On Demand: Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning & Analysis

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  1. On Demand: Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning and Analysis

    Course Format:

    Hosted within NIGP’s learning management system Aspire, On-demand training is for professionals who prefer to develop the skills they need on their time and at their pace. You’re no longer limited to one schedule. With the ability to start, stop and rewind the lessons, even the most time-strapped individual’s needs will be met because the material is always waiting for you—right where you left off. Take comfort in that you’re being taught by subject matter experts who are using proven learning development tools and techniques to deliver an interactive training experience that is cost-effective while providing maximum flexibility.



    For the public procurement professional, the ability to think strategically for both the procurement function and the larger governmental entity as a whole is critical to serving the communities in which we live and work. Designed to outline proactive, applicable approaches to ensuring best practice guidance and implementation, NIGP’s Foundations of Planning and Analysis Core Certificate empowers novice public procurement professionals to better identify and articulate the goals and objectives of public procurement. Outlining and exploring critical skills such as strength and weakness evaluation, opportunities and threat analysis, and stakeholder-end user engagement, the Foundations of Planning and Analysis certificate prepares learners with base-level interactive and exercise-driven instruction, providing best practice guidance to help you not only lead your entity to successful risk-averse strategy but also to secure the best benefit for stakeholders and communities alike.

    Contact Hour and Continuing Education Unit Allocation:

    Successful completion of the certificate awards the learner with the following:
    -7.0 Contact Hours
    -0.7 CEUs

    Target 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.

    The Certificate Holder:

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

    • Analyze the requirements for a project and provide the best solutions for the entity.
    • Determine the components and criteria required to successfully award a contract that meets the needs of the user.
    • Determine how to customize terms and conditions in a contract to meet the entity's needs.
    • Analyze the requirements of various internal stakeholders in order to adopt one set of specifications for commonly procured commodities.
    • Design contracts that satisfy the shared needs of multiple internal stakeholders to promote efficiency of the procurement function.
    • Evaluate cost and price data to determine total cost of ownership to an entity.
    • Compare the price of a commodity against the benefit to be derived by the entity to determine whether the expenditure is justifiable.

    Completion Requirements:

    In order to successfully complete the NIGP Foundations of Planning and Analysis Core Certificate, learners must:
    -Complete and all course modules.
    -Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.
    -Pass the final assessment examination with a score of 70% or higher.

    Post-Course Assessment:

    As outlined above, all students must successfully complete a timed post-course assessment upon completion of the learning experience. Assessments can be taken up to three (3) times to achieve a passing score. If a learner is unsuccessful in achieving a passing score within these attempts, they will be required to take the course again. For the Foundations of Planing and Analysis Core Certificate, students will have 120 minutes to complete all questions in the assessment, with any questions not answered being marked “Incorrect” within Aspire. Once learners receive access, they will have ten (10) calendar days to complete the assessment. Students who do not complete the assessment within this time frame will be required to retake the course.


    Competency Alignment:

    This certificate is designed as an exercise-based learning experience and is tied to NIGP’s Public Procurement Competency Framework. Upon completion of the certificate requirements, learners will have demonstrated the successful foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities in alignment with the following competencies:
    -Requirements Planning & Understanding
    -Cost, Price & Value Analysis

  • Non-Member - On Demand: Core Certificate: Foundations of Planning & Analysis
    $350.00 USD
    Note: Prices may increase as the event nears
  • Fees:   

    $300 Members/ $350 Non-Members

    Methods of Payment Accepted:
    Register online with credit card by clicking the green register button.
    This course is to be accessed by the purchaser only, it is non-transferable.