In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Division of Procurement Services has suspended all face-to-face courses until further notice. Further information will be forthcoming. Thank you for your understanding.
The Division of Procurement Services is currently in the process of revising its entire certification process, including re-scoping and re-developing all of its course offerings. While we hoped to have at least some courses available for the fall season, redevelopment is taking longer than anticipated. While we hope to at least have informational materials available soon, we appreciate your patience as we work through this process.
Resources are available for procurement officers at a national level. While these are not necessarily state-specific, they reflect overall procurement best practices and are great places to start, especially if new to the career.
The National Institute of Government Procurement (NIGP) offers an extensive list of procurement trainings for procurement officials with a wide variety of experience through their Pathways program. Please log into the LMS for pricing and availability. NIGP has also developed a list of Global Best Practices for a wide variety of procurement topics, which are available for free on its website.
The National Association of State Procurement Officials keeps a repository of job aids for fundamental procurement-related topics in its Procurement Toolbox. It also offers courses through its Procurement U system. NASPO is offering multiple introductory classes for free through the end of 2021. Learn more here.
In 2019, The Division of Procurement Services recorded a series of webinars to clarify changes to the Procurement Code made in May of that year. You may access those recordings here.
Information about the current South Carolina Procurement Certificate program and its requirements can be found in the document below. Please note: The Division of Procurement Services currently requires courses offered by NIGP as part of its certificate program. NIGP has redeveloped its offerings, so course titles have changed. Please see the July 2020 updates document for the most current class and certification information. Course certificates from previous iterations of the NIGP classes that are listed in the July 2018 - June 2020 document will still be accepted for Level I, Level II, and Level III certifications.
Many of the Division of Procurement Services courses require the use of the South Carolina Consolidated Procurement Code book. To purchase a 2020 copy of the book, please click here, complete the form, and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org. An insertable addendum to the 2019 version of the book that contains the updates to the Code and Regulations is also available for purchase. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
For questions or concerns about training, please contact Kristi Sligh, Training and Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Angela Seymour, Training and Development Coordinator at email@example.com.