Current Procurement U Course Offerings

Procurement 101: Foundations of Public Procurement

Procurement 101: Foundations of Public Procurement

Course Description:
This course describes some of the foundational knowledge needed to be successful in public procurement, and is divided into two modules. The first module, "Foundations of Public Procurement", discusses the core elements of the profession. This includes defining procurement, its value, and role within government. Furthermore, this module will explore the influence of statutes, regulation, policies and the overall structure of the procurement office. Finally, you will learn about the importance of ethical standards within procurement.

The second module, "The Procurement Process", discusses the various steps of the procurement process. Due to the introductory nature of this course, the content is not meant to be comprehensive, nor is it intended to provide instruction on the policies or procedures of one particular state or entity. Rather, the course focuses on the general procurement process and discusses various best practices throughout.

This course is a web-based training that is self-paced. Given the length, you are encouraged to take the course in small segments that meet the needs of your schedule. You determine, when, where, and at what speed you complete this course.

Suggested Audience:
Any public sector professional new to procurement or seeking to gain a basic understanding of the procurement process.

Contact Hours: 
This course offers 5 contact hours for continuing education credit.

Regularly priced at $100 for NASPO members and all state government employees; and $175 for all other learners.

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