Competency Module - Specification Development

Competency Module: Specification Development



  • CONTACT HOURS/CEUs

    Contact Hours

    In-Person & Virtual Instructor-Led - 4.0
    On-Demand - 2.0

    CEUs

    In-Person & Virtual Instructor-Led - 0.4
    On-Demand - 0.2



    AVAILABLE FORMATS

    Virtual Instructor-Led
    In-Person (To schedule, contact events@nigp.org)
    On-Demand



    LENGTH

    1/2 Day Virtual Instructor-Led
    1/2 Day In-Person (Must be combined with another 1/2 competency module)



    UPPCC BOK

    Domain 2 & 3



    NIGP-CPP EXAM

    Area 4: Sourcing & Solicitation

Completion Requirements

In order to successfully earn a digital badge in the Specification Development competency, learners must:

    1. Complete any pre-work materials provided prior to the course start date.
    2. Attend and participate in the entirety of the instructional event.
    3. Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.
    4. Complete the final assessment examination with a score of 77% or higher.

Please Note: The final assessment passing score may change prior to the date of the course based on an assessment audit. The necessary score will be communicated to students during the course proper.

Description

Proper specifications, pricing strategies, and terms and conditions help promote maximum competition in the marketplace, making them an asset to public procurement professionals and end users alike. But the ability to determine viable supplier testing, demonstration needs, or other additional requirements can make specification development a difficult task for even the most veteran procurement professional.

Key Benefits to Learner

  • Assist the end user in developing and preparing effective and open specifications, pricing strategies, and terms and conditions to promote maximum competition in the marketplace.
  • Assess stakeholder standardization requirements to determine supplier testing or demonstration needs.

Delivery 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.

Target Audience

Designed to promote applicable experiences for practitioners working in the public sector, NIGP’s Pathways competency courses empower learners with the ready-to-implement actions they need to succeed in public procurement. This introductory course is designed for:

  • 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.
  • Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.

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Virtual Instructor-Led

Zoom Virtual Learning Event

Attendance is mandatory and required for successful course completion. The Zoom meeting link and login information is distributed via email at the start of the course.

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On-Demand

Learn on your schedule. On-demand training is for professionals who prefer to develop the skills they need on their time and at their pace. Learners can start, stop and rewind the lessons at your convenience.

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In-Person

1/2 Day Course
This module must be scheduled in-person with an additional 1/2 day module. 

To schedule, contact events@nigp.org