106 - Introduction to Sole Source Procurement

This web-based, self-paced course can be accessed through the Procurement U Learning Management System (LMS).
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Delivery Method:

Web Based Training (WBT) - Self Paced

Contact Hours:



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: The purpose of this course is to define sole source procurement and examine its use within state procurement. The course provides fundamental information about this method, including when it is appropriate to be used. Strategies for increasing transparency and avoiding unnecessary non- competitive procurements will also be explored through an interactive scenario.

Suggested Audience: This is an introductory course. The target audience includes, but is not necessarily limited to, state buyers (e.g., entry-level and intermediate), contract administrators, finance/accounting managers, risk management supervisors, compliance officers and consultants.

Learning Objectives

  • Define “sole source procurement”
  • Explain the value of competition within State Procurement.
  • Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate use of sole source procurement.
  • Identify best and common practices for sole source and non-competitive procurements nationwide.
  • Identify practices your state uses related to sole source procurements.

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

Contact Hours: This course offers one (1) contact hour for continuing education credit. 

Course Syllabus  

Young and old businessmen

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