Core Certificate: Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting
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 (OLLE)
OLLE attendance is mandatory and is required for successful course completion. The OLLE meeting link and login information is distributed via email at the start of the course.
The OLLE schedule is as follows:
Every day, public procurement professionals across North America are challenged to fulfill the needs of their entity as balanced against the needs, wants, and desires of their stakeholders, ensuring that all procured commodities are acquired in the right manner, based on the correct criteria, and within the appropriate price range. Designed to provide entry-level public procurement professionals with the tools they need to ensure the appropriate goods and services are procured, NIGP’s Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Core Certificate empowers learners with applicable, implementable solutions to some of the procurement function’s most challenging topics. Addressing the actionable solutions to sourcing and contracting methods, specification development, evaluation methods, and negotiations, Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting promotes the tenants and key principles of the public procurement function, empowering learners with NIGP-advocated best practice guidance to become more skilled in their role as they perform the procurement function on a foundational level.
Contact Hour and Continuing Education Unit Allocation
Successful completion of the certificate awards the learner with the following:
-22.5 Contact Hours
Please Note: Should NIGP determine that pre-work is necessary for the successful engagement of this course, the above Contact Hours and CEUs will be adjusted.
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:
-Identify the appropriate source selection method and describe the components required to successfully meet the needs of the end user.
-Identify advantages and disadvantages of contracting for commodities.
-Assist the end user in developing and preparing effective and open specifications, pricing strategies, and terms and conditions to promote maximum competition in the marketplace.
-Evaluate offers, make awards and/or negotiate an optimal contract solution.
-Identify and describe the different types of evaluation methodologies and their associated application.
-Explain the process of receiving, opening and analyzing offers, methods for award, and award strategies.
-Identify and select the most responsive offer(s) and responsible supplier(s).
-Prepare to conduct a negotiation by engaging in market research, determining negotiating strategy and goals, and selecting the negotiating team.
-Conduct and document negotiations with each selected offeror to determine the proposal that best meets entity needs.
In order to successfully complete the NIGP Foundations of Public Procurement 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.
-Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.
-Complete the final assessment examination with a 77% 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. 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.
-NIGP has not currently identified if pre-work is necessary for this core certificate. Should pre-work be identified, learners will receive the materials two weeks prior to the physical start date. Contact hours will be adjusted to include 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:
-Sourcing & Contracting Methods
UPPCC Body of Knowledge Alignment
NIGP’s Foundations of Sourcing and Contracting Core Certificate aligns to the following categories under the UPPCC’s Body of Knowledge:
-Domain II: Sourcing
-Domain III: Negotiation Process
-Domain IV: Contract Administration
-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.