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Leadership (Non-Member: Early) $500.00
(prices valid until Sep 14, 2021)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Ms. Lourdes ( Maria de Lourdes) Coss, CPPO
Level: Foundation
Columbus, OH


As stewards of the public trust, public procurement professionals must cultivate leadership skills not only to lead others through complex processes but also to become an active contributor to the achievement of their entities as a whole. Building upon the comprehensive belief that leadership at all levels is critical for success in the procurement function, NIGP’s Foundations of Leadership Core Certificate empowers practitioners to take their careers to the next level, integrating hallmark concepts on leadership, innovation, agility, communication, and relationship management to empower novice leaders with the skillsets they need to succeed. Through integrated course methodologies, learners will engage in targeted case studies, exercise-driven scenarios, and concept-driven mentorship in order to gain a foundation understanding of leadership and the practices you need to excel in the field. Throughout this interactive and engaging course, learners will develop the skills they need to become great leaders not only in the procurement function but in the entirety of their governmental entity.


Upon successful completion of the certificate, the certificate holder will be able to:

  • Define leadership and explain its role in driving change, innovation, and agility.
  • Identify the factors a leader or manager can employ to promote change.
  • Identify strategic change and mastering a changing environment.
  • Identify the factors in interpersonal communication.
  • Recognize the role of the audience in effective communication and the importance of understanding an audience's needs.
  • Identify the different communication methods and strategies and explain under which circumstances specific methods and strategies are more likely to be successful.
  • Identify the application of specific organizational theories to workplace situations.
  • Assess opportunities to improve performance of the procurement organization based on identified challenges and conflicts.
  • Analyze context with an enhance understanding based on positions, issues, or problems related to the procurement function or issue.

Intended Audience

This certificate is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:

  • 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.
  • 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. 

Effective leadership is a vital training component of good public governance.


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Designed for public procurement professionals who are new to the profession or have 1-5 of experience.

Competency Alignments

Driving Change, Innovation, Agility
Communication Strategies
Problem Solving & Critical Thinking

NIGP-CPP Exam Alignment

Area 6: Leadership

Available in these learning formats...


Instructor led discussion style classroom setting for those who prefer focused learning with maximum in-person interactions with instructors and peers.

2 Day Course

Includes pre-class assignments at least one week in advance of the course and post-class follow up within one week.


Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete the Core Certificate, learners must:

  • Complete any pre-work materials provided prior to the course start date.
  • Attend and participate in the entirety of the instructional event.
  • Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.
  • Complete the final assessment examination with a score of 70% or higher.