Educational Opportunities

DID YOU KNOW? When you sign up with NIGP for a hosted class, a percentage of the class fees go back to the host chapter!

Columbia Chapter is hosting the following courses this year. All classes will be virtual.  Click on the course title to go to the NIGP website and register.

March 30 – 31
2 Days | Contact Hours: 15
Price: $395 Member/Non-Member
HOSTED BY: Columbia Chapter of NIGP
Competency Module: Contract Management and Performance
July 20 – 21
2 Days | Contact Hours: 16 | CEUs: 1.6
Price: $425 Member | $525 Non-Member
HOSTED BY: Columbia Chapter of NIGP
Specialization Certificate: Construction Procurement
August 16 – 18
3 Days | Contact Hours: 22.5 | CEUs: 2.3
Price: $595 Member | $695 Non-Member
HOSTED BY: Columbia Chapter of NIGP
September 14 – 15
2 Days | Contact Hours: 15
Price: $395 Member/Non-Member
HOSTED BY: Columbia Chapter of NIGP
Specialization Certificate: Technology Procurement
October 19 – 21
3 Days | Contact Hours: 27.5 | CEUs: 2.8
Price: $595 Member | $695 Non-Member
HOSTED BY: Columbia Chapter of NIGP

NIGP Course Offerings:

NIGP offers a wide-range of learning experiences ranging from 1/2 day to 3 days. In addition, our 2, 4 & 7 week courses allow you to study on your own and then come together with peers and an NIGP instructor to discuss concepts in detail. Our courses come in various delivery formats: Virtual Instructor-Led, In-Person and On-Demand.  Choose your course and choose what format works best for you!


Our webinars keep members and procurement professionals up to date on important topics and the latest trends and information impacting the profession. Topics range from policy and regulation changes to deep dives on a new trend in procurement to sharing best practices, or managing a crisis.

Upcoming Workshops:

OPPA Spring Conference 2022

OPPA is planning for Area 8 Spring Conference.  Check back regularly for more details as they are announced.


PSU Center for Executive and Professional Education:

Construction Contracting Certificate Program

This 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.

NOTE:  While the PSU courses 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.

Professional Development Contact Information:

Lynn Faulkenberry, NIGP-CPP, CPPB
NIGP Columbia Chapter
Professional Development Director,
Sr. Procurement Analyst,
Multnomah County

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