Pathways

Specialization Certificate: Technology 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:

View upcoming dates for this course.

June 21, 2022 - June 23, 2022
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement (Member: Standard) $595.00
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement (Non-Member: Standard) $695.00
(prices valid until Jun 15, 2022)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Ms. Kristy D Varda, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Advanced Practitioner
Virtual Instructor-Led
July 18, 2022 - August 1, 2022
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement Online (Member) $595.00
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement Online (Non-Member) $695.00
(prices valid until Jul 15, 2022)
Instructor: Ms. Kristy D Varda, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Advanced Practitioner
August 10, 2022 - August 12, 2022
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement (Member: Early) $570.00
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement (Non-Member: Early) $670.00
(prices valid until Jun 11, 2022)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Mountain Time
Instructor: Mrs. Rashpal U.
Level: Advanced Practitioner
Virtual Instructor-Led
October 12, 2022 - October 14, 2022
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement (Member: Standard) $595.00
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement (Non-Member: Standard) $695.00
(prices valid until Oct 6, 2022)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Ms. Stephanie L. Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Advanced Practitioner
Virtual Instructor-Led
October 17, 2022 - October 19, 2022
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement (Member: Early) $570.00
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement (Non-Member: Early) $670.00
(prices valid until Aug 19, 2022)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Mr. Nathan David Dawson
Level: Advanced Practitioner
Virtual Instructor-Led
October 18, 2022 - October 20, 2022
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement (Member: Early) $570.00
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement (Non-Member: Early) $670.00
(prices valid until Aug 19, 2022)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Mrs. Rashpal U.
Level: Advanced Practitioner
Virtual Instructor-Led
October 19, 2022 - October 21, 2022
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement (Member: Early) $570.00
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement (Non-Member: Early) $670.00
(prices valid until Aug 20, 2022)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Instructor: Ms. Kristy D Varda, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Advanced Practitioner
Virtual Instructor-Led
November 2, 2022 - November 4, 2022
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement (Member: Early) $570.00
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement (Non-Member: Early) $670.00
(prices valid until Sep 3, 2022)
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Instructor: Ms. Kristy D Varda, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Advanced Practitioner
Virtual Instructor-Led
January 23, 2023 - February 6, 2023
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement Online (Member) $595.00
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement Online (Non-Member) $695.00
(prices valid until Jan 22, 2023)
Instructor: Ms. Stephanie L. Akerley, NIGP-CPP, CPPO, CPPB
Level: Advanced Practitioner

Description

Increasingly, governmental entities are embracing technology and IT infrastructure solutions in their desire to interact more strategically and beneficially with the communities they support. As a result, procurement professionals are expected to procure and negotiate contracts and agreements with more complex terms and conditions. Performing these tasks, however, requires the procurement professional to evaluate a multitude of topic-specific factors that affect stakeholders and the governmental entity alike. Promoting an overview of technology procurements, NIGP’s Foundations of Technology Procurement Specialty Certificate provides learners with an introduction to terminology, research practices and opinions, solicitation methods, strategies for risk identification, and common mistakes procurement professionals encounter when negotiating and managing awarded IT contracts. This Specialty Certificate introduces and promotes IT best practices by identifying concepts, common risks and issues, and the precise role of the procurement function and public procurement professional in governmental entities, empowering procurement professional to achieve a legal, flexible, and fair agreements or contracts with confidence.


Objectives

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

  • Determine the appropriate procurement method for IT products, services, and/or solutions.
  • Develop the solicitation document associated with IT products, services, and/or solutions.
  • Identify proposal risk and evaluation methods for IT procurement.
  • Develop an IT demo process.
  • Develop final IT contract documents.
  • Prepare for post-award activities unique to IT.

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.

Pre-Work

Prior to entering the classroom environment, students will be enrolled in the following self-paced courses to learn and practice necessary concepts.

  • Technology Fundamentals for Public Procurement
  • Negotiating Technology Agreements

Delivery Formats Available

Virtual Instructor-Led

In-Person

Blended (On-Demand + Virtual Instructor-Led)

(To schedule, contact events@nigp.org)

Contact Hours

27.5

CEUs

2.8

Length

Virtual Instructor-Led - 3 Days

Blended (On-Demand + Virtual Instructor-Led) - 2 Weeks

In-Person - 3 Days

Level

Advanced

Designed for public procurement professionals who have at least 5 years of experience in the profession.

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

For those that want an experience similar to the in-person classroom, but without the travel. Similar to NIGP’s In-Person courses, a set learning schedule is provided - anywhere from a ½ day to 3-days. Participants engage in a live class with the instructor and peers using Zoom and cameras to provide a very personal and interactive learning environment.


  On-Demand

For those that want to learn entirely on their own. These courses are 100% self-paced and 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. Some non-Pathway courses have a 90-day expiration.


  In-Person

For those individuals who want an immersive and interactive experience that takes place at an onsite location with an instructor and peers. These courses follow a set learning schedule - anywhere from a ½ day to 3-days.  


 +  Blended (On-Demand + Virtual Instructor-Led)

This format offers flexibility for those with busy work schedules, but still want access to instructors and peer interaction. These courses follow a set learning schedule (usually 2-4 weeks) where content is primarily taken On Demand. To provide for live instructor and peer interactions, participants are required to attend several short Online Live Learning Events (OLLE). The course may also make use of online discussion forums and assignments to further the learning experience.

3 Days

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.
  • Complete the final assessment examination with a score of 73% or higher.

2 Weeks

  • 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 Specialization Certificate, learners must:

  • Complete any pre-work materials provided prior to the course start date.
  • Attend and participate in the entirety of the Online Live Learning Events (OLLE). Participation is one, two-hour OLLE per week of course instructional time (two OLLLEs total).
  • Review all on-demand content.
  • Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.
  • Complete the final assessment examination with a score of 73% or higher.