Specialization Certificate: Cloud Procurement

These certificates let you showcase greater depth and expertise in any number of specialty areas of public procurement. You can gain mastery and advance your learning in new and emerging focal areas of procurement or become a recognized thought leader by pushing your learning boundaries to build deep and specialized skills in growing areas of public procurement such as Technology Acquisitions, or Sustainability.

Course Availability:

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December 12, 2023 - December 13, 2023
Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Ms. Stephanie L. Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Advanced Practitioner
Virtual Instructor-Led
April 1, 2024 - April 2, 2024
Specialization Certificate: Cloud Procurement (Member: Early) $356.00
Specialization Certificate: Cloud Procurement (Non-Member: Standard) $545.00
(prices valid until Feb 1, 2024)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Level: Advanced Practitioner
Virtual Instructor-Led
July 11, 2024 - July 12, 2024
Specialization Certificate: Cloud Procurement (Member: Early) $356.00
Specialization Certificate: Cloud Procurement (Non-Member: Standard) $545.00
(prices valid until May 12, 2024)
Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Danny Mays, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPSM, CPSD, CPPB
Level: Advanced Practitioner
Virtual Instructor-Led


The pace of change in the technology arena is so fast that most entities are attempting to outsource the location of their hardware, software, and data by hosting the information in the cloud. This means that procurement professionals must weigh potential cost savings that poses new risks to the entity and understand the unique terms, clauses, and jargon used in these types of solicitations. Further, the procurement professionals must work with internal clients to determine the requirements, risk factors, and data security stored in the cloud. These factors will have an enormous impact on the entity. As a result, the procurement professional must become familiar with the concepts and challenges of the cloud, SaaS, hosting agreements, lines of demarcation, and other evolving cloud technology. Understanding these concepts and challenges is the best way to begin to advise, procure, and negotiate successfully. This class will offer the procurement professional the ability to grasp the concepts and begin to practice some of the skills necessary to navigate the ever-changing world of cloud technology.

Intended Audience

This certificate is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:

  • Advanced-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.
  • Public procurement professionals who are new to cloud procurements or want to become more familiar with cloud procurements.

Anyone who is involved in purchasing cloud solutions should take this course to understand the process and risks to their organization.

A recent Cloud Procurement Specialization student

This class was amazing. I am doing more and more procurements of cloud software or services and I really just barely knew what the cloud was.

A recent Cloud Procurement Specialization student

Delivery Formats Available

Virtual Instructor-Led


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Contact Hours





In-Person & Virtual Instructor-Led - 2 Days



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

Competency Alignments

NIGP’s Specialization Certificates require a strong foundation in the Public Procurement Competency Framework and are designed to be more advanced learnings.

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 Specialization 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.