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) 

Pay for Success: When Does this Innovative Funding Model Make the Most Sense?

Start Date: 07/10/2018  End Date: 07/10/2018

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

Instructor: Online Learning

Presented by:
Mary Wickersham & Alexis Kennedy

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

This webinar focuses on the feasibility study stage of Pay For Success deals. During this process, organizations work with technical assistance providers to identify potential partners, target populations, interventions, and outcomes related to tackling pervasive social issues including child maltreatment, homelessness, recidivism, etc. At the end of the feasibility study, it is determined whether or not a project is appropriate for a Pay For Success transaction. We discuss the process of conducting a feasibility study and the costs and benefits associated with this type of work for organizations. In addition, we give an example of a feasibility study that was conducted in Colorado.

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
1.  Understand the feasibility study process of a Pay For Success deal.
2.  Recognize the costs and benefits surrounding PFS feasibility studies.
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Investing in Infrastructure is Critical & Challenging: Creative Strategies That Help Close the Funding Gap

Start Date: 08/02/2018  End Date: 08/02/2018

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

Instructor: Online Learning

Presented by:
John R. Bartle, PhD
Dean and Professor
College of Public Affairs and Community Service
University of Nebraska at Omaha
 
Can Chen, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Public Policy and Administration
Florida International University 

Contact hours: 1 (Contact hour) 

Overview

Meeting the infrastructure financing challenge has emerged as one of the most urgent issues facing the world. To bridge the funding gaps, all levels of governments have turned to creative ways offinancing public infrastructure investments. In this session, we describe the range of infrastructure financing mechanisms currently in use. Then we describe recent innovations in infrastructure financing in the U.S. and Canada, and illustrate these new options. We encourage the audience to share their innovations. We also engage the audience in discussing some of the challenges in implementing these new alternatives.

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
1. Traditional practices in infrastructure finance. 
2. Innovations in infrastructure funding such as new taxes and value capture. 
3. New financing mechanisms including credit assistance and new bond and dept financing tools.
4. New financial arrangements, such as public-private partnerships, philanthropic options, and investment funds.
5. Limitations and challenges in implementing innovative infrastructure finance. 
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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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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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 2018 COURSE SCHEDULE  

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.

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.

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.

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