How It Works

2 CEUs, equivalent to 20 Contact Hours/PDUs.
There are various ways to procure goods and services. Learn what your options are and how to determine when each method is most appropriate. Additionally, we’ll discuss the principles of public procurement and the importance of work scopes.
Start Date:
October 12, 2020
4 weeks

Meet Your Instructor

Darin Matthews, MAM, FNIGP, CPPO, CPSM, C.P.M.

Darin Matthews is the Director of Procurement and Supply Chain for the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has over 25 years of procurement and supply chain management experience in a variety of sectors, and formerly served as President for NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement. Darin is the author of several books and articles on procurement, including NIGP’s Logistics and Transportation and Effective Supply Management Performance published by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). His latest book, Public Procurement, is available through Birkdale Publishers. He is also a columnist for Government Procurement magazine and speaks throughout the world on such issues as strategic procurement, sustainable procurement strategies, and global logistics. He is a currently a faculty member for UCSC Silicon Valley Extension and California State University – San Bernardino. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Political Science and a Master’s in Acquisition Management. Darin is the recipient of several awards including the Albert H. Hall Memorial Award from NIGP, their highest honor, and the Lewis Spangler Award, bestowed to a supply chain professional based on contributions to the field by the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management.

The Curriculum

Procurement Methods and Strategies
In this course, we emphasize and explore the importance of good product specifications, along with strategies for evaluating one product against another. We’ll introduce you to specific examples of leading technologies in procurement, such as e-procurement and shopping basket technology, which save organizations both money and time.

Topics Include:

  • Helpful tools to use in procurement decision making
  • Factors other than cost that should guide procurement decisions
  • When it makes sense to buy based on lowest bid, and when it doesn’t

Who Should Register:

  • Adults looking to transition into a supply chain career
  • Any supply chain professional who wants to do better work

Learning Format

We provide a more interactive and visually engaging learning experience than you’ll find in many online course environments.
The format of this class is fully online, instructor-led, pass/no pass, and can be taken as part of the certificate or independently. Certificate courses can be taken in any order unless otherwise noted.
Industry Experts
You'll experience optional live sessions with your instructor and other experts and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the subject.
Active Learning
Learn content deeply through varied case studies, topical readings, infographics and other visuals, and hands-on exercises.
Engaged Classrooms
Build your knowledge repository with weekly quizzes, open group discussions, and even the occasional debate.

What You’ll Need to Succeed

Procurement Methods and Strategies
Devote 6-8 hours/week
Apply knowledge to your real life
Do the extra work when you can
Be prepared to learn from each other