Developing, supporting and promoting

the public procurement profession

through premier educational and research programs, professional support,

technical services and advocacy initiatives that benefit members and constituents since 1944.

       

The Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing represents more than

1,000 procurement professionals working in public entities in the Commonwealth of Virginia

(state and local governments, educational institutions, special authorities, etc.).

VAGP is the largest procurement association in Virginia and is a chapter of NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement.

          

Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles establish the fundamental norms, rules, or ethics that represent

what is desirable (values) and affirmative for our profession and help us determine

the rightfulness or wrongfulness of our actions.

Principles are more explicit than values, and are meant to govern action.

 

   

About the UPPCC

The Universal Public Procurement Certification Council (UPPCC) is an independent entity formed to govern and administer the Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO) and Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) certification programs. The CPPO and CPPB programs are highly regarded and respected among procurement professionals and employers involved in the public sector.

To date, the UPPCC has certified well over 10,000 professionals primarily within the US and Canada as well as in other nations around the globe. 

 

                                

 

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  2018 WEBINAR SCHEDULE    

General Webinar Information

  • 90 Minutes (60-70 minutes of content followed by a Q&A session)
  • 1 contact hour (Unless otherwise noted)

Pricing 

  • Members Complimentary
  • Non-Members  $190 (Includes a one-year complimentary NIGP membership for eligible individuals) 

Critical Thinking: A Critical Skill

Start Date: 09/06/2018  End Date: 09/06/2018

Date and time:  Thursday, September 6, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: Mr. David E. Nash, CPPO,CPPB

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

We’ve been told that our ability to think is what separates us from the animals. “I think, therefore I am,” proclaimed Rene’ Descartes in the 17th century. Situations, problems and opportunities confront us on a daily basis. How we handle them and move on is fundamental to long-term success in any endeavor. Simply reacting is not a sound strategy. We each have our own experiences and points of view from which we make assumptions. To that we add facts, opinions and observations to try and arrive at a course of action. We must analyze each situation on its own merits and develop a plan to attack it. This requires the skill set of critical thinking, which examines assumptions, evaluates evidence and assesses conclusions. This workshop will examine many of the facets of critical thinking and provide some useful tools for its proper application.

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
1.  Discover the obstacles to overcome for more productive thought & better decisions.
 
2.  Find better ways to learn, listen and understand.
 
3.  Apply the problem-solving process and lean ways to devise effective, long-lasting solutions.
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Best Value Procurement – Big Picture, Big Impact

Start Date: 09/11/2018  End Date: 09/11/2018

Date and time:  Tuesday, September 11, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: Jan Siderius

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

As public buyers, we select vendors for services, works and supplies across sectors such as schools, energy, transport, public space, social protection and health. We determine which vendors are successful, which are not, and we influence their behavior. As such, we are deeply involved in setting and meeting community goals. Buyers should support sustainable economic growth and seek the best life-cycle value for money. We need to understand that choosing offers based on lowest price may conflict with a sustainable, quality community and society as a whole.

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
1.  Apply the ‘Best Value-theory’ in conducting a solicitation. During this workshop, the learner will be handed theory and tools to set verifiable, fair & objective award criteria for any purchasing project and ensure effective competition at the same time. After following this workshop it is likely for the purchasing professional to receive on average more offers per solicitation that in addition better reflect the requested service.
 
2.  Incorporate community goals into their RFP’s and be able to objectively measure the ability of the supplier to meet these criteria. The workshop touches on the difficulty for professional purchasers to incorporate community goals in their RFP’s whilst at the same time make the criteria quantifiable. Practical examples and proven methods are presented.
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Simplifying Sustainable Procurement: How the EPA Environmental Recommendations are a Game Changer

Start Date: 09/25/2018  End Date: 09/25/2018

Date and time:  Tuesday, September 25, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: Jenna Larkin & Holly Elwood

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

For 25 years, EPA’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program has been at the forefront of identifying environmental and human health performance strategies for key sectors, helping transform the market through the power of federal purchasing. After years of stakeholder engagement and a much-anticipated pilot effort, the EPP Program released Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels in December 2016 in order to help federal purchasers meet sustainable purchasing goals. A sustainability “game changer,” the Recommendations leverage and increase market confidence in private sector initiatives that have demonstrated a positive, measurable, and meaningful change in the environmental performance of products and services—from electronics to building materials, to janitorial products, and more. Learn how the Recommendations can help you meet your sustainable purchasing goals.

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
1.  Understand the objectives of the EPA's Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program.
 
