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Developing a Construction Purchasing Manual

Date(s): March 25, 2014 - March 26, 2014
Time: Please arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 for check-in. This is a 2 day class. Class will start at 8 am and end at 5 pm on both days.
Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 16
Registration Fee: $390

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* This class is one of the mandatory class requirements for The Construction Purchasing Certificate Program.
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Target Audience:

This program is targeted towards buyers, contract administrators, project managers, program managers, and executive directors.

Course Description: 

Construction is a unique field of acquisition and contracting that necessitates its own set of rules and procedures. Doing so ensures best value for the agency, school district, university or organization as well as what is necessary to protect the entity. Unlike other purchasing or contracting ventures, dollar amount is not the only indicator or benchmark of associated risk in construction.  Many public sector organizations have identified the need for managing this effectively and professionally and established either a separate manual for the purchase of construction and remodeling projects or as a subset of their organization’s purchasing procedures manual.

Join us to learn best practices to manage a construction purchase and position your organization to avoid costly overruns, a contractor-run project or a “legacy acquisition.”

In this session, participants will:

  • Review a Construction Purchasing Manual (CPM) currently in use by a public sector entity;
  • Consider development of customized material for a CPM and the corresponding forms to meet a specific organization’s needs; and,
  • Learn to identify:
    • construction program deliverables (including deadlines),
    • safety issues, and project accountability and transparency for any public sector entity (i.e., institutions of higher education, school districts, city, county, or state organizations).

Course Objectives:

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

  • Ensure the efficacy of the transaction;
  • Develop an audit-proof plan;
  • Build and maintain a construction purchasing manual (CPM);
  • Determine the most beneficial templates for a project;
  • Create a checklist to avoid omissions of necessary tasks; and.
  • Improve an existing construction purchasing manual.