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) 

Getting 'Primed': Amazon Business - What You Need to Know

Start Date: 05/02/2018  End Date: 05/02/2018

Date and time:  Wednesday, May 2, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: Online Learning

Presented by: Howard Cox, Kelly Gegich & Steve Blackmarr

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

Share the experiences of the State of Washington from inception to launch and ongoing implementation of the Amazon Business program. Discuss what worked well and what challenges we had. Answer questions from the audience to ensure the richest possible learning experience.

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
1. Understand how to determine the critical data elements, policy and cultural considerations necessary to establish Amazon Business in their environment.
2. Have tangible tools to determine if Amazon Business is appropriate in their environment, and if so begin using it.
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Global Best Practice Series - One Byte at a Time: Understanding Software Procurement

Start Date: 05/10/2018  End Date: 05/10/2018

Date and time:  Thursday, May 10, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: Online Learning

Presented by: 

Brett Adams-Case, CPPB, CSM, CPM

Terry McKee, CPPO, CPPB, CPM
 
Kristy Varda, MS, MBA, CPPO, CPPB
 
Damaris Cordova, CPPB
 
Chad Morris 

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

This public procurement practice and webinar are offered as the second in a series on information technology procurement. Each practice and webinar stand on their own. This webinar focuses on the procurement of software and its unique considerations such as licensing, source code, and data ownership.

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
1. Construct practices on procuring software
2. Identify language and actions to create a contract that benefits the entity and stakeholders
3. Use resources available to build technology contracts
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Procurement, Best Value Sourcing and Smart Contracts with Blockchain and Cryptocurrency – A Glimpse of the Future

Start Date: 05/16/2018  End Date: 05/16/2018

Date and time:  Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: Online Learning

Presented by: Sam Adhikari

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

eProcurement and contract management will look very different if and when cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, and smart contract implementation with Blockchain become the norm. In this presentation we explain the concept of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, and smart contract implementation with Blockchain. We also provide the participants a glimpse of how the future eProcurement, Best Value Sourcing, and Contract Management will look like with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, and smart contract implementation with Blockchain. We provide real world examples and demonstrations to make the concepts clear and transparent to the audience. We also discuss the advantages and dangers of these technologies in the realm of supply chain, eProcurement, best value sourcing, and contract management. We finally demonstrate a prototype end-to-end procurement and contract management system using block chain and cryptocurrency (bitcoin) technologies.

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
1.  Understand the concepts of blockchain and cryptocurrency.
2. Understand the concept of future eProcurement, Best Value Sourcing, and Contract Management with smart contracts implemented using Blockchain Technology.
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Procurement, Best Value Sourcing and Smart Contracts with Blockchain and Cryptocurrency – A Glimpse of the Future

Start Date: 05/16/2018  End Date: 05/16/2018

Date and time:  Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: Online Learning

Presented by: Sam Adhikari

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

eProcurement and contract management will look very different if and when cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, and smart contract implementation with Blockchain become the norm. In this presentation we explain the concept of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, and smart contract implementation with Blockchain. We also provide the participants a glimpse of how the future eProcurement, Best Value Sourcing, and Contract Management will look like with cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, and smart contract implementation with Blockchain. We provide real world examples and demonstrations to make the concepts clear and transparent to the audience. We also discuss the advantages and dangers of these technologies in the realm of supply chain, eProcurement, best value sourcing, and contract management. We finally demonstrate a prototype end-to-end procurement and contract management system using block chain and cryptocurrency (bitcoin) technologies.

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
1.  Understand the concepts of blockchain and cryptocurrency.
2. Understand the concept of future eProcurement, Best Value Sourcing, and Contract Management with smart contracts implemented using Blockchain Technology.
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Fleets for the Future: Applying Innovative Cooperative Procurement Strategies to Public Fleets

Start Date: 05/30/2018  End Date: 05/30/2018

Date and time:  Wednesday, May 30, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: Online Learning

Presented by: Barry Carr, Philip Kreycik, Scott Carr & Cammy Peterson

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

Leaders of the Fleets for the Future (F4F) project team will present their findings from working on cooperative procurement efforts in the nascent space of alternative fuel vehicle cooperative procurement. Fleets for the Future (F4F) is a national U.S. Department of Energy-funded partnership of regional councils, Clean Cities coalitions, and industry experts tasked with coordinating regional and national procurement initiatives to consolidate bulk orders of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and infrastructure. Its scope includes zero-emissions sedans, retrofit hybrids, larger electric vehicles such as school buses, and various CNG and propane alternative fuel vehicles. The presenters will address the following topics during the session: barriers and opportunities to cooperative procurement, AFV education for fleets, outreach strategies, assessment tools developed for the projects, funding and financing options, development of procurement specifications, how to plan a cooperative procurement, and how to participate in existing cooperatives.
 

