Course Date: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 to Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Course Time: 
8 am - 5 pm
CPE Credits: 
Course Fee: 
Target Audience:

This program is targeted towards individuals involved in purchasing/procurement activities such as purchasing agents, buyers and contract administrators.

Course Description:

This course provides a basic overview of the purchasing process covering topics in the areas of:  Administration of Purchase Orders; Specification Development; Internal Controls; Liability of a Purchasing Director; Contract Management;Internal Customer Service; Cooperative Purchasing; Preferential Buying; and, Purchasing Ethics.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the benefits and challenges of administration of purchase order systems;
  • Identify the contract elements required for a valid contract;
  • Utilize available resources to prepare a solicitation document that identifies the agency’s needs;
  • Detect risks associated with each purchase and be able to prepare mitigating language within the document to protect the agency;
  • Establish a procurement process within the solicitation document that is fair and transparent for suppliers;
  • Examine the tenets of good internal controls that will not only provide for excellent audit trails, but also minimize opportunities for fraud;
  • Identify fraud opportunities and learn steps to investigate suspected fraud;
  • Identify the different authority levels and the significance of firmly established delegated authority;
  • Recognize the impact of decision-making related to contract obligations;
  • Identify which goods and services must be bid;
  • Determine lowest responsive bid from a responsible bidder;
  • Choose which purchasing method (competitive bidding, competitive sealed proposals, cooperative purchasing, etc.) will provide best value for the buyer;
  • Establish responsibility for contract management;
  • Evaluate contract manager and vendor performance;
  • Coordinate contract changes and resolve disputes;
  • Name seven ways to engender trust with Clients, Coworkers and Team Members;
  • Explain the basics of Public Procurement Laws;
  • Identify additional resources to navigate the public procurement waters;
  • Employ the best practices in public procurement;
  • Identify ways to improve your purchasing organization;
  • Explain the NPI’s Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award and how to earn this award and receive the recognition you deserve;
  • Recognize various, current purchasing issues and potential solutions as presented by the instructor and fellow participants;
  • Determine when cooperative purchasing will result in best value for their entity;
  • Identify specific commodities and services with cooperative potential;
  • Select which purchasing cooperatives are most appropriate for specific commodities and services;
  • Avoid compromising actions in vendor relations;
  • Avoid conflict between personal interests and those of your employer; and,
  • Handle confidential or proprietary information.


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Payments can be mailed to the following address:

The University of Texas at Austin
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
Office of Conferences and Training
P.O. Box Y
Austin, TX 78713-8925

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Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel your registration, your written cancellation notice must be received before April 10, 2018 in order for you to receive a full refund. Thereafter, cancellation notices received after April 10, 2018 and before May 8, 2018 will be charged a $65 administrative fee. If cancellation occurs between May 8, 2018 and the start of the class, you will be responsible for 50% of the original fee. If we do not receive written notice of cancellation prior to the event, you will be responsible for the full registration fee. You may send a substitute to the class. Cancellation notices should be emailed to Phone messages do not serve as official cancellation notices.

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