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Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting

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:

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November 1, 2021 - November 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, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
November 16, 2021 - November 18, 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 Nov 11, 2021)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Mr. John Lee Robinson, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, CPPB, C.P.M.
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
May 9, 2022 - May 11, 2022
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 10, 2022)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Mr. Kirk W. Buffington, CPPO, C.P.M., CPFIM, MBA
Level: Foundation
Columbus, OH
May 9, 2022 - May 11, 2022
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, 2022)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
Instructor: Ms. Stacy Gregg, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
May 16, 2022 - May 30, 2022
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Online (Member) $595.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Online (Non-Member) $695.00
(prices valid until May 16, 2022)
Instructor: Ms. Bobbie Tolston, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
On-Demand
On Demand: Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Member) $360.00
On Demand: Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting (Non-Membe) $410.00
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

On-Demand

Contact Hours

Virtual Instructor-Led & In-Person
22.5

On-Demand
11.5

CEUs

Virtual Instructor-Led & In-Person
2.3

On-Demand
1.15

Length

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

Sourcing & Contracting Methods
Specification Development
Evaluation Methods
Negotiations

NIGP-CPP Exam Alignment

Area 4: Sourcing & Solicitation

Area 5: Contract Administration

UPPCC BoK-C

Domain 3

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

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

2 Weeks

  • 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.

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 77% 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.

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.