Introduction to Contracts in Public Procurement | NIGP

Introduction to Contracts in Public Procurement

Welcome to the NIGP eLearning module: Introduction to Contracts in Public Procurement. This course provides an overview of contracts and how they are used in the public sector. Contracts are a vital element of the procurement process. Planning and analyzing contract requirements are the responsibility of procurement officers. It is important for procurement officers to understand contract law and the impact of contracts on procurement.

Course Availability:

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Online: Introduction to Contracts in Public Procurement (Member Rate) $25.00
Online: Introduction to Contracts in Public Procurement (Non-Member Rate) $75.00
Instructor: Online Learning
Level: Foundation


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

  • Determine if a contract is legally enforceable.
  • Define how a contract can be formed
  • Cite mistakes that can lead to a contract being unenforceable
  • Define contract price types
  • Recognize the types of contract authority and the existence of a contract based on authority

Intended Audience

This course 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.  

Delivery Formats Available


Contact Hours






Designed for public procurement professionals who are new to the profession or have 1-5 of experience.


30 minutes

UPPCC Domain Alignment

Domains 1, 2, 3 & 4

Available in this learning format...


This format is 100% self-paced and designed for those who want complete control of their schedule and learning timelines. Sessions are pre-recorded with lifetime access, ensuring there’s no expiration date.

Learn on your schedule

On-demand training is for professionals who prefer to develop the skills they need on their time and at their pace. Learners can start, stop and rewind the lessons at your convenience.

Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete, learners must:

  • Complete all course modules.
  • Complete the post-course evaluation survey available in Aspire.