On Demand: Understanding Local Preference

On Demand: Understanding Local Preference

  • Level: Foundation
  • Format: On Demand
  • Contact Hours: 0.5

This self-paced course provides an overview of Local Bidder Preference. Local Bidder Preference is a decision by the government to direct purchases to certain companies based on location. When accepting bids for projects, a percentage increase is added to out-of-town bidders bid prices, to give local bidders an advantage in the bidding process. Although local vendor preferences are thought to stimulate local economies, they often do not work as intended.

Online: Understanding Local Preference - Member$25.00 12/31/2054
Online: Understanding Local Preference - Non-Member$75.00 12/31/2054
Online: Understanding Local Preference - Member $25.00
Online: Understanding Local Preference - Non-Member $75.00


Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand policies around Local Bidder Preference
  • Describe the pros and cons of Local Bidder Preference

Intended Audience

This offering is targeted to individuals who meet or exceed the following professional demographics:  

  • Entry-level public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as assistants, coordinators, buyers, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.   

  • Non-procurement managers and supervisors who are responsible for either the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.   

  • Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement function.  

  • Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.  

Completion Requirements

  • Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement
  • Learners will have three attempts at all graded assessments.
  • NIGP will not issue partial CEU credits


Payment Information

  • Register online with credit card
  • Register online and upload a Purchase Order
  • Register by fax and download the print & fax form


Methods of Payment Accepted: Check (make checks payable to NIGP), Purchase Orders (via print and fax form or online), and Credit Cards (Master Card, Visa, and American Express).

If paying by check, please make check payable to NIGP and send payment to:
NIGP, Attn: Seminar Registration
440 Monticello Avenue Suite 1802
PMB 63452
Norfolk, VA 23510

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds, all sales are final.

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On Demand: Understanding Local Preference