A critical role the procurement practitioner serves is educating the entity and supplier industry on the role of public procurement. Practitioners must be strategic in thinking, and executing, and be able to successfully communicate with internal and external stakeholders to maximize the positive impact of the procurement function.
In order to successfully earn a digital badge, learners must:
- Describe the roles, organizational placement, values, and functions of the procurement office as they relate to public entities as a whole.
- Demonstrate how public procurement adds strategic value to the delivery of public services.
- Identify why a public procurement professional’s performance expectation relates to the overall organizational strategic plan.
- Use problem solving, critical thinking, and learning skills in an individual and procurement team context.
Designed to promote applicable experiences for practitioners working in the public sector, NIGP’s Pathways competency courses empower learners with the ready-to-implement actions they need to succeed in public procurement. This introductory course is designed for:
- 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.