Foundations of Warehousing & Inventory Management

Core Certificate: Foundations of Warehousing & Inventory Management



  • CONTACT HOURS/CEUs

    Contact Hours

    15

    CEUs

    1.5



    AVAILABLE FORMATS

    In-Person
    Virtual Instructor-Led



    LENGTH

    In-Person & Virtual Instructor-Led

    2 Day



    COMPETENCIES

    Requirements Planning and Understanding
    Logistics and Transportation
    Asset and Inventory Management
    Surplus, Disposal, and Closeout



    UPPCC BOK

    Domain 5



    NIGP-CPP EXAM

    Area 5: Contract Administration

Target Audience

For individuals who meet or exceed the following:

  • 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.

Course Format

In this instructor-led environment, learners interact with a cohort of their peers over a set period. The course experience is built around experiential learning, or “learning by doing,” empowering learners through practical application of real-life tasks while tapping into the experience of both peers and an NIGP-certified facilitator. As part of course registration, students receive a workbook including job aids, practical application exercises, and case studies designed to promote critical thinking and immediate, post-course application of lessons.

Description

Oftentimes over looked in favor of the more traditional responsibilities, the warehousing and inventory management apparatus of the public procurement function is a critical standard through which procurement professionals provide value to their larger governmental entities. Empowering learners with the foundation to ensure goods and materials are handled efficiently, effectively, and safely, NIGP’s Foundations of Warehousing and Inventory Management Core Certificate provides learners with the actions they need to succeed when providing support to their entity’s warehousing functions. Addressing working with internal and external stakeholders, asset control, waste reduction, storage utility, and maximum return on investment, Foundations of Warehousing and Inventory Management empowers public procurement professionals with actionable opportunities and best-practice guidance, promoting effective warehousing functionality to the logistic and economic benefit of all stakeholders.

Pre-Work Requirements

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.

Post-Work Assessment

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. For the Foundations of Leadership Core Certificate, students will have 120-minutes to complete all questions in the assessment, with any questions not answered being marked “Incorrect” within Aspire. 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. .

Key Benefits to Learner

Upon successful completion of the certificate, the certificate holder will be able to:

  • Analyze the requirements for a procurement and determine which transportation and logistics processes provide the best solutions for the entity.
  • Increase service to internal customers to provide faster warehousing turnaround.
  • Define freight and logistics terms and conditions with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Identify warehousing and logistics issues or concerns, to include the storage, movement, and delivery of commodities throughout the life of their usage in order to best meet entity needs.
  • Track the precise location and distribution points of goods and assets at any point in the process.
  • Discuss various techniques for safely and effectively managing inventories and optimizing inventory supply services to stakeholders.
  • Develop processes and procedures to ensure safe, efficient, and ethically-aligned disposal of surplus, excess, or obsolete commodities.
  • Decrease on-site physical injury through effective safety protocol.
  • Reduce waste and risk of security breaches through effective commodity evaluation and disposal methodology.

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In-Person

2 Day Course
Includes pre-class assignments at least one week in advance of the course and post-class follow up within one week.

Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete the NIGP Foundations of Warehousing & Inventory Management, 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 score of 70% or higher.