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Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy

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.

July 8, 2021 - July 9, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy (Member: Standard) $425.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy (Non-Member: Standard) $525.00
(prices valid until Jul 4, 2021)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mountain Time
Instructor: Ms. Carolyn L. Everett, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
Level: Foundation
Longmont, CO
July 26, 2021 - August 9, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy Online (Member) $425.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy Online (Non-Member) $525.00
Instructor: Ms. Lynda Allair, CPPO, NIGP-CPP, Ms. Barbara R. Johnson, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
September 22, 2021 - September 23, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy (Institute Member: Early) $400.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy (Non-Member: Early) $500.00
(prices valid until Jul 24, 2021)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
Instructor: Mrs. Renee A. Rogers, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., NIGP-CPP
Level: Foundation
Jackson, MS
October 6, 2021 - October 7, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy (Institute Member: Early) $400.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy (Non-Member: Early) $500.00
(prices valid until Aug 7, 2021)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Ms. Stephanie L. Akerley, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
Level: Foundation
Frankfort, KY
November 1, 2021 - November 2, 2021
Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy (Institute Member: Early) $400.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy (Non-Member: Early) $500.00
(prices valid until Sep 2, 2021)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
Instructor: Mrs. Renee A. Rogers, CPPO, CPPB, C.P.M., NIGP-CPP
Level: Foundation
Madison, WI
January 31, 2022 - February 14, 2022
Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy Online (Member) $425.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy Online (Non-Member) $525.00
(prices valid until Jan 31, 2022)
Instructor: Ms. Lynda Allair, CPPO, NIGP-CPP, Ms. Barbara R. Johnson, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
April 18, 2022 - May 2, 2022
Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy Online (Member) $425.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy Online (Non-Member) $525.00
(prices valid until Apr 18, 2022)
Instructor: Ms. Lynda Allair, CPPO, NIGP-CPP, Ms. Barbara R. Johnson, CPPO, CPPB, NIGP-CPP
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led
On-Demand
On Demand: Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy & Policy (Member) $360.00
On Demand: Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy & Policy (Non-Membe) $410.00
Instructor: Online Learning
Level: Foundation

Description

As stewards of the public trust, public procurement professionals are expected to demonstrate strategic value to stakeholders throughout both their governmental entities and the suppliers with whom they work. Providing an overview of the ever-changing profession by identifying concepts, common legal and ethical issues, and the precise role of both the procurement function and the public procurement professional in governmental entities, the Foundations of Public Procurement Strategy and Policy Core Certificate provides learners with a holistic, introductory focus on the profession, using practical examples, discussions, group exercises, and case studies to promote application-ready experiences. As a career orientation or refresher course detailing the basic tenants of the public procurement function, NIGP’s Foundations of Public Procurement Strategy and Policy Core Certificate promotes targeted activities and implementable concepts designed to enhance the mission and strategic value of your entity, empowering learners to become more confident in their role as they perform the procurement function in line with commonplace legal requirements and ethical standards.


Objectives

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

  • Participate effectively in strategic planning activities.
  • Advise internal and external clients on the strategic function of procurement.
  • Identify the differences between Law, Regulation and Policy, and Common Law.
  • Manage risk through proper identification and mitigation.
  • Operate with transparency.
  • Select the relevant procurement legislation, regulation, and laws that apply to the work.
  • Recognize and manage ethical and legal issues.

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
17

On-Demand
10.5

CEUs

Virtual Instructor-Led & In-Person
1.7

On-Demand
1.1

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

Mission & Public Benefit
Enabling Regulations & Compliance
Ethics, Integrity & Transparency
Legislation & Legal Environment

NIGP-CPP Exam Alignment

Area 1: Strategy
Area 2: Policy, Legislation & Program Oversight

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 81% 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 81% 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, 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.