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Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing & Contracting

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Course Availability:

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November 30, 2020 - December 14, 2020
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Online (Member) $595.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Online (Non-Member) $695.00
Instructor: Ms. Bobbie Tolston, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
January 19, 2021 - January 21, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Member: Standard) $595.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Non-Member: Standard) $695.00
(prices valid until Jan 13, 2021)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
Instructor: Ms. Stacy Gregg, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
Level: Foundation
Des Moines, IA
March 1, 2021 - March 15, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Online (Member) $595.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Online (Non-Member) $695.00
Instructor: Ms. Bobbie Tolston, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
March 17, 2021 - March 19, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Member: Early) $570.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Non-Member: Early) $670.00
(prices valid until Jan 16, 2021)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
Instructor: Ms. Stacy Gregg, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
Level: Foundation
North Charleston, SC
May 10, 2021 - May 12, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Member: Early) $570.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Non-Member: Early) $670.00
(prices valid until Mar 11, 2021)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
Instructor: Mr. Bill D. Davison, CPPO
Level: Foundation
Columbus, OH
June 7, 2021 - June 21, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Online (Member) $595.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Online (Non-Member) $695.00
Instructor: Ms. Bobbie Tolston, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
On-Demand
On Demand: Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Non-Membe) $410.00
On Demand: Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Member) $360.00
Instructor: Online Learning
Level: Foundation

Description

Every day, public procurement professionals across North America are challenged to fulfill the needs of their entity as balanced against the needs, wants, and desires of their stakeholders, ensuring that all procured commodities are acquired in the right manner, based on the correct criteria, and within the appropriate price range. Designed to provide entry-level public procurement professionals with the tools they need to ensure the appropriate goods and services are procured, NIGP’s Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Core Certificate empowers learners with applicable, implementable solutions to some of the procurement function’s most challenging topics. Addressing the actionable solutions to sourcing and contracting methods, specification development, evaluation methods, and negotiations, Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting promotes the tenants and key principles of the public procurement function, empowering learners with NIGP-advocated best practice guidance to become more skilled in their role as they perform the procurement function on a foundational level.


Objectives

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

  • Identify the appropriate source selection method and describe the components required to successfully meet the needs of the end user.
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of contracting for commodities.
  • Assist the end user in developing and preparing effective and open specifications, pricing strategies, and terms and conditions to promote maximum competition in the marketplace.
  • Evaluate offers, make awards and/or negotiate an optimal contract solution.
  • Identify and describe the different types of evaluation methodologies and their associated application.
  • Explain the process of receiving, opening and analyzing offers, methods for award, and award strategies.
  • Identify and select the most responsive offer(s) and responsible supplier(s).
  • Prepare to conduct a negotiation by engaging in market research, determining negotiating strategy and goals, and selecting the negotiating team.
  • Conduct and document negotiations with each selected offeror to determine the proposal that best meets entity needs.

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)

(To schedule, contact events@nigp.org)

 

Contact Hours

22.5

CEUs

2.3

Length

Virtual Instructor-Led - 2 Weeks
In-Person - 3 Days

 

Level

Foundation

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

Competency Alignments

Sourcing & Contracting Methods
Specification Development
Evaluation Methods
Negotiations

NIGP-CPP Exam Alignment

Area 4: Sourcing & Solicitation

Area 5: Contract Administration

UPPCC BOK Alignment

Domains 2, 3 & 4

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.


  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 77% or higher.

3 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 77% or higher.