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NIGP-CPP Module B Exam Prep

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January 24, 2022 - February 7, 2022
NIGP-CPP Module B Prep (Standard) $195.00
(prices valid until Jan 17, 2022)
Instructor: Ms. Joy M. Kerkhoff, CPPO
Level: Advanced
Virtual Instructor-Led
April 18, 2022 - May 2, 2022
NIGP-CPP Module B Prep (Standard) $195.00
(prices valid until Apr 18, 2022)
Instructor: Ms. Christina D. Lochbaum, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Advanced
Virtual Instructor-Led
On-Demand
On Demand: NIGP-CPP Module B Prep $199.00
Instructor: Online Learning
Level: Advanced

Description

The NIGP-CPP certification is a must-have for anyone in public sector procurement. The NIGP-CPP certification is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate public procurement professionals who demonstrate the competencies essential to succeed in the public sector. Promoting learner engagement by focusing on competencies associated with Strategy, Transformation & Vision, Social Responsibility, and Business Principles and Leadership—the NIGP-CPP Module B Prep course empowers students to assess their own strengths and weaknesses as they relate to the NIGP Public Procurement Competency Framework. Included within this course enrollment are several items designed to help you prepare for the NIGP-CPP Certification exam, including:

  • NIGP-CPP Module B Prep Guide
  • Student Workbook (Includes Course Notes, Job Aids, Practical Application Exercises, etc.)
  • Practice Questions

Candidates of this course should enroll a minimum of six months prior to the selected test date in order to provide sufficient time for independent reflection and additional study. Please note that participation in this course does not guarantee success on the examination.

The NIGP-CPP Module B Prep Course covers the following competency statements:

  • Choose and implement strategic improvements for the procurement function.
  • Identify, evaluate, and implement social and environmentally sustainable procurement policies and other procurement priorities.
  • Advise the entity on how to resolve procurement-related issues.
  • Manage stakeholder expectations by communicating requirements, responsibilities, and outcomes.
  • Create, lead, and provide holistic procurement program oversight.
  • Identify opportunities for strategic contracting initiatives.
  • Manage the issues distinct to international business.
  • Ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of asset management, warehousing, and logistics programs.
  • Recommend options to dispose of assets to maximize residual value.
  • Create policies and procedures to support an ethical workplace.
  • Create a culture and system to foster continuous improvement.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for procurement professionals.
  • Provide educational opportunities related to procurement best practices to non-procurement professionals.
  • Engage stakeholders in development of entity key performance indicators to achieve change implementation.
  • Communicate programs, policies, and procedures in support of entity’s continuous advancement.
  • Develop criteria for evaluation of internal and external relationships and Procurement’s performance.
  • Align procurement change with entity goals.
  • Identify and address challenges and conflicts.
  • Establish a continuous improvement plan.
  • Identify how changes in global, national, and regional economies will affect operations.
  • Develop and manage a thriving and resilient workplace.
  • Obtain and manage budgetary resources to further Procurement’s goals.
  • Develop and implement a communications plan to enhance the image of the procurement function.

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Delivery Formats Available

Virtual Instructor-Led

On-Demand

Contact Hours

Virtual Instructor-Led - 15

On-Demand - 7.5

CEUs

Virtual Instructor-Led - 1.5

On-Demand - 0.8

Length

Virtual Instructor-Led - 2 Weeks

On-Demand - On your own time

Level

Advanced

Designed for public procurement professionals who have at least five years’ experience.

UPPCC BOK Alignment

Domains: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6

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Intended Audience

The NIGP-CPP Module B Prep Course is targeted to individuals who are preparing to sit for the NIGP-CPP Module Exam and meet or exceed the following professional demographics:

  • Current holders of the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) or Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) designation, or holders of recently lapsed certifications 
  • Professionals who have a Graduate degree related to public administration, public policy, supply chain, procurement, or economics; a bachelor’s degree related to any discipline; an associate’s degree related to any discipline; or a high-school diploma/GED.
  • Professionals who have a minimum of two years’ professional experience ranging to eight years’ professional experience supporting the public procurement sector, scaling based upon the highest level of academic achievement.