2.  Understand the purpose of the Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels
 
3.  Understand how and where they are already being used to help Federal purchasers buy environmentally preferable products
 
4.  Understand some of the cost savings that can result from using the recommendations 
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Webinar 100418: The Challenges, Benefits, and Best Practices of Effectively Adopting ERP Systems: A Public Procurement Perspective

Start Date: 10/04/2018  End Date: 10/04/2018

Date and time:  Thursday, October 4, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: Dr. Alexandru Roman

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

The webinar will present the results of a NIGP-sponsored study on ERP selection and adoption best practices (from a public procurement perspective). The webinar has a four-fold purpose: First, to provide greater understanding of ERP systems, their scope, logical frame, and operational capacities. Second, based on original research and data, to introduce a framework of the most difficult challenges facing organizations when adopting ERP systems. Third, to offer procurement professionals practical, best practices for procuring an ERP system. Finally, to address the question: Should implementation of procurement functionalities be envisioned within ERP systems or on a stand-alone basis?

Objectives

1. Delineate the scope and benefits of ERP systems. 
2. Delineate the challenges of successfully adopting ERP systems.
3. Conceptualize the best practices associated with the selection and adoption of ERP systems.
4. Identify and discuss the role of procurement professionals and leaders in the ERP selection and adoption processes.
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Webinar 101618: NEW GASB Lease Standard Requires Significant Changes: What You Need To Know

Start Date: 10/16/2018  End Date: 10/16/2018

Date and time:  Tuesday, October 16, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: Wesley A. Galloway, GASB Senior Project Manager

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

Requirements of and impact on procurement professionals regarding GASB 87 which becomes effective on 1/01/2020.

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
1.  Understand the basic requirements of the new GASB accounting standards for leases and the related information needs of those who prepare government financial statements
 
2.  Understand how procurement personnel may be called upon to provide needed information for financial reporting of leases and the impact that may have on procurement processes
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Webinar 101818: The Procurement -Supplier - End User Relationship: Navigating Traditional, Advanced, and Services Procurement

Start Date: 10/18/2018  End Date: 10/18/2018

Date and time:  Thursday, October 18, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: The NIGP Business Council

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

Whether seen from the perspective of the end user, the procurement officer, or the supplier, relationships impact business on a daily basis. Today, both the ever-changing workforce and the growing use of technology are pushing the envelope, resulting in new strategies in the delivery of services and changing the way that procurement collaborates with end users for the access and availability of marketplace products. Join the NIGP Business Council in this interactive and collaborative session designed to provide procurement officials with the tools—and perspectives—they need to navigate the new-age world of traditional, advanced, and services procurement.

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
1.  Understand the differences between traditional, advanced and services procurement.
 
2.  Apply up to date methods when procuring in the traditional, advanced and services markets.
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Webinar 102318: Ready, Set, Go: Paperless Evaluation Solutions

Start Date: 10/23/2018  End Date: 10/23/2018

Date and time:  Tuesday, October 23, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: Steve Demel, CPPO

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

Many procurement offices have thought about going paperless by using on-line bidding, but for various reasons, including cost, most never seem to do it. This presentation shows you a low cost simple and paperless solution developed by the Tacoma School District Purchasing Department. With the tips in this presentation, anyone can develop their own e-procurement solution.

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
1.  Simplify RFP proposal evaluations for evaluators
 
2.  Eliminate paper from the RFP evaluation and scoring process
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 2018 COURSE SCHEDULE  

Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals

Start Date: 09/12/2018     End Date:  09/14/2018

Start Time: 8:00am  End Time:  5:00pm  (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Location:2512 George Mason Dr.
Room 113 Admin Bldg
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-0038  

Instructor: Mrs. Kathy D. Robinson, CPPO,CPPB

Contact Hours: 24.00   CEUs:  2.30       Access Period: N/A

Standard pricing:  Institute Members - $715 **   Non-Members - $915  **

** Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

Hosted By: Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. Chapter of NIGP 

Overview

This course is uniquely designed to prepare procurement professionals to use the RFP process to its maximum potential. The class agenda will identify the process, offer a key understanding of the elements of the proposal and ascertain ways in which the document can be used to its full capability. Pitfalls and success stories will make the class relevant and applicable when planning to incorporate this type of solicitation into the government process.

Introduction to Public Procurement

Start Date: 10/01/2018     End Date:  10/03/2018

Start Time: 8:00am  End Time:  5:00pm  (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Location: 9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield County Community Development Building
Chesterfield, VA 23832    

Instructor: Ms. Maureen D. Daniels, CPPO,CPPB,VCO

Contact Hours: 24.00   CEUs:  2.30       Access Period: N/A

Standard pricing:  Institute Members - $715 **   Non-Members - $915  **

** Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

Hosted By: Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. Chapter of NIGP 

Overview

The work of public procurement is no longer a clerical function performed independently by various people throughout different agencies or departments within a government entity. This class provides an overview of the ever-changing profession by identifying fundamental concepts that will affect procurement in the public sector.

