Developing a Construction Purchasing Manual | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Course Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 to Thursday, May 2, 2019
Course Time: 
8 am - 5 pm
Continuing Education Credits: 
Course Fee: 
* This class is one of the mandatory class requirements for The Construction Purchasing Certificate Program.

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.


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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 March 20, 2019 in order for you to receive a full refund. Thereafter, cancellation notices received after March 20, 2019 and before April 17, 2019 will be charged a $65 administrative fee. If cancellation occurs between April 17, 2019 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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