101 - Foundations of Public Procurement

This web-based, self-paced course can be accessed through the Procurement U Learning Management System (LMS).
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Web Based Training (WBT) - Self Paced

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FREE (funded by NASPO at no cost to you)

This course is funded by NASPO to be FREE for everyone.

Type: self-paced, online

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.

Course Technology Requirements:

  • Internet connection
  • Support web browsers:
    • Recommended: Chrome, Firefox, Safari (latest versions)
    • Avoid: Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge
    • If prompted, accept all cookies and allow popups
  • Access to Procurement U LMS
  • Ability to play and listen to audio through computer speakers or headphones

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. 

CEUs: .5

Course Syllabus 

Young and old businessmen

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