Competency Alignments

This course is designed as an exercise-based learning experience and is tied to NIGP’s Public Procurement Competency Framework. Upon completion of the course requirements, learners will have demonstrated the successful foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities in alignment with the NIGP Public Procurement Competency Framework.

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.

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 prep course, 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).

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.

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.

The NIGP-CPP Prep Course focuses on the following key areas:

  • Focus Area 1: Strategy — For the public procurement function to serve as a valuable, contributing asset to the entity, it must think, plan, and act strategically, aligning entity mission and public benefit alongside social responsibility.  As an extension of the procurement function, the public procurement professional must actively serve to the public benefit, helping create the entity’s strategic vison to assist the public as a whole.
     
  • Focus Area 2: Policy & Legislation — As stewards of the public trust, procurement professionals are held to a higher standard of ethics than are most public employees, acting with confidence to wisely expend the taxpayer dollars.  It is vital they not only understand and follow applicable laws but also that they act in accordance with the intent of laws created to guard against favoritism, unfairness, and unnecessary spending, meeting the needs of their entity without bowing to either internal or external political pressures. Knowledge of the political environment and entity management are necessary tools in order to do so.
     
  • Focus Area 3: Planning & Analysis — The direction of public sector organizations has generated increased demand for strategic procurement planning and participation by procurement professionals in the implementation of many projects—particularly out-sourcing, privatization, and public-private partnerships.  Risk is a critical consideration in the contracting and procurement process, and a thoughtful and proactive approach toward risk, as it relates to specific procurement actions, contributes to the success of contract performance.
     
  • Focus Area 4: Sourcing & Solicitation — In addition to knowing the approved methods of procurement, the procurement professional must know the appropriate situations to use each in order to achieve the best value for the entity while meeting the needs of the end user. To do this, procurement professionals must understand how to deal effectively with individual clients across a variety of situations while ensuring the contractor’s financial strength, ethics, past performance, etc. are duly considered prior to award.  Furthermore, procurement professionals must establish positive, pro-active relationships with end users and suppliers (both domestic and international) in both positive and negative situations.
  • Focus Area 5: Contract Administration — Public procurement professionals must be prepared to demonstrate good contract writing and management skills when pursuing procurement engagement and supporting uninterrupted public service delivery of commodities for their entity.  For the procurement professional, this includes all aspects from the time the need is recognized until the commodity is used or disposed of, including but not limited to receipt, inspection, logistics, inventory management, and contract/supplier management.
     
  • Focus Area 6: Leadership — Public procurement professionals must be prepared to demonstrate good leadership skills when faced with everyday challenges, striving to ensure that both employees and leaders have the necessary agility, innovation, and drive to proactively transform their procurement cultures in strategic, practical ways. In addition, the procurement professional must master communication strategies, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and relationship management skills, learning to operate as forward-thinking stakeholders in their entity to ensure continuous, proactive solutions that align with their entity’s strategic objectives.  As the practitioners leave the profession or age and retire, public procurement professionals must ensure that talent recruitment and development, along with long-term succession planning, play a critical role in their public service, working collaboratively to establish and oversee expectations for career progression, retention, and life-long learning for the procurement function.
     
  • Focus Area 7: Business Principles — In our ever-changing and increasingly complex world, the ability for procurement professionals to perform their professional responsibilities alongside common business principles and operations is critical to the success of an entity’s procurement function. It is no longer feasible for the procurement professional to merely be concerned with the purchasing process. Instead, they must understand, apply, and master the use of business, financial, technology, and project management soft skills to serve as an effective and contributing member of an entity’s management team, thereby ensuring project and program success while efficiently and ethically serving as stewards of the public trust.