Educational Opportunities

The following educational opportunities are offered through the Columbia Chapter NIGP in partnership with OPPA.

Scholarships are available!  Contact Columbia Chapter to apply today.

All Classes until January 2021 will be virtual.  See NIGP website when registering.


See the NIGP website
for current webinars that are available.

Upcoming Workshops:

OPPA Spring Conference 2021

OPPA and Columbia Chapter are planning for Spring Conference 2021.  See here for more details as they are announced.


Please note:  While the classes below are not NIGP sponsored classes, they may be eligible as class credit towards CPPO or CPPB certification or recertification.  If you plan to apply these classes towards credits, refer to the UPPCC information for the required class information you will need to submit to qualify for class credit.

PSU Center for Executive and Professional Education:

Construction Contracting Certificate Program

The program is designed for individuals in the public construction contracting arena. Series of 4 classes offered each year at Portland State University. The first class is a foundational course that provides an overview of the construction contracting process — including a short history of construction contracting and its associated rules — for anyone in or interested in the public or private construction contracting arena. Instructors will cover what types of projects are included in construction and renovation, the basic structures of prime contracts and subcontracts, and provide overviews of bidding and contracting statutes and rules. In addition, students will explore how legislation has impacted the field, including the establishment of prevailing wage rates that cover contracts. For more information see website.

NIGP Sponsored Classes:

Note: The fees listed are for standard registration (31-59 days before course). Save $25 by registering 60 days or more before the course. Late fees apply if registering within 30 days of the start of the course!

Three-day NIGP Courses
Contract Administration in the Public Sector Developing and Managing Requests for Proposals Introduction to Public Procurement Legal Aspects of Public Procurement Sourcing in the Public Sector Strategic Procurement Planning Note: A complimentary textbook is included in the fee.
Two-day NIGP Courses
Alternative Dispute Resolution Capital Acquisitions Contracting for Construction Services Contracting for Public Sector Services Fundamentals of Leadership and Management Logistics and Transportation Managing Risk in Public Sector Contracts Warehousing and Inventory Control Contracting with Federal Funds/Grants “Intermediate” (*includes the new OMB requirements) Contracting with Federal Funds/Grants “Advanced” (*includes the new OMB requirements CPPB Prep CPPO Prep Customer Service: The Key to Success in Public Procurement Effective Contract Writing Get What you need through Successful Negotiation Strategies A complimentary textbook is included in the fee.
One-day NIGP Courses
Protests: Managing Options for Positive Results Adding Value to the Procurement Process Best Practices in Developing Public Construction Bid Documents Effective Decision Making Effective Management of Construction Contracts Ethics: A Survival Kit for Public Procurement Introduction to Public Private Partnerships (P3s) Managing Your End -Users And Suppliers: It’s All About Relationships Performance Based Request for Proposals Performance Management, Measurement and Metrics Principles and Techniques of Problem Solving Tools for Ensuring Contractor Performance on Public Construction Projects When Bad Things Happen to Bids: Strategies for Ensuring a Successful Public Construction Project World Class Procurement Practices.
A complimentary textbook is included in the fee.
For information on classes sponsored by the Columbia Chapter contact:
Kathi Braeme-Burr,
CPPB OPBC Professional Development Director,
NIGP Columbia Chapter
Sr. Procurement Analyst,
Multnomah County

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