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
1.  Leverage the lessons learned through Fleets for the Future to assess the desirability of developing their own regional cooperative procurement of alternative fuel vehicles.
2.  Evaluate Fleets for the Future contracts for their own alternative fuel vehicle needs.
3.  Educate local stakeholders about the particular benefits of using cooperative procurements to save time, access turnkey solutions, and access best-available volume pricing on alternative fuel vehicles and associated infrastructure.
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Webinar - Unleash the Power of LinkedIn & Leverage Your Government Agency

Start Date: 06/07/2018  End Date: 06/07/2018

Date and time:  Thursday, June 7, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: Online Learning

Presented by: Jessica Koch

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

An introduction to what is possible when using LinkedIn for yourself as an Industry Leader in Government Purchasing and the Profound Magnifying Amazing Impact that LinkedIn can have when embraced and properly used by a Community – Counties, Cities, States and Leading Organizations! Key word here is LEAD… Be the person and be part of the community others look to and see as the Leaders of our Country. 

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
1. Set up a LinkedIn account – Personally and for your AGENCY (County Page, City Page, State Page, and University Page etc.). 
2. Properly Fill the LinkedIn profile and page;
3. Begin Navigate the platform comfortably and effectively
4. See a preview of upcoming exciting applications of this tool.
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Webinar - Market Research: How it Can Empower You to Make Smart Decisions

Start Date: 08/07/2018  End Date: 08/07/2018

Date and time:  Tuesday, August 7, 2018 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Instructor: Online Learning

Presented by: Ann Reeves & Jesse Covell

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

Procurement professionals often struggle to find effective approaches to performing market research, locating the necessary information, and then applying this information to their purchasing strategies. In-depth and high-quality market research can help procurement professionals make better decisions about what to buy, how to buy it, and when to buy it.
 
This presentation reviews key concepts in market research such as researching the industry, understanding market forces, identifying market risk, setting benchmark pricing, and applying this approach to the procurement strategy. As procurement professionals look to assess the risks that can affect procurements, such as legal challenges, lack of bidders, and a constrained budget, they can also look at the success of the subsequent contract through robust market research.
 
This process can be overlooked, often viewed as a burden when the government purchasing process is already complex and lengthy. Procurement professionals and internal subject matter experts can be lulled into thinking that they already have all the information they need to develop their solicitations—they know the supplier community, the industry, and what a reasonable price is. However, by skipping this research, procurement professionals =miss out on opportunities to identify new industry trends, new suppliers, important risks, and alternate contract sources. Understanding how sister states procure and decisions they have made can help direct seasoned decisions.
 
Fundamentally, good market research can help procurement professionals establish answers to the questions their executive team, stakeholders, and taxpayers will ask: 
 
  •  Why are you buying this good or service? 
  •  How much will it cost? 
  •  Are you buying the right good or service? 
  •  What is the best strategy to buy this good or service?
 
With increasingly tight budgets and high demands on taxpayer dollars, procurement professionals need remain committed to buying wisely. Market research can help direct purchasers away from looking at only the price tag to making smart decisions for the sake of best value.

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
1.  Understand key concepts in market research (industry, identifying market risk, developing pricing, etc.)
2.  Perform market research and apply to purchasing strategies
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 2018 COURSE SCHEDULE  

Practical Specification Writing

Start Date: 05/07/2018     End Date:  05/07/2018

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

Location: UOSA
14631 Compton Rd
Centreville, VA 20121-2506 

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

Contact Hours: 8.00   CEUs:        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.

Legal Aspects of Public Procurement

Start Date: 05/21/2018     End Date:  05/23/2018

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

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

Instructor: Mr. Ronald L. King, 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

Designed to be an educational exploration of the Legal Aspects of Public Procurement, this course will provide a foundation of the principles and general concepts of the law as it applies to public procurement. Course content will address issues such as the UCC, the Model Procurement Code, Sale of Goods Act and the legal implications surrounding solicitations, contracting and post award issues. Attention will be given to the ethical issues facing the profession relevant to the law. This course will focus on actual procurement situations with actual procurement implications.

Click here to view a more detailed description.

Introduction to Public Procurement

Start Date: 06/25/2018     End Date:  06/27/2018

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. 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.

Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals

Start Date: 07/23/2018     End Date:  07/25/2018

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: Ms. Sharon T. Lewis, CPPB,M.P.S.,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

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.

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