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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  2019 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) 

Webinar 022819: The State of the RFP: An Inside Look at RFP Benchmarks and What They Mean for Your Team

Start Date: 02/28/2019     End Date: 02/28/2019   Start Time: 2:00PM  End Time: 3:30PM

Date and time:  Thursday February 28, 2019 2:00 PM ET- 3:30 PM ET (Eastern Time)

Presented by:
1.Omar Salaymeh, Executive Director of Client Success
2.Stephen Whittaker, Management Consultant, BDO
3.Lindsay Kroes, Content Specialist, Bonfire

Contact Hours: 1.00  (Contact hour awarded based on registering and attending the live event)   

Overview

The complexity and scrutiny of sourcing decisions has never been higher than it is today. Public sector procurement professionals must deliver timely, fair, high-value decisions, while balancing the needs of a growing number of stakeholders and ensuring transparency and accountability.

In this climate, the Request for Proposal (RFP) has never been more relevant. Using our unique insight into how billions of dollars of purchasing decisions are made, we investigate key RFP benchmarks and how they are changing year to year. On February 28, join us for a rare glimpse ‘behind the scenes’ on over 6,600 RFP projects as we discuss the results of our comprehensive benchmarking survey.

Find out how other organizations structure their RFP process and how you can run your next RFP in the most effective way possible, using key benchmarks and metrics. After attending, you will be able to optimize your RFP process and deliver increased value to all stakeholders.

*Findings are based on anonymized first-party data from the Bonfire platform, drawing on a sample size of 6,600 RFP projects conducted at 190 organizations in North America between 2015 and 2017.

Objectives

After completing this online training session, learners will be able to:
 
1.Participants will uncover whether they are running their RFPs in the most effective way possible and whether they are getting the most value possible from the process.
 
2.Participants will gain a better understanding of what they should look to include in an RFP process, based on how other organizations are structuring theirs and the results they are seeing.
 
3.Participants will be able to compare their purchasing performance with study benchmarks and consider possible metrics to track to measure their own impact.
 
4.Participants will learn about how the RFP is changing and the implications for them as procurement professionals.

 

 2019 COURSE SCHEDULE  

Developing and Managing RFPs in the Public Sector

Start Date: 03/04/2019    End Date:  03/06/2019

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

Location:

Community Development Building
9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, VA 23832 

Instructor: Mr. Alan H. Culpeper, CPPO, VCM, VCO

Contact Hours: 22.50   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.

Strategic Procurement Planning

Start Date: 03/06/2019    End Date:  03/08/2019

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

Location:

300 N Turner St NW
North End Center - Room 2400
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0333 

Instructor: Dr. Stephen B. Gordon, CPPO,PH.D.,FNIGP

Contact Hours: 22.50   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.

Introduction to Public Procurement

Start Date: 03/18/2019    End Date:  03/20/2019

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

Location:

1225 Courthouse Rd
Stafford, VA 22554  

Instructor: Ms. Stephanie L. Akerley, CPPB

Contact Hours: 22.50   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.

NIGP Leadership Development

Online Coursework  

NIGP Virtual Conferences 

Online Coursework

Link to VAGP Scheduled Classes & Events:

                                        

 

 

     Other Available Courses Through NIGP 

    (1-3 Day Courses, Online Courses, Independent Learning, Onsite Training)

   Course Catalog

  Registration for CPPO and CPPB Online Prep Courses  

CPPB PREP 030419

Start Date: 03/04/2019    End Date:  03/05/2019

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. Myra D. Smith, CPPB

Contact Hours: 15.00   CEUs: 1.50        Access Period: N/A

Standard pricing:  Institute Members - $510  **   Non-Members - $710 **

** 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

In an effort to prepare candidates for the computer-based CPPB exam containing 175 questions, this course provides a review that addresses key information on topics identified in the UPPCC Body of Knowledge. Considered as a tool to help the student in assessing their own strengths and weaknesses, as they relate to the subject matter, this course is only a part of the candidates overall study plan for preparation. Participation in this class does not guarantee success on the examination.

CPPO Prep 041519

Start Date: 04/15/2019    End Date:  04/16/2019

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

Location:

8115 Gatehouse Rd.
Falls Church, VA 22042 

Instructor: Mr. John Lee Robinson, CPPO, CPSM, CPPB, C.P.M.

Contact Hours: 15.00   CEUs: N/A        Access Period: N/A

Standard pricing:  Institute Members - $510  **   Non-Members - $710 **

** 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

In an effort to prepare candidates for the computer-based CPPO exam containing 175 questions, this course provides a review that addresses key information on topics identified in the UPPCC Body of Knowledge. Considered as a tool to help the student in assessing their own strengths and weaknesses, as they relate to the subject matter, this course is only a part of the candidates overall study plan for preparation. Participation in this class does not guarantee success on the examination.

 

 


 

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