Core Certificate: Foundations of Strategy and Policy
Hosted within NIGP’s learning management system Aspire, this instructor-led virtual course promotes peer-to-peer interaction with a cohort over a two-week schedule. Learners will explore course concepts and actions through required assignments and exercises, collaborating with peer learners through discussion forums to promote a collaborative, distance-based learning environment. Course components include discussion forums, video lectures from industry experts, downloadable job aids and resources, and two mandatory live-class sessions led by an NIGP-certified instructor through Zoom.
Online Live Learning Event Schedule (OLLE)
OLLE attendance is mandatory and is required for successfully course completion. OLLE meeting link and login information will be distributed via email at the start of the course.
OLLE schedule is as follows:
-Thursday, May 14th - 2-4PM EST
-Wednesday, May 21st - 2-4PM EST
As stewards of the public trust, public procurement professionals are expected to demonstrate strategic value to stakeholders throughout both their governmental entities and the suppliers with whom they work. Providing an overview of the ever-changing profession by identifying concepts, common legal and ethical issues, and the precise role of both the procurement function and the public procurement professional in governmental entities, the Foundations of Strategy and Policy Core Certificate provides learners with a holistic, introductory focus on the profession, using practical examples, discussions, group exercises, and case studies to promote application-ready experiences. As a career orientation or refresher course detailing the basic tenants of the public procurement function, NIGP’s Foundations of Strategy and Policy Core Certificate promotes targeted activities and implementable concepts designed to enhance the mission and strategic value of your entity, empowering learners to become more confident in their role as they perform the procurement function in line with commonplace legal requirements and ethical standards.
Contact Hour and Continuing Education Unit Allocation
Successful completion of the certificate awards the learner with the following:
-17 Contact Hours
This certificate is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:
-Entry-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.
-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:
-Participate effectively in strategic planning activities.
-Advise internal and external clients on the strategic function of procurement.
-Identify the differences between Law, Regulation and Policy, and Common Law.
-Manage risk through proper identification and mitigation.
-Operate with transparency.
-Select the relevant procurement legislation, regulation, and laws that apply to the work.
-Recognize and manage ethical and legal issues.
In order to successfully complete the NIGP Foundations of Strategy and Policy Core 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., including collaboration via Aspire-based discussion boards.
-Participate in one, two-hour OLLE per week of course instructional time (two OLLEs total).
-Complete and submit all course assignments within the allotted time.
-Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.
-Pass the final assessment examination with a score of 81% or higher.
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 Strategy and Policy Core Certificate, students will have 90 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.
Prior to entering the classroom environment, students will be enrolled in the following self-paced courses to learn and practice necessary concepts.
-Mission & Public Benefit Pre-Work
-Legislation & Legal Environment Pre-Work
-Enabling Regulations Pre-Work
-Ethics and Professionalism Pre-Work
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:
-Mission, Public, Benefit, Advocacy, Impact, and Placement
-Enabling Regulations & Compliance
-Ethics, Integrity, Transparency
-Legislation & Legal Environment
UPPCC Body of Knowledge Alignment
NIGP’s Foundations of Strategy and Policy Core Certificate aligns to the following category under the UPPCC’s Body of Knowledge:
-Domain VI: Strategic Procurement Planning
-Two-week, 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.