Pathways

Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning & Analysis

Pathways gives you multiple paths to get recognition for all your learning achievements, with content delivered using a mix of learning methods from in-person, virtual, or on-demand. The Certificates Program is tiered, letting you build stackable credentialing paths to show an increase in breadth and depth of learning as you move up and across tiers.

Course Availability:

View upcoming dates for this course.

January 11, 2021 - January 25, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis Online (Member) $425.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis Online (Non-Member) $525.00
Instructor: Ms. Stacy Lynn Adams, CPPB
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
April 5, 2021 - April 19, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis Online (Member) $425.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis Online (Non-Member) $525.00
Instructor: Ms. Stacy Gregg, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
April 14, 2021 - April 15, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis (Institute Member: Early) $400.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis (Non-Member: Early) $500.00
(prices valid until Feb 13, 2021)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Mrs. Marcheta E. Gillespie, CPPO, CPPB, FNIGP, C.P.M., NIGP-CPP, CPM
Level: Foundation
Columbus, OH
May 3, 2021 - May 4, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis (Institute Member: Early) $400.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis (Non-Member: Early) $500.00
(prices valid until Mar 4, 2021)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Ms. Stacy Lynn Adams, CPPB
Level: Foundation
North Charleston, SC
June 14, 2021 - July 2, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis Online (Member) $425.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis Online (Non-Member) $525.00
Instructor: Ms. Stacy Gregg, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
On-Demand
On Demand: Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning & Analysis (Member) $300.00
On Demand: Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning & Analysis (Non-Member) $350.00
Level: Foundation

Description

For the public procurement professional, the ability to think strategically for both the procurement function and the larger governmental entity as a whole is critical to serving the communities in which we live and work. Designed to outline proactive, applicable approaches to ensuring best practice guidance and implementation, NIGP’s Foundations of Planning and Analysis Core Certificate empowers novice public procurement professionals to better identify and articulate the goals and objectives of public procurement. Outlining and exploring critical skills such as strength and weakness evaluation, opportunities and threat analysis, and stakeholder-end user engagement, the Foundations of Planning and Analysis certificate prepares learners with base-level interactive and exercise-driven instruction, providing best practice guidance to help you not only lead your entity to successful risk-averse strategy but also to secure the best benefit for stakeholders and communities alike.


Objectives

Upon successful completion of the certificate, the certificate holder will be able 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.
  • Analyze the requirements of various internal stakeholders in order to adopt one set of specifications for commonly procured commodities.
  • Design contracts that satisfy the shared needs of multiple internal stakeholders to promote efficiency of the procurement function.
  • Evaluate cost and price data to determine total cost of ownership to an entity.
  • Compare the price of a commodity against the benefit to be derived by the entity to determine whether the expenditure is justifiable.

Intended Audience

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

  • Entry-level 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.

Pre-Work

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.

Delivery Formats Available

Virtual Instructor-Led

In-Person (CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED VIRTUALLY)

On-Demand

Contact Hours

Virtual Instructor-Led & In-Person
15

On-Demand
7

CEUs

Virtual Instructor-Led & In-Person
1.5

On-Demand
0.7

Length

Virtual Instructor-Led - 2 Weeks


In-Person (CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED VIRTUALLY) 
2 Days


On-Demand - On Your Own Time

Level

Foundation

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

Competency Alignments

Requirements Planning and Understanding
Standardization
Cost, Price, and Value Analysis

NIGP-CPP Exam Alignment

Area 3: Planning & Analysis

UPPCC BOK Alignment

Domains 1 & 6

GET A DESIGNATION

Take these 3 Core Certificates to receive a

Public Procurement Associate Designation

1
Foundations of Strategy & Policy
2
Foundations of Planning & Analysis
3
Foundations of Sourcing & Contracting
1
Foundations of Strategy & Policy
2
Foundations of Planning & Analysis
3
Foundations of Sourcing & Contracting

Available in these learning formats...

 Virtual Instructor-Led

This format combines the best of in-person learning by offering live participation with instructors and peers.


  On-Demand

This format offers 100% self-paced sessions that are accessible 24/7. Best of all, Pathways content comes with lifetime access and no pre-set due dates. So take as little or as long as you need to complete your work.


  In-Person (CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED VIRTUALLY)

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

2 Week Course

  • Digitally-based learning experience housed in Aspire, NIGP’s learning management system.
  • Please Note: As part of this two-week period, learners are required to participate in one, two-hour OLLE per week of course instructional time.

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., including collaboration via Aspire-based discussion boards and submission of assignments.
  • Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.
  • Participate in one, two-hour OLLE per week of course instructional time (two OLLEs total).
  • Complete the final assessment examination with a score of 82% or higher.

Learn on your schedule

On-demand training is for professionals who prefer to develop the skills they need on their time and at their pace. Learners can start, stop and rewind the lessons at your convenience.

Completion Requirements

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

  • Complete all course modules.
  • Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.
  • Pass the final assessment examination with a score of 82% or higher.

Please Note: This On-Demand certificate is an abbreviated learning experience that emphasizes individual learning. As such, the contact hours have been adjusted based on average user experience. In addition, pre-work is not a requirement as these materials have been built into the self-paced learning experience.

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 81% or higher.