Core Certificate: Foundations of Warehousing and Inventory Management | NIGP

Core Certificate: Foundations of Warehousing and Inventory Management

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August 22, 2024 - August 23, 2024
Core Certificate: Foundations of Warehousing and Inventory Management (Member: Early) $356.00
Core Certificate: Foundations of Warehousing and Inventory Management (Non-Member: Standard) $545.00
(prices valid until Jun 23, 2024)
Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Ms. Carolyn L. Everett, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Foundation
Virtual Instructor-Led


Oftentimes over looked in favor of the more traditional responsibilities, the warehousing and inventory management apparatus of the public procurement function is a critical standard through which procurement professionals provide value to their larger governmental entities. Empowering learners with the foundation to ensure goods and materials are handled efficiently, effectively, and safely, NIGP’s Foundations of Warehousing and Inventory Management Core Certificate provides learners with the actions they need to succeed when providing support to their entity’s warehousing functions. Addressing working with internal and external stakeholders, asset control, waste reduction, storage utility, and maximum return on investment, Foundations of Warehousing and Inventory Management empowers public procurement professionals with actionable opportunities and best-practice guidance, promoting effective warehousing functionality to the logistic and economic benefit of all stakeholders.


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

  • Analyze the requirements for a procurement and determine which transportation and logistics processes provide the best solutions for the entity.
  • Increase service to internal customers to provide faster warehousing turnaround.
  • Define freight and logistics terms and conditions with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Identify warehousing and logistics issues or concerns, to include the storage, movement, and delivery of commodities throughout the life of their usage in order to best meet entity needs.
  • Track the precise location and distribution points of goods and assets at any point in the process.
  • Discuss various techniques for safely and effectively managing inventories and optimizing inventory supply services to stakeholders.
  • Develop processes and procedures to ensure safe, efficient, and ethically-aligned disposal of surplus, excess, or obsolete commodities.
  • Decrease on-site physical injury through effective safety protocol.
  • Reduce waste and risk of security breaches through effective commodity evaluation and disposal methodology.

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. 


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


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Contact Hours





In-Person and Virtual Instructor-Led
 2 Days



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

Competency Alignments

Logistics and Transportation
Asset and Inventory Management
Surplus, Disposal, and Closeout

NIGP-CPP Exam Alignment

Area 5: Contract Administration

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.


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 80% or higher.