CPPB PREP 100118 Ashburn, VA

Start Date: 10/01/2018     End Date:  10/02/2018

Start Time: 8:00am  End Time:  5:00pm  (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Location: 44865 Loudoun Water Way
Training Room
Ashburn, VA 20146-0000   

Instructor: Mr. Michael B. Gustafson, CPPO, CPPB, MBA

Contact Hours: 16.00   CEUs:             Access Period: N/A

Standard pricing:  Institute Members - $510 **   Non-Members - $710 **

** Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

Hosted By: Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. Chapter of NIGP 

Overview

In an effort to prepare candidates for the computer-based CPPB exam containing 175 questions, this course provides a review that addresses key information on topics identified in the UPPCC Body of Knowledge. Considered as a tool to help the student in assessing their own strengths and weaknesses, as they relate to the subject matter, this course is only a part of the candidates overall study plan for preparation. Participation in this class does not guarantee success on the examination.

CPPO PREP 100318 Ashburn, VA

Start Date: 10/03/2018     End Date:  10/04/2018

Start Time: 8:00am  End Time:  5:00pm  (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Location: 44865 Loudoun Water Way
Training Room
Ashburn, VA 20146-0000   

Instructor: Mr. Michael B. Gustafson, CPPO, CPPB, MBA

Contact Hours: 16.00   CEUs:             Access Period: N/A

Standard pricing:  Institute Members - $510 **   Non-Members - $710 **

** Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

Hosted By: Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. Chapter of NIGP 

Overview

In an effort to prepare candidates for the computer-based CPPO exam containing 175 questions, this course provides a review that addresses key information on topics identified in the UPPCC Body of Knowledge. Considered as a tool to help the student in assessing their own strengths and weaknesses, as they relate to the subject matter, this course is only a part of the candidates overall study plan for preparation. Participation in this class does not guarantee success on the examination.

Practical Specification Writing

Start Date: 10/12/2018     End Date:  10/12/2018

Start Time: 8:00am  End Time:  5:00pm  (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Location:147 Daleville Centre Dr
Daleville, VA 24083 

Instructor: Ms. Denise E. Badillo, CPPO, CPPB

Contact Hours: 8.00   CEUs:  .80      Access Period: N/A

Standard pricing:  Institute Members - $310 **   Non-Members - $410  **

** Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

Hosted By: Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. Chapter of NIGP 

Overview

This course develops skills based on the foundation established in the Introduction to Specifications online course. It starts with problem statements within a specification, builds to problem specifications and culminates with strategies to approach specifications for unclear and difficult procurement.

Strategic Procurement Planning in the Public Sector

Start Date: 10/24/2018     End Date:  10/26/2018

Start Time: 8:00am  End Time:  5:00pm  (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Location:8115 Gatehouse Rd.
Falls Church, VA 22042 
   

Instructor: Mrs. Donna L. Zeeh Chorley, CPPO

Contact Hours: 24.00   CEUs:  2.30       Access Period: N/A

Standard pricing:  Institute Members - $715 **   Non-Members - $915  **

** Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

Hosted By: Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. Chapter of NIGP 

Overview

This course will cover strategic planning within an organization and the importance of its relationship to procurement planning. Planning models will be discussed as will public sector budgeting. Developing key partnerships within the organization in requirements determination will be explored, as this will lead to the development of proper specifications. Pricing strategies employed in the public sector such as cost analysis and life cycle costing will also be covered.

Customer Service: The Key to Success in Procurement

Start Date: 11/08/2018     End Date:  11/09/2018

Start Time: 8:00am  End Time:  5:00pm  (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Location:

2512 George Mason Dr.
Room 113 Admin Bldg
Virginia Beach, VA 23456-0038 

Instructor: Mr. Tony R. Ellis, CPPO

Contact Hours: 16.00   CEUs:              Access Period: N/A

Standard pricing:  Institute Members - $510 **   Non-Members - $710 **

** Receive a $25 early registration discount by registering 60 or more days in advance of the course.  A late fee of $50 will be assessed for those registrations received within 30 days of the course.

Hosted By: Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing, Inc. Chapter of NIGP 

Overview

Every procurement professional should understand the value of providing excellent service. This seminar is designed to offer tips on this critical issue. It will identify ways to effectively improve how quality service can be delivered.

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