NASPO’s Procurement U is a multi-faceted education platform provided to members of the National Association of State Procurement Officials and other state government procurement professionals.
Procurement U provides professional development opportunities, training, resources, publications and more that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of state procurement officials and staff.
What kind of learning opportunities does Procurement U offer?
For the most up-to-date listing, please log on to Procurement U LMS and browse the course catalog. If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to teach an online course in the future please contact [email protected].
The Procurement U Learning Management System (LMS) is your gateway to registration, access to Procurement U resources and study groups.
You will be prompted to change your password as soon as you log in. If you are not a NASPO member and would like access, or if you have any difficulties with log in, please contact [email protected].
NASPO’s Procurement U courses are designed to provide instruction to learners at all levels of state government procurement, although other public procurement professionals (including federal, city and county government employees) may also benefit from courses. Procurement U courses are not intended for those employed in the private sector.
NASPO has established Procurement U course fees at an affordable level to benefit the widest circle of potential learners. Fees will be evaluated on a regular basis and are subject to change. Discounted rates are available to NASPO members (state, associate, life and honorary) and all other state government employees, including employees of public, nonprofit universities. All other learners (including federal, county, and city government employees) will pay the standard course rate. Please note, Procurement U currently does not offer group rates.
NASPO is dedicated to providing resources for members interested in becoming UPPCC certified, and Procurement U is a source for certification preparation needs. Our courses and materials are carefully aligned with the UPPC Body of Knowledge. Procurement U certification resources include exam preparation documents, information on the process, a list of academic universities that provide procurement courses and an alignment of the UPPCC Body of Knowledge to the NASPO State and Local Government Practical Guide. Please go here to learn more.
Some materials you may find most helpful include:
Procurement U has offerings and resources to meet the different needs of various procurement officials:
Price of courses and publications will vary by offering and will be listed in the enrollment section of the course catalog. States may use their NASPO professional development funds to cover the cost of participation. The use of Professional Development Funds are at the discretion of the NASPO Primary member (state chief procurement officer or his/her designee), in accordance with the guidelines. To access Professional Development Funds for Procurement U offerings, your state has a unique code that can be entered during registration to directly pay from the state’s professional development fund account. This state specific code was emailed to your CPO and it is at his/her discretion to distribute to individuals with approval to use Professional Development Funds for Procurement U offerings.
Procurement U is the only procurement educational platform designed specifically to address the unique professional development needs of STATE procurement officials. Because of this focus, the value of education provided by Procurement U to NASPO members is unparalleled.
What is the current course schedule?
Click here to see a list of Procurement U current course offerings.
Introductory courses cover fundamental building blocks of a particular subject related to procurement. Course content difficulty level is basic to intermediate for participants at the beginning stages of their careers in state procurement. Suggested audience: Procurement Assistants (administrative support, warehouse inventory manager, warehouse inventory support staff) and buyers (entry-level buyers, intermediate buyers).
Intermediate courses are intended to enhance knowledge and skills in a particular subject to provide a strong and extensive foundation in public procurement. Course content difficulty level is intermediate to advanced, for participants with a sound knowledge base and a few years of procurement experience. Suggested audience: Buyers (intermediate buyers, entry-level buyers) and Procurement Analyst (contract administrators, finance/accounting managers, risk management supervisors, compliance officers, consultants, legal/admin counsels).
Advanced courses are intended to sharpen skill sets and enhance the effectiveness of leaders and managers. Course content difficulty level is advanced and is designed for professionals, instructors, specialists and/or leaders and managers with many years of experience. Suggested audience: Procurement Analysts (contract administrators, finance/accounting managers, risk management supervisors, compliance officers, consultants, legal/admin counsels) and Contract Officer/Senior Buyers.
These courses generally focus on the development of new and creative approaches that extend or redefine existing knowledge or professional practice. Suggested audience: Contract Officers/Senior Buyers, Procurement Managers (assistant directors, program managers, program supervisors), Chief Procurement Officer (director-level executive managers of procurement).
Please email [email protected] with any